Develop the knowledge that you have gained through your studies and participate in this events management internship at an NGO in South Africa. The NGOs focus is on urban greening, reforestation, and eco-education in Sub-Saharan Africa through tree planting, reforestation, environmental education and promoting a green movement. It has successfully planted over 18000 trees since 2010 and uses events and great initiatives to raise funds to support this work.
The project runs a range of events from small shows in local parks to larger events such as music festivals to a three week dedicated camp focusing on reforestation. Although the project has a strong online presence through various social media channels, emails and newsletters which it uses to communicate with donors, stakeholders and beneficiaries, the festivals and events are very important to this NGO. The aim is to increase awareness and encourage as many people as possible to get activity involved in the ‘Treevolution.’ The internship offers those with experience in and awareness of event management an exciting opportunity to participate in the logistics of running small and larger scale events in Cape Town.
Why choose this project?
Interns at this project are able to help the organisation raise its profile and also awareness of the importance of reforestation within the local communities. Not only will you help with planning events that raise funds and the profile of the organisation, you will also activity get involved in planting events.
Role of the volunteer
During your internship you will work alongside specialists to develop your knowledge in some of the two main areas:
- Events software through preparing contracts, organising catering, signage, logistics, finances, preparing event briefs, registration lists, gift bags, managing the calendar, managing merchandise and maintaining appropriate records
- Events hardware such as managing on site production, site set up, gathering materials, coordinating transportation of materials to and from events, storage etc
All the activities are variable and dependant on project needs and the events that are planned and due to take place during your internship. It will also depend on the experience level of interns. It really is a fantastic opportunity. You will be supported by the internship coordinator and a project member during your internship. You will attend weekly review sessions and you will be able to pose any questions and review your progress.
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Interns should have some experience in organising camps or events (school/ scout / community events are fine) and have strong organising skills. You should be able to use your initiative, work well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines. An interest in environmental issues would also be useful as this is the basis of the events and materials you will be promoting and organising. If you are studying, this will be a great way to support your studies and put your theory into practice along with your involvement in events to date.
Interns are asked to bring a laptop with them, if this is possible. You should also be physically fit and willing to work on occasional weekends and evenings.
A full international drivers license is also required.
A full CV/resume will be requested upon application to assess your suitability for the programme. Documentation will be required to support your application including a letter of motivation. You will be asked of a telephone interview as there is a selection process for this exciting placement.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain hands on experience and compliment your studies
Because you want to explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town
To share your ideas with the team at a local NGO
Spending 3 months in Cape Town means that you will have plenty of time to explore all that this fascinating area has to offer. On weekends, during holidays (and during the 2 days off per month you build as entitlement on your internship) you will be able to try your hand at wine tasting, surfing and shark cage diving or go on a safari or two or even lazing on one of the beaches. Climb Table Top Mountain or explore the historic Robben Island, or relaxing in one of Cape Towns trendy neighbourhoods. A fantastic destination for you to learn more about this wonderful country and the fabulous Garden Route.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 12 weeks +
- Cost: £1716 / $3003 for 8 weeks
£118 / $206 per each extra week
- Requirements: age 19+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Project activities: preparing paperwork, assisting on site with events, coordinate appointments, manage merchandise, organise logistics, set up sites
- Working hours: varied depending project needs but you will be asked to assist with weekend fundraising or promotional activities as required
- Project availability: All year round, except 2 weeks at Christmas
- Arrival day: Every 1st or 3rd Monday of the month
What is included
- Accommodation: Dorm accommodation in a volunteer house, 2 shared bathrooms, balcony and fully equipped kitchen
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Cape Town International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- Free water bottle
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Food and drinks (but plenty of options available locally)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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