Conservation Internship in Greater Kruger Area

Are you someone with a passion for nature and wildlife conservation? With an interest in NGO Management or International Development? Would you for example like to contribute to a leopard conservation and farming project? This exciting Conservation Internship in the Greater Kruger area might just be what you are looking for.  Whether it’s collecting data on the predators in the area to provide input for conservation issues or assisting young people in the community to grow their own vegetables to feed their family and generate an income. An excellent opportunity to be actively involved in these sustainable projects, experience what it’s like to work for a nonprofit organization and see the results of your efforts on the ground.

Conservation internship Kruger  Conservation internship Africa

Quick Facts

  • Destination Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
  • Type of organisation Conservation, nonprofit
  • Work focus nonprofit management, monitoring, project management
  • Length of internship 3-12 months
  • Accommodation Shared room including meals
  • Fee As from USD 3,645 (3 months)

This organization was established in 2008 and is a non-profit that works to implement long-term, positive change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities in Africa. They currently operate in East and Southern Africa to ‘Educate, Enrich and Empower’ in several focus areas: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition, Empowering Families, The Girl Impact and Conservation. They recognize the importance of identifying and fully understanding the unique needs of each community in order to effectively and sustainably address them. So they limit their reach to a smaller number of communities concentrating their efforts on building trust, nurturing lasting relationships and ensuring the sustainability of their involvement in each community.

These communities often lack access to education, health services, nutritious food or safe places to play. Without these basic necessities, it is difficult for individuals and families to feel empowered or to better themselves. Making a meaningful impact in these communities can take the form of providing access to education and health services, improving nutrition or creating a safe environment where children can play and learn.

Projects in the Greater Kruger area

  1. Farming Project – The unemployment rate in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are amongst the highest in South Africa often due to low education levels and lack of employment opportunities. This project supports unemployed young people in the community with the creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens. It empowers them to feed themselves and their family, but also to learn about business and develop their skills for future employment. They also produce vegetable garden starter kits to extend the benefit to others in the community.
  2. Leopard Conservation Project – Leopards are classed as vulnerable species. This project carries out research surveys on predators (f.e. leopards, lions, wild dogs, and hyenas) to collect data on population figures, potential risks and an understanding of their behavior, diet, and activity. These data will contribute to the conservation efforts (e.g. more informed management and protection strategies).

Recent achievements for the projects in the Greater Kruger area

  • Four people have been impacted by the Sasekile Garden in one year and an income of ZAR 3,519 has been generated.
  • Over the course of five months, 197 kg’s were harvested with which 1,066 full meals were made.
  • Over the course of a year, eight different species were identified with a total of 1,250 camera trap pictures produced for further observation and analysis by experts.

Custom-made Internship

Before the placement you will work closely with an intern placement specialist to discuss your goals, location options, identify your strengths and discuss the variety of projects and tasks. This will result in a custom-made internship which accounts for your interest and skills to serve their communities accordingly. Roughly there are five focus areas possible:

  • NGO Management Experience: Dive into understanding the day to day running of a working NGO. Develop a combination of skills including community relationships, operational management, governance, admin and, reporting. For a holistic experience, you are encouraged to note your learnings via a weekly journal entry to the intern supervisor, as well as reports such as financial trackers and project progress report.
  • Fundraising and Marketing: After identifying the fundraising priorities with your Business Manager, you will create a fundraising plan to meet goals accordingly. You will learn how to combine social media and marketing to reach more people to get involved in your fundraising campaigns. This activity develops your communication skills and your ability to present information in a succinct manner, attractive to donors.
  • Facilitate Projects: You can expect to run workshops in the communities we partner with to leave your impact and receive a better, in-depth understanding of our projects. Your working week will be split between 50% office time and 50% community engagement. Use this time to also explore and extend your customized skill or interest in our projects.
  • Measuring Impact: Measuring the impact our projects have on the communities and conservation is essential to ensure we are making a difference. We take our work seriously and are constantly looking for innovative ways in which we can deliver programs that will educate, empower and enrich our community partners and conservation programs.
  • African Experience: Experience all that Africa has to offer. Immerse yourself in your location’s culture and language and attend the many different activities to add to your adventure. From safaris to bungee jumping, water activities and village tours, there are amazing experiences in all our locations!

Bolt-on options for further professional development

If you like you can opt for a professional development mentor during this internship. This mentor will focus on your needs and areas for development to gear you towards future endeavour.

  • Personal Development Coach: Additional support to expand your knowledge about NGO management. You will have one-on-one sessions with your coach revolved around your personal goals and opportunities to explore what comes after your internship. Additional group sessions are held to connect to other interns and talk about fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, building capacity and conflict resolutions.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Support: You will develop social research methods skills through practical application of research tools included ethics, data analysis model, and frameworks. You will be supported by an M&E specialist looking at project-specific data collection and analysis, creating marketing material, as well as grant proposal details.
  • Research
    • Research Support: Expand your experience by conducting research and using our projects as a case study. Your Research Manager will support you through drafting a proposal with literature review, collecting and collating data, draft reviews which will lead to your final research paper or Capstone project.
    • Research Supervisor: An expert in your specific field of research like an academic professor, CEO, Conservationist, NGO director, activist, and more. Their very role is to act in support of your project by guiding you through the latest developments in your specific topic.

This organization also offers a Conservation and Photography Internship in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa.

NB. Please note that the internship is based on a volunteer work placement, so you are not receiving any payment or stipend.

You are based in the Greater Kruger Area just 45 minutes from world-famous Kruger National Park and 30 minutes from Nelspruit. The lodge is situated on 18 hectares of land with impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. There are a swimming pool, bar and plenty of space to relax and socialize with the others. At weekends you can visit the surrounding area (like the world-famous Blyde River Canyon). The team is there to help you organize your day and overnight trips. You will be sharing a dorm room with other interns or volunteers.

Dorm room Photography internship South Africa  Photography internship - pool

  • Typically the rooms are shared and so too are the bathrooms and communal areas.
  • You have to provide your own toiletries and towels, but bedding is provided and a laundry service is offered at a cost.
  • You also have access to WiFi at the house at a rate that will be communicated upon online orientation.
  • Your food is also provided and you need to take responsibility for cleaning the plates and utensils you use in the house.
  • You will be collected from and taken to the airport and during your internship transport to the projects is provided (either car or bicycle).


  • Know your interest, skills, and goals for this internship. And think about how this internship can be customized to fit what you are looking for.
  • Choose internship dates

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

  1. Send your CV and motivational letter to In the application please notify us of your preferred location(s) and internship dates.
  2. We’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
  3. We’ll connect you with the intern specialist from the host organization who will also send you the internship questionnaire.
  4. The intern specialist will have a 30-45 Minute Placement Session with you to review your CV, motivational letter, and questionnaire. In that session, you will also hear how the internship can be customized to fit what you are looking for. You will also hear more about the Bolt-on options to enhance your internship.
  5. Finally, the intern specialist will talk you through the next steps, placement opportunities, and booking process

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

Programme fees 2020

3 months – USD 3,645
4 months – USD 4,625
5 months – USD 5,549
6 months – USD 6,549

Fees Bold-on options

  • Monitoring & Evaluation – USD 95 per month
  • Research Support – USD 95 per month
  • Research Supervisor – USD 245 per month

What is included?

  • Customized Internship Placement
  • Accommodation
  • Internship Mentor
  • Pre-Departure Pack
  • 24/7 On-Site Support
  • Airport Pick Up
  • On Ground Transportation
  • Personal Development Coach
  • Visa Support
  • Weekday Meals
  • Cultural Activities
  • Academic Supervision (additional fees apply, see above)
  • Optional Weekend Excursions (additional fees apply)

What is not included in the cost?

  • All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and Visa fees

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