NGO Storytelling Internship, South Africa

Get experience in communications within the context of a social impact program

Become a storyteller for a community development initiative in rural South Africa, and help this program reach a wider audience. This internship is a wonderful opportunity to develop your writing skills, gain experience in all aspects of nonprofit communications, and – not unimportantly – to live right on the beach.

You’ll be based in Coffee Bay, a rural community on South Africa’s stunning Wild Coast, and you’ll be part of an education focused nonprofit organization. Addressing the poverty and unemployment that many communities face in this area, the nonprofit offers quality education for children, skill development programs for adults, and access to various social services. As an intern, you’ll gather stories in the field, and help manage and develop the organization’s communications platforms. You can expect a highly varied work experience, and a good insight into the role storytelling plays in raising awareness for a good cause.

This communications internship is an excellent opportunity for someone who’s passionate about social development, creative with their writing, and excited about the prospect of living in a beautiful rural location. (The surfing and hiking opportunities are phenomenal!)

Learning outcomes of this communications internship;

  • A wealth of practical experience in content gathering, writing for a variety of platforms, managing social media channels, and communications strategy
  • An understanding of digital marketing and fundraising
  • Field-based experience in community development
  • Insights into of the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • International work experience
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks

Sustainable Coffee Bay is a nonprofit organization based in South Africa’s Wild Coast, a rugged area on the country’s east coast. The nonprofit is on a mission to improve the quality of education and increase career prospects for the rural communities surrounding the town of Coffee Bay. They do this through three main focus areas; early childhood education, education and youth development, and rural assistance. By offering quality education for children of all ages, improving people’s access to social services, and providing skill development opportunities, Sustainable Coffee Bay ensures that poverty and the rural nature of this area stop being obstacles to people’s livelihoods.

What you’ll do

As an NGO storytelling intern, your tasks will include the following;

  • Managing and developing social media channels
  • Gathering stories and visual material on the projects that can be put out on all communications platforms
  • Doing communications and digital fundraising research
  • Assisting with website management and development
  • Running online fundraising campaigns
  • Creating newsletters and writing blog content
  • Assisting with system development
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • An ability to translate stories in the field into powerful communication tools
  • Some experience in social media management would be good
  • Ideally an eye for photography and/or videography
  • An ability to work quite independently and take initiative
  • A love for rural locations
  • A passion for the community development work Sustainable Coffee Bay is doing

You’ll be lucky enough to stay at Coffee Shack, a comfortable backpackers lodge with a phenomenal setting. Located right on the beach, Coffee Shack consists of thatched-roof huts as bedrooms and a number of charismatic common areas, including a restaurant & bar, kitchens, and a barbeque area. There are hammocks to relax in and spectacular views to take in. You’ll also have free access to Wifi and a laundry service.

This setting is the perfect place to relax and enjoy rural Africa. The surfing opportunities are excellent, and keen hikers are treated to a great number of stunning trails. There are also opportunities to explore the striking caves, cliffs, and waterfalls along the Wild Coast, and should you want to explore further afield, there are shuttles that go into Mthatha, from where there are many exciting travel options.


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 1,615
12 weeks USD 2,110
16 weeks USD 2,605
20 weeks USD 3,099

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room, upgrades are available at an additional fee
  • Daily dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Wifi access
  • Laundry service
  • Careful matchmaking, it takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Check-ins and feedback from your supervisor
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Personal account on NexGen Careers, a career development platform that offers content & courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • Flights to South Africa
  • Visa and medical & travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

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
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
Coffee Bay, South Africa
Educational NGO
Social Media, Storytelling, Content Creation, Fundraising, Writing 
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,615
  • Gain practical experience in a range of communications areas within a nonprofit context
  • Help raise awareness for important social impact work
  • Get insights into the day to day running of nonprofit community programs
  • Enjoy comfortable accommodation with an idyllic location (right on the beach!)
  • Enjoy a range of outdoor activities during your time off, including surfing, hiking, and exploring South Africa’s stunning Wild Coast
8 WEEKS USD 1,615
12 WEEKS USD 2,110
16 WEEKS USD 2,605

See Detailed Rates

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
  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 booking process, 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.

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