Project Coordinator Internship in South Africa or Costa Rica


Facilitate transformative volunteering experiences for young people to learn about global citizenship

Travel to South Africa or Costa Rica and spearhead impactful initiatives leading young volunteers on transformative journeys. This Project Coordinator Internship will allow you to gain hands-on leadership experience, make a meaningful impact, and cultivate essential skills in sustainable development.

You’ll work as part of a global organization dedicated to empowering young people through impactful volunteering experiences. They engage volunteers in sustainable development projects worldwide, fostering leadership and positive change within communities and environments.

Collaborating closely with Wellbeing Coordinators, your job will be to foster volunteers’ growth and ensure project success. With responsibilities ranging from facilitating projects to managing safety, you’ll gain invaluable insights into sustainable development practices as well as youth development, and adventure leadership. This internship offers a platform to hone leadership, mentoring, and practical skills while making a meaningful impact on communities and the environment.

Learning objectives

  • Leadership and youth development skills
  • Insight into community development and sustainability work
  • Volunteer coordination and project management
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Cross-cultural competence and global awareness


This organization is a global powerhouse in the world of volunteer work. Active since 1978, the mission of this organization has always been to support young people to make change, both on their projects and within themselves. They arrange service-focused expeditions that provide their volunteers with opportunities for transformative personal growth. These expeditions equip volunteers with vital life skills, broaden their perspectives, and give them the confidence to become global citizens and leaders.

A crucial part of these expeditions is ensuring that all volunteer activities are done in an ethical, responsible, and sustainable way. The organization collaborates closely with local sustainable development initiatives to find sustainable solutions to issues of poverty, low education levels, food insecurity, and unemployment that volunteers can contribute to helping solve.



Your focus will be overseeing each phase of a volunteer expedition and ensuring the successful completion of projects. You’ll be in charge of coordinating volunteers and keeping them safe throughout their trips. This will require logistical management skills, but more importantly, the ability to connect with, empower, and inspire young people. You’ll have the responsibility to:

  • Lead and inspire young international volunteers (aged 17-24)  to complete impactful projects 
  • Teach skill-building sessions and guide volunteers on excursions
  • Liaise with volunteers, staff members, and local community members
  • You and at least one other Project Coordinator will be managing a group of around 14 international young people 
  • Coordinate volunteers and manage projects in support of environmental and community projects
  • Take responsibility as the key contact for permanent country teams concerning safety and project delivery
  • One-to-one support and mentorship for young volunteers
  • Interpersonal diplomacy and behavior management


  • Ability to lead a diverse team of international young people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Flexibility and adaptability in challenging environments
  • Open to living and working in rural, remote locations
  • Compassionate and communicative leadership skills
  • A positive outlook and the willingness to share knowledge and expertise with your team
  • You will be required to complete first-aid training as part of the application process
  • Minimum age 25 years old


During this internship, you’ll be joining volunteers on their expeditions. You will choose whether you travel to South Africa or Costa Rica where you’ll spend the majority of your time at the organization’s field base. These field bases are compounds with housing and a workspace for office-based members of the team that also serve as the start and end point of expeditions.

Situated either just outside of Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa or within view of Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica, you’ll stay in shared rooms or dormitories with shared communal areas. Then, during expeditions, you’ll accompany volunteers and will stay at remote lodges and campsites.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

This organization has established support systems for all their expeditions, so interns can feel safe and secure. Interns will also be part of this safety and support system. As part of your internship, you will be first-aid trained and will take responsibility for the health and well-being of your volunteer group.



The field base in either country has Wifi available, although their remote locations mean connection can be limited. We recommend downloading WhatsApp to stay in touch with family and friends via messages or calls.



All meals will be provided for you throughout your internship and cooked by yourself and volunteers on rotation. In Costa Rica, expect to eat many rice and bean dishes, while in South Africa you’ll have plenty of maize meal and chakalaka. You and your team of Venture Managers will also be given a small food budget for extra fruits and snacks.

Location details

Location details

You’ll choose between two of the most exciting internship destinations in the world: Costa Rica or South Africa

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with untamed natural landscapes featuring rainforests, volcanoes, and stunning coastlines. You’ll be based in Turrialba on a remote farm, surrounded by mountainscapes and deep forests.

South Africa is a land of rich cultural diversity, important history, and all of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Based just out of Greater Kruger National Park, you’ll see the best of African Bush and an impressive cast of wild animals.


Fee Breakdown

This internship has fixed start and end dates, which you will find below.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

10 Jun - 24 Aug 2024 (11 weeks) - USD 200 (SPECIAL OFFER)

10 Jun - 31 Aug 2024 (12 weeks) - USD 200 (SPECIAL OFFER)

24 Sep - 15 Dec 2024 (12 weeks) - USD 3,200


  • 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.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a dorm/shared room
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with a snack budget as well
  • All project transport
  • Project training and equipment
  • Raleigh t-shirt
  • Exclusive outdoor kit discounts & advice
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • On-site supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Hoedspruit, South Africa or San José, Costa Rica
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Outdoor travel kit (details provided upon application)
  • Drinks, extra snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in South Africa.

What can I expect from a NGO internship in South Africa?

During your internship in South Africa you can expect to meet people from around the world, as well as indulging yourself into the culture of this beautiful country! If you want to know more about what to expect, make sure to check out our top 7 reasons for an internship in Cape Town.

Will I have time to explore South Africa during my internship?

Yes! We partner with various activity organizers that can offer discounts exclusive to Roots Interns, for example, a road trip through the Garden Route and bungee jumping off the world’s largest natural bungee. You may also explore the country on your own and we are happy to give recommendations.

Am I able to do an internship while on a study program in Cape Town?

Yes! You are able to do a part-time internship with certain organizations so that you can continue your studies, while also gaining valuable work experience.

Will I receive a stipend of any kind during my internship with Roots?

Unfortunately, no. When working with a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but there are many ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both professional and personal growth that are invaluable!


LOCATION: Costa Rica or South Africa
PROGRAM FOCUS: Volunteer Organization
TASK FOCUS: Group Leading, Coordination, Mentorship
LENGTH: 11-12 weeks


“Definitely seeing the volunteers grow and noticing how they’ve changed; quite a few of them at the beginning were really shy and quiet! As part of my role, I have been able to visit volunteers on different project sites. It’s been really really wonderful to see how they have adapted over the course of each cycle. Also, being able to go to different parts of Costa Rica has been great. I’ve been able to lead project site visits, checking in on the volunteers and VMs. Visiting the communities, national parks and other beautiful sites has been amazing.”

Kat, Expedition Medic, Costa Rica


  • Gain international experience working for a meaningful cause
  • Build skills, experience, and confidence as a leader
  • Develop insight into ethical, responsible development and sustainability projects
  • Broad learning opportunities for diverse and highly transferable skills
  • Join thrilling expeditions across incredible locations


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


Visit the Raleigh website for more extensive information about this internship.



Complete the online form on the Raleigh website and upload a copy of your CV/resume.



Raleigh will invite you to attend an assessment event if your application has been approved. If successful, you will be offered a place on one of their Expeditions.


If everyone’s happy, Raleigh will provisionally confirm your placement and send you the invoice for the deposit.


Your placement is confirmed when the deposit has been received. You will then receive all the information to help you prepare as well as an invitation to the Raleigh Training event.


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