Writing and Communications Internship, Zambia

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Help a social impact program grow their reach

This internship is a wonderful chance to gain practical experience in copywriting and communications, while helping a social impact organization define their message and grow their reach. As an intern, you can either join their small team on the ground in Livingstone, Zambia, or work remotely, if that works better for you.

You’ll join Baobuyu Learning Center, an education-focused nonprofit organization based in a welcoming community on the outskirts of Livingstone. Baobuyu runs a community center that serves as a pre-school in the mornings, offering high quality education to kids in the community, and as a workshop space in the afternoons. As an intern, you’ll help get the word out about Baobuyu’s work. This can be by developing and managing social media channels, writing online content, writing reports and proposals, and assisting with the overall development of a communications strategy. You might also help with fundraising campaigns.

If you’re keen to practice your writing skills, get hugely varied work experience in the communications field, and contribute to an inspiring cause at the same time, this could be a great opportunity for you.

ORGANIZATION

Baobuyu Learning Center is a community center that provides a large number of educational programs to the local community. It’s based in Mwandi, a rural community on the outskirts of Livingstone that deals with a lack of opportunities and resources. The center was established in 2016, and has since grown into an important hub with a varied program of free workshops and classes.

During the mornings, the center provides primary education for children aged 2 to 6. The goal is to provide free education to children who might otherwise not have access to quality schooling. During the afternoons, the center becomes the venue of a number of clubs and workshops, including;

  • Skill development workshops that encourage entrepreneurship and teach practical skills such as woodcarving, cooking, and gardening.
  • A support group for teenage girls that allows them to share worries and stories, and teaches them encourages some creative fun activities.
  • A recycling club that teaches both kids and adults about waste management, upcycling, and eco-bricking.
  • A women’s group that aims to empower women and improve their quality of life. This involves skill development workshops, education on healthy living, and entrepreneurial support.
  • Health workshops that offer important information on a number of diseases and viruses that are prevalent in Zambia, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – as well as mental health issues. The workshops are a safe place for people to share their stories and for people to learn about preventing diseases, first aid, and healthy eating.
  • A chess club that offers both classes and tournaments for keen community members.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

Responsibilities

  • As a writing intern, you’ll enjoy a variety of writing assignments and communications tasks, which can include;
  • Writing web and blog content
  • Writing newsletters and reports
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Assisting with overall communications strategies
  • Putting grant and other funding proposals together
  • Assisting with online funding campaigns

Requirements

  • Strong writing skills
  • Ideally some experience in social media or web management
  • A versatile approach to writing
  • An interest in and passion for the work Baobuyu does
  • An independent attitude
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Minimum age of 21 years (due to visa requirements) – does not apply for remote internship

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You’ll stay in a shared house near Baobuyu Learning Center, together with the founder of the organization and other team members. It’s a basic but very comfortable house in a nice area of Livingstone and only a 20-minute stroll into the center of town. The house has three bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a large garden. There are three dogs at the property. You’ll share a room and bathroom with one other person.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Zambia is a relatively safe country, but there is petty crime, so it’s always good to be vigilant. Some safety tips are to avoid traveling alone, take a taxi/Uber at night, know safe/unsafe areas, avoid carrying valuables around, stay alert, and inquire about swim area safety. Prioritize protection from heatstroke and dehydration during your stay by drinking plenty of water. It is also important to respect the advice given to you by the accommodation host and internship supervisor.

Make sure to visit your doctor and dentist for a check-up before your internship and to get all the recommended vaccines, malaria profylaxis, and/or medications necessary to stay healthy.

Communication

Communication

Free Wifi is available at the accommodation for staying in touch with loved ones through WhatsApp, Facetime, etc., but it may be slow. Purchase a Zambian SIM card for reliable phone use or opt for international roaming.

Meals

Meals

Food is not included and you can prepare your own meals in the kitchen. Zambia is not known for its cuisine but there are few things you definitely need to try.

Nshima: a maize porridge which is a staple food all across Africa.
Zambezi bream: fish from the Zambezi river
Ifisashi: vegetarian stew of peanuts, tomatoes, spinach and cabbage. Usually served with nshima
Mosi: the local beer

Location details

Location details

You will be based in Livingstone, a town that’s famous for the Victoria Falls, but there is plenty more to see and do in your spare time. Take a stroll at one of the local markets and enjoy the friendliness of the Zambian population. Or if you are more adventurous, think about rafting the mighty Zambezi river or a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities in the area to go on a safari, either in the country or across the border in Botswana or Zimbabwe. Never a dull moment in Livingstone!

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

8 weeks USD 1,706

12 weeks USD 2,219

16 weeks USD 2,732

20 weeks USD 3,245

26 weeks USD 4,015


Remote internship: Fixed fee USD 525

Inclusions

  • 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 shared room (2 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • 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

Exclusions

  • Flights to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Zambia.

What can I expect from an internship in Zambia?

During your internship in Zambia, you’ll be able to work with people from around the world, while also becoming part of a tight-knit community. Check out this testimonial blog from a past intern about her experience in Zambia to learn more about what your Zambian internship may entail!

How will internships with NGOs in Zambia boost my career development?

An internship with an NGO in Zambia will allow you to develop and strengthen various skills such as communication, teamwork, project management, problem-solving, leadership, and adaptability. You can check out this blog article in order to learn more about why doing a charity internship is good for your career!

Will I work with other interns during my internship with Roots?

It’s not a guarantee that there will be other interns on-site at the same time as you, but the organizations work with people internationally and locally to achieve their goals daily so there are plenty of colleagues around. The accommodation is a great way to meet other volunteers in the area as well!

Who can apply for an internship in Zambia?

Only people above the age of 21 can apply due to visa requirements. If you’re under 21 you can apply for a hybrid internship, which is up to 1 month in person and then continues remotely.

Am I able to receive a stipend of any kind during my internship?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to receive any compensation. Since you’ll be joining a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but you can find ways to fund your internship here. The opportunities for both professional and personal growth are invaluable and your experience will bring a wealth of new knowledge!

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Livingstone, Zambia OR Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Educational NGO
TASK FOCUS: Writing, Social Media, (Online) Fundraising, Communications
LENGTH: Min. 8 Weeks
COST: From USD 1,630 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)

REVIEWS

“I have really enjoyed the variety of tasks and projects that I've been able to be involved with from afar. I have spent the last month or so creating a 'Basic First Aid' booklet for an intensive community workshop that Baobuyu is planning to run. I have also created resources for their female empowerment groups, like a leaflet on puberty and we are hoping to create a leaflet on entrepreneurship for the 'Vision for Women' group. In the next month, I am also looking at possibly starting a blog section on their website and researching possible grants.”

Anais, Remote writing intern, United Kingdom
READ MORE REVIEWS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain hugely varied practical work experience in communications
  • Sharpen your writing skills through a range of writing assignments
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector
  • Contribute to the long term impact of a worthwhile nonprofit initiative
  • Live and work in Livingstone, a friendly Zambian town with a stunning location (or work remotely, if you prefer)
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HOW TO APPLY

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

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

NEED TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY FIRST?

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!

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