African Impact

Gender Equality Internship

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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew
Develop, monitor and evaluate gender equality programs that focus on breaking stereotypes about the role of men and women. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles

Highlights

  • Intern in Livingstone, Zambia, where young girls are faced with social isolation, high rates of gender-based violence, economic vulnerability, and lack of appropriate health services
  • Form part of our Girl Impact initiative that seeks to empower these young women through workshops, mentorship and support
  • Gain exposure to international development issues
  • Help develop new programs and monitor the impact of our existing initiatives
  • Be supported by a Personal Development Coach and Academic Trainer to acquire and develop new skills

We believe in leading social transformation through programs that empower girls in Africa. Our goal is to see young women and better informed young men, working together to close the gender equality gap that still exists in many African countries.

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. We work 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.

Typical day

You will spend 2-6 months living at our project base in the town of Livingstone, Zambia. Volunteers from around the world travel to take part in a number of short-term community development volunteer programs, including our Girl Impact project, which focuses around 6 key areas (or Pillars) that empower young women.

 

Interns support this work by assisting our teams on the ground to develop new programs, monitor and evaluate our existing programs, and gain exposure to real gender equality issues in a developing African country.

 

Implement the ‘6 Pillars’

During your placement, you will be working on a number of existing initiatives that are based around our 6 pillars; education, health, safety, income generation, early pregnancy and self-confidence.

This will include our adolescent gender empowerment program (AGEP), which aids in the development of girls aged between 10 and 16, as well as working with a women’s group.

 

Develop New Programs

Using the 6-pillar framework, you will use your time and passion to develop new programs to empower young women. We love for our interns to share their skills with the girls we work with, including backgrounds in confidence-building activities, self-defense, or even dance as a form of self-expression!

It is also essential to include boys in all of our programming, so your role will include developing a framework for how to include more boys in our outreach.

 

Professional Development

This is an area we specialize in as we recognize its importance. You will have 3 professional experts to support you as an individual:

A senior member of the African Impact staff team on the ground who will add context to your specific interests within this field; this will provide a deeper insight into the history of Zambia, as well as the challenges for women.

A highly qualified Personal Development Coach to work with you through one to one and group discussion. They support you with tools to use throughout your experience and beyond, exploring personal goals and opportunities for your future.

Monitoring and Evaluation is the measure of the impact of your work. You will be guided by our Educational Trainer on how to analyze data and translate it into valuable communications.

 

Skills Training

You will work with a women’s group to develop co-operatives and skill training opportunities. This is extremely important as empowering women is the key to supporting families and entire communities.

Alongside this, you will also offer career and goal-setting workshops which will inspire young girls to stay in school and to create long lasting careers.

 

Processing Your Experience

Interns are required to submit a weekly journal entry, as well as a final reflection, which demonstrates growth, including professional and personal development over the course of the internship. Each week you will also meet with your mentor to discuss the week’s activities, your highs and lows, and what you have overcome. This will give you the chance to discuss your strengths and weaknesses so we can help you learn what to focus on moving forward.

 

Fundraising

You will also get involved in fundraising activities to generate donations for the program and our focal projects, including our Sponsor a Child initiative.

 

Social Media

Being able to share success stories on social media is a huge contributor to awareness of our program and helps to create knowledge of gender equality issues as a whole, so as an intern you will be responsible for sharing information about our initiative on various social media platforms, including The Girl Impact website. We will support you in collecting information, teaching you how to use this practically on the ground to share in a clear message worldwide.

Details on Arrival

This project is open to arrivals every Monday, all-year-round. 

Free-time activities

Adventure Activities

Livingstone is your ticket to adventure. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls, as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. Zambezi boat cruises, river safaris, white water rafting, and canoe trips are all ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails or view the scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter.

 

For the adrenaline junkies, why not try the famous bungee jump or gorge swing?

 

Go on Safari

Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, do rhino bushwalks or even take a boat safari to spot elephants off the Zambezi River. You can also go on weekend outings to the world-famous Chobe National Park, which is across the border in Botswana.

 

Relax

During your stay at your “home” in Livingstone, the Livingstone Backpackers, you have the opportunity to play volleyball with the locals, explore the variety of restaurants and bars in town, have a “movie under the stars night”, and braai with your group of new friends. The backpackers has a beautiful big swimming pool and bar area which is a great place to relax after a hard day's work.

 

Cultural Tours and Markets

Although you will be spending time in the community you will also be able to embark on a cultural tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into another way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home.

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and Skype interview
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
maturity, motivated and pro-active, positive and passionate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by African Impact.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
African Impact (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by African Impact

What’s included in the cost?

  • Return airport transfers
  • Orientation program, including a security briefing and introduction to Zambia
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects
  • Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day Monday - Friday
  • Assistance at your projects by African Impact staff and intern coordinators

 

What’s not included in the cost?

  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Return flights to and from the internship location
  • Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement - to include cover for repatriation and air evacuation
  • Visa – please note that the program fee does not cover the cost of visa’s, and visa requirements differ per country – while we will assist you in providing all of the relevant information required to arrange your visa, it will be the intern’s responsibility to ensure they have the necessary visa for the country.

Airport Pickup at Livingstone Airport

An African Impact staff member will collect and drop interns off at Livingstone International Airport.

Accommodation

About the location

Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.”  Just a stone’s throw away from one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors.

As an intern, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day...

 

Where you will be staying

You’ll be staying in a private volunteer house within the popular and welcoming Livingstone Backpackers. You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, hot tub, lounge and bar area and if that wasn’t enough, a full climbing wall as well! 

Your accommodation is a 5-minute walk away from Livingstone's town center, which has many stores and a great selection of bars and restaurants.  

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Interns will be provided with 3-meals per day, every weekday.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Livingstone. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zambia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zambia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Zambia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zambia.
Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
$ 3,985
9 weeks
$ 4,395
10 weeks
$ 4,805
11 weeks
$ 5,215
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,625
Average fees
$ 483 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Livingstone/Zambia between 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Impact will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Zambia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with African Impact during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Zambia  Livingstone, Livingstone Backpackers

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