What is the Nutrition Internship in Swaziland all about?
Develop and share your knowledge and studies in healthy eating, cooking methods and the impact of diet on childhood development and growth by joining this nutrition internship in Swaziland. The project supports local vulnerable children and low income communities with growing their own produce and eating healthily at community pre-schools. The project researches the impact a nutritious diet can make to lives and communicates this to members of the local community through a range of activities.
Working under the guidance of the director of a local organisation the internship will offer you an incredible opportunity to learn about the challenges facing poorer communities, how different cultures view food, and the approaches undertaken to educate and overcome these. Interns are already looking at land use and recording child heights and weights to be used in monitoring the impact of the programme. You will be able to contribute your time and help to develop the scope of the project while gaining experience in nutrition with low income families to support your studies or career.
Why choose this Nutrition Internship programme?
By sharing your existing knowledge about food, diet and development with the project staff and communities, you will be helping to develop local capacity. You will also be using your skills to assist the overstretched staff to develop materials that can be used long after you have returned home. From a personal perspective you will gain an insight into the challenges facing poorer communities and those who are suffering from HIV. It will enable you to put into action your studies or experience while providing invaluable assistance to the Swazi team.
If you want to read about this project from a volunteers point of view then click here to read our blog post.
Role of the Healthcare Intern
During this internship you will learn about Swazi foods, culture and cooking methods and how they impact on the meals that are served, the development of children and attitudes to food. You may be involved in the following activities:
- researching produce to grow in gardens for sustainability and to meet nutritional needs
- designing monitoring and evaluations methods to assess the impact of nutrition on health, education and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children
- designing training programs, workshops and materials on nutrition and health
- participating in advocacy activities for nutrition and different food types and ingredients
Potential study related learning outcomes from this internship include;
- identification of methods to educate pre-school and school children and their parents/ guardians about food and nutrition
- ability to produce materials for different audiences that are culturally appropriate and reflect the demographic of the community
- understanding of community awareness events to raise knowledge about nutrition
- designing recipes, nutrition leaflets and information for children, guardians and teachers
- knowledge about the challenges and solutions to food sustainability in the local context
You will be asked to attend a weekly meeting to review your progress and at the end of your placement you will share your learning with the local team through a presentation.
What skills do I need to be a Nutrition Intern in Swaziland?
Interns should be studying nutrition or a health related topic or be a professional in the fields of nursing, health promotion or health, or alternatively a dietitian. You should be comfortable working closely with local staff developing the programme, and contributing your ideas and experience to help staff and community members. You will be supported during your placement by a local professional but you will be expected to drive forward your activities and become actively involved in all aspects of your internship. You will be asked to submit a full CV/resume and a letter of motivation plus any evidence with your application. You will attend a telephone interview to discuss your expectations and suitability for this internship.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To put your studies or expertise into action
Develop your understanding of different approaches to addressing nutritional needs
To contribute to local efforts to improve the health of vulnerable children
Interns are based in the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland In Swaziland spend evenings hanging out listening to the wildlife, or head out for dinner or to the local cinema. On weekends why not join a safari, visit a hot spring or hike up one of the local mountains. There are markets to visit, a nature reserve and a cultural village where you can gain an insight into Swazi local life. Visits to the beaches of Mozambique or a safari in Kruger national park are also possible from Swaziland. Swaziland and its neighbours have plenty to entertain and adding an extra week for travel before or after your internship should definitely be considered.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1699 / $2653 for 4 weeks
additional weekly prices can be found in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Ezulwini Valley, Eswatini
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 15:00
- Project availability: All year round, except for the month of December
- Arrival day: 1st Monday of every month
What is included
- Accommodation: Dorm accommodation in a house with 4-8 others, communal areas, kitchen, and swimming pool.
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg for Swaziland placements
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- 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
- Daily transfers to and from the project
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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