CHILDREN AND YOUTH
As a result of poverty, gang activity, familial rejection and substance abuse, a large number of young people in South Africa are unable to live at home and attend school.
Children and youth internships are offered with various non-profit organisations that believe in the power of youth. Our partner organisations are working with these children and youth to help them develop skills to support themselves, so they can become contributing members of society. They work to provide the right guidance and love that enables young people to be agents of change in their own lives, as well as in their communities. Specific organisational needs include marketing support, website re-design and administrative assistance. There is also a different kind of opportunity with this organisation for an intern to be part of their team, which is setting up a new live-in facility for some of the young people who participate in their programme. We have other oportunities too.
We offer education internships with well-established, high-profile non-profit organisations in New Delhi and Cape Town. It is well known that education holds the key to economic growth, social transformation and social integration. In India, by 2020 there will be over 210 million unemployed people, with most of them being under the age of 30. Providing good quality education is essential in order to ensure that India’s population has a chance of developing skills through education that will eventually lead to employment. In South Africa, there are many signs that show there is a crisis in education. There is an increasingly poor grade 12 output, with many children experiencing a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, and teenage pregnancy. It has become very clear that more concentration needs to be focused on the quality of education.
Intern at a small non-profit organisation committed to developing South Africa’s capacity for arts education and youth empowerment. The organisation needs the help of creative, organised and flexible interns to expand its footprint in the arts education field. This interesting work will expose you to the organisation’s annual art festivals and educational seminars, which use conscious art exhibits to teach youth important social lessons about HIV/AIDS, the environment and diversity.
Community Outreach and Development
There are a range of internships available with this non-profit organisation which focuses on developing young leaders, empowering youth and building community. The organisation uses a specific music, dance and drama methodology to foster leadership skills, as well as spark mentorship and community support. The organisation supports 10,000+ children through camps, after-school programming, and HIV/AIDS counselling.
Sports and Youth Development
Interns have the opportunity to work with non-profit organisations who use sport, team building and mentoring as ways to address the issues that many of Cape Town’s youth face such as substance abuse, poor access to education, unemployment, HIV/AIDS as well as lack of social integration and mentorship amongst families and communities. The youth of Cape Town comprises a large portion of the population, and these organisations use sport and mentorship as a medium of assisting those at risk.
- Emotionally mature
- Enjoys working with young people
- Experience mentoring children & youth
Useful areas of expertise
- Interest & experience in social work
- Good empathy & listening skills
- Ability to multi-task & work to deadlines
- Cross-cultural communication skills
- Ability to handle emotionally difficult situations
- Emotionally mature & self-directed
- Have some knowledge about the social & economic situation of New Delhi
- Comfortable working in low-income communities
- Strong level of commitment
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”