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Welcome to Internships in Zimbabwe

World-famous Safaris, fascinating history and culture, and a fantastic destination to make an impact for the right cause! Zimbabwe is the ideal internship destination for wildlife lovers, medics, and adventurous travelers.

Best known for the incredible game viewing and safari experiences it offers, Zimbabwe is a truly exciting internship destination. As far as attractions go, not only does Zimbabwe have some of the best safari parks in the world, but also has a thriving capital, Harare, beautifully diverse scenery, and one of the wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. The main reason Zimbabwe makes for a great internship destination though is the expansive catalog of remarkable organizations doing worthwhile work that you can join. We have some of our most exciting internship opportunities in Public Health and Wildlife Conservation located in Zimbabwe, not to mention a truly one-of-a-kind African Field Guiding Course. Another added bonus is that an internship in Zimbabwe would put you in the perfect position to explore the rest of Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe, or Zim as it’s colloquially known, is located at the center of Southern Africa. Its geography features diverse landscapes, from the iconic Victoria Falls and Zambezi River to rugged mountains like the Matobo Hills and lush national parks like Hwange. The country’s culture is a blend of indigenous traditions, colonial influences, and modern developments. Art, music, and dance play a significant role, and Zimbabweans still celebrate many traditional cultural events and ceremonies. Historic sites like Great Zimbabwe showcase the nation’s ancient history, while urban centers like Harare accommodate for a mix of contemporary and traditional ways of life.

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Zimbabwe Highlights

Wildlife and Natural Beauty

Experience exhilarating adventures in nature in Zimbabwe during your time off. Explore the country’s patchwork landscapes and discover Africa’s most iconic wildlife!

Victoria Falls

Witness this awe-inspiring wonder of the world, Victoria Falls, locally referred to as Mosi oa Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”)

Medical internships

Zimbabwe is home to world-class research teams doing vital work to combat critical public health issues around the country and beyond

Remarkable Historical Sites

Visit ancient historical sites including the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and ancient rock art in the Matobo Hills. For more recent history, visit Harare’s National Heroes Acre.

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Wildlife Research Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Fuller Forest, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Wildlife Research, Data Collection & Analysis
Join a team of professionals in research on African wildlife, advancing the understanding of wildlife ecosystem conservation.
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Why Choose Roots Internships in Zimbabwe

We can give you several reasons why you should join Roots for an internship, but also find out from our previous interns how internship positions in Zimbabwe can boost your professional career and grow your interpersonal skills.

This internship exceeded my expectations. The work was exactly as i hoped it would be and I was able to learn a lot about local people, the wildlife, photography, animal tracking, and about my own goals. I learned a lot about human and animal interactions and why the conservation work is so important. The experiences confirmed for me that i really want to work in this field. I’m very proud that i was able to contribute to this organization and their work and I’m proud that i was able to learn so much.

Simon Schoger,Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Wildlife Research Internship

I cannot express my gratitude to Roots Interns enough for helping me arrange my internship in Zimbabwe. It was a marvelous experience that I will cherish forever. The best part of the whole internship was the staff on the project; they were kind & patient and made sure I worked in as many activities as possible to get the most out of my time. It was not just about everything I learned, but also all the fun I had. It was like a cool breeze of the ocean filled with knowledge. I’m grateful for this opportunity personally and for the value it will add to my CV.

Ramsai Talluri, Woxsen University, Wildlife Research internship

Important information about Zimbabwe

Internship locations in Zimbabwe

Harare

Discover Harare, Zimbabwe’s vibrant capital. Explore its modern urban charm blended with cultural heritage and find markets, museums, and botanical gardens. A captivating blend of history and contemporary life awaits.

Victoria Falls

Located only minutes from the falls this town is one of Zimbabwe’s, and southern Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. You’ll find a comfortable range of amenities within the town including cafes, restaurants, and bars. Then, you’ll also have access to Victoria Falls and the array of adventure activities available there.

Imire Game Rerserve

Escape to Imire Game Reserve in Zimbabwe for an authentic wildlife experience. Witness elephants, rhinos, and other African species in their natural habitat. Engage in conservation efforts, go on thrilling safaris, and immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique sanctuary.

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Weather and Climate

Zimbabwe’s climate varies across regions. Harare enjoys a mild, temperate climate with temperatures in the 20s year-round and little variation across the season. Influenced by the falls themselves, Victoria Falls experiences a more tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season, from November to March, sees heavy rainfall, while the dry season from April to October offers optimal waterfall viewing. Imire Game Reserve’s weather aligns with Harare’s, making it a pleasant destination throughout the year. Consider the season you’re visiting for optimal experiences: wildlife sightings in dry months and lush landscapes in wet months.

Safety and Support

Throughout your internship in Zimbabwe we’re here to support you. Zimbabwe is a safe country as long as you practice common sense precautions. Tourist destinations like Harare and Victoria Falls specifically are also considered safe. (Unsurprisingly, Imire Game Reserve has very little crime, though you will have to watch out for the wildlife!) Victoria Falls especially is a popular and well-patrolled tourist area and crime rates are low here. Harare has relatively low crime rates compared to some African cities, but petty theft does occur. As with any destination, be cautious in crowded places, safeguard your belongings, and follow local advice.

Zimbabwe Travel Requirements

  • Visa – All interns need to apply for a visa before entry. This can be done by visiting a consulate or applying online. We recommend doing this as far ahead of schedule as possible.
  • Travel Insurance – You want to have a carefree experience during your internship abroad, so it’s important to get the right travel insurance; a package that is suited for your upcoming trip. Check out our page with more information on flights and insurance.
  • Police Clearance / Background Check – This is a standard policy for most of our internships, as you are often working with vulnerable individuals. The procedure on how to obtain a police clearance/background check varies per country.
  • Vaccinations – We always advise seeking out a medical professional’s advice before traveling in regard to vaccinations. However typically Hepatitis A; Tetanus are advised, and Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid are worth considering depending on the kind of trip you’re planning. Also, all interns will require a yellow fever certificate to enter the country.

ZIMBABWE FAQS

Do I need antimalarials for Zimbabwe

We recommend checking with your doctor for advice on malaria medication. That said, malaria is high in areas near the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in the country and precautions will be necessary. Cover up with long sleeves and long trousers, especially after sunset, use plenty of insect repellent and sleep under a mosquito net. There is little to no risk in Harare.

Is Zimbabwe an expensive destination?

The official currency in Zimbabwe is currently the US dollar. It is a relatively expensive country compared to some of Southern Africa, but still amenable to most Western travelers’ budgets. Living costs will be very low during your internship, extras like safaris and adventure activities tend to be costly though.

What language is spoken in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages and many more in use. English is one of the official languages, and so is fairly widespread throughout the country.

Blogs about Zimbabwe

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December 13, 2023

Lessons Learned during a Wildlife Conservation Internship

What You’ll Learn from a Wildlife Conservation Internship “Some experiences are truly one-of-a-kind and cannot be replicated in one’s lifetime. From my perspective, this internship was such an extraordinary opportunity.…
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November 23, 2023

A Guide to Doing an Internship in Zimbabwe

Interning with NGOs in Zimbabwe can be a career-boosting, life-enhancing, perspective-shifting experience. The wilds of nature, the contrasting ways of life, and the gratifying work of Zimbabwe internships can have…
Zimbabwe5 Reasons to Intern in Zimbabwe
June 20, 2023

5 Reasons to Intern in Zimbabwe

Why Intern in Zimbabwe? There are so many answers to this question. To see the Victoria Falls. To see the best safari experiences in Africa. To benefit from expert mentorship…

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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

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SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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