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Planning Your Internship With Confidence

Travel has been hugely impacted by COVID-19, and our internships in Africa are no exception. But we’ve adjusted our booking policies so it’s risk-free to book, and easier to change your travel plans, should this be necessary. We’ve also added more online internships – they allow you to do an internship with an African nonprofit, but from the comfort of your own home.


We’re pleased to say that a number of countries we work in have opened their borders for international travel; Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. We’re keeping a close eye on the situations in all the countries we offer internships in, and we will be happy to advise you if you have any questions or concerns.


We understand it’s an uncertain time to plan any trip, so we’re happy to offer flexible booking conditions;

  • We’ve lowered the deposit for bookings to $150.
  • Should COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible for you to travel at the start of your internship, you’ll be able to postpone your internship for any amount of time, at no extra cost. (This applies if borders are closed or if circumstances around the pandemic make it impossible for other reasons to travel.)

Please note:

  • Roots Interns is not responsible for any incidental expenses that an intern may have incurred as a result of the booking, such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights, etc.
  • We urge our interns to take out a premium travel insurance that will cover for cancellations due to the Coronavirus. Please make sure your policy would cover you if the Coronavirus is the reason for you to revise your plans.


Safety comes first, and we can assure you that we’re closely monitoring the situation in each country we work in, and making adjustments on the ground so that our interns, staff members, and nonprofit partners are all able to continue to do important humanitarian and conservation work. If you have any specific concerns or questions about your destination, please let us know!


Does my travel insurance cover me if I need to cancel my internship: 

This depends entirely on your specific insurance. Most insurance companies offer a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage, which would cover for a percentage of the loss, depending on the level of CFAR coverage purchased, and provided the trip is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to scheduled departure. Please ask your insurance company the right questions to ensure that you are covered.

What is the COVID-19 situation like in the African countries you work in? 

You can track the worldwide situation through the Coronavirus Tracker.

What if I want to postpone my internship? 

If you’re unable to travel because of the pandemic, you will be able to postpone your internship. If this specific internship has no availability at a later date of your choice, we will make sure to find you another suitable position. We will re-book you at no extra cost.