Communications Internship At Natural Farming Organisation, Cape Town

Is writing and spreading positive news something you like doing? And do you want to contribute to the marketing and communications strategy of an organization? We are excited to offer you the Communications Internship with Urban Harvest. This organization is South Africa’s oldest edible garden service that installs (and maintains) food gardens in homes, businesses, schools and communities. By helping South Africans to grow their own food, they are supporting a healthier, happier and more sustainable way of life for everyone. With over 300 gardens installed you can definitely get your hands dirty, but more than that it will also provide you with excellent opportunities to meet the people,  communities and stories behind these gardens. You’ll be sure to be involved in all aspects of communications ranging from strategy to writing blogs, social media posts to online community management.

Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town, South Africa
  • Type of Organisation Environmental NGO
  • Work Focus Social media, Writing, Marketing
  • Length of Internship Minimum 8 weeks
  • Accommodation Choice of several types
  • Fee As from USD 1,390 for 8 weeks

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A Little Bit About Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest is South Africa’s oldest edible garden service that provides installation, maintenance and support of organic food gardens in homes, businesses, schools and communities. This organizations is based in Cape Town and makes it easy for South Africans to grow their own fresh, nutrient-rich and chemical free food and have a great time doing it. By helping South Africans to grow their own food, they are supporting a healthier, happier and more sustainable way of life for everyone. In addition using an ecological approach to food gardens supports natural systems and helps to cut down on the harmful effects of the packaging, travel miles and chemical pollution created by mainstream, store bought foods. Urban Harvest also offers courses and coaching sessions on natural farming.

To date they have installed and maintained more than 300 beautiful and highly productive food gardens at homes, hotels, restaurants, schools and community projects.

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What You’ll Be Doing 

Urban Harvest is assisted by an Intern to assist them with Marketing and Communications. You will spend most of your time in the office, but there absolutely is plenty of opportunity to go out to the gardens to either get your hands dirty or collect interesting content. The majority of the tasks will be communications focused, but depending on your interests and skills projects or tasks can be adjusted.

  • Strategy: assisting in defining communications and marketing strategy
  • Social media: creating and scheduling of content on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Community management: engaging with online community and interacting with them in a way that leads to sales conversions and donations.
  • Writing blogs and newsletters
  • PR: writing press releases and create/manage the media database
  • Website: update content and come up with suggestions to improve the website.
  • Research: looking for new communications, marketing, fundraising or PR opportunities.

Skills or abilities you will learn while working with Urban Harvest
You will gain experience in the following main areas

  • Digital marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Community management
  • Communications

Main skills that can be developed

  • Strategic communication skills
  • Writing skills
  • Research skills

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Where You’ll Stay 

You will get a private room in one of the shared houses in the lively neighborhood of Observatory sharing primarily with other students or interns.

  • Observatory is one of Cape Town’s student hotspots and it has a very cosmopolitan mix of people, so you’ll definitely meet new friends here.
  • The houses and rooms are furnished and equipped with a functioning kitchen and washing machine. Meals are NOT included.
  • A cleaning service, for the communal areas of the house, is included. The cleaning service doesn’t do the dishes though. Bedding and linen are also supplied, towels aren’t though.
  • Electricity is not included. The electricity is worked out between the tenants in the house, and run via a prepaid system in the house. At a few locations, it’s different and you pay an extra R 300 per month for electricity.
  • WiFi: you can buy monthly data bundles to use the WiFi internet (varying from USD 5 for 1 GB to USD 20 for uncapped access)
  • Electricity: electricity is worked out between the tenants in the house, and run via a prepaid system in the house. There are however a few houses where you have to pay ZAR 250 extra for the electricity.
  • Room prices vary depending on size, type, and availability of the room. You have to pay a lease fee and a deposit (the deposit will be refunded upon your departure provided nothing is damaged).

If you are interested in another kind of accommodation, please let us know as we are happy to look for other options for you.

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For this work placement, Urban Harvest is looking for people with the following  attributes and skills.

  • Work well in a team.
  • Good understanding (both written and spoken) of the English language.
  • Like the idea of contributing to a young and growing organization.
  • Preferably experience with social media.
  • Nice to have: Interest in sustainability, gardening, community and social development.
  • Nice to have: interest in taking pictures.
  • Bring your own laptop.

How to apply?
If you’re keen for this work placement and feel that you could make an impact with Urban Harvest, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the  (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
  2. If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat to you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the enquiry form. We’ll be happy to assist!

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When can you start making an impact?
The starting date of your internship with Urban Harvest is based on what is most convenient for you and Urban Harvest. Please keep in mind Urban Harvest is closed for two weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

At Roots we do everything we can to make your work placement experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Cape Town, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported. These fees are based on a single room in a shared house.  You can come for any length of time (minimum 8 weeks) – the prices below are a guide but we can send you an exact quote depending on the duration of your internship, room type, and availability.
8 weeks   – as from USD 1,434
12 weeks – as from USD 1,826
16 weeks – as from USD 2,218

What is included in the fee?

  • Full accommodation rental fees based on a single room.
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day.
  • Placement fee for finding you the right internship, assistance with your visa,  organizing accommodation and transport, preparations and support to you and host organization before, during and after your placement. *Each year several internship spaces are reserved for South African citizens where placement fee will be waived.

What is not included in the fee?

  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Electricity and WiFi at your accommodation
  • Lease fee and deposit (NB. deposit to be refunded upon your departure)
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


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