African Impact

Social Development & Entrepreneurship Internship

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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew
This internship looks to support and incubate local entrepreneurs, helping them learn and ultimately establish small to medium business start-ups. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples

Highlights

  • Get to know, understand and gain an appreciation of the African business landscape and the complexities faced by local entrepreneurs
  • Work side-by-side with community members in various aspects of their economic development
  • Theoretical skills can be learnt in a classroom, but practical business education cements and develops this learning. Here we combine the two simultaneously to give the essential tools to get started
  • Be supported by a Personal Development Coach and Academic Trainer to acquire and develop new skills
  • Live and work in one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa, surrounded by private game reserves and Africa’ most iconic wildlife

Creating a culture of entrepreneurship changes lives by stimulating economic growth and development. This is especially vital in developing countries where unemployment is often catastrophically high. This internship looks to support and incubate local entrepreneurs, helping them learn and ultimately establish small to medium business start-ups. When successful, their innovation creates job growth and improves standards of living.

By working as a team to empower local community members at a grassroots level, it is possible to bring social change, improve food security and, as a result, reduce poverty and lack of education. Our mentors will encourage you to grow and step out of your comfort zone while providing you with the new insight and skills needed to immerse yourself in different cultures.

You will join us in the Limpopo region which, due to a lack of education and positive motivation, has the highest unemployment rate in South Africa. Working in a results-driven environment, you will learn about establishing and running businesses in the varied and challenging African economic landscape.

You’ll achieve this by supporting our Farmers of the Future initiative; a four-phase program tackling food security and income generation issues through subsistence farming and entrepreneurial and social business development. The simplest way to describe it is with the proverb; Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

To maximize the program’s effectiveness, each individual entrepreneur is unique, as are their business ideas, and a great deal of support required. From theoretical approaches to practical application, everything must be taught. You will be helping with a variety of tasks including CV writing, business plans, human resources, financial forecasting, practical work, marketing, and sales.

Typical day

You will spend 4 – 12 weeks living at our Greater Kruger project base in the Limpopo Region, an area with the highest unemployment rate in the whole of South Africa. Forming part of an inspirational team, you’ll work in a results-driven environment and learn about establishing and running businesses in this varied and challenging landscape.

Our focus is to support individuals and groups from the local community to take on the challenge of providing for themselves and their families and help them to establish their own sustainable businesses. From human resources to financial forecasting, marketing, sales and more, you will help teach and implement all aspects, gaining important skills and work experience.

 

LEDC Economics

You will get to know, understand and gain an appreciation of the African business landscape and the complexities faced by local business people and entrepreneurs. As a result, you’ll help to create and draft business plans, execute market research and learn what influences and informs sustainable practice. As an intern, you’ll become part of the fabric that supports the local economy.

 

Cultural Exchange

Interns spend one-on-one time with individuals and groups of local community members to really immerse themselves in the local culture. Basic language lessons will assist in your ability to deepen relationships and connections that are essential in assisting the growth and development of the community.

 

Economic Development

You’ll work side-by-side with community members in various aspects of their businesses. While assisting our Farmers of the Future initiative, you’ll spend time working in the gardens and fields, helping develop efficient and profitable outputs whilst getting your hands dirty in the nitty-gritty of the work that needs to be done!

 

Development

You will have 3 professional experts to support you as an individual:

A senior member of the African Impact staff team who will add context to your specific interests within this field

A highly qualified Personal Development Coach

An academic trainer who will guide you on how to monitor and evaluate your impact

 

Planning Sessions

Work with our community team to outline and plan workshops on various aspects of business and related topics.

 

Mentoring

You will work one-on-one with your mentors to help community members identify entrepreneurial opportunities. You’ll then help to create business plans and set goals and work plans to make it all happen.

 

Business Development

Work with new and existing businesses, identifying opportunity for growth, development, streamlining, increasing productivity and of course, profit potential.

 

Working in the Community

Spend time working side-by-side with local community members in their daily businesses. Utilizing the setup of Farmers of the Future as a stepping stone to teach essential business skills, this may include time working in the gardens, or whatever other business requirements there may be day-to-day.

Details on Arrival

This project is open to arrivals every second Sunday.

Free-time activities

Relax

Back at the lodge after a day’s excitement and hard work, you can relax at the pool, have a drink at the bar, watch a movie or enjoy a games night with other volunteers and interns. Often we have presentations by guides and other staff members giving you an extra opportunity to learn more about the African environment and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Dinner is served in the boma weekly with a nice big fire, often followed by marshmallows! You can also have fun by getting involved in some fundraising events such as games and quiz nights.

 

Go on Weekend Trips

In your time off (Saturdays and Sundays), you can go on exciting excursions to beautiful locations. You’ll be staying on the doorstep of the Blyde River Canyon and can visit the Kruger National Park, go on a microlight or white river rafting, jump into waterholes while extreme hiking or why not visit another country whilst here and head to Swaziland for the weekend! No matter which you chose you will find lots of amazing photo opportunities!

Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

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
business knowledge, leadership and teamwork skills, passionate, positivity
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

Our internship fee includes:

Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in the African bush – a cozy, safe and relaxed lodge shared by our interns, volunteers and staff

3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community

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 orientation, training and guidance from our team

      

Our internship fee excludes:

Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this

Medical or travel insurance

Visa-related costs

Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity

Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs

Laundry

Airport Pickup at Hoedspruit Airport

Our project staff will collect and drop you off at Nelspruit International Airport.

Accommodation

About the location

Situated in the heart of South Africa’s famous Big 5 Greater Kruger Area, we are surrounded by game reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park which is just 45-minutes from the lodge.

 

Where you will be staying

During your internship, you will stay at our program base (Dumela Lodge) within the Greater Kruger Area – a spacious thatched lodge boasting a large swimming pool and situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here can you dine, relax and socialize. We don’t know of a better place to sit around a campfire and admire the stars!

The nearest town is Hoedspruit, a 30-minute drive from our lodge. We do a weekly town trip on Fridays to visit the supermarkets and souvenir shops, where you can spend some time relaxing with a cup of coffee or an ice-cream.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Interns will be offered 3-meals a day during the week, cooked by African Impact staff members.

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 Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 3,195
8 weeks
$ 5,431
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,667
Average fees
$ 719 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Hoedspruit/South Africa between 4 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 South Africa.
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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