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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Internship Minimum Language Requirement: None
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College: College of Arts & Science Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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NGO Internship in South Africa and Zambia


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.  


As a registered charity, the African Impact Foundation is behind many of the projects that African Impact supports throughout Africa. The Foundation is looking for enthusiastic interns who want to immerse themselves within vibrant African cultures whilst making a difference at a grassroots level. The practical experience gained within this award-winning NGO is a fantastic opportunity to bolster your resume while making a tangible impact in Africa. Customized to every individual, the tailor-made nature of the internship ensures that your skills and interests are utilized to optimize your impact.

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



Cape Town
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.

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.


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.

All Appalachian students who are accepted to this program will receive a 10% discount on the listed program cost below.  

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Cape Town/Zambia Summer Cape Town/Zambia (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
Intl Health Development Fee $60 $60
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 Cape Town Semester Zambia Summer Cape Town Summer Zambia
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000 $1400 - $2000 
Additional Meals $250 - $350 $150 - $300 $100 - $250 $50 - $200
1Personal Expenses $350 - $600 $250 - $350 $150 - $300 $100 - $200
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $150 - $300 $100 - $200 $50 - $100
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 $80 $0 $50 - $80
Passport $150 $150 $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $500 - $800 $300 - $600 $200 - $400 $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: South Africa - FallSpringSummer and Zambia - Fall, Spring, Summer.  

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.


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.  


During the community development internship your primary role will be as a representative of the African Impact Foundation and you will be responsible for managing the charity’s projects at your chosen location. Projects are varied depending on the country, town, or community that you will be working in.

The rural areas of South Africa suffer from a lack of government services like education and healthcare, and battle with poverty and the effects of the HIV epidemic. Interns will have the opportunity to aid in a number of ways, including fundraising for rural clinics, gardens, preschools and feeding programs as well as overseeing income-generating initiatives such as craft-making.

One of the busiest African Impact programs is located in Livingstone, Zambia, where, as an intern, you will develop skills in liaising with grassroots projects, writing and grant proposals as well as event planning. The diversity of the projects at this location allows involvement in refurbishment projects, work with children and youth as well as medical outreach and awareness.

Students will intern approximately 30 hours per week for 8 or 12 weeks (4 week placements may be available during the summer).  More information about the NGO 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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** 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.