Interested in an Internship? Join our SAVE Foundation Intern Program!
As our organisation grows, so does our SAVE family. If you are a hard working, compassionate individual then our program could be right for you! Our non-profit organisation includes a wide array of programs that need the assistance of willing and dedicated interns.
An example of a heath centre you could be working within is Lotus River Community Health Centre. It is a primary health care facility who caters mainly for patients with chronic diseases as well as acute or walk in patients. The facility has 42 members of staﬀ who treat approximately 13,000 patients a month. The facility comprises of allied services for example the dietetics, social workers, health promotion oﬃcers, radiography, psychology and physiotherapy. The physiotherapy department caters for chronic and acute cases ranging from neuromuscular, orthopaedic, neurology and geriatric to a lesser extent respiratory conditions. They run exercise classes including lower back pain aerobic classes as well as order, supply and ﬁt assistive devices.
They also organise outreaches into the community with the home based carers for the patients who are in need of palliative care.
With your internship program you can be placed at any other medical centre for your position
Why intern with us?
• Gain international work experience
• Enhance your CV
• Develop a global understanding of education
• Gain social hours and a letter of recommendation
• Gain insight into the South African education system
• Work with the locals in the townships and settlement
• Discover the South African culture and social challenges
• Improve your organisational and project management skills by organising poverty prevention and upliftment workshops and projects
• Gain insight into the South African social system
• Make a difference in the lives of the children
• Arrival day for Orientation: Every Friday
• Project starts: Every Monday
• Location: Cape Town
• Minimum duration: 12 weeks
• Airport pick up
• Orientation and welcome BBQ
• Walking tour
• Transport to and from the projects for the first week
• 24 hour support and supervisor on project
• Donation to the NPO to assist with projects
• Certificate of appreciation
Acceptance subject to availability of your internship position
Placement areas will vary depending on your experience and availability
Example of your accommodation: You will stay at either an internship house or 3 to 5 star backpackers or hostel once your placement has been secured, we will be able to confirm this. You will share with other interns and/or guests. Dormitory accommodation with 3 – 10 sleepers.
- Warm clothes – Many people have the perception that South Africa is a hot place, however from May until l September it is our winter months and temperatures can drop to 10 degrees and nights can get even colder and rainy. There is no in door heating in South Africa.
- Old clothes – bring comfortable clothes to work in.
- Prescriptions – if required.
- Basic first aid
Available facilities are:
• Beds, mattresses and linen(no towels)
• Males and Females may be in shared room unless otherwise requested.
• You are responsible for keeping your own room tidy.
Notice: The most important things to bring are a sense of humour, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude
Water: Water is safe to drink however scarce in many areas, use water sparingly and have short showers or baths
Electrical power: South African electrical power is 240 volts AC. Appliances from North America will burn out if they are not switched over or have a properly-rated power transformer (not just a plug converter) attached. Think twice about that hair dryer! South Africa is also prone to electricity cuts due to short supply. Please turn off lights and heaters when not in the room. The plug adapter needed for South Africa plugs is very difficult to find in your home country, we suggest you buy the adapter in South Africa.
Health: The sun is an important health factor to consider. You can burn easily, even in winter and on cloudy days, so always use sun block (SPF 30+) and a hat, and drink plenty of water. Moderate to severe sunburns are common among visitors and volunteers, yet they are completely preventable. Please be cautious of the sun, severe sunburn can prevent you from participating to full capacity
What is the difference between volunteering and regular tourism?
For regular tourists the emphasis is on the tourist who expects to receive excellent service on their trip (great hotel, good food and all excursions working according to a timetable). The place and local community becomes less important with the tourist becoming the centre of attention.Volunteer tourism (or “voluntourism”) has the emphasis shifted to work contribution, goals of the program and helping the local community. It is the success of the program and the atmosphere between the community and the volunteers that helps make the trip unforgettable – not the level of service or the quality of the hotel. Many programs are underfunded so inevitably there will be some difficulties; however it is the overcoming of any challenges which creates a sense of achievement and satisfaction not found in regular tourism
Will there be any surprises?
Volunteer tourism can be unpredictable. While SAVE does the upmost to stick to timetables and examples of type of work needed by the volunteer, there are many factors that can impact these plans. For example, the weather and seasons, local holidays, mood of the wildlife and immediate needs of the programs. The information you will receive from the program is important and valuable however things can change and we urge you to use it as a guideline and expect the unexpected – this is what makes volunteer tourism so diverse and exciting. It is important that you arrive with a flexible attitude and remember that just by being at the project you will be contributing to its running, growth and success. Many of these programs are in cultures very different than yours and as such the type and length of work given may or may not seem important to you but it will be for the program.
The volunteers you will be working with come from all over the world and may be from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Volunteering is also a cultural experience where you can learn about different cultures; but please be both tolerant and patient. Do not be shy in sharing your experiences, recipes, songs and traditions it will just add to the overall group cohesion. Children may be raised in ways that are very different to what you are used to. If you are ever unsure about a certain issues, please feel free to discuss it with your volunteer leader.
Please take into account additional expenses like tours, trips, telephone, restaurants and bars. It is a good idea to carry different types of payment: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit cards and Traveler’s Cheques are options.
It is very important and necessary to purchase and carry travel insurance for any unforeseen eventuality. We would be happy to recommend a reputable insurance company.
Acceptance of internship is subject to availability of position
In case of an emergency: Notify your leader immediately. An ambulance can be called or private transportation can be used to get to the nearest health centre, clinic or hospital.
A responsible level of drinking (for volunteers of legal age) during free time is allowed. However in these limited situations:
• Alcohol is never to be consumed during the work day.
• Participants are never to be intoxicated whilst at project.
• Participants are never to be under the influence of alcohol during group discussions.
• No hangovers will be tolerated on project so please keep drinking to off days