Organic Farming and Water Management Internship, Cape Town 


Here’s an exciting opportunity for students in environmental sciences to gain work experience in the field as part of an innovative social enterprise. You’ll join Neighborhood Farm, a program that creates food gardens at schools around Cape Town, with the aim to increase food security and spread education on growing organic food.

As an intern, you’ll help to manage and develop the food gardens and find innovative solutions for specific challenges. Your exact focus will depend on your academic background, knowledge, and skills, but you can expect to gain a great wealth of work experience. 

In addition, you might get involved with impact assessment, education programs, and the overall development of this inspiring program.

Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Food security, Urban farming
Min. 8 Weeks

Neighbourhood Farm is a social enterprise focused on improving food security in a number of communities in and around Cape Town, South Africa. By installing and managing organic food gardens in communities and at schools, the Neighborhood Farm team achieves several goals; they improve access to healthy food, educate people – especially children – on the importance of nutrition and on how to grow food, and they help create sales outlets for any surplus food. This means that food security is improved, mindsets get changed, and income is generated for people who need it.

Neighborhood Farm firmly believes that everyone has the right to nutritious food and the knowledge to grow it themselves. Their gardens provide inspiring spaces that bring communities together in the best way possible.

What you’ll do

As an intern, you’ll assist with the management and development of the food gardens around Cape Town. Depending on your skills, academic focus, and areas of expertise, your tasks can include;

  • Assisting with the installation of new organic food gardens
  • Assisting with crop planning and overall management of the gardens
  • Helping develop and manage production systems
  • Designing innovative water solutions for water scarce areas
  • Developing and managing efficient backend systems
  • Assisting with impact assessment and reporting
  • Creating a toolkit for implementing small urban food gardens, so that these programs can be duplicated in other areas of South Africa
  • Relevant academic background
  • A strong interest in food security and urban farming
  • A go-getter attitude and ability to work independently
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
Accommodation Ubuntu

You’ll be staying at a volunteer house called Yoga Shala, a house in Capri, on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula. It’s a shared house where people from around the world stay while interning or volunteering in the surrounding communities. Everyone at the house plays a role and assists in the general day to day operation of yoga shala, from the kitchen to gardening and cleaning, which creates a great community in the house. You’ll be surrounded by beaches and mountains, and Cape Town’s city center is a 40-minute drive away.


You can start your internship with this organization every week. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for several weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,432
12 weeks USD 3,295
16 weeks USD 4,158
20 weeks USD 5,021
26 weeks USD 6,316

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • 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
  • On the ground support during your stay and troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Lunch, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Transport to the office and/or community farms
  • 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
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Food Security, Urban Farming
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,432

The co-workers are amazing people, funny and always smiley. I shadowed the gardeners, worked in the garden, visited all the farms to look at what can be improved in the harvesting process, try to build a planting guide for the winter, and worked with my supervisor on a "to do list" for each farm. I grew a lot in a personal perspective and I've learned new cultures since the gardeners are all from Zimbabwe or Malawi. And I've learned to talk more, to be less shy and to ask questions when I'm in doubt. I understood that what I want to do is to work with plants and it make me proud to see improvement in a project that I'm following.

Nicole, Italy, Organic Farming & Water Management Internship
  • Gain in the field experience in urban farming, water management, and project development 
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and sustainability of an exciting social enterprise 
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector
  • Live and work in Cape Town (one of the coolest cities in the world!) and be part of projects in the field
8 WEEKS USD 2,432
12 WEEKS USD 3,295
16 WEEKS USD 4,158

See Detailed Rates

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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