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.

Reopening our Internships in Africa

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. South Africa will re-open their borders on 1 October 2020. 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.

Flexible Booking Conditions

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

  • We’ve lowered the deposit for bookings to USD 200.
  • 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 to travel.)

FAQs

Safety on the ground

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!

You can track the worldwide situation here; https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/.

For country specific information about the COVID-19 situation in the country, please check the links below:

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.

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 you to take out a premium travel insurance that will cover for cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please make sure your policy will cover you if the Covid-19 pandemic is the reason for you to revise your plans.

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.