Who can apply for an internship?
You can apply for an internship if you are a student, graduate or already employed and over 18 years of age. Many companies require relevant theoretical or practical experience and good English skills. For more Information click here.
How do I apply for an internship in Cape Town?
In order to apply for an internship, you need to provide information on what kind of internship you would like to do, your fields of interest, study requirements, etc. Please also send your preferred the internship period and your available dates. For more information click here.
Who can apply for a volunteer project?
You can apply for a volunteer project if you are 18 years of age or older and you would like to get involved with one of our social projects. The requirements are good English skills, the willingness to learn about different cultural aspects and to approach them with much openness and sensitivity. Further requirements are project dependent and will be included in the respective project description.
How do I apply for a volunteer project?
In order to apply for a volunteer project, you need to provide information on what kind of volunteer work you would like to do, your fields of interest, requirements (if applicable), etc. Please also send us your desired volunteer period and your available dates. For more information click here.
Do I need to do an English course?
In general, good English skills are required for the completion of an internship or a volunteer project in Cape Town. An English course is not mandatory, but we highly recommend doing a course as preparation for your internship or volunteer projects. For more information on language courses in Cape Town go Language School.
Do I get paid as an intern?
As an intern in South Africa you will get a visa that only allows you to carry out an unpaid internship. It is therefore important to calculate the costs for your entire stay abroad well in advance. For more information on (living) costs click here.
Is board and lodging included in a volunteer project?
Unfortunately most social organisations, NGOs and NPOs don’t have the financial resources to provide board and lodging for volunteers. Thus accommodation and meals are generally not included. It is therefore important to calculate the costs for your entire stay abroad well in advance. For more information on (living) costs click here.
What are the application deadlines?
For most internships and volunteer projects there are no application deadlines, but you should apply about 3-6 months in advance to allow enough time for the organisation and planning process. It usually takes between 2-4 weeks to find a suitable internship or volunteer project. Depending on the availability of suitable internships or volunteer projects and accommodation, short term applications and placements are also possible.
Is there a minimum period for an internship?
The minimum length of an internship in Cape Town is on average 3-6 months. Some companies require a longer period, others are more flexible. The chances of an internship of your choice depend greatly on your skills, but may also increase by the duration of your stay, as companies usually prefer candidates for a longer period of time.
Is there a minimum period for a volunteer project?
The minimum length of a volunteer project is programme-specific and can range from 4 weeks to 6 months. Some organisations require longer periods (3 months+), especially in projects where building relationships (e.g. with children) is important. The duration of the orientation and adaption phase varies, but you should expect about 2-4 weeks to get used to the new environment. For short term stays we offer programmes that were specifically designed for short periods. Please send us an e-mail for more information on short-term programmes.
Do I get help with travel arrangements?
We advise and support you in the planning and organisation of your stay in Cape Town. Once the placement of the internship or volunteer project is completed, we conduct all other organisational matters, such as finding accommodation, a rental car, etc. We also give you advice on visa requirements, health insurance, airline tickets, day trips, etc.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, we will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. On arrival we will provide more information about Cape Town and a welcome package.
Is there a local contact?
Yes, First Step Abroad – Student and Travel Placements CC is located in Cape Town and offers you onsite support. Upon arrival, we will also provide a 24-hour emergency number. As your direct and personal contact in Cape Town, we will gladly assist you when choosing and booking tours and trips in South Africa.