What is the Social Work and Youth Internship in South Africa all about?
Social Work and Youth Internship in South Africa is a project focusing on emergency fostering in a local community township. The underdeveloped township faces many challenges such as extreme rates of unemployment, poverty and food scarcity.
The emergency foster care home supports abandoned and orphaned children of the township aged between 0 and 8 years old. On average, 60% of the children are HIV positive. So the project first aim is to nurse the children back to good mental and physical health. Once the children are considered stable, the resident social worker will work to finding a long term foster family. Long-term fostering will provide more stability to the children when they are ready as they are in need of a steady family environment.
As a youth social worker intern, you will shadow and learn from the professional social work team at the emergency foster care home.
Much of the work will be in determining the children’s development levels, as well as measuring and identifying key activities that contribute to the children’s basic development needs.
Why choose this Social Work and Youth Internship placement?
- Work alongside South African professional social workers and gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career.
- Be exposed to social issues that affect child welfare in an African context, including drugs, alcohol abuse, health issue of HIV and TB, as well as teenage pregnancy
- Understand the process of reunification with families (or foster families) and the support required behind the scenes to ensure the child’s safety and development.
Role of the Social Worker Intern
During your social work and youth internship in South Africa, you will get the chance to work at different children’s development levels. You will observe the setup of children’s development plans in the care of the current staff and social workers. You will assist in collecting information on new arrivals, set priority task lists and create action plans based on the children’s basic development levels and needs. Also, as a social worker intern, you will be able to observe during meetings with the caregivers, doctors and possible family members. Finally, you may also be asked to present your findings, ideas, suggestions and research to the local team. Overall, you will provide an extra pair of hands for the social workers, reducing their workload and making their jobs more effective.
What skills do I need to be an Social Worker and Youth Development Intern in South Africa?
In order to participate in the social work and youth internship in South Africa, you will be asked to go through an interview process to determine your eligibility. Experience in social sciences is a plus, since it would allow you to take a more active role, but it is not essential. Willingness to learn, dedication, patience and passion to help children is a must.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career.
Work alongside professional South African occupational therapists
Be exposed to the healthcare system abroad
Where will I work in South Africa?
About the Location
Cape Town is well-known for its table mountain view, vibey bars, cafes, amazing restaurants and of course best surfing beaches!
Interns live in a shared house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town South Peninsula. Cape Town as a lot to offer depending on your interests from surfing to food tasting.
What to do in your spare time
For those wanting to venture further afield, Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic meets, the vineyards or the local game drives are always popular. There are also lots of cricket grounds and soccer stadiums you can visit for the sports fans!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 to 12 weeks
- Cost: £2056 / $3210 for 4 weeks
£249 / $389 per week for additional weeks
- Requirements: Age minimum 17+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Working hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Project availability: Every other Monday
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared same-gender room in a volunteer house
- Food: three meals a day Monday through Friday
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Cape Town International Airport
- Training: fundraising guide, pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from local team
- Excursion Planning: assistance with planning your weekend excursions 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
What is not included
- Food: weekend meals
- 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.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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