Wellbeing Coordinator Internship in South Africa or Costa Rica


Guide young volunteers on an eye-opening expedition and support their wellbeing, health, and development

This is a unique opportunity for aspiring counselors, educators, and social workers. Gain practical skills and experience in youth development as you accompany young volunteers on the trip of a lifetime to a choice of destinations.

This internship places you with an organization that organizes volunteer expeditions designed to empower young people as global citizens and leaders. With a strong focus on community development and sustainability-focused work, these expeditions aim to equip volunteers with the skills and confidence to build a fair, inclusive, and green world.

Your role as an intern will be that of a team counselor. You’ll help volunteers feel safe, secure, and supported so that they can fully embrace the challenges of the expedition. In this, you will gain valuable firsthand experience of youth development, this can be a valuable first step towards a career in education, counseling, or social work.

Learning Objectives

  • Real-world experience in youth development and wellbeing support
  • Practical skill building in interpersonal communication and behavioral management
  • Insight into sustainable development and volunteer coordination
  • A toolbox of skills for building rapport with young people
  • Broadened understanding of wellbeing plans and mental health support


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 towards.



  • Meet the general needs of a Project Coordinator
  • Review and support with volunteer health and well-being plans
  • Deliver one-to-one support and mentoring for volunteers, to ensure they are supported and motivated to complete their projects whilst enabling them to develop their leadership and teamwork skills in the process
  • Understand the need for confidentiality; however, escalate any issue where necessary (covered in training)
  • Be actively involved in Raleigh’s projects and help create change on the project sites
  • Facilitate, lead, and inspire a diverse group of young international volunteers to complete impactful projects whilst developing their skills


  • You will be required to complete first-aid training as part of the application process
  • Background in a mental health/counseling/support role
  • Mental health first aid qualification, with experience where possible
  • You are an empathetic individual, passionate about mental wellness
  • You are a good active listener, with a positive and approachable demeanor
  • Ability to lead and support a diverse team of international young people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • To be flexible and adaptable in a challenging environment
  • Minimum age of 25 years


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. You’re sure to make close friends with the other members of your expedition team!

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)

5th June – 31st Aug 2024 (13 weeks) USD 200 SPECIAL OFFER

18th Sept – 15th Dec 2024 (13 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: Mentoring, Program Leadership, Counseling
LENGTH: Min. 13 weeks
COST: From USD 200


  • Gain international experience working for a meaningful cause
  • Build practical skills in counseling and mental health support
  • Develop insight into sustainable development and youth development
  • Learning opportunities for conflict resolution and rapport building
  • 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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