Social Work and Youth Development Internship in South Africa
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.
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.
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Late January to Late April
- Summer Semester: Late May to Late July
Interns will be accommodated in shared dormitory rooms in a large, fully furnished house situated in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from the beach. This area is one of the major tourist attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise. Muizenberg is filled with cafes and amazing restaurants, and you’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need. The accommodation is a cozy, safe home shared by African Impact volunteers, interns, and staff, who provide supervisory support. It boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socializing and relaxing, as well as a spacious backyard to soak up the sun or enjoy a South African Braai.
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.
All Appalachian students who are accepted to this program will receive a 10% discount on the listed program cost below.
Paid to Appalachian State
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
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
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||$250 - $350
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||$200 - $400
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|Visa (for US Citizens)
||$0 - $80
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|2 US Based Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $800
||$200 - $400
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, Spring, Summer.
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.
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.
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