Animal Rescue Management Internship, Livingstone Zambia

Re-home neglected dogs and cats, run vaccination campaigns, and teach school children animal welfare workshops

Be part of a small animal rescue organization in Zambia and gain valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector. Addressing the issues of street animals and low animal welfare standards, this organization rescues, and re-homes neglected dogs and cats, runs vaccination campaigns, and teaches school children animal welfare workshops.

As an intern during the Animal Rescue Management Internship, you’ll assist with animal rescue and education programs, you’ll liaise with local partners and schools, and you’ll help organize vaccination campaigns. There’s a level of flexibility in the tasks, and you’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in managing social media and running fundraising campaigns. On top of this, you’ll get to spend some time in Livingstone, which is a friendly town on the Zambezi River, and close to the famous Victoria Falls.

Livingstone, Zambia
Animal Welfare NGO
Coordination, Project management, Community Education, Animal Welfare
8-16 Weeks
From USD 1,886

Zambezi Animal Welfare Services (ZAWS) was set up in 2014 by a group of friends keen to improve the welfare of domestic animals, mainly dogs and cats, in the Livingstone area. Their aims are to reduce the populations of feral dogs and cats, have a healthier, controlled population of owned dogs and cats, and to educate the local population on animal welfare, dog bite avoidance and on “one health” concepts – the concept that human health, animal health, and environmental health are all closely linked and co-dependent. The organization’s activities to date include mass vaccination and veterinary treatment outreaches in urban and rural areas, spay and neuter campaigns, educational visits to schools and clubs. The team has rescued over 200 dogs and 165 cats, most of which have been re-homed.


You’ll be part of a small organization and you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a range of areas, including some field work.

What you’ll do
  • Liaise with local schools, set up and organize school visits and school clubs for education on animal welfare and bite avoidance
  • Organize vaccination outreach drives and sterilization campaigns
  • Liaise with local community organizations, local government departments, and agencies
  • Assist with managing online communication channels
  • Organise pet adoption data and follow up with adopters
  • Assist with animal rescue projects
  • Good English speaking and writing skills
  • Animal lover
  • Prepared for hands-on experience with dogs, cats, donkeys and who knows what else
  • Computer literate on Wordpress, Excel, Instagram, Facebook, Word, Animoto (or similar)
  • Organised, thorough, good with people
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and up for a challenge
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with the unexpected and lack of routine
  • Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop
  • A minimum age of 21 years applies (due to visa regulations)
  • Full medical insurance coverage and current rabies and tetanus vaccinations

You will be based in Livingstone, a welcoming town in a unique setting. You’ll be just a short drive away from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, and the famous Victoria Falls – so there will be plenty of opportunities to take sunset boat cruises (while spotting hippos, crocodiles or elephants!), go rafting, and be awed by the immense power of the falls. But there is plenty more that makes Livingstone appealing. During your time off, you might go on safari, do some of the daredevil activities the area is known for, or stroll around the local markets.

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! You’ll stay at a comfortable lodge in the heart of Livingstone, and close to your internship. We can offer you dorm or single rooms, and you’ll have use of a great number of facilities, including a large pool.


ZAWS has internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,259
12 weeks USD 3,059
16 weeks USD 3,857
20 weeks USD 4,656
26 weeks USD 5,855

At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Livingstone, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.

Your exact fee depends on the accommodation you choose and the duration of your stay.  See above for the fees for a stay at the lodge in a shared room including basic breakfast. If you prefer a different accommodation, please let us know and we will check availability and prices for you.

What you are paying for:
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Accommodation based on shared room: use of the pool and all bar facilities, free wifi.
  • Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) from Monday to Friday
  • Transfer from Livingstone airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Pre-departure information
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Supervision and support on the ground
  • Flights to Livingstone
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Meals during the weekend
  • Daily transport to the project/office
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Livingstone, Zambia
Animal Welfare NGO
Coordination, Project management, Community Education, Animal Welfare
8-16 Weeks
From USD 2,259

This was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Doing something with your skills in an organization that really needs it, and seeing that what you do really makes a difference, gives you a feeling of satisfaction you will never have experienced before. That, and a setting that is very rough, but also very beautiful, makes this internship worthwhile. If you love animals and you are keen on doing a marketing and communications internship in Africa – look no further.

Daphne, BelgiumAnimal Welfare Fundraising Internship, Livingstone
  • Gain practical experience in coordination, project management, community education, rescue and rehabilitation projects
  • Contribute to a nonprofit on a mission to provide animal welfare and protection services to dogs and cats in and around Livingstone
  • Opportunity to also get involved with fundraising, communications, and monitoring
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • Live and work in Livingstone, a unique location next to Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy many (adrenaline packed) activities in Livingstone or visit one of the nearby National Parks in Zambia, Botswana or Zimbabwe
8 WEEKS USD 2,259
12 WEEKS USD 3,058
16 WEEKS USD 3,857

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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