Yoga Internship, Cape Town

Be part of a non profit initiative that promotes wellness in an impoverished community

Bring your yoga skills to a nonprofit initiative in Cape Town, South Africa. You’ll be part of a new program that offers free yoga and meditation classes in a local township, in an effort to bring upliftment to both individuals and the larger community.

South Africa deals with many social ails, such as poverty, alcoholism – and many issues have only been escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the intention of equipping people with healthy ways of channeling their energy, and offering an alternative to gangsterism and drugs, Project Ubuntu has developed a nonprofit wellness program in Masiphumelele, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

When you join this yoga internship program, you’ll teach yoga classes (and meditation should you have the experience), and help with the overall management and development of this initiative. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain teaching experience, use your skills to make an impact on people’s lives, and to live and work in a wonderful environment.

Cape Town, South Africa
Yoga and community outreach
(Yoga) teaching, program development, communications
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,655

Project Ubuntu is a social development organization that works in Masiphumelele, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town that deals with a high level of social issues such as poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Project Ubuntu runs a number of community programs, one of which is the Ubuntu Centre, a community center that directs resources to the community and cares for between 60 and 100 children every day. The children are from families that lack the resources to provide them with daycare, and the center offers a safe and educative space on a daily basis.

In addition, Project Ubuntu supports a number of daycare centers in the township, female empowerment initiatives, and the development of food garden programs. A latest focus of the organization is the facilitation of yoga and meditation sessions to the township community, both to adults and children. The aim of this program is to teach people healthy ways of channeling their energy, and promoting physical and mental health practices.

What you’ll do

As an intern, you’ll help develop this nonprofit yoga initiative, and you’ll teach yoga classes to the local community. Depending on your exact skills and interests, your tasks will include;

  • Teaching yoga classes to both adults and children
  • Teaching meditation, if you have the experience
  • Helping organize classes and develop this nonprofit program
  • Potentially assisting with communications; social media, content writing
  • Potentially doing some fundraising for this initiative
  • Experience in teaching yoga (and/or meditation)
  • A willingness to working in a culturally different environment
  • An ability to work independently
  • A passion for developing this initiative
  • A self-starter attitude

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 Monday. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for one month of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,832
12 weeks USD 3,895
16 weeks USD 4,958
20 weeks USD 6,021
26 weeks USD 7,616

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 Cape Town, 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 duration of your stay, so if you tell us how long you would like to stay, we can give you an exact quote.

What you are paying for:
  • Full accommodation rental fees including breakfast and dinner
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Transport to and from the project
  • 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).
  • 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
Yoga and community outreach
(Yoga) teaching, program development, communications
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,832

When I decided to travel to South Africa, Cape Town, I didn't know what to expect - but I knew that a unique experience was waiting for me. I had the opportunity to get to know the culture, locals, nature and life here. After a short time I knew that this place is my home. I feel so connected to the nature and people here. Every day brings magical moments of rainbows in the ocean waves, butterflies landing on me, waterfalls, nature sounds, powerful storms, laughing children, pure forests, breathtaking views, etc. Once I let myself accept that Cape Town is a place that is neither fast nor perfectly organized, but very slow and quiet, I was able to surrender to the flow and let each day come to me full of curiosity. I made a new family, wonderful friends and unique experiences here and was also able to learn a lot about myself, life here and the different cultures that come together in this country. I am deeply grateful and already looking forward to my return.

Leonie, Germany, Yoga internship
  • Gain a great deal of experience teaching yoga
  • Use your skills to help develop a nonprofit initiative that uses yoga (and meditation) to support an impoverished community
  • Gain work experience in fundraising and/or communications, if you’re interested in these areas
  • Get a good understanding of the day to day running of nonprofit projects
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the greatest cities in the world
8 WEEKS USD 2,832
12 WEEKS USD 3,895
16 WEEKS USD 4,958

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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