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Your Internship Location: The address of the house is 17 Rhodesia Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. It boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socialising and relaxing, prepare for your next day or chat with fellow volunteers, as well as a spacious backyard in the sun to relax or enjoy a South African Braai. The House offers 10 bedrooms that can sleep between 6 and 8 per room. We can cater for a large number of volunteers but you will always have your own space and private storage.

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We can cater for most dietary needs, but please do let us know beforehand what your requirements are. We also provide a shared fridge for your own shopping if you fancy extra snacks or drinks. Just in case, we offer a safe in the office for you to keep anything of value secure while you are here. We offer a laundry service at a minimal fee per week of ZAR80 per pillow case load. Keep in mind that as most houses in Cape Town, the Internship House does not have a Central Heating System so IT WILL get COLD during winter! Please don’t forget to bring extra layers and warm clothes during those times.


Immediate Surrounding Area Muizenberg is situated on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town and your Volunteer house is just 3 minutes away from the Beach! This area is one of the major tourist attractions and a surfer’s paradise. You’ll find all kinds of people, from surfers to actors to backpackers and students frequenting the beach and Surfer’s Corner. The area is filled with vibey bars, cafes and amazing restaurants and some of the most popular hiking trails are just down the road. Lots of food markets with live music takes place in the area and there will be a chance for you to explore some of Cape Town’s most unique venues. You’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need. This is an incredibly convenient place to live and most of Cape Town’s tourist attractions such as Cape Point, Kalk Bay, Boulder’s Beach and Chapman’s Peak drive are really close by. Living in this area you’ll get the best of both worlds by living on the beach and surrounded by the mountains while having the city just a short drive away too.

City – Cape Town is nestled in the Shadow of Table Mountain. Cape Town truly is cosmopolitan with a mix of East and west, a diversity of culture and religious backgrounds, old and new providing a vibrant nightlife. The city is rich in history and scenic splendour worth exploring. From Cape Point – a drive away that leads you to seeing two oceans meet to Robben Island just a boat trip over the water. Further out you can wander the numerous wine farms and explore vast mountain ranges

Country – South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful country with diverse wildlife and birdlife. It also Proudly hosts the following Eight World Heritage sites: -

Fossil Hominid Sites – Sterkfontein Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape – Limpopo Richtersveld National Park – Northern Cape Robben Island – Table Bay Cape Floral Region – Western & Eastern Cape iSimangaliso Wetland Park – KwaZulu Natal Vredefort Dome – Vredefort Drakensberg Park – KwaZulu Natal/ Lesotho


Steps for planning your trip You can join from 8 weeks. Start dates are every second Monday of the year. 2020: 13 & 27 January | 10 & 24 February | 9 & 23 March | 6 & 20 April | 4 & 18 May | 1, 15 & 29 June | 6, 13, 20 & 27 July | 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August | 7 & 21 September | 5 & 19 October - 8 week placement only for 19 October

ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN We will meet you at Cape Town International Airport on your start date to begin your placement. You will be picked up from the airport by our friendly staff between 9AM and 3PM. When you arrive, look out for the African Impact sign and your name with a friendly face to welcome you. Please do not leave the airport if you cannot find an African Impact representative. Please call the Project Manager/Team whose numbers are noted below. We will be there and will certainly never leave without you. IF ARRIVING OUTSIDE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TIMES, we do recommend using V Transfer https://vtransfers.co.za/ to book a private transfer

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling Volunteer Coordinator on Duty: +27 (0) 83 345 8210 capetown@africanimpact.com Project Manager: Mayka Bouma +27 (0) 76 673 7492 Business Manager: Eleana Velentza +27 (0) 72 749 2707

FOR YOUR DEPARTURE You can book your flight for the Monday when your project ends. We will drop you at the airport between 9AM and 3PM. Please ensure you book your flights accordingly and remember to reconfirm your flight as times can change.

If you are looking to travel to or around Cape Town before your project or you would like to spend some extra time in Cape Town after your project and need assistance booking accommodation, please feel free to contact Cindy at cindy@africanimpact.com and she will be able to assist with this.

Why not stay on a week and join our Garden Route tour? Explore the coastline of South Africa


FLIGHTS With the assistance of our flight partner, Flight Centre, you can now contact us for assistance in bookings of your flights and even accommodation should you opt to arrive a few days earlier and/or depart a few days later.

Don’t let this be stressful. Obtaining visas is your responsibility and the extended information provided on our Visa Guidance is to serve as a guideline only. We advise that you confirm this information with the embassy / consulate of the country that you will be visiting in your home country before departure. Please request the Visa Guidance if you are unable to to allocate it on your Online Portal and feel free to email your Placement Manager as well for assistance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Prior to your trip you will need to arrange medical insurance which will give you full coverage for any medical requirements which may arise during your trip, including cover for full air evacuation in the unlikely event that this is necessary. Your medical cover also needs to include repatriation. Please ensure that you arrange adequate cover and send your insurance details to your Volunteer/ Internship Placement Manager before departing for the project. Please be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure that it does cover activities which you are hoping / likely to participate in, as cover does vary from one country of residence to another and from one volunteer project-type to another. Our preferred travel insurance partners are World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/Turnstile/AffiliateLink?partnerCode=afrimp&source=link&utm_source=afri mp&utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) The South African currency is The South African Rand (ZAR). You can use all major Credit and Debit Cards in restaurants and shops as well as to pay for doing activities in and around Cape Town – American Express generally does not work in South Africa. You can budget about US$ 500 – US$600 for 4 weeks – note that if you would like to do the one day Safari this would cost up to US$150. There are plenty of ATMs from which to withdraw cash, although it’s important to note you may be charged for this. Please notify your bank of your stay in South Africa as some banks suspends account when they see an international transaction.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You are able to buy a local SIM card at the Airport if you wish. Alternatively you can change your cellphone status to roaming. please just check with your service provider to ensure your phone is "unlocked" to allow foreign SIM cards. The Cape Town Volunteer House has Wi-Fi, but there are also Internet cafes available if you fancy a coffee while catching up with home so consider bringing a laptop should your cellphone not work.


What Else?

POLICE CLEARANCE/ BACKGROUND CHECK CERTIFICATE (In respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). You must please get a police clearance/ criminal record check certificate PLEASE NOTE: WITHOUT A POLICE CLEARANCE, (in respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN YOUR INTERNSHIP. It is MANDATORY for every Intern to complete Police Checks prior to joining any one of our Internships. As an Intern, regardless of Internship selection, you will come into contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults during your stay. We therefore feel that it is our responsibility to obtain a check on every Intern with us in order to ensure the safety of the people and communities we work with. Depending on your nationality and the regulations in your home country, there may be a small charge, payable to your local authority. Please note that your Police/ Criminal Record Check cannot be more than 6 months old when you start your Internship, so if you are booking more than 6 months in advance of your Internship start date, please wait to obtain this check closer to the time. Some countries may not allow for an Advanced Check/ Vulnerable Sector check. If this is the case, we will require a Basic check accompanied by two professional character references. If you are from the United States of America, we can assist you with the process for a minimal fee payable to African Impact. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with drugs and/or any inappropriate activities relating to alcohol.

Vaccinations Please consult your private doctor with regards to immunizations/vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended Polio: Recommended Hepatitis A&B: Recommended Typhoid: Recommended Yellow Fever: if coming from a yellow fever risk country or transited through one (mainly Latin America and Central and Western Africa) it is mandatory to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. If unsure please check with your Volunteer Placement Manager You will need an adequate supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun - SPF 30 and above. Also, please bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day. Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning. Many volunteers get dehydrated during their time with us, don’t let that be you – we do not want you to have to miss out on any of your experience due to being sick as a result of dehydration, so please, please, drink lots of water!


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Your Expectations and our Requirements on Project You will need to remain flexible, understandable and good – humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so it is something to keep in mind! Once you arrive in Africa, your care is the responsibility of African Impact and our trained Project Managers. We always aim to provide you with all of your daily needs to keep you out of harm’s way and to support you in your Volunteer and Intern work. In exchange, we ask you to attend work punctually and to behave consistently in ways that reflect well upon African Impact and our Project Managers. We ask that you dress according to local norms while in the public eye and to treat people on the work site with kindness and respect. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with Drugs and any culturally inappropriate activities relating to Alcohol. The African Impact projects rely on networks of people, and those networks are held together by good relationships. If a case should arise in which our staff feels that Volunteers or Interns have repeatedly behaved in ways that contradict the basic spirit of this agreement, we reserve the right to remove you from the Program.

Upholding the good name of African Impact and its partner organizations We ask that you do not bring yourself or African Impact into disrepute nor involve any other Employee, Volunteer or Intern in any behaviour that might amount to disrepute. If your behaviour is found to be detrimental to the program that you are involved with, you may be asked to leave immediately without compensation

Child Protection Our Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are there to help Volunteers, Interns and Staff be clear on our role in safeguarding children (anyone under the age of 18). It’s important to be aware of what good practice is and who to talk to if you have any concerns. You will get more information when you start your Volunteering or Internship placement. Any evidence of poor practice towards children will be acted on immediately and the relevant steps taken based on our policy and code of conduct

Drugs If you use or even come into contact with drugs, drug users, drug pushers or anyone remotely connected with drugs, illegal or otherwise, other than for medical reasons, your placement will be terminated immediately. If you are taking drugs for Medical reasons and have not informed us of your medical condition the same rules and conditions apply

Discrimination on Any Grounds If you see, hear or encounter any discrimination of any kind, do not challenge that person or intervene. If you feel that you need to express your views, please tell your Project Manager and they will take the necessary actions. African Impact is strongly against any form of Discrimination and any information given to us is taken very seriously.

Relationships Whilst on your placement we do NOT encourage any sexual relations. In addition, the program neither allows nor encourages Volunteers and Interns to develop intimate personal relationships with general staff and partners. This would not promote a good working environment and could result in the dismissal of the staff member and your termination from the program


HIV and AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker and the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It can take 10 – 15 years for an HIV –infected person to develop AIDS. Antiretroviral Drugs can slow down the process even further (WHO). We highly recommend that you do some research before arriving at your project as HIV is widespread across Africa with an estimated 24.7 million people living with the virus on the continent (UNAIDS) . A good source of information is “28 stories of AIDS Africa” by Stephanie Nolan. The book is available on Amazon

Termination of Placement In the event that your placement is terminated due to your failure to abide by the code of conduct laid out below, you will be required to pay for any costs incurred for your return home from the placement.

Safety – what to do in an emergency We take your safety very seriously and on arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around the City. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Volunteer House with you so we have the best knowledge of the local area and how to have the best experience. Please respect this advice. Some safety guidelines you should be aware of:

· Avoid travelling alone, especially at night. ALWAYS use a taxi and always travel in groups. · Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them. · When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt. · Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day. · Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches. · Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast. · Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight. · Before swimming, ask how safe the area is. We would advise not sharing your personal contact details with anyone under any circumstances. In addition, you will be working outdoors, in an unfamiliar community and environment. Listen to your Project Manager and respect the local rules and customs at all times! Know the emergency numbers of the Project Team. Make sure we have a copy of your emergency contact person at home


Internship Code of Conduct 1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

General Bad Conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Poor Punctuality

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Laziness

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Breach of Safety Rule

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Damage or misuse of company property

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to follow instructions from African Impact Staff members

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Conservation Projects: Failure to follow Game Drive Rules

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to attend an Activity without just reason

Written Warning

Termination

Staying out all night without prior notification to staff

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to use taxis as form of transport after dark Being rude, unfriendly or disrespecting local customs (language, clothing, etc)

Written Warning

Termination

Written Warning

Termination

Discrimination in any form

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Offences

Breach of our Child Protection Policy

Written Warning

Termination

Not upholding the Reputable Name of African Impact on and off site

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to keep the PAAZAB code of ethics

Written Warning

Termination

Disrespecting or potentially harming any animals (domestic or wild)

Written Warning

Termination

Wildlife Projects only - ethical standards in the good treatment & management of animals in captivity

Written Warning

Termination

Serious Offences

1st Offence

Theft

Termination

Drinking on Duty (or between activities) where you could endanger yourself or someone else as a result

Termination

Drinking under the age of 18

Termination

Malicious damage to Company Property

Termination

Breach of accommodation establishment rules

Termination

Relationships between African Impact Staff and Volunteer/Interns

Termination

Assault

Termination

Negligent performance of duties with serious consequences to property or life

Termination

Serious breach of the safety rules (especially at night)

Termination

Under the influence of drugs and/or in possession of illegal drugs

Termination

Major breach of our Child Protection Policy

Termination

Family Volunteering - African Impact considers all minors/children

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

Your child is your sole responsibility at all times, on project or during free time, including weekends

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Your child is no one else's responsibility including African Impact staff. Parents are responsible for disruptive/bad/rude/ culturally insensitive behaviour of their children, and all other aspects of the code of conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

to be anyone under the age of 18

If any family member breaches the code of conduct, the whole family's placement will be terminated

Termination


Exploring Cape Town Cape Town is known as one of the most stunning cities on the planet and has been voted as The Best City in the World by the Telegraph for the 5th Year in a row. It has been named One of the Top Surf Cities in the World by Surfer!!! The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and have something to offer everyone. There is a wealth of activities to keep you busy during your time off like Robben Island, the Heritage site Nelson Mandela’s prison home. Cape Town is also the gateway to the stunning Western Cape Winelands.

Cape point is the most South Western Point of Africa …. You will be taken to Cape Point and the Good Hope nature Reserve, Hout Bay, Seal Island, Simone’s Town and more!

Explore Cape Town with informative audio commentary about all our Major attractions in 15 different languages (and a special kids channel). City Sightseeing tours are the easiest and most fun way to see the sights

Go and see the amazing views and explore the tops with numerous walks

Try your hand at surfing in Muizenberg – a beautiful stretch of beach surrounded by numerous little restaurants around Surfer’s Corner

A breathtaking experience that will leave you wanting more!! See the Sharks up close and personal in Kleinbaai and you will have memories to last you a lifetime

Take a trip through The Cape Flats and experience the communities of Langa (oldest Township in Cape Town), Nyanga and the second largest community in the whole of South Africa, Khayelitsha. This is a unique chance to discover what day to day life is like and experience the communities like a local. You will learn about the history of the areas through walks and gain a deeper understanding of the communities in which we work. This gives you a greater insight of South Africa in the Apartheid era and South Africa today. A delicious, traditional Xhosa home cooked lunch is included.


Fundraising and Donations Interested in raising funds for your chosen project or collecting donations for your Project Destination of choice? Download The African Impact Foundation pamphlet from your online portal to learn more! If interested in bringing some project donations, you can request a detailed Wish List from your Placement Manager of all current needs for your project.

WHY DO AN INTERNSHIP ABROAD WITH AFRICAN IMPACT? At African Impact, we feel passionately about Internships because many of our staff (including our Senior Management) have Volunteered or Interned with African Impact. We know they help you develop new skills and gain valuable work experience, and what's better, they will ensure you are doing some good at the same time. For that reason, you can expect us to take care of everything from beginning to end. We'll work with you to find out your interest and skills and make sure that it is used to make the biggest Impact possible., while also giving you as much exposure and responsibility as we can.

You will live and work from one of our Volunteer project bases, alongside our professional partners, so you know that your hard work is going to something worthwhile.

We really understand the Value of training and mentorship; it's why we provide 3 individual mentors to support you. This includes a Member of the African Impact Team, an Internship Supervisor and a Personal Development Coach

We won't lie, interning with African Impact involves hard work, so there is no coffee-making for you! However, a hard day's work means you'll get practical work experience.

As an Intern abroad, you'll get unique insight into your field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. Not many can boast that.

Destination Guide: Cape Town Internships  

Destination Guide: Cape Town Internships  

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