Support women and teenage girls and work to close prevailing gender gaps
Join a grass-roots nonprofit that runs female empowerment projects in Zambia. 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 project is based in Livingstone, Zambia , and supports 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.
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 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.
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.
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
- 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
You will be based in Livingstone, a welcoming tourist town in a unique setting. Just a short drive away from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and the famous Victoria Falls, there will be plenty of opportunities to take sunset boat cruises and explore what nature has to offer! During your time off, you can venture to the African bush for a safari or stroll around the local markets.
Your backpackers accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! There are dorms or single rooms available, and you’ll have use of a great number of facilities, including a pool.
Safety & Support
Zambia is a relatively safe country, but there is petty crime, so it’s always good to be vigilant. Some safety tips are to avoid traveling alone, take a taxi/Uber at night, know safe/unsafe areas, avoid carrying valuables around, stay alert, and inquire about swim area safety. Prioritize protection from heatstroke and dehydration during your stay by drinking plenty of water. It is also important to respect the advice given to you by the accommodation host and internship supervisor.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the accommodation for staying in touch with loved ones through WhatsApp, Zoom, etc., but it may be slow. Purchase a Zambian SIM card for reliable phone use or opt for roaming.
At the backpackers, you can enjoy diverse meals with international and local flavors! During weekdays, breakfast and dinner are included in the fee, and open fire cooking sessions and braais (BBQ) are enjoyed weekly. Make sure to notify us in advance of any allergies/dietary needs.
Livingstone is located in one of Africa’s most peaceful countries, and offers a welcoming atmosphere where the locals will make you feel at home. Add excitement with bungee jumping, white water rafting, or helicopter flights. You can discover landmarks such as the Chobe Safari (Botswana) and Victoria Falls or take a weekend trip over to Zimbabwe!
DATES & RATES
2023: 23 Jan – 20 Feb – 20 Mar – 17 Apr – 15 May – 12 Jun – 10 Jul – 7 Aug – 4 Sept – 2/30 Oct – 27 Nov – 25 Dec
2024: 22 Jan – 19 Feb – 18 Mar – 15 Apr – 13 May – 10 Jun – 8 Jul – 5 Aug – 2/30 Sept – 28 Oct – 25 Nov – 23 Dec
Longer stays than 12 weeks are also possible, contact us for more information.
What you will pay (2024 Rates)
4 weeks USD 3,050
6 weeks USD 3,650
8 weeks USD 4,250
10 weeks USD 4,850
12 weeks USD 5,450
- 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
- Regular check ins during your internship.
- Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
- Troubleshooting if needed
- Full training and mentoring
- 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
Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Zambia.
During your internship in Zambia, you’ll be able to work with people from around the world, while also becoming part of a tight-knit community. Check out this testimonial blog from a past intern about her experience in Zambia to learn more about what your Zambian internship may entail!
An internship with an NGO in Zambia will allow you to develop and strengthen various skills such as communication, teamwork, project management, problem-solving, leadership, and adaptability. You can check out this blog article in order to learn more about why doing a charity internship is good for your career!
It’s not a guarantee that there will be other interns on-site at the same time as you, but the organizations work with people internationally and locally to achieve their goals daily so there are plenty of colleagues around. The accommodation is a great way to meet other volunteers in the area as well!
Only people above the age of 21 can apply due to visa requirements. If you’re under 21 you can apply for a hybrid internship, which is up to 1 month in person and then continues remotely.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to receive any compensation. Since you’ll be joining a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but you can find ways to fund your internship here. The opportunities for both professional and personal growth are invaluable and your experience will bring a wealth of new knowledge!
“I have always wanted to work in gender equality and women’s rights. This internship helped me to continue building experience working on the ground, whilst contributing my expertise to a successful and established project. I brought up some ideas I had for the curriculum and together with my supervisor, we worked on moving the discussion of consent much earlier in the educational programs. Previously, non-sexual and sexual consent were taught in one lesson. By moving non-sexual consent earlier in the curriculum we were able to include it in other relevant topics such as body positivity, discussing private areas of a person’s body. So, by the time the students get to the lesson on sexual consent the idea of consent and the basic notion of body autonomy is already understood.””Isabella, American University, Gender Equality InternshipNonprofit Management Internship, Greater Kruger
- 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
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Female Empowerment Education Internship
- Min. 8 weeks
- Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
- Education, Facilitation, Research
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