International Development Internship in South Africa

A quick glance

  • Partner with local NGO’s to empower and support people from the most disadvantaged areas.
  • Your support will help local residents deal with daily challenges like poverty and high unemployment.
  • The NGO provides a variety of services and programs that empower people.
What is included in the price
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Upon arrival, a member of staff will provide orientation and full induction
  • Transport from and to your job placement
  • Our team of local full-time staff provides 24-hour support in-country and 24 hour back-up
  • Our international emergency response team can provide emergency assistance
  • Access to our database of thousands of resources, project equipment and materials
  • Our local experts offer workshops and training
  • Regular social events and community activities are organized with interns and volunteers.
  • Internet connection allows you to access our local office
  • Certificate of completion
  • Get access to our alumni services, and get discounts
  • Advice and support for Visa
  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
  • Your own volunteer advisor will help you prepare for departure
  • MyProjectsAbroad personalized website with all the information about your project, accommodation, and destination
  • Cultural awareness training
  • To share information and get in touch, join our volunteer social media group
What is not included?
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flying
  • Visa fees (where applicable).

I was given far more responsibility than I anticipated. I was invited to home visits and business meetings with senior staff members, which was a wonderful experience.

Emma G

International Development Internship in South Africa

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Do I have the right skills to do an International Development internship in South Africa?

If you are interested in volunteering with an NGO that empowers people from disadvantaged areas, this project is for you. This project is also suitable for recent business and development graduates.

Internships will give you valuable work experience and interesting topics to discuss in applications and interviews. Additionally, you will learn skills that can be applied to your future career such as planning and adaptability.

To join, you don’t have to have any previous experience. Projects Abroad staff can help you with any questions. You will work alongside experienced staff.

You can join any time between a minimum of 4 weeks and our International Development placements in South Africa. We encourage you stay longer to have a greater impact on the community and get more international development experience in South Africa.

What can I do during my internship?

You will have a lot to do. Your level of experience will determine your role. These are some of your tasks during your placement.

  • Assist in marketing-related tasks, such as writing articles, creating brochures and organizing events
  • Do administration and guide business development
  • To raise funds for local businesses, coordinate fundraising efforts
  • Conduct market research in your local community.
  • Host workshops for business

These are the areas where your work will be focused:

Help with marketing efforts

Your role will include marketing activities for the NGO. You will be able to:

  • Future investors will be interested in your activities and achievements so keep the website updated
  • Write articles
  • Flyers and brochures can be made
  • Organise events

Help local businesses develop

Your assistance is needed in the development of business plans for startup and existing businesses. Businesses will benefit from your assistance in developing business plans that improve marketing and financial management.

Coordinate fundraising activities

You will be responsible for submitting fundraising proposals to various companies and individuals. You will also be able to build relationships with sponsors and write motivation letters.

Market research

You will conduct market research and collect statistics using questionnaires.

Host Business Workshop

You will be responsible for conducting business workshops and entrepreneurial workshops.

What is the best place to work in South Africa?

Cape Town

Cape Town is a place where you can live and work. It is one of Africa’s most developed cities. Many people live below the poverty line, even though they are located far from the main industrial centres.

It is located on Africa’s southernmost continent and is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. Everyone who visits Cape Town is familiar with Table Mountain.

The NGO will provide you with training and support. The NGO is located in Vrygrond, a township about 25 minutes from central Cape Town. They are concerned with a variety of issues that affect the community, including:

  • Unemployment
  • Crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Prostitution
  • Teen pregnancy
  • HIV/AIDS and Health

Pick up at the airport, flight reservations and visas

A member of Projects Abroad staff will meet you at the airport when you arrive. More information about South Africa’s arrival airports, orientation and visas can be found on our South Africa Arrival Procedures Page.

What’s a typical day like on this project?

You will begin your day with breakfast at home. Your programme fees cover your transportation costs to and from Vrygrond. Please note that you will need to pay for all weekend and after-hours transport.

The average workday will last from Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.

On your first day at work, you will be met by staff members who can help you with your placement. You can also get assistance from Projects Abroad staff throughout your stay.

Your internship will focus on marketing, fundraising, local business development, and marketing to other people. This could include preparing a business plan to help a struggling entrepreneur or building relationships with donors to raise more funds for the NGO.

You will need to bring your laptop with you during this placement. You will also need to be punctual and hardworking as this is a professional internship.

It’s not all work. After you have finished your day, it is time to go explore your new surroundings. Spend some time with your host family while you enjoy a South African meal. You can also discover all the wonderful things Cape Town has to provide!

What are the goals of this project?

This project aims to partner with local non-governmental organizations and assist underprivileged communities in their social and economic development.

Despite all the reforms, South Africa is still experiencing poverty. The youth unemployment rate, which is more than 60%, is alarming. We partner with non-governmental organizations to empower and support communities that are deeply affected by these issues.

This project seeks to correct the current imbalances by supporting local businesses. This is achieved by empowering women, men and youth in these communities through skills training and development. Your support is essential to reach as many people possible.

Participate in our International Development internship in South Africa to help disadvantaged communities.

Measuring our impact

Projects work towards clear, long-term goals with annual targets. No matter how long they are with us, every volunteer or intern we send helps us achieve these goals.

We take a look back every year to see how far we have come towards these goals. The Global Impact Report documents our accomplishments. Read the most recent report to learn more about the global impact of our volunteers, interns, and staff.

Food and accommodation

Stay with a Cape Town host family. You will be welcomed into their home and will learn about their culture. This is the best way for you to fully immerse yourself into South Africa’s culture and experience a truly unforgettable experience.

We will try to allow you to live with at least one Projects Abroad intern or volunteer at the same host family. Your room will be small but clean and safe.

The programme fee includes three meals per day.

Freizeit activities and leisure time

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation. It has many cultures. The location of our projects is Cape Town. This region offers a wide range of exciting activities for your spare time.

There are two options: you can surf at Muizenberg Beach or you can relax at a beachside restaurant. You can try a variety of local cuisine, including the delicately spiced Cape Malay curries or the creamy milk tart dessert.

South Africa’s past is difficult. You can find out more at Robben Island and District 6 Museum.

You can spend the whole day lost in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa’s towering silos for an unforgettable experience. A trip to Cape Town is complete without a ride on the cable car up Table Mountain.

There are many projects we run in South Africa so you’re sure to find other volunteers. If you are looking to travel with others, you will find people like you who will join you on your adventure.

Safety and support for staff

Our top concern is your safety and security. There are many systems and procedures that we use to make sure you can enjoy your trip without worry. Projects Abroad staff is available 24/7 to assist you and help you settle into your accommodation. They will help you if you have any issues.

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