The Bookery, Cape Town

The Bookery was established in 2010 with a mission to provide libraries and library support to public schools in South Africa.

Libraries are important for any school. They are safe places where children can improve their literacy, expand their understanding of the world and find joy in reading. Yet at least 85% of public schools in South Africa do not have functional libraries. It is worst in poor communities, where there are few quiet places to learn, and where many homes don’t own books.To address this problem, The Bookery provides a library and a trained young librarian to under-resourced public schools in South Africa.

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Event Management Internship

Applications open for 2021

Event Management Internship in South Africa

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Event management, Coordination

Bring your coordination skills to a nonprofit that installs libraries in township schools.

Nonprofit communications and marketing internship

Open for applications

Non Profit Communications and Marketing Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Marketing, Communications, PR

Help spread the message of an inspiring charity that builds libraries at schools in township areas.

Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Fundraising, Grant proposal writing

Gain practical work experience by helping drive a number of creative fundraising initiatives.

The Bookery

Building Libraries

At each school they work at, The Bookery builds a collection of 4000 books that are of good quality and relevance to the school. Then they provide support to the library. They empower the young librarian – or ‘library assistant’ – with the skills to manage the library.

Their work helps to bring the school library to life, as a place where literacy initiatives can thrive and school learners can read for study and for fun. To date, they have set up 82 school libraries in South Africa.

What To Expect as an Intern with The Bookery

As an intern, you’ll gain practical experience in a nonprofit context, and contribute to a worthwhile cause at the same time. Based in  Cape Town, you’ll get a get to see a small non profit with a passion for literacy hard at work. You will have a chance to visit the school libraries to meet the trained librarians. You will also get a chance to attend library events.

The Office Neighbourhood

The Bookery is located in Woodstock, an edgy and evolving suburb of Cape Town. It’s full of cafes, eateries and markets. You will have a choice of accommodation nearby in the city centre or Observatory.