Sustainable Development Internship, Zambia

Join an inspiring social impact program in Zambia during a sustainable development internship

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a community center that offers a range of educational programs, and gain a wealth of work experience in the process. Based in a welcoming community just outside of Livingstone, the center is a hub for children’s education, skill development workshops for adults, and creative clubs that bring the community together.

As an intern, you’ll enjoy great flexibility in your tasks; you can contribute to the development of the center’s programs, assist with fundraising and communications efforts, and get involved with sustainability and planning – it depends on your skills and experience. On top of this, you’ll have the chance to be involved in running classes and workshops on the ground; a wonderful opportunity to contribute to this initiative in a practical way, and to immerse yourself in Zambian culture.

Not unimportantly, this nonprofit internship in Zambia allows you to spend some time in Livingstone, a place that will charm you with its friendliness and seduce you with its romantic setting on the Zambezi River. During weekends, you’ll be able to visit the Victoria Falls (just a few minutes’ drive away from Livingstone!), go on game drives, watch sunset on the Zambezi, or cross over into Botswana to visit the stunning Chobe National Park.

QUICK FACTS
Livingstone, Zambia
Educational NGO
Program Development, Monitoring & Evaluation, Fundraising, Communication
Min. 8 Weeks
Upon request
ORGANISATION

Baobuyu Learning Center is a community center that provides a large number of educational programs to the local community. It’s based in Mwandi, a rural community on the outskirts of Livingstone that deals with a lack of opportunities and resources. The center was established in 2016, and has since grown into an important hub with a varied program of free workshops and classes.

During the mornings, the center provides primary education for children aged 2 to 6. The goal is to provide free education to children who might otherwise not have access to quality schooling. During the afternoons, the center becomes the venue of a number of clubs and workshops, including;

  • Skill development workshops that encourage entrepreneurship and teach practical skills such as sewing, painting, cooking, and gardening.
  • A support group for teenage girls that allows them to share worries and stories, and encourages them through some creative fun activities.
  • A recycling club that teaches both kids and adtuls about waste management, upcycling, and eco-bricking.
  • A women’s group that aims to empower women and improve their quality of life. This involves skill development workshops, education on healthy living, and entrepreneurial support.
  • Health workshops that offers important information on a number of diseases and viruses that are prevalent in Zambia, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – as well as mental health issues. The workshops are a safe place for people to share their stories and for people to learn about preventing diseases, first aid, and healthy eating.
  • A chess club that offers both classes and tournaments for keen community members.
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

As an intern, you’ll have a job description that suits your skills and interests. You can take on a great variety of tasks, or, if you prefer, you can focus on specific areas.

What you’ll do

Depending on your skills and experience, your tasks can include;

  • Help develop and run the community programs offered at the center
  • Assist with teaching children during the mornings
  • Assist with creating fundraising and communication strategies
  • Help develop and run online fundraising and individual giving campaigns
  • Write grant applications
  • Do fundraising research
  • Assist with donor management
  • Assist with Monitoring & Evaluation;
  • Manage social media channels
  • Write content for blogs and newsletters
Requirements
  • Good written and verbal English skills
  • A good level of flexibility
  • A passion for the organisation’s mission
  • A desire to learn
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Minimum age of 21 years old (due to visa regulations)
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You will be based in Livingstone, a town that’s famous for the Victoria Falls, but there is plenty more to see and do in your spare time. Take a stroll at one of the local markets and enjoy the friendliness of the Zambian population. Or if you are more adventurous, think about rafting the mighty Zambezi river or a bungee jump of the bridge. And there are plenty of opportunities in the area to go on a safari. Never a dull moment in Livingstone.

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee. You’ll stay in a shared house near Baobuyu, together with the founder of the organisation and a couple of others. It’s a basic but very comfortable house in a nice area of Livingstone, a 20-minute stroll into the centre of the town. The house has three bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a large garden. There are two dogs at the property. You’ll share a room and bathroom with one other person.

DATES & RATES

Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application proces.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 1,630
12 weeks USD 2,106
16 weeks USD 2,582
20 weeks USD 3,057
26 weeks USD 3,770

Remote internship: USD 525

What you are paying for:
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Accommodation
  • Transfer from Livingstone airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Daily transport to the project
  • 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
Excludes:
  • Flights to Livingstone
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize 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
QUICK FACTS
Livingstone, Zambia
Educational NGO
Program Development, Monitoring & Evaluation, Fundraising, Communication
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 1,630 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Going into this internship I had no idea what to expect and what the outcome might be. I hoped it would help me find and solidify what I want to do as a career but also expose me to many different opportunities and open new doors for places to explore around the world. Interning at Baobuyu did it all and more! I was able to work in collaboration with other interns and our supervisor on daily tasks and activities with our community programs but I was also given a tremendous support to start my own initiatives and projects. While I was there I started my own club and facilitated a fundraising campaign all on my own. Now that I am reflecting on my time with Baobuyu I am cherishing everything we were able to accomplish, create, learn, and grow together during this time. I know I will take everything I have learned into the future with me as I move forward and will always remember how I was able to find my passion and a new home across the world. I am forever grateful.

Katie, United StatesSustainable Development Internship, Livingstone
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Be part of an inspiring social development initiative in a welcoming environment
  • Enjoy a great variety of tasks, including assisting with programs on the ground
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the day to day running of a nonprofit organisation
  • Boost your resume with practical experience in nonprofit management, communications, program coordination, and fundraising
  • Contribute to the long term impact of a worthwhile nonprofit initiative
  • Live and work in Livingstone, a friendly Zambian town with a stunning location
8 WEEKS USD 1,630
12 WEEKS USD 2,106
16 WEEKS USD 2,582
Remote internship: USD 525

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APPLYING
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 info@rootsinterns.com.
  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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