Join our international team in the spectacular city of Cape Town and work with children from the local townships while developing teaching experience and qualifications on this long-term internship.
The internship begins with a 12 week volunteer project, where you will learn how to plan and deliver a range of educational programmes in local township schools and educare centres, gaining experience in teamwork and leadership.
After successfully completing this phase you will then undertake a 12 week work placement where you will further develop your teaching skills and assist in the running of educational programmes (including child care, sports, and creative play) for young children. You will work with a range of partner organisations or assist the GVI team in the operation and management of our project. With both pathways, you will work alongside professional community development teams, gaining valuable experience throughout.
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in South Africa, or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies. Qualification for possible GVI positions is at the sole discretion of Global Vision International.
All internships are geared at developing your leadership and role model skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.
"I interned in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa, on the Community Development Project and it was the most eye-opening, intense and amazing time of my life! It may sound an exaggeration…but believe me, it’s not! The people you meet, the children you teach, the places you visit, the friendships you build…everything together makes this experience truly inspiring. It feels great talking and spreading the word about such a reliable organisation and, above all, the great experience I had!!"
What's Not Included
Life on the Internship
Your First 12 Weeks
The internship starts with an orientation, during which you will learn about South African customs and cultures, life inside the township, common Xhosa sayings as well as training on the current curriculum, lesson planning and child/classroom management.
From Monday to Friday you will work with children in the local township at one of our various educational centres. The days usually run from 8:30am - 4:00pm and you may need to spend an hour or two each day preparing for the next day's lessons or doing self-study specific to your internship requirements.
After successfully completing your 12 weeks of training you will start your work placement. Typically the placements are educational-based project initiatives either with GVI or one of our local project partners. Over the 12 week placement you will develop further skills in teaching, health & safety and project logistics, leadership, and support the day-to-day running of GVI’s or our local partners' community development programmes.
You will live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Accommodation will be in houses/apartments with shared rooms and bathrooms, hot running water and electricity.
What's Not Included
GVI runs educational programmes in schools and educare centres in the townships surrounding Cape Town.
Depending on where you are placed you may be expected to assist in the following areas: outdoor exercises and games; arts and crafts; music and drama activities; storytelling; assistance with homework; working with special needs children; health workshops; numeracy and literacy; and sports
Please note that it is not possible for you to choose exactly where you would like to be placed. We hope that you will be flexible and open-minded enabling us to place you wherever the need is greatest at the time and wherever we feel that your skills, interests and experience can be best utilised.
How this project makes a difference:
Many of the primary schools in townships are severely overcrowded with over 50 students per class meaning that teachers are unable to give each child individual attention to help them develop and grow. GVI has designed a project providing individual coaching sessions to those children that have difficulties reading and writing.
*During the holiday time all participants will join Cape Town’s construction project and work on projects involved in the maintenance and beautification of Educational Institutions and Community Organisations in the Townships outside of Gordon’s Bay. Depending on the needs of the community, you will assist with basic construction aimed at improving or maintaining educational facilities and resources in line with SDG 4 – Quality Education.
Cape Town's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Cape Town:
- Improve the quality of education in Nomzamo and Zola.
- Promote gender equality in the local community
- Increase the health and wellbeing of less privileged people in the community
- Increase in-country capacity by providing training to less advantaged people in South Africa
What's Not Included
Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate in programmes assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your downtime or further afield either before or after your programme. Below is some information on trips and travel options in South Africa.
Optional Side Trips
Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend
This trip includes 2 nights in Cape Town near Long Street so that you can sample the lively weekend city life. On Friday afternoon, you will travel through to Cape Town after finishing your volunteer work.. The Saturday is a free day and you may wish to take the opportunity to visit some of the following iconic Cape Town attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope or the Green Market Square craft markets. Sunday includes a full day in Cape Point and a visit to an African Penguin colony. You will have the opportunity to explore the Cape Point nature reserve on mountain bike where you may see antelope, zebra, ostrich, seals and possibly even whales. During the day, you will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the reserves beautiful beaches.
Visit a private game reserve which is located one and a half hours from Cape Town. Here you will enjoy lunch and an afternoon safari before returning home. Transfers to and from the project accommodation are included. There are many other fantastic trips in the area around Cape Town that can easily be arranged once in-country such as shark cage diving, skydiving, wine tasting tours, Hermanus day trips for whale watching (seasonal) or a typical township experience.
Further Travelling Opportunities
South Africa has such a wealth of fantastic opportunities for further travel. In Cape Town, you have easy access to the famous Garden Route, chances to explore the Cederberg Mountain range or take more time to enjoy the vibrancy of Cape Town. Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, the world-renowned National Parks of Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing options in this stunning country.
Meet Karissa, our vibrant country expert for our Cape Town and Thailand, Phang Nga, hubs. She loves travelling and has had her fair share of travelling too. Her first solo travel was to New Zealand to work as an Au Pair, followed by Fiji for over a year. She then travelled to Thailand, where she met her South African partner and worked as an English Teacher at a public High School.
Karissa is TEFL qualified and has first-hand experience of working abroad. What first attracted her to join GVI? “The amazing volunteer projects and stunning locations across the world.”
She moved to Cape Town in November 2015 from her home country, the USA, and is loving every minute of being able to call South Africa her new home!
Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.
When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!
Service Learning Manager Cape Town
A sustainable development extraordinaire with a great commitment to create sustainable solutions for local communities. Katie has worked in South Africa for many years before her role with GVI and after completing her Master's degree in International Education she joined our team of professionals.
Her credentials include over eight years of volunteering, teaching, managing, and leading international education programs around the world. This includes working in zero-waste policy communities in New Zealand, and in an orphan bear refugee center in Croatia.
As our Service Learning Manager she is excited to use her experience designing experiential education programmes and managing community programmes.