HIV Health Support Internship, Malawi

Gain experience in health education and HIV support in the context of a developing country

If you’re looking for work experience in the health sector, here is a unique opportunity to join an HIV support internship in a rural African community. You’ll help organize and run group sessions for people who are HIV positive, in order to provide them with much needed information and support. As an intern, you’ll play a vital role in both the delivery and the development of this nonprofit initiative, and you’ll help measure its impact on the ground.

This internship is a challenging but incredibly valuable and rewarding learning experience. It’s an opportunity to gain practical work experience in health education and HIV support in the context of a developing country. It’s also an opportunity to make a real impact in this community.

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Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Health NGO
Counseling, Education, HIV, Program management
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,320
ORGANISATION

You’ll be part of a small nonprofit initiative, developed and overseen by medical professionals, that organizes group counseling sessions and workshops with people who are HIV positive. In Malawi, there is still a considerable amount of stigma that surrounds HIV, and there is a lack of education and support available. Based in Nkhata Bay, this nonprofit was developed with the aim to spread awareness on HIV and AIDS, educate people on the importance of nutrition, and provide counseling to those who need it. In addition, they help find business opportunities for those affected by HIV, to help ensure their livelihoods.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

As a health support intern on this program, you’ll play a vital role in delivering HIV support sessions in the local communities. You’ll be working with a local translator, who is fluent in Chi-Tonga, the local language.

What you’ll do

Depending on your skills, your tasks will include;

  • Coordinating and planning group meetings in the community
  • Delivering counseling sessions at group meetings
  • Helping provide a balanced and nutritious meal at each session
  • Helping to develop and update the content of the workshop material
  • Keeping key stakeholders informed on the progress of the support program
  • Researching the extent and nature of the need for HIV support in the local community
  • Helping with the monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Helping generate small business ideas with group members
  • Managing a project budget
Requirements
  • Ideally some working experience in the health sector  
  • Basic knowledge of HIV and AIDS 
  • Ideally some training or counseling experience 
  • A commitment to being culturally sensitive and discreet 
  • An ability to work independently 
  • A passion for assisting those affected by HIV 
  • A self-starter attitude
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

During your internship, you’ll be lucky enough to stay at a lodge in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on the banks of Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a beach bar, and several communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets, too. The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different community and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this gorgeous space with like-minded people.

DATES & RATES

Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

2021 Rates

2 months USD 1,320
3 months USD 1,780
4 months USD 2,240

Includes:
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
Excludes:
  • Flights to Malawi
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals: you can prepare your own meals or opt to book the meal package for two meals a day for USD 270 per month.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Airport transfer to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km)
  • In case of late arrival: extra night in accommodation in Lilongwe

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
QUICK FACTS
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Health NGO
Counseling, Education, HIV, Program management
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,320
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical work experience in health work in a rural African context 
  • Help fight stigmas about HIV and support people who are HIV positive 
  • Contribute to the long term impact of an important nonprofit initiative
  • Live and work in a beautiful part of Malawi 
  • Have the flexibility of working remotely
2 MONTHS USD 1,320
3 MONTHS USD 1,780
4 MONTHS USD 2,240

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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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