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Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Internship Minimum Language Requirement: None
Housing:
Lodgings
Language of Instruction:
English
Minimum GPA:
2.5 College: College of Arts & Science
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Gender Equality Internship in Zambia

Organization

African Impact started in 2004 as a handful of people with backgrounds in tourism, development, and conservation who wanted to start a company that made a difference.  What started as volunteer opportunities in Zambia has grown to an organization offering volunteer and internship opportunities in 11 countries. African Impact believes in responsible volunteering/interning as well as structured internship opportunities.  

Program

Join African Impact's experienced and hardworking team in Zambia who are dedicated to improving gender equality and promoting female empowerment, while gaining professional experience within the frame work of international development and specializing gender empowerment programs. This internship speaks to someone who is passionate about gender issues, developing hard-skills in a non-profit role and using their strengths to mentor and provide support on education, health, prevention of early pregnancy, personal safety, sustainable living and growth in self-belief.

Students wishing to complete a 2 or 3 month internship must be 21 years or older before the start of the internship due to Zambia visa requirements.  Students under the age of 21 are able to participate in a 1 month internship.  

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Late April
  • Summer Semester: Late May to Late July

 

Housing

Interns reside in a comfortable, private house located within the award winning Livingstone Backpackers. Livingstone Backpackers allows students access to a fun dining area, swimming pool, and even a rock climbing wall. They are just a short 5-minute walk away from Livingstone Town Centre filled with grocery stores, cafes and restaurants. The volunteer house has 24-hour security and individual lockers to store small valuables. Bedrooms sleep 4-8 people, with bunk beds in each room.

Financial

Program Costs

Students participating on African Impact internship programs will be billed through Appalachian the African Impact program cost as well as Appalachian tuition for the internship credits. Students will also be responsible for submitting a $100 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office.  The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.  Students will also need to submit a $400 Confirmation Deposit to African Impact upon receiving confirmation of their internship placement.  This Confirmation Deposit will be deducted from the Program Fee listed below.

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Summer (1-2 months)
1African Impact Program Fee $5625 $2354 - $3985
App Tuition & Fees based on residency and credits based on residency and credits
2OIED Program Development Fee $100 $100
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day $1.45/day
1African Impact Program Fee includes internship placement, housing, in-country airport transfer, supervision, 3 meals a day M-F, Personal Development Coach, and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. Students will be responsible for submitting a $400 Confirmation Deposit to African Impact upon acceptance.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.


Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000
Additional Meals $150 - $300 $50 - $200
1Personal Expenses $250 - $350 $100 - $200
Local Transportation $150 - $300 $50 - $100
Visa (for US Citizens) $80 $50 - $80
Passport $150 $150
2Appalachian Student Health Insurance $1110 NA
3Personal Travel and Spending $300 - $600 $100 - $200
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

 

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringSummer.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.

Scholarships

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.  

Academics

As an intern, you will support the Girl Impact initiative in Zambia, where young girls are faced with social isolation, high rates of gender-based violence, economic vulnerability, and lack of appropriate health services. The Zambia program works to give girls a better start to womanhood and ensure the boys and men in their community see the value of healthy, educated and empowered women. This internship speaks to someone who is passionate about gender issues, developing hard-skills in a non-profit role and using their strengths to mentor and provide support on education, health,prevention of early pregnancy, personal safety, sustainable living and growth in self-belief.  Students will intern approximately 30 hours per week for 8 or 12 weeks (a 4 week option may be available during the summer).  More information about the Gender Equality internship can be found on the African Impact website.  

Students will complete an internship contract with their Appalachian academic contract and will be registered for the department's internship course.  Students will be expected to follow all academic expectations of their academic department in addition to the on site expectations.  

Students looking to receive financial aid will be expected to take a full time course load (6 or more credits during the summer and 12 or more credits during the semester) to be eligible for financial aid. 

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/27/2019 07/22/2019
NOTE: End on 6/17/2019 for 1 month internship. Internship dates are flexible, although they must start on a Monday.
Fall Semester 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 12/02/2019
NOTE: Internship dates are flexible, although they must start on a Monday.
Spring Semester 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.