There are many different ways musicians can enrich the lives of others and lift the spirits of the destitute and homeless. I was strolling through Observatory last week when I came upon a really motivating site. There is a volunteer based soup kitchen feeding scheme that meets and sets up a soup kitchen to feed the homeless. Among the volunteers was well known South African musician, Abraham Helberg, strumming away on his Ibanez guitar and puffing on a tobacco pipe, lending such a peaceful and joyous tone to the soup kitchen.
Unpaid Internships differ from volunteer work; an Internship is something you can do that would develop your skills in a certain profession and gain something from the experience. Volunteer work on the other hand can also be seen in this light, but is motivated more on a person’s desire to help out and expects nothing in return. This is a very basic explanation into the differences between the two. I have made up a list of a few companies where you can find Internship placement in Cape Town and South Africa.
African Sunrise Volunteers
African Sunrise provides placements for interns and people wanting to volunteer in South Africa at different NPO’s. Their internship programmes are varied including political studies, human rights learners, and Social work amongst others. They offer one of the best internship experiences and they will even go so far as to find an internship for you if it is not listed on their site. Their required stay to participate in an internship is 3 months, in those months you will gain valuable experience and be able to apply your knowledge in your chosen field and work in a very hands-on environment.
VACorps creates custom intern placements in South Africa for the student or young professional that need the experience to gain valuable knowledge and life skills. One of the examples of their internship programme is offering and experience to participate in South African Conservation. Being involved in this intern initiative gives you the opportunity to work in the Table Mountain National Park and help in areas such as preventing poaching and helping to protect our vast biodiversity of plant and animal life.
A second example from VACorps is their Refugee internship; here you will help to improve the lives of refugees in South Africa. The volunteer internships available at this organization are many and varied and can the company can even custom your internship experience to your needs and likes. This is unlike African Sunrise volunteers who assist students and graduates from all over the world to volunteer South Africa.
Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
This centre relies on the dedicated work of each intern and volunteer. The Scalabrini centre is involved in trying to alleviate poverty and aids in the integration of refugees and migrants into South African society by offering development and welfare programmes to the local communities. They offer full time internships that last for a minimum of 3-6 months depending on the needs of each project. The various projects involved include tasks such as, helping with events, covering reception and teaching English to name a few.
Contact: 021 465 6433
The Save foundation is an NGO that is involved in helping to create sustainable community and conservation developments in South Africa and other countries. The Save foundation internship programme offers a wide spectrum of opportunities, including community service internships, social work internships, medical internships and youth development internships amongst others.
Contact: 021 556 9369
Internships Cape Town and South Africa
Cape Intern offers all the information you need to create your own intern experience. They offer a selection of free services that include, accommodation, transport, a database of intern programmes and other safety tips and travel information. They also offer ideas on how and where to go to explore South Africa while busy with your internship. You can contact them via their website at capeintern.com.
IO Cape Town
This company helps to locate internships and volunteer work in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. They offer the best internships at affordable prices. The IO stands for International office and fist and became one of the most successful intern agencies in Europe. They now also have offices abroad in places like New York. The reason for their success is in their ability to customize and match expectations to each individual and provide an unforgettable and educational experience.
Cape Town is an ideal location for local and international students to complete their volunteer or internship experiences. Some of the internship possibilities at IO are in various departments such as:
- Real Estate
- Township and community programmes
- Refugee programmes
Internships in general help you to grow your career and teach other valuable leadership skills and life skills. Through this opportunity you not only advance your own career, but with these skills and experiences you can then also provide inspiration for others to follow your lead. Being inspired promotes better performance and develops creativity, so that everybody can reach their full potential.