Internship in South Africa

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If you have a seeker and traveler in you, with the strong motivation of starting off a professional life with a different edge, then an internship abroad experience is the best choice you can make. Helping Abroad collaborates with various organizations and communities in South Africa to provide internship opportunities to young learning enthusiasts, with a wide array of options to choose from: Orphanage project, Teaching English Project, Community Health Project, HIV/AIDS project, Street Children Project and Social Work Project.

South Africa can be a great destination to start your professional journey with. Make your way to the rainbow nation for an insightful internship abroad experience. One of the newly industrialized countries, South Africa is home to a wide variety of cultures, traditions, languages and religions, which can be a fascinating sight to observe.

To get a head-start on your South Africa internship, take a few moments to contact us by email for more information, including travel dates, fees and more. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fees and Dates

Helping Abroad volunteers Program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Helping abroad offers the most affordable internship program in South Africa. Except our registration fee of $299, our fees start as low as $500. You can click the link to get the detailed information about internship fees in South Africa.

Internship Programs

Orphanage Internship Project in South Africa

orphans playing with intern

Despite being one of the well-to-do African nations, South Africa is not untouched by misery and deprivation in certain areas. The repercussions of HIV/AIDS, poverty, conflict and disease has left hundreds of children orphaned, and homed by numerous orphanages in South Africa.

In the Orphanage Internship Project in South Africa, interns will be responsible for taking care of the children homed by the orphanage and for teaching. Teaching may include subjects like Math, Science and English, and will involve tutoring the kids with their homework, and also arranging activities like art, craft, music and dance. They can also teach life skills and about personal hygiene and sanitation. Interns also have the choice to help out in the administrative duties of the orphanage.

Interns for the Orphanage Internship Project will get to observe and learn about the lives of children living in the orphanage, and will have the opportunity to spread smiles among these children. Involvement in the administrative unit will help interns get a basic understanding on how orphanages operate on a day to day basis. This is a wonderful opportunity to feed to your wanderlust, at the same time get into an eye opening journey of learning and self improvement.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

This internship project does not have educational requirements or experience and skills for the interns. However, patience and flexibility are traits that are preferred. The interns should also be compassionate and have the passion for helping children.

Teaching Internship Program in South Africa

In spite of English being an official language in South Africa, children studying in under resourced schools have hardly any chance of improving their English language skills, due to which they have difficulty communicating and comprehending English language. Helping Abroad is on a quest of helping these children develop their English by sending volunteers and interns into the resource poor schools.

Interns for the Teaching Internship Project in South Africa will most importantly be involved in teaching English. They can either choose to directly teach in classrooms or assist teachers with classroom activities and lessons. They can also help teachers in curriculum development and to plan extra curricular activities. Interns also have the option of helping out in administrative works in the school.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for teaching passionate people to start a career in English teaching. Teaching english in an environment as challenging as this will be a great experience of learning and observing for the interns. The internship will add to your resume as a unique work experience and will be your chance of visiting new places and immersing into vibrant, new cultures.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

Native speakers of English language are highly preferred for this internship, but non native speakers with a good command over the language are also welcome. Interns need not have specific qualifications and skills, however traits like patience and flexibility will be more than necessary.

Street children Internship Project in South Africa

Street children with an intern

South Africa has a lot of children taking to the streets after running away from their homes due to various reasons like abuse and neglect. These children live in the streets and are at higher risks of being abused and getting involved in criminal and anti social activities. Helping Abroad collaborates with organizations working for the welfare of these children and provides internship opportunities in the organization.

Interns for the Street Children Project can get involved in teaching, tutoring and taking care of the children. They can also arrange activities like art, music, dance and craft. If interested, interns can choose to engage in administrative duties as well.

Internship in the Street children project in South Africa will help interns get hands on experience and indulge directly in community development. It will be an insightful experience for interns and good way to start if social work and community development is what one is interested in. It can also be taken as an opportunity to give back to the community that interns will be learning and observing from. It will be an enriching experience to learn and help, in a new country with its own set of unique cultures and cuisine to enjoy.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

This internship does not require any kind of educational qualifications, skills or experience. Interns should come with a passion for working for the welfare of local communities, should be flexible and patience in nature and should have a feeling of compassion for the children.

HIV/AIDS Internship Project in South Africa

South Africa, being the country with the highest number of HIV/AIDs infections in the world, has seen the epidemic bring disastrous effects on its population. With government bodies and media playing a strong part in its eradication efforts, numbers of new infections have gone down. However, awareness and counseling are important for prevention of the disease and for supporting those infected by it. With HIV/AIDS Internship project in South Africa, Helping Abroad provides internship opportunities in these organizations and projects that are working on awareness and counseling for HIV/AIDS prevention and support.

Interns will be allotted the responsibility of counseling the infected patients and to help the team with awareness campaigns. Interns can also give educational trainings in the local community, and can promote support groups, establishing community outreach programs. Interns can also help with fundraising and supporting the team with administrative and logistic duties.

The HIV/AIDS Internship project is highly recommended to those who have an interest in a career related to public health and HIV/AIDS, as interns will get to learn the aftermath of the fatal epidemic at the grass root level: how people are affected by it, how they cope with it and what approach works with them. Nothing beats a hands-on experience like this, when it comes to personal and professional growth to give a strong head start to a professional journey, accompanied by traveling and cultural immersion.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

This internship project has no educational or experience requirements that interns need to fulfill. However, the interns should be sensitive to the dynamics of the place they are working in, be flexible towards the different environment and should be compassionate towards the people.

Medical Internship Project in South Africa

Hospitals and clinics in the rural areas of South Africa are lacking of human and financial resources, due to which people are being denied access to proper medical services. Helping Abroad provides medical internship opportunities in South Africa, collaborating with the local hospitals and clinics.

Interns can get involved in a wide range of activities like helping with routine check ups, assisting in the lab and helping patients with physical therapy. They can also shadow health workers, therapists, nurses or doctors. They can also work in rehabilitation centers, provide basic first aid care, recording patient details, measuring vital signs, distributing medicines and assisting with medical procedures.

The intern will get a first hand experience in the medical field, working under doctors and medical professionals in rural areas of South Africa. If you are a medical student seeking to get a good start to your career, this project is the right project for you. The internship program comes with the opportunity to travel to a new place, immerse into a new culture and experience personal and professional growth.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

The intern for the Medical Internship project must possess a health care certification such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Medical interns without credentials are not allowed to work in this program because of the potential risk. The hospitals require a copy of your resume, clearly stating credentials and education before your arrival to the project.

Internship in Day Care Project in South Africa

childrens and interns in a day care center

Mainly due to rampant poverty, working parents cannot afford to keep their children in Day Care Centers. Helping Abroad partners with local Day Care Centers, providing internship opportunities to help take care of the children.

Interns will be spending their time with the children, playing with them and teaching basic English. They can arrange learning activities like reading books, dancing and singing; along with teaching life skills, personal hygiene and maintainance. Interns can also help in planning out events; fundraising and in administration duties as well.

This internship in the Day Care Project is a learning opportunity for interns to know how organizations for community development run at a local level. It will provide a general picture to the interns, who want to get involved in community development and social work. The internship experience will be a journey of explorations and self development, as interns will get to travel, observe, learn and immerse in the local culture.

Education Requirements and Project Skills:

Interns do not need to have a specific educational qualification and experience. However, they should be flexible and patient, working in a community different than the ones they live in.

Supervision and Field Support

The interns in the internship project will be guided and supervised by an experienced and qualified supervisor. Usually the head of the project will be mentoring the interns throughout the internship duration, guiding them professionally towards the completion of the project. Depending on the qualification and time allotted for the project, interns may be required to pay an additional supervision fee of $25-$50 per week to the supervisor.

College credit for internship project in South Africa

Please note that Helping Abroad does not provide college credits for internship project. Our local office or your supervisor can give you a letter verifying the duration and project of your internship. If you need college credit for your internship, please contact your own university or college. You can also talk to your professor.

Room and Food

Interns in South Africa will be staying in a hostel or with a host family in simple houses at safe and clean neighborhood with easy accessibility to internet cafes, supermarkets, restaurants and bus stops. Rooms will generally be shared with interns of the same gender. Host families for Helping Abroad are well screened and are respectable community members. Living with a host family will help interns improve their Spanish skills and get interns into authentic cultural immersion. During orientation and training program, interns will stay in our hostel in Cape Town.

Interns will be provided with meals three times a day (local food). Interns who require vegetarian food should specify it while filling up the application. However, other snacks and drinks outside the meal times will not be included. Orphanage Interns can stay in the orphanages as well, as these orphanages have extra rooms set aside for interns and volunteers, which are usually shared with other interns or volunteers.

Free Time

The Internship does not require interns to get involved in work 24/7. They will have free time in their hands during the evenings and during weekends, which they can use for interacting with other interns and visiting local areas nearby. Interns might be placed in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Albertinia, Knysna or Riversdale, according to the project they choose. Interns can go for city excursions and visit museums or choose to go for Safari trips, hiking, wine tasting, whale watching or also spend time in beaches or art galleries.