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Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Internship Minimum Language Requirement: None
Housing:
Lodgings
Minimum GPA:
2.5
College: College of Arts & Science Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Social Work and Youth Development Internship in South Africa

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

Gain quality exposure and experience at grassroots level while you undertake practical fieldwork with some of the most vulnerable children in Cape Town. This is a very unique and hands-on opportunity which offers insight into the emergency foster care system, while at the same time providing professional support.

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 an African Impact house located in Observatory, which is a bohemian suburb of Cape Town known to the locals as “Obs”. Students are a 2 minute walk away from restaurants, cafes, organic food, live music. The volunteer/intern house itself boasts a central lounge area with comfortable couches for socializing and relaxing, as well as an outside space in the sun. The Lion House offers 7 bedrooms that can sleep between 4-6 volunteers per 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 or 2 months)
1African Impact Program Fee $5625 $2345 - $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 $250 - $350 $100 - $250
1Personal Expenses $350 - $600 $150 - $300
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $100 - $200
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 - $80 $0 - $80
Passport $150 $150
2 US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $500 - $800 $200 - $400
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: Fall, SpringSummer.

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

African Impact partners with an emergency foster care home in the community of Khayelitsha, a partially informal settlement close to the city of Cape Town. Reputed to be South Africa’s largest and fasting growing township, Khayelitsha suffers from extremely high rates of unemployment, poverty and food scarcity. The emergency foster care home’s main aim is to support abandoned and orphaned children in the area who are aged between 0 and 8 years old. During this internship, you will form part of the professional social work team at the emergency foster care home. You will get a mentor from the African Impact team, and be under the supervision of a senior social worker who will guide you through your internship goals. Much of the work will be in determining the children’s development levels, as well as measuring and identifying key activities that contribute to the children’s basic development needs.  Students will intern approximately 30 hours per week for 8 or 12 weeks.  More information about the Social Work and Youth Development 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 05/20/2019 07/15/2019
NOTE: End on 6/17/2019 for 1 month internship. Alternate dates 2 month internship: 6/3/2019 - 7/29/2019 Alternate dates 1 month internship : 6/3/2019 - 7/1/2019)
Fall Semester 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 12/02/2019
NOTE: Alternate Dates: (9/23/2019 - 12/16/2019)
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.