During the community development internship your primary role will be as a representative of the Happy Africa Foundation and you will be responsible for managing the charity’s projects at your chosen location. Projects are varied depending on the country, town, or community that you will be working in.
Projects in both Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal, South Africa allow you to be immersed in the local culture while experiencing the beauty, wildlife and adventures of the natural surrounds. The rural areas suffer from a lack of government services like education and healthcare, and battle with poverty and the effects of the HIV epidemic.
They are in dire need of medical assistance, HIV education and empowerment for vulnerable populations like youth and pregnant mothers. You will have the opportunity to aid in a number of ways, including fundraising for rural clinics, gardens, preschools and feeding programs as well as overseeing income-generating initiatives such as craft-making.
One of the busiest programs is located in Livingstone, Zambia, where, as an intern, you will develop skills in liaising with grassroots projects, writing and grant proposals as well as event planning. The diversity of the projects at this location allows involvement in refurbishment projects, work with children and youth as well as medical outreach and awareness.
Other options for an African internship placement is in Jambiani, a rural village on the east coast of Zanzibar Island, and a placement on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The unemployment rates in these areas of Tanzania are is extremely high with most people living at subsistence level. As an intern, you will spend between six and 12 months living on the project's base and will liaise closely with the Project Manager and be involved in community partnerships and relations.
In addition, you will also be involved directly with the management of donations and the supervision of the implementation of all funds. This will include all financial aspects as well as monitoring, evaluating and reporting on all donations. You will be responsible for raising awareness and fundraising for the Happy Africa Foundation within the local town.