Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Internship, South Africa/Tanzania/Zambia

Support Women and Teenage Girls and work to close prevailing Gender Gaps

Join a grass-roots nonprofit that runs female empowerment projects in Southern and East Africa. It’s an opportunity to learn about gender equality issues in an African context, to get an in-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector, and to contribute to a worthwhile cause.

The projects are based in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania, and while each program addresses slightly different issues, they are all supporting teenage girls and working to close prevailing gender gaps. As an intern, you’ll both be able to help facilitate projects on the ground, and work behind the scenes on fundraising, reporting, communications, and related areas. The Female Empowerment and Gender Equality internship will give you a broad understanding of nonprofit management in general, and female empowerment projects in particular.

QUICK FACTS
 South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Social Non-profit
Female Empowerment, Gender Equality
4-12 Weeks
From USD 2,495
ORGANISATION

Addressing a number of disadvantages females face in the African countries they work in, this nonprofit provides teenage girls with developmental support. They do this through a number of different focus areas; education, health, safety, income generation, early pregnancy and self-confidence. The projects have slightly different focus areas in the different countries, depending on the local issues that needs to be addressed most urgently. The overall goal of these projects is to see better educated young women (and men) head towards adulthood with a smaller gender gap and more opportunities for women.

The Gender Equality and Female Empowerment projects run at the following locations:

  • Cape Town, South Africa: focus on safety and violence
  • Livingstone, Zambia: working with younger boys and girl (primary school age)
  • Moshi, Tanzania: working with secondary aged students with special focus on female mutilation and child marriage
  • St. Lucia, South Africa: is more a research based internship where they work with partners. The focus is more on healthcare (e.g. HIV, health education, early pregnancies)
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

During this female empowerment internship, you’ll be supported by staff members on the ground, as well as a qualified personal development coach, who will help you make the most of the experience, and place it in the context of your academic course and your future career.

What you’ll do

As an intern on this gender equality program, you’ll be able to get involved in a wide range of areas, including;

  • Development and facilitation of educational projects on the ground. If you have any special interests and skills, it’s always possible to share these the girls we work with. Think about confidence-building activities, self-defense, or even dance as a form of self-expression!
  • Facilitation of support groups for girls and women: to help uplift them (and their family) discussions, workshops and sometimes also income-generating activities.
  • Family assistance: ranging from assistance at home to working with the children to provide them a better foundation for future education and work.
  • Fundraising activities
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Donor relationship managements
  • Communications & social media
Requirements
  • Passion for creating change on global issues such as human rights, gender equality and female empowerment. Plus you should be able to adapt to living in an African country.
  • We work predominantly with vulnerable children addressing sensitive topics, so it’s important you are emotionally strong, open-minded and posses a certain level of maturity.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Have an attention to detail, be a self-starter and pro-active (even though you will be working with a supportive team).
  • Choose a preferred location and internship period
  • NB. For an internship in Livingstone (Zambia) a minimum age of 21 years applies (due to visa regulations).
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

At every location you will be living and sharing a house with volunteers.

  • 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 also have to manage medications that you take, and also need to be responsible to share the use of these to alert the site manager in the event of an emergency.
  • You will be collected from and taken to the airport and during your internship transport to the projects is provided (either car or bicycle).
DATES & RATES

Starting dates differ per location but generally twice a month but in some months (January, July, August, December)  there is more flexibility. Let us know and we will give you the exact options for your preferred location. Longer stays than 12 weeks are also possible, contact us for more information.

2020 Rates
Location 4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
Cape Town, South Africa N/A USD 4,045 USD 5,685
St. Lucia, South Africa USD 2,495 USD 4,135 USD 5,775
Livingstone, Zambia USD 2,495 USD 4,135 USD 5,775
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania N/A USD 3,985 USD 5,625
Includes:
  • Return airport transfers
  • Orientation program, including a security briefing and introduction to the country
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects
  • Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day from Monday to Friday
  • Assistance at your projects by local staff and intern coordinators
  • Full training and mentoring
Excludes:
  • All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Personal insurance – to include cover for repatriation and air evacuation
  • Passport and Visa fees

Optional extra:

Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
QUICK FACTS
South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Social Non-profit
Gender Equality, Female Empowerment
4-12 Weeks
From USD 2,495
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

I had to do an internship for my study, so I decided to take this opportunity to travel abroad for the first time. I did a lot of research on the internet, looking for the right organization and finally found Roots Interns’ website which appeared to me be trustful. We had a lot of Skype calls and they took the time to ask me what I was looking for. We talked a lot about my requirements, including my English speaking and professional skills and then they matched me with this organization. For anyone who wants to do an internship abroad, I would recommend this one hundred percent and I will encourage you to take on this unique experience.

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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Assist with educational projects and support groups
  • Gain insight in and assist with fundraising, communications, donor management, and monitoring
  • Contribute to an organization aiming to empower and educate girls, women, boys and men to help them make more informed positive decisions that promote gender equality
  • Opportunity to also share you own special interests, hobbies, and skills with the girls
  • Live with other volunteers and interns
  • Explore African wildlife, visit cultural sites and the colourful markets in your spare time
4 WEEKS USD 2,495
8 WEEKS USD 3,985
12 WEEKS USD 5,625

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APPLYING
How to apply?

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

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com.
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  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 fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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