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r e g u r K r e t a e r G a e r A INTERNSHIP DESTINATION GUIDE


Your Internship Location: The address of the Internship house is: Dumela Lodge Conservation Projects, Portion 26, Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit, 1380, Greater Kruger Area, South Africa. Dumela means “hello” in Northern Sotho (pronounced “ ”). We have a beautiful pool, several spacious areas to lounge around and socialise in, a large boma that we braai in as well as a sunny court yard. We also have a small shop where you can buy basic toiletries, yummy snacks, local crafts and a small bar. Dumela Lodge has eight rooms that sleep 2-6 people, four Rondawels that can be used for single supplement or sleep 2 – 6 people and seven Tents that sleeps 2 people. All of our rooms, Rondawels and tents have en-suite bathrooms and are air conditioned. We have on average around 10 to 18 volunteers/ interns, with a maximum capacity of 64 during peak season in July and August. While we can cater for a large numbers, you will have your own space and storage.

i-Fi W e e r f e h t Don’t forget able for your l that is avai d to catch up n a p i h s n r e t n our I y e r a h s d n a with family ay. d We can cater for most dietary needs, but please do let us know beforehand what your requirements are. We also provide a fridge for your own shopping if you fancy extra snacks or drinks. Please note that we are in the middle of the African bush and it is not always possible for us to source the same range of specialty foods you can get at home. Please ensure you advise on any specific requirements in due time so we can confirm if we can source it or if you might need to bring with you. Just in case, we offer a safe in the office for you to keep anything of value secure while you are here. We offer an onsite laundry service at a minimal fee per week of ZAR80 per pillow case load.


Immediate surrounding area. Dumela Lodge is surrounded by African wilderness. It is situated in the UNESCO Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, between the world famous Kruger National Park, the stunning Blyde River Canyon and the world’s largest privately owned conservation area. You will be living on an 18 hector private lodge which is home to Vervet Monkeys, Impala, Bush Buck, Nyala, the occasional leopard and numerous birds to name but a few. There is a footpath that surrounds the property. During the day time, feel free to take a walk around and marvel at the wonders of the bush.

Nearby Town Dumela Lodge is located 30km from Hoedspruit, a small town with a big heart. In English the towns name means Hat Creek. It was so named because its original inhabitant a farmer lost his hat in a flooding river. Hats were a valuable source of sun protection that weren’t easy to get at the time. Volunteers generally get the chance to go into town once a week on a Friday afternoon to relax and do a bit of shopping. With its wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, roadside craft markets and a supermarket there is plenty for you to do.

South Africa - the country. Because of its ecological diversity, South Africa is often described as a world in one country. It is an astonishingly beautiful, easy going place to visit. We are the rainbow nation and for centuries our beautiful land has been a melting pot of different cultures. It is known for its landscapes, wildlife, urban cities, people, history and culture all of which combine to offer the explorer an exciting, magical and inspirational experience.


Steps for planning your trip Make note of the start dates! All Internships runs from 8 weeks with the exception of our Social Development & Entrepreneur Internships which runs from 4 weeks. Start dates are every second Sunday (with EVERY Sunday in July and August). 2020: 5, 12 & 26 January | 9 & 23 February | 8 & 22 March | 5 & 19 April | 3, 17 & 31 May | 14 & 28 June | 5,12,19 & 26 July | 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August | 6 & 20 September | 4 & 18 October | 1, 15 & 29 November | 13 & 27 December

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TO/FROM THE GREATER KRUGER AREA You can fly into one of the following 3 Airports: ·

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Hoedspruit (HDS) - this is your best option as it is only 20/30 mins away from the Lodge so you can arrive at any time. You will fly to this Airport from Johannesburg. Your departure time can be any time on the Sunday your placement ends Nelspruit / Kruger Mpumalanga (MQP) this is about a 2 - 3 hour drive away from the Lodge. You will need to arrive before 1PM to catch the Free Airport transfer. You will fly to this Airport from Johannesburg. Any flight arriving after 1PM will have you needing to pay for a Private Transfer. Your departure flight must be booked after 1PM on the Sunday your placement ends Johannesburg's O R Tambo (JNB) - this is about a 5 - 6 hour drive away from the Lodge. You can then book a shuttle (at your expense) to Hoedspruit for arrival on the Sunday your Project starts. We recommend using Ashton - Tours (https://ashtontours.com) . They have 2 shuttles leaving O R Tambo. First one is at 06h45AM with your drop off location being Hoedspruit Airport and the second one is at 11h30AM with your drop off location being Kamogelo Centre. Your departure flight from O R Tambo must be booked from 8PM on the Sunday your placement ends as the second shuttle leaving Hoedspruit is only scheduled to arrive at O R Tambo at 5PM

Hoedpsuit and Nelspruit Airports are both small so you cannot get lost when walking around. When you arrive, look out for the African Impact sign and a friendly face to welcome you and transfer you to Dumela Lodge. If you arrive into South Africa before the scheduled Sunday Airport pick up, please make your own way back to the airport, where we will meet you at 12:00 on the Sunday arrival date

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling Duty Phone : +27 (0) 76 275 0433 Operations Manager: Nici Baumann +27 (0) 79 934 8298 Business Managers: Stuart +27 (0) 79 050 5559 (stuart@africanimpact.com) Stacey + 27 (0) 82 556 0163 (stacey@africanimpact.com)


Changing planes at Johannesburg Airport Most flights to Nelspruit and Hoedspruit will involve changing at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. If Johannesburg is your first point of entry into South Africa here’s what you need to know:• • • • •

You will need to clear passport control Collect your baggage and clear customs Check your baggage at the fast track bag drop Go to Terminal B – follow the signs for domestic flights Go through security and to the boarding gates

If you need help please go to the information desks, for advice. These are located all over the airport. Please allow plenty of time between flights. Most airlines recommend at least a minimum of 90 minutes. Luggage can sometimes be delayed so it is worth packing a spare change of clothes and some basic necessities in your hand luggage. Never pack valuables in your checked luggage and always make sure there is a padlock on it

South African Words (most common ones that volunteers ask about) South Africans speak English, but that doesn't mean you'll always understand us. South African English has a flavour of its own borrowing words from Afrikaans and from many of the other official African languages. • Braai - yummy food cooked over an open flame • Boma - An open structure with a fire used for braais and dinner • Biltong – a South African favourite, strips of dried and salted meat which can be made from a variety of animals: Beef, Kudu, Ostrich • Lekker – Good, there are few better ways that a South African can portray satisfaction than with a passionate ‘lekker’. • Howzit - How is it going, ‘Howzit my bru?’ • Bru / my Bru (Prouncounced – broo) Brother or Friend, ‘Howzit my Bru?’ • Just now - An amount of time / near future, ‘Ja, I’m coming just now bru’. • Ja or Yebo - Yes • Nee – (Pronounced: Neea) No • Izit? - Is it? / Really, is that so? Used to exclaim wonder and amazement. • Ag (Pronounce the ‘g’ like the ‘ch’ in Scottish ‘loch’) Oh man. “Ag, I had a great time last night.” • Eish! - Expression of surprise. Wow! / What?. ‘Eish, that is a big lion!’ • Wena – You, ‘Unjani wena?’ • Unjani – How are you? • Niapila, wena? – I am fine thank you, how are you? • Yoh! – An expression of surprise, ‘Yoh, you gave me a fright!’ • TIA (This is Africa) – for when things just don’t go the way you planned.


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=afrimp& utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) They South African currency is the Rand (ZAR). It is advisable to bring this with you. You can withdraw cash at the airport and there are cash machines available in Hoedspruit (it’s important to note that you may be charged for this). Hoedspruit also has a Bureau de Change that can change most currencies into Rand. Most local shops and restaurants accept both debit and credit card payments. - American Express generally does not work in South African . If you plan on using your bank cards overseas please don’t forget to tell your bank that you will be in South Africa or they may put a temporary stop on your card. When you arrive at Dumela Lodge we will open a TAB for you. All trips and items you buy from our shop are added to your TAB. You will be expected to pay tab in full when you check out. You can pay by cash or card (card payments incur a 6% bank charge). You can budget about USD 450 - 500 for a two week placement. This is, of course, dependant on the excursions you choose to partake in.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You are able to buy a local SIM card at the Airport or in Hoedspruit 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. While the Lodge does have Wi-Fi, please note that you will be in the African bush so it can at times be slow & unreliable.


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 Tuberculosis (TB): 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 Malaria: Please consult your Doctor for advise on Malaria for this region and follow their advise. We are in a low risk area and whilst no Volunteers have contracted Malaria, it is necessary to take sensible precautions You may also come into contact with Pepper Ticks during your stay with us. To avoid getting bitten, please use insect repellant. 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 and interns 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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Winter Season

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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 Bush. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Lodge 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

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Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them.

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When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt.

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Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day.

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Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches.

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Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast.

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Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight.

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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 THE AREA From extra opportunities to see the Big 5, adrenaline pumping activities, to exploring some of the most stunning landscapes around, our weekend tours will give you an opportunity to relax and see more of what this area has to offer. Below is a selection of some of the tours we offer.

Cultural Show – From ZAR 750 Listen to the pounding of the drums, admire the rhythm of the dance, the songs that are sung and the stories you will hear. This cultural show will give you an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Limpopo Tribes and allows you to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch.

Kloofing/Extreme hiking – From – ZAR 1000 Explore the Blyde River Canyon on foot and set your pulse racing with this unique form of hiking. It’s time to get the adrenaline pumping and is ideal for the adventurous. Hike your way down a small gorge and jump into deep crystal clear spring water.

Panorama Route – From ZAR 1150 - ZAR 2750 Enjoy the sights of the world’s third largest canyon. With one breath taking view after another you will meander your way along the mountain tops. See Gods Window, the three rondawels, explore African curios markets, admire the circular sculptures of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and much more.

Kruger Big 5 Game Drive– from ZAR 1800 Spend a day in the world famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy seeking out the African Big 5 amongst a myriad of species, inclusive of plains game, ground horn bills, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, wild dogs & many, many bird species. This is a full day trip that includes morning snacks and lunch.

Swaziland – From ZAR 3600 (minimum of 6 People) As small as it is land locked, Swaziland is an exciting destination to visit. Swaziland makes up for its size with its diverse range of attractions and spectacular mountain landscapes. Spend your weekend in a plains game reserve, go on a hike, a horse ride or a guided mountain bike trail.


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: Greater Kruger Area Internships  

Destination Guide: Greater Kruger Area Internships  

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