YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CONTRIBUTE TO A VIBRANT INITIATIVE FOCUSED ON CHILDREN’S HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DANCE AND LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Based in Cape Town, Move for Two leverages the power of dance to provide children with a sense of purpose, confidence, and a constructive outlet for their creativity. This innovative nonprofit organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through both dance and life skills education, with a growing emphasis on public health and youth empowerment.

As an intern, you’ll play a crucial role in developing a curriculum that integrates dance with essential life skills tailored to the specific needs of children in local communities. You’ll conduct research to understand these needs and help design educational content that is accessible and impactful. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to facilitate and teach workshops, either in person or virtually, focusing on public health topics such as sex education, personal health, women’s health, healthy eating habits, and youth empowerment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Hands-on experience in curriculum development for youth education
  • Insight into public health and psychology as they relate to youth development
  • Practical experience in teaching and workshop facilitation
  • Understanding of the educational and social challenges faced by children in South African townships
  • International work experience with a dynamic nonprofit organization

ORGANIZATION

Move for Two is a nonprofit organization that combines dance and life skills education to empower children from underprivileged communities in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 2017, the organization aims to instill self-belief and a sense of purpose in children through regular dance classes and life skills workshops. These workshops cover various important topics, including personal health care, conflict management, leadership, positive thinking, and critical thinking.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

Responsibilities

As an intern with Move for Two, your responsibilities will be shaped by your background and interests. Key tasks include:

  • Assisting with developing a curriculum that discusses topics such as; sex education, abuse, personal hygiene, health and nutrition, and youth empowerment
  • Conducting research to identify the needs of children in the area
  • Tailoring educational content to address these needs effectively
  • Optionally facilitating or teaching workshops, either in-person or online

Interns are welcome to work remotely, but those interested in traveling to Cape Town are encouraged to do so. In-person internships involve teaching at a primary school in Gugulethu, where classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for 1-1.5 hours, focusing on dance and life skills. Move For Two does not have an office, so much of the work outside in-person teaching/workshops is done remotely.

Requirements

  • Interest or experience in public health, psychology, social work, health/nutrition, youth development, or education
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to a remote or in-person work environment
  • A proactive attitude and confidence in teaching
  • Passion for contributing to the development and well-being of children
  • A high degree of independence and motivation to self-lead

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You’ll be staying at The Lenox, a comfortable guesthouse in the heart of Cape Town. Built in the old Cape Dutch style, The Lenox is characterful and historic. It has multiple balconies, a large dining room, and many other communal spaces. Shared bedrooms include 2 twin beds, and there are plenty of single rooms available as well (at an extra fee). You’ll be walking distance from many shops, cafes, restaurants, and some of the touristy highlights Cape Town has to offer as well.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Be sure to prioritize hydration in the summer to avoid heatstroke. South Africa does have high crime rates, so it’s important to be aware and use common sense to stay safe. Some safety guidelines are to always walk in groups, take a taxi/Uber in the evenings, know safe/dangerous areas, secure your belongings, don’t walk around with large sums of cash (you can pay everything with a card), minimize wearing flashy accessories, and be cautious of overly friendly strangers.

Communication

Communication

The accommodation offers free Wi-Fi to keep family and friends up to date via WhatsApp, Zoom, etc. Cafes/restaurants also offer free Wi-Fi. You can also consider getting a local SIM card if your phone is unlocked, or setting your phone’s status to roaming, depending on your provider’s rates.

Meals

Meals

A simple breakfast, lunch and a delicious cooked dinner (vegetarian & vegan options available) from Monday to Friday are included in your fee. Indulge in local dishes, like bobotie and South African Braai! For desserts, don’t miss out on milk tarts and malva pudding. There is a diverse food scene in Cape Town, so no matter your cuisine preference or dietary restrictions you’ll have plenty of options. Let us know in advance if you have any allergies/dietary needs.

Location details

Location details

Discover Cape Town’s attractions: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, city tours, historical sites, and the Cape Point Peninsula. There are also opportunities to surf, kayak, paraglide, cage dive with sharks, and more! Cape Town has a mediterranean climate with cool winters and hot summers so be sure to check what the temperature will be like during your stay.

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

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

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

8 Weeks USD 1,817

12 Weeks USD 2,321

16 Weeks USD 2,797

20 Weeks USD 3,273

24 Weeks USD 3,749


Remote internship: USD 525

Inclusions

  • Careful matchmaking to ensure a suitable internship placement
  • Initial interview to assess skills, interests, and learning objectives
  • 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
  • Meals from Monday to Friday
  • Wifi access
  • Orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support throughout the internship
  • Regular check-ins with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting assistance if needed
  • A reference letter upon completion of the internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots Interns

Exclusions

  • Flights to Cape Town 
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals on weekends
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Transport costs to Gugulethu, where the workshops take place
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

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!

QUICK FACTS

LOCATON: Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Education
TASK FOCUS: Teaching, Life Skills Training, Dance Workshops
LENGTH: Min. 8 Weeks
COST:  From USD 525 (remote) / USD 1,817 (in-person)

REVIEWS

“I wrote my bachelor thesis on fundraising communication strategies for the German market in order to help Move for Two expand its pool of monthly donors internationally. I learned a lot about fundraising marketing and am so happy that I was able to broaden my horizon. Move for Two was always extremely supportive and encouraging, making my bachelor thesis pleasant and fun. I look forward to staying in contact with them and help implement new ideas wherever I can.”

Merle, GermanyMarketing & Fundraising Internship
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain experience in digital marketing and fundraising
  • Get a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector
  • Be part of the overall strategy and development of a fast-growing nonprofit
  • Enjoy hugely varied tasks, and plenty of responsibilities
  • Enjoy the flexibility of working from home, while gaining international work experience
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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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