NGO Management Internship at Educational Center, Kenya

An all-round experience: from social media to fundraising and project management

Looking for an opportunity to get hands-on working experience with a nonprofit organization or NGO? Keen to help out with daily operations, communications, fundraising, project development, etc.? We have an exciting opportunity for you in Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria.

This organization provides education, food security, (health)care for over 300 vulnerable and orphaned children from the community and works towards an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential. This NGO Management Internship in Kenya provides you with an all-round working experience. One day you will support the design and implementation of development projects or create content for social media, and the next you will assist with fundraising, monitoring, and evaluation. A great internship if you are keen to use your skills and experience for a nonprofit organization and see the impact of your efforts on the ground.

QUICK FACTS
Kisumu, Kenya
Nonprofit, Education
NGO Management, All-round position
12-26 Weeks
From USD 1,932
ORGANISATION

This organization was founded in 2015 and they aim to empower and inspire people to initiate the individual and societal transformation we want to see. They work towards an environment allowing people to thrive and fulfill their potential. It is their role to build the capacity of people and organizations they work with, build bridges between agents of change to co-create this environment.

“We are innovative optimists sharing good ideas, knowledge and tools to create a better world and we envision a world of self-responsible, compassionate and curious human beings who work together to strengthen life in all forms.”

This organization works hand in hand with another foundation, that is operating an Educational Center providing education, food security, (health)care for over 300 vulnerable & orphaned children from the community. Torsten, the founder of the organization, discovered the Educational Center on his first journey through eastern and southern Africa in 2012. With no help from the government, the center survives from agriculture, occasional donations and the strength of its creator: Mama Dolfine. He was touched by her commitment to these children and promised himself to return.

In January 2015 he made his promise come true. Together with his good friend Mathilde he started a long 5200km journey from South Africa to Kenya, crossing Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda on their way, to raise awareness but also funds for the Educational Center. What started as a simple idea to help the Center and her children, turned into a big vision that evolved into the founding of this organization. They provide financial support as well as helps the Center to strengthen their capacity by consult in organizational development, designing and managing educational and development projects. Additionally, they also facilitate vocational training, alternative educational programs, and training of teachers.

The Center now houses a children’s home, non-formal nursery and primary school and acts as a sponsor for high-school and university. Aside from education, the children are taught the ideals of respect and love, environmental awareness, social and economic empowerment. They also have 14 acres of farm, as well as livestock like cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, fish and rabbits to provide an income.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do

Your role will be designed according to your skills, desired learning outcomes, and needs of the children. The tasks include:

  • Assist in day-to-day operations
  • Support the design and implementation of development projects at the educational center or within the community
  • Assist run social media (Facebook, Instagram) with daily photo and news updates
  • Assist run newsletter
  • Assist run the Child Sponsorship Program
  • Identify fundraising opportunities locally or internationally and assist in grant writing
  • Maintain donor relations
  • Contribute to the overall strategy and growth of the NGO
  • Assist in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • General support to the NGO’s board members with operational and administrative tasks

During the weekends or weeks off, you have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Kisumu, wider Kenya, and Eastern Africa. You can also initialize workshops or excursions with the kids, the staff or the wider community, or just spend time with the team and the children, play football, volleyball and so on.

Requirements
  • Background in Development Cooperation, Management or a related field
  • A strategic mind is important to drive and achieve positive, sustainable change
  • Self-motivated, flexible, independent, adaptable, warm-hearted, loving and caring
  • Excellent communicator
  • The ability to respect and work with different cultures
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Positive, ambitious and passionate

This organization also offers internships in Education and Pedagogy or Psychology and Social Work.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

For this NGO Management Internship you will live in an incredibly designed, clean, comfortable self-contained sustainable volunteer accommodation within the Center’s premises. The big community dome is specially designed for interaction, socializing and relaxing, so it’s a warm, welcoming and warm place.

A Minivan is available for trips in the area. The Lake Victoria, as well as the Impala Park (spot the big five!), are on the doorstep.  If you take a long weekend, you can travel a bit further (f.e. Mombasa, Uganda or Tanzania), or go on a safari (i.e. Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru) with the tea farms on the way offering perfect cultural breaks.

Your accommodation includes:

  • Four shared bedrooms (max. two persons per room with bunk bed). Bedding is provided.
  • The sustainable home features natural lighting, natural air conditioning, grey-water reuse (bring organic soaps), energy saving LED’s, solar water heaters and a shared bathroom.
  • Wifi is available in the house.
  • The Educational Center is just 20 km outside Kisumu, the third biggest city in Kenya. It’s situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, in the West of the country, close to the border with Uganda.
  • Full-board is included with three meals a day, but the volunteer house has it’s own kitchen so you can also prepare own meals.
  • The drinking water is filtered from collected rainwater.
DATES & RATES

The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, so it depends on your availability and capacity of the host organization.

2021 Rates

12 weeks USD 1,932
16 weeks USD 2,234
20 weeks USD 2,546
24 weeks USD 2,830

Includes:
  • Accommodation in Dome Volunteer Home (max. two persons per room, shared bathroom)
  • WiFi
  • Kisumu Airport pick up & drop off
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as drinking water, coffee, tea and fruits
  • Internship Mentor
  • Pre-Departure Pack
  • In-country supervision/support
  • Optional Weekend Excursions (additional fees might apply)
Excludes:
  • All items of personal nature such as curious, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and Visa fees

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise 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
Kisumu, Kenya
Nonprofit, Education
NGO Management, All-round position
12-26 Weeks
From USD 1,932
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

When people back home think of Africa, they often think of the poverty, violence, and disease we hear on the news. It seems that very rarely we hear about the amazing positive work that local people are doing to affect change in their communities. My time in Kisumu so far has really helped me change my perspective on this and the work inspires me every day. Kenya truly has some incredible people doing incredible work and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity.

Madeleine, United StatesNGO Management Internship, Kenya
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Develop your skills in communications, fundraising, monitoring, strategy
  • Contribute to a nonprofit aiming to empower the next generation of leaders in Kenya by providing mentorship, mental well-being and beyond school programs for children and youth
  • Gain insight into and assist with the daily operations of a nonprofit organization
  • Live and work at the Educational Center in a laid-back community in the west of Kenya
  • Explore the area: Lake Victoria, Impala Park are at your doorstop and the Kakamega Rainforest and Mt. Elgon National Park are within 2-3 hours drive
12 WEEKS USD 1,932
16 WEEKS USD 2,234
20 WEEKS  USD 2,546

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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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