Public Health Internship

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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew


Obtain practical experience as part of a 360-degree internship; exploring key issues in Zambia’s public healthcare system and bringing research-driven change
Gain an understanding for social research methods in an under-resourced area and learn how to report on understandings of problems surrounding health
Explore a variety of community health issues and how they intersect with gender, environmental and behavioral studies
Engage with healthcare workers, professionals and NGOs in varied settings to acquire an in-depth view of current health challenges – monitoring the status quo and assessing emerging trends
Deliver practical workshops on topics that range from promoting disease prevention to living a healthy life
This is a 4-week global health program that takes place in the town of Livingstone, Zambia. The internship is designed to improve access to, and quality of, healthcare. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We believe that health is a human right, so we work with key partners in Livingstone, Zambia to help break the inter-generational cycles of poverty that limit access to quality healthcare.


Zambia is classified as a lower middle-income country, with its gender inequality index ranking at 133 out of 149 countries. Thus, there are wide disparities in Zambia's public health issues based on location, education, gender and income. The HIV epidemic has increased workload in the health sector, exposing systemic weaknesses, and inadequate human resources remain a major challenge, as does a shortage of trained staff in the health delivery system. Zambia’s fertility rate, which is among the worlds highest is largely due to lack of access to family planning services, education for girls, and employment for women.


As a Public Health intern with African Impact, you will gain exposure to many different health issues and get involved in a wide variety of areas throughout your 4-week internship. This will include:

  •  Striving to protect and improve the health of the local people and their communities, where cultural norms, traditional practices and patriarchal attitudes are entrenched in society
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles and researching disease and injury prevention
  • Implementing educational programs, recommending policies and conducting research to limit health disparities
  • Promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility
  • Looking at issues within gender and age, and focusing on changing the approach youth have to living longer, healthier lives
  • Breaking boundaries with mental health, which is still largely ignored in Zambia
  • Building information packs and supplying data for the Population Council

Typical day

Week 1

This provides the foundation so you feel confident to hit the ground running. You will be provided context, partake in knowledge-sharing, be introduced to the local clinic, and receive training in data-capture and analysis.


Week 2

This introduces you to several different population groups and you will learn how to effectively run workshops while gaining a greater understanding of the community and its challenges. Included will be time spent on real practical service work, always supported by our team. You will also be given time to reflect on your progress.


Week 3

This will see you grow in knowledge and confidence so you become part of the bigger picture. You will have exposure to professionals that work in the various clinics and NGOs in the villages located on the outskirts of Livingstone.


Week 4

This is when you come into your own. With the correct support, you can assess how much you have learned and how you have become part of a larger process working towards a goal of understanding and pursuing health and equality.

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.



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.



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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Skype interview
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
organizational skills, fluent in English, positivity, passionate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by African Impact

What’s included in the cost?

  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at the lively Livingstone Backpackers, in a private section shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
  • Full training and mentoring within your chosen field


What’s not included in the cost?

  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing
  • Weekend trips and tours
  • 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

Interns will be collected from Livingstone Airport and dropped off on their departure day by one fo African Impact's staff members.


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 Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors.


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 receive 3-meals a day on weekdays. Please state any dietary requirements upon booking.

Internet Access
Good 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Zambia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zambia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You may begin this internship on:

21 Jan | 18 February | 18 Mar | 15 April | 13 May | 3 Jun | 8 Jul | 5 Aug | 9 Sep | 7 Oct | 4 Nov | 2 Dec

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,345
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,345
Average fees
$ 586 /week

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.
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.

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Public Health Internship

This is a 4-week global health program that takes place in the town of Livingstone, Zambia. The internship is designed to improve access to, and quality of, healthcare.


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