What is the Public Healthcare Internship in South Africa all about?
The Public Healthcare Internship in South Africa is facilitated by a Public Health Program Manager, specialized in infectious disease. During the internship, you will be placed in a variety of local organizations that work in public health settings, most of which treating populations from extremely underprivileged communities and affected by communicable and non-communicable diseases.
There are many South African NGOs working towards eliminating health disparities and co-morbidities of HIV/AID and TB as well as COVID-19, making Cape Town the ideal place for a public health internship.
During your public health internship in South Africa, you will be exposed to the challenges faced by health institutions, NGOs, and the people around Cape Town.
Why choose this Public Healthcare Internship placement?
- Learn about the South African public healthcare system
- Gain first-hand experience working side-by-side with qualified public healthcare professionals.
- Get exposure to a variety of healthcare issues in a developing country, providing you with a wealth of knowledge and training to help you advance in your own medical career.
Role of the Public Healthcare Intern
As a public health intern, you will spend time with your internship manager to determine your specific internship objectives and projects. You have the opportunity to focus on what your interest is and make a plan to develop practical skills you have learned during your university work. So the tasks will vary depending on your personal interest in healthcare.
As an intern, you may be involved with administrative duties, monitoring and evaluating infectious diseases cases in townships, doing university work and assisting with lectures and working with medical healthcare students.
The internship will teach you about the diverse approaches to health care services and the difference between Western standards and South African methods. You will learn about project management, grant writing for funding of future projects, data analysis and might even be involved with training and workshop content building and delivering.
What skills do I need to be a Public Healthcare Intern in South Africa?
The Public Healthcare Internship in South Africa requires a reasonable level of self-motivation, open-mindedness and motivation. Many of the South African are underserved when it comes to health, and suffer from various health issues that require a certain level of maturity from the interns. A self-starter and pro-active attitude is essential to success in this placement.
Finally, you must be passionate about healthcare and promoting equity health for everyone while being adaptable enough to live in a developing African country. All applicants will be asked to share a resume and go through an interview before being accepted on the placement.
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
Gain practical experience and insights on the South African public healthcare system
Work side-by-side with local qualified healthcare professionals
Learn about ailments and illnesses you wouldn’t otherwise back home.
Where will I work in South Africa?
About the Location
Cape Town, The Mother City, is well known for its iconic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches and stunning vineyards. The city has a lot to offer from sampling great goods, experiencing vibrant markets to a lot of cultural and historical activities.
Interns live in a single bedroom in a shared house with communal space. The accommodation is in a vibrant neighborhood right outside the city center known as Obz to the locals (=Observatory). It is located nearby cafes and amazing restaurants and offers a central lounge to socialize with fellow interns as well as an increasing number of students studying at the University of Cape Town. The neighborhood is also known for the many artsy thrift shops, bookshops and galleries.
What to do in your spare time
During your time off, you may want to enjoy some scenic drives around the city, go spot some marine life or do the famous Garden Route. Cape Town itself has a lot to offer including hiking, surfing, cycling, kayaking, visiting museums or simply going to the beach for a relaxing time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4-12 weeks
- Cost: £3032 / $4733 for 4 weeks
£154 / $240 per week for additional weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Working hours: Mondays through Fridays, 30 hours per week
- Project availability: Weekly year-round
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: single room in a house with communal space
- Food: no meals included.
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Cape Town International Airport
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
- Pre-departure information pack for “country”
- Fundraising Guide
- How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- Learning Reflection Guide
- Healthcare Ethics and Culture Documents
- On the ground training:
- Cultural and safety orientation and project induction
- Weekly culture series
- Weekly social gatherings
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Certificate on completion of your internship placement diary and presentation to the local team
- Supervision from qualified professional
- Wi-Fi in accommodation
- Laundry in accommodation
What is not included
- Food: meals are not included
- Transport to/from 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.
- Routine vaccinations
- Refundable accommodation damages deposit of $250
- 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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