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a i c u L St INTERNSHIP destination guide


Your Internship Location: The address of the Internship house is: 6 McKenzie Street, St. Lucia. The house is part of Ilanga Lodge and has 5 bedrooms with each room sleeping 2-6 people. Usually we have around 6-8, with a maximum capacity of up to 18 in our peak season, which is July and August. The House is located just off the Main Road in a safe residential area. The house is surrounded by a large tropical garden which is perfect to relax in. We also have a beautiful pool, a lounge come dining area and a braai area.

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If you fancy going for a walk in your downtime, it takes only 30 minutes to get to a beautiful beach or see the breathtaking sunsets over the estuary.

We can cater for most dietary requirements, but please do let us know beforehand what your requirements are so we can prepare for your arrival. We don’t provide any meals on weekends except on Sunday evenings where there are new arrivals to welcome. On these days there is always plenty of yummy left overs in the fridge, a variety of different restaurants to eat at or if you fancy cooking you can go and grab some ingredients from one of the supermarkets in town. There is a laundry service available in the Town for ZAR80 for a large load. There is free Wi-Fi in the house, this is available in the evenings. Internet is also available in most of the cafes and restaurants St Lucia. Please ensure you bring along a Wi-Fi compatible device along. Please note that the internet can be slow and that connections here are not nearly as quick as you may be used to at home.


Immediate Surrounding Area. St Lucia is located near beautiful beaches, lush coastal forests, savannas and wetlands. The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty in this area of South Africa is incredible. During your stay with us you will have some fantastic opportunities to explore some of what this area has to offer. With the warm Indian Ocean and Big 5 game reserves all around, amazing marine and wildlife can be found everywhere! St Lucia is a cute little tourist town. It has a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, roadside craft markets and a supermarket. It is easy to get around St Lucia on foot but it is also possible to hire a bike/car if you wanted to see more. St Lucia is home to the highest concentrations of Hippos and Nile crocodiles in Southern Africa with approximately 1,200 Nile Crocodiles and 800 Hippo. It’s not uncommon to see the hippos wondering about the streets at night eating the grass. (Don’t worry about what to do if you see a hippo on the street as this is covered in your induction.)

– Because of its ecological diversity, South Africa is often described as a world in one country and 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! You can join from 4 weeks to 12. Internship start dates are every second Sunday of the month.. 2020: 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 November - 4 week placement only for 15 November

ARRIVAL IN DURBAN As it is a 2.5 hour drive to your accommodation, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR FLIGHT ARRIVES BEFORE 2PM on the Sunday your placement starts. We will meet you at Durban's King Shaka International Airport where you will be picked up from the airport by our friendly staff. 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 Airport Duty number below. We will be there and will certainly never leave without you.

FOR YOUR DEPARTURE You can book your flight for the Sunday when your project ends. Please book any flight for after 2PM to allow time for the long journey to the Airport as well as check-in time. Please ensure you book your flights accordingly and remember to reconfirm your flight as times can change.

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling On-call Phone - +27 (0) 66 410 0186 Airport Duty Phone - + 27 (0) 66 042 0228 Project Manager: Malene Wallberg - +27 ( 0) 72 983 8514 malene@africanimpact.com PLEASE NOTE: : If you cannot find a flight to arrive before 2PM on your start date, you will need to fly in the Saturday and spend the night in Durban making your way back to the Airport on the Sunday for the free transfer. For odd week arrivals/ departures (3,5,7 etc) a Private Transfer will be arranged by the team . Private transfer are charged per Vehicle and paid in ZAR cash on the ground:

Saturday & Sundays (Non Start dates) before 2PM - ZAR 1500 Saturday & Sundays after 2PM and Weekdays are ZAR 3500 + depending of number of passengers.

Transit If you are spending more than a few hours in transit at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, there is a lounge that you can pay to use, which costs around $20 complete with showers, Internet access, snack food and drinks, as well as a comfortable place to sit and somewhere to safely leave your bags if you would like to wander around the shops at the airport. It is well worth using this lounge if you are at the airport for more than a few hours as food within the airport is expensive.


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 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 St. Lucia – American Express generally does not work in South Africa. You can budget about ZAR 3500 - ZAR 4000 for 4 weeks – note a weekend trip can cost anywhere from ZAR 3000 to ZAR 5500. 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 most banks suspends account when they see an international transaction. Please note: Weekend meals are not included (except Sunday evening meals on arrival Sundays). You are welcome to buy groceries and make use of the kitchen. If you are budgeting for eating out, you will be able to get a nice evening meal and drink for around ZAR 150 with lunch being a little less than this.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You are able to buy a local SIM card at the Airport or in St.Lucia 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. There is free Wi-Fi in the volunteer house, this is available in the evenings. Internet is also available in most of the cafes and restaurants St Lucia. Please ensure you bring along a Wi-Fi compatible device along. Please note that the Internet can be slow and that connections here are not nearly as quick as you may be used to at home.


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 Tuberculosis (TB): We HIGHLY recommend Volunteers on our medical programme get this vaccination. 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 advice on malaria for this region. Decisions are pending as to whether this area can be declared ‘malaria free’ as there has not been a case of malaria for over 10 years nor have any of our volunteers contracted it before. Whilst there is no malaria in St Lucia there are mosquitoes. You will need an adequate supply of mosquito repellent cream or spray. 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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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 Town. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Interns 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 · 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


EXPLORE THE AREA Be sure to have your camera ready. Our weekend tours will give you an opportunity to relax and see more of what this area has to offer. If you are thinking of hiring a car during your time in St. Lucia, please note that you will need to have a Credit Card in order to book a hire car as per the Hire Car Company’s regulations. Below is a selection of some of the tours we offer. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BELOW PRICES ARE PURELY INDICATIVE AND CAN CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

Hippo and Croc Tour – From ZAR325

A tour boat departs from the town three times a day to take you on a 2-hour cruise of the St. Lucia Estuary. See hippos and crocs up close and personal and learn about the different bird species on the estuary from the saftey of a large eco-friendly baot. There are light refreshments on the boat as well!

Thanda Private Game Reserve– Prices depend on season Get a real sense for the African bush with this overnight stay at Thanda's luxurious tented camp. You will be allocated your very own Game Ranger and Tracker, who will take you out on two game drives (sunrise and sunset) around the Private Game Reserve. You will learn so much about South Africa;s wildlife and bush while having the opportunity of sightings with Africa's famous Big 5 amongst all of the other amazing wildlife.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park - From ZAR1055

Go on a day long game drive and experience the magic of the South African Bush. This trip involves getting up early but seeing an African Sunrise makes it worthwhile. You may get the chance to see the Big 5 (Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant) and myriad of other animals. If you are lucky you might even get to see one of Africa’s most endangered animals, the Wild Dogs.

Night Game Drive - From ZAR600

Night games drives are unique and thrilling. Discover nocturnal animals on a drive into iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s First World Heritage Site. With the help of a powerful spot light you will go in search for some of our more elusive animals. This trip is also your chance to witness one of nature’s natural phenomena, the Milky Way.

Zulu Cultural Night - From ZAR300

Experience and learn more about the traditional Zulu way of life. Try on traditional Zulu dress, add more Zulu words to your vocabulary, watch Zulu dancing, fighting and get involved in the action. Round off you experience with a traditional Zulu meal.

Whale Watching - Price ZAR1150 During the Season of June to November, enjoy this boat based whale watching off the beach here in St. Lucia. The gigantic humpback whales migrates past the shores on their way to breed near Madagascar, to later return to their feeding grounds. You may see a 40 ton whale breach the surface near our boat, and this is not something you want to miss! also regulary seen on the three hour tour are dolphins, sharks, turtles and false killer whales


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: St. Lucia (Zululand) Internships  

Destination Guide: St. Lucia (Zululand) Internships  

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