Social Studies Internships

Social Studies Internships


Social Studies Include: Social work, early childhood and development, applied psychology, legal rights, public health, advocacy, community development, admin, fundraising, finance, human resources, communications and different forms of therapies - play or art therapy.


Field: Child and Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 001

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum of 3 months and longer

Short description: Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the Centre offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town. In providing our assistance we use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs and our human rights. With a team of 26 people and the revolving help of about 40 volunteers, the Centre offers programmes dealing with welfare, training and assistance with access to local services through referrals to schooling, bank accounts, health care, legal representation, qualification accreditation and social assistance. The Centre receives around 700 people each month accessing our different services. Their services include an employment help desk, Digital literacy training, English teaching, sewing, workshop program, a welfare desk, clinic, soup kitchens, etc.

Tasks: With the live-in position intern is expected to live in the house and work as full member of the Care team according to a daily schedule. The intern is expected to participate in house meetings, staff meetings and training. The intern would work under supervision of a senior staff member. The tasks range from taking care of the children’s living space, supervision during meal times and recreational activities to food preparation, homework assistance, reading programme, etc.

Level of education: Previous experience in child care (at least one relevant reference letter in the field). Studies in the following fields are an asset: child care, psychology, social work, social education.

The minimum: Period of stay is 4 months. The House offers food and lodging to live-in care givers.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: All Rounder Position

Reference number: Social Studies 002

Location: Cape Town

Length: Miminum of 3 months and longer

Short description: Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the centre offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town. In providing our assistance we use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs and our human rights. With a team of 26 people and the revolving help of about 40 volunteers, the Centre offers programmes dealing with welfare, training and assistance with access to local services through referrals to schooling, bank accounts, health care, legal representation, qualification accreditation and social assistance. The Centre receives around 700 people each month accessing our different services. Their services include an employment help desk, Digital literacy training, English teaching, sewing, workshop program, a welfare desk, clinic, soup kitchens, etc

Tasks: In this position, you will help out in different areas of the organisation, wherever there is a need. This can include tasks such as teaching English, packing food parcels, peeling potatoes for the soup kitchen, capturing data, etc. You will also be expected to cover the reception area for 2 hours daily. This is a diverse position in which you will learn about all aspects of our work.

Level of education: You must enjoy working with people of different cultures. Your personality must be independent and very flexible, able to deal with changing daily needs of the organization and you are a minimum age of 20.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Social

Reference number: Social Studies 003

Location: Wynberg, Cape Town

Length: 3 – 6 Months

Short description: This project was named after a young Zimbabwean who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town whilst waiting to get his asylum papers. Formed in 2007, this project exists to assist refugees who face a similar plight on the streets of Cape Town.

Tasks:

  • Assisting with the refugee interviews and follow-up appointments,
  • Office administration and organisation,
  • Data capturing – database, reports, networking etc,
  • Thank you letters and acknowledgements,
  • General help and assistance to office manager,
  • Attending committee meetings and taking minutes,
  • Communicating and networking via internet, email and telephone to access resources e.g. training courses, food, clothing, jobs etc,
  • Networking with various NPO’s in the community, attending forums and meetings and sending out summary reports. Administration

Applicant requirements: The intern has to be interested in working for an NGO and be willing to be part of a small team. An all rounder, willing to be involved with all aspects of the organisation would be idea.

Level of education: Any level

Language skills: Good English

Kind of person: An honest, hard working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Refugee Centre

Reference number: Social Studies 004

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: The organisations goal is to serve as an effective social safety net in the form of a supportive network of social assistance, educational support and business for the most vulnerable groups of refugees and asylum seekers.

Tasks: Our organisation provides material assistance and psycho social support to individuals and families in distress. We advocate for the realisation of refugee rights and we assist children financially to attend school.

Responsibilities: The chosen candidates will assist with our various programmes and projects, including; psycho-social assistance programme, workshops, events and outreach programmes.

Level of education: Social Work and Psychology or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate must have a non-judgmental attitude, compassion and empathy. Good communication skills, goal orientated and must have the ability to work in a team.

Field: Special Needs Education

Reference number: Social Studies 005

Location: Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

Length: 1-6 month

Short description: This school is for learners with physical disabilities and they represent many different disabilities groups eg. Muscular Dystrophies, Congenital and Traumatic amputations, Arthritis and Cerebral Palsy etc..Consideration is given to learners‟ ability to cope in a mainstream setting and their need for the therapeutic services. The school is proactive about getting their children through a good school system with a high level of education. They offer sports codes such as track and field and have a professional team of rehabilitation services. Children get full support, from receiving transport to and from school, as well as receiving a professional support service from social workers, nursing services, occupational therapists, physical- and physiotherapists.

Tasks: According to your study level and subject specialization you will be involved in either speech; art; music; physical; physio or occupational therapy. A professional education in one of the above fields is essential, including having completed your medical tests or practical exams in the field. This school is desperately in need of additional hands skills and would be welcome the right candidates.

Applicant requirements: Studying towards a degree/diploma in a professional field. Some past experience would be preferable in your field. Good communication skills
A love of children and a passion to make a difference in their lives. An empathy to other individuals. A car to get you to and from work is essential.

Language skills: Good English

Kind of person: An honest, hard working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Social, Logistics, Events, Communications, Facilities Management

Reference number: Social Studies 006

Location: Observatory, Cape Town

Length Short description: The Charity is one of the most active charities in the world therefore their work is well known and their success enormous. They mobilize a force of medical professionals and caring hearts to provide safe, effective reconstructive Surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Their offices are in the city centre of Cape Town and this is an excellent small team of professionals who push the levels of professionalism time and time again. They arrange voluntary medical missions to African countries where they operate on people for fee.

Tasks: Administration - As this is a small team, you will assist with administration of these missions. This involves arranging a lot of logistics, flights, visa’s for medical teams, shipping of equipement around the continent, co-ordination of all the donations and materials needed for their work etc. Due to the nature of their work, the careful planning of every event is essential as many professionals offer up their time and pay to go on a mission serving a poor community who would otherwise not get this help.

Public Relations & Awareness - Most of the time, you get to do your own project as well. This could be a fund-raising project, awareness campaign, preparing information for their website or co-ordinating projects with schools or the community to assist with the preparation of these missions. Most of the time our students host and arrange their own functions for either business people, schools, VIP’s etc.

Applicant requirements: You must be able to work in a smaller team of say 10 people, so good people skills are essential. You have to be very organised and systematic in your approach to your work as you would deal with a lot of systems and processes.

Level of education: Any field of study e.g. administration, interest in social issues, public relations or communications normally fit in well with them.

Language skills: Good communication skills in English is essential.

Kind of person: An honest, hard working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Nutrition And ECD Training

Reference number: Social Studies 007

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: The Organisation is registered NPO and is committed to uplifting underprivileged communities. They offer effective, holistic projects aimed at addressing the needs of the community.

Tasks: The Organisation aim is to build early childhood development schools, train and employ teachers from the local community. They offer a project called the “feeding program” where they provide pre-cooked nutritious meals, clothing and food parcels within impoverished communities.

Responsibilities: The chosen candidates would be utilized to assist on various projects and programs.

Level of education: Have experience in Early Childhood Development.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: The ideal candidate must have the ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude towards all clients.The candidate must be passionate about assisting communities whom live in poverty and must have the ability to work in a team.

Field: Education, Therapies, Facilities, Social Studies, Nursing, General Volunteering

Reference number: Social Studies 008

Location: +/- 15km from the city centre of Cape Town

Length: 3 Months and Longer

Short description: The home caters for medically disabled and fragile children by providing care for them in the form of nursing and rehabilitation. The children in this home come from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds. The home also has children with learning disabilities, severe mental retardation and life threatening diseases such as Diabetes, cancer and HIV/Aids. They have a school on the premises, as well as a residence where some children stay during the year.

Tasks: Depending on what you study, you can most likely apply for an internship in one of the following fields.

Social: Nursing care; nursing assistants; Physiotherapy; Occupational therapy; Speech therapy; Social work; Formal education; Human resource management; Crèche assistant; studies around children; childcare workers – care minders; art therapy; evening duty; special skills; play therapy.

Other: Computer training skills; administration skills; fund raising; Public relations (1 person); Human resource management; Maintenance workers; landscaping; Holiday activities; Facility management (Playground, soccer field); Communications/special events coordinator; Web design.

Applicant requirements: Studying towards a course in nursing care, social work or a therapy. Alternatively you would be studying facilities management, education, administration, pedagogic or related fields etc.

Level of education: Any

Language skills: Basic English

Kind of person: You must enjoy working with children or in the environment where there are children. Own initiative is essential too as you will have more change to get involved in different projects.

Field: Child And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 009

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: Our organization was founded in 1844 with the purpose to help young men develop in spirit, mind and body. We aim to empower those most at risk in South Africa through the development of Leadership, Education and Communication Skills.

Tasks: We offer various programmes in sports, arts and crafts to motivate youth at risk in communities in order to develop their education, confidence, leadership and social skills.

Responsibilities: Depending on the candidate’s field of study and strengths, he/she will be utilized in our various programmes we offer.

Level of education: Social Work, Psychology, Education or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: An honest, hard working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Social Work, Business Development

Reference number: Social Studies 010

Location: Cape Town

Length: Any

Short description: This is a non-profit Child and Family organisation that provides numerous services to disadvantaged communities on the Cape Flats. The organisation pioneered social assistance in the entire Cape Flats and plays a major role in the community it serves by providing restorative support for the entire family and creating educational and social opportunities for the people. It is a very large organisation dealing with a large problematic community – including HIV/ Aids, unemployment, child neglect and abuse, foster care, job creation, child care e.g. an after school program, dance group, social services etc.

Tasks: This internship offers a variety of opportunities. Their main needs currently are for assistance in the development of a number of business projects, organisational restructuring, fund-raising and re-development of the organisation. Second internship opportunities are in the fields of social work, psychology, house parents for a small foster home for children taken away from their parents and in general, people to assist with one of their many youth programs.

Applicant requirements: There are several internship opportunities. You may either study tourism development, child care, social work, psychology, or different fields of social development. You must be interested in working with people though. House parents for their home of safety could virtually be anyone too. You must be older than 23 years though and have a strong sense of responsibility. Opportunities are both senior and junior for young school leavers.

Level of education: Any

Language skills: Good working English

Kind of person: An honest, hard working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Child And Youth Programmes

Reference number: Social Studies 011

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 8 weeks commitment

Short description: The organization was established in memory of an American student who worked tirelessly with the African National Congress (ANC) on the new Constitution and Women’s Rights. She was passionate about making a difference in South Africa. On August 25 1993 her life was tragically cut short in an act of political mob violence. Four men were convicted for the murder and was granted amnesty 5 years later by her parents. We offer children an alternative to negative influences and supplement the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa.

Tasks: These positions will be based at any one of our care centres, these include; Gugulethu, Athlone, Phillipi, Bonteheuwel and Khayelitsha. Each care centre is focused on after school programmes that make education enjoyable to the children of the different communities. Each care centre hosts up to 300 students per day.

Responsibilities: You can get involved with the after school programmes that run from Monday to Thursday, 15:00-17:00. Here you would educate the children in terms of sports, education, arts and music.

Level of education: Knowledge in music, literacy, sports or art.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: Determined, optimistic and courage to make a change one child at a time.Must be 18 years and older.

Field: Child And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 012

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: Our organization has over 60 years of experience in the retirement market. Today with over 20 properties, including several upmarket and new developments, we cover the entire spectrum of services for retires, catering to both their independent living needs and later full frail care. We aim to provide our residents with the highest standard of care in homely, secure and comfortable environments.

Tasks: We encourage independence but we also provide frail care. We provide support and advice to both our clients and their families. We offer fun activities, host interesting talks and provide social support to aged individuals in their prime.

Responsibilities: The ideal candidate would be a person with interest in working with the elderly, either physically or emotionally.

Level of education: Social Work, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: Candidates must have patience and understanding in working with elderly both physically and emotionally. Working within a team is important and the ability to connect with all types of individuals would be key.

Field: Early Childhood Development, Social Work, Psychology And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 013

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: We aim to provide training, education, mentoring and support. We have five focus areas: Early Childhood Development, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Seniors, Health and Community Relations. The organization is focused on Early Childhood Development (ECD) which offers a practical training ground for township practitioners and principals. We develop and train caregivers, pre-school practitioners and principals. The organization recently opened a Family Centre which is responsible for the support of families by providing information, referrals, screening clinics and counseling.

Tasks: We support communities to find solutions to their problems.

Responsibilities: Study fields in ECD, community development, teaching or fields involving children would be good for this organization.

Applicant requirements:

Level of education: University qualificationsor similar qualification.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Foundations & Corporations Intern, And Public Health Studies

Reference number: Social Studies 014

Location: Johannesburg

Length: 3 month or longer

Short description: This is an international humanitarian organization, created in 1971 as a response to an humanitarian crisis in Africa. The SA office, established in 2007, supports international programmes in the region and elsewhere by providing medical expertise, recruiting medical staff, and other professionals, communicating to and raising funds from the public. They also speak out about medical and humanitarian crises faced by vulnerable communities by sharing information with the South African public, the media, government agencies, and other non-governmental organizations.

Overview: The Foundations and Corporations Volunteer/Intern will be supporting the administrative activities of the Fundraising Manager. S/he will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates foundation and corporations in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about international programmes and the role that the organization plays in RSA. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Tasks: Help implement a database donor rating system, doing basic research and data entry (15%); Assist with large and small mailings and sales catalogues to big corporate and SMME Companies (25%); Assist with research on existing and new foundation and corporate donors (10%); Customize letters, reports, and proposals; complete grant applications. (50%); Attend Public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows.

Applicant requirements: Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database); Strong organizational skills; genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.

Level of education: Senior levels of studies only in public health, Fund-raising, etc.

Language skills: Good command of English.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Psychology, Social Work, Human Resources, Finance, Education

Reference number: Social Studies 015

Location: Cape Town

Length: 3 Months and Longer

Short description: The company aims to develop people in order to rise out of poverty, with the major focus being on development work. They do this through nine community development centres and a wide range of programmes which focus mainly on: Engaging with communities to build capacity and solve problems Women, Children and Youth Development Health and Food Security Economic Empowerment. Wherever possible, they work with provincial and local government to refine service delivery to the poor, homeless, children and others.

Tasks: The intern would assist the professional support team with a variety of support roles, ranging from social services, counselling, etc.

Applicant requirements: You need to study a field like social work, psychology, social legal services, or a similar professional field.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: Good English

Kind of person: As they have limited staff, you need to be fairly independent and self-motivated to offer support to the team. A car to get you to and from work is essential.

Field: Old Age Home, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Nursing, Facilities Management

Reference number: Social Studies 016

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: The company focuses on assisting State pensioners in terms of affordable and secure housing, access to affordable health care and holistic social support. The company provides services to more than 700 elderly persons each year. They have led the way in developing and implementing an innovative, credible and cost-effective model of support for longer than 34 years. It is difficult and quite impossible to provide for all your daily needs with only R 1410 p/m from the State pension. Thus they are focused on reducing the burden of care for families, communities and the State, instead they are enabling them to contribute to society, supporting these families and strengthening communities.

Tasks: The chosen candidates would be utilized in our different service areas and would assist with the following; crafts, games and exercise groups as well as fundraising.

Level of education: You must have basic knowledge in the above mentioned responsibilities.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: A person whom is capable and willing to work with elderly persons.The ideal candidate should have a light and happy personality with lots of patience.

Field: Child And Family Welfare, Social Work, Applied Psychology, Child Caring

Reference number: Social Studies 017

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: The company is a intake shelter for female street children that was established in 1988.They specializes in developmental and therapeutic intake service for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets of Cape Town. The company allows the family, child and staff members to work together thoroughly. They make arrangements and solve problems together, knowing that the child is safe and fully cared for.

Level of education: Social Work, Education, Psychology or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have a non-judgmental attitude, compassion, motivational and should be approachable. Have the ability to work with teenage girls in terms of behaviour modification.

Field: Fundraising, Administration And Communication

Reference number: Social Studies 018

Location: Durbanville, Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 Months

Short description: The company was established in the Western Cape, as a non-profit organization to empower families through specific preventative and developmental intervention programs. They mainly focus on teenage parents – both the mother and father. Families are facing social factors that are negatively impacting themselves and their communities. The foundation has a passion and responsibility to make a constructive contribution towards uplifting the youth, children and families.

The company knows that there are certain factors which can either positively or negatively influence the healthy transition from childhood to adulthood and challenges that families face especially in disadvantaged communities. Within South African communities these factors have not been effectively addressed. As skillful and resourceful members of the broader community they have a passion and responsibility to make a constructive contribution towards positively uplifting the youth, children and families and empowering these members to become self- sustainable.

Applicant requirements: Study field in social work, or related fields.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Rehabilitation, Nursing Support, Therapy, Psychology, Volunteering In Fundraising

Reference number: Social Studies 019

Location: Observatory, Cape Town

Length: 3 Months or Longer

Short description: The company is a large, government-funded, tertiary psychiatric hospital. Apart from offering general in- and outpatient psychiatric services, it has a variety of specialized units such as the Forensic Unit and Acute Admission Units. Patients generally suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, and those who are admitted to the high care unit are likely to have a history of the more severe forms of psychotic illnesses associated with behavioral disturbances. Patients are either admitted on a voluntary, assisted or involuntary basis in accordance with the South African Mental Health Care Act of 2005.

Tasks: Field of Nursing support, general administration, public relations, arranging of activities and events, different forms of therapy. You can arrange e.g. cake baking lessons, food preparation lessons, creative sessions etc. In the office you would assist with various projects, day to day admin, management of the website information, data base management, fund-raising projects e.g. a golf day.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Applicant requirements: Nursing care, social worker, volunteering, or any field where you want to work in a social environment. You can work fairly creatively.

Language skills: English

Kind of person: A sincere interest to help people. You would prefer working with adults. As you can work shifts of fewer hours in the day, you can be quite flexible working here. They are willing to consider taking people for a few hours a day or week or full time.

Field: Social Support Organisation, Finance And Human Resources

Reference number: Social Studies 020

Location: Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months

Short description: The company is a Catholic church organization based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their main purpose is to empower and support people in their holistic development, spiritual growth and services to others.

Tasks: The company involves their members through various projects and programs that include, vegetable gardens, recycling, soup kitchen, savings, arts and crafts, life skills training, HIV and AIDS training, etc. The outcome for these projects, programs and training courses are that most of the community members come from impoverished communities and these community members must learn sustainability in the above mentioned areas.The chosen candidates would be utilized in all categories of services.

Level of education: You must have basic knowledge in the above mentioned programs and projects.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: A person whom is approachable to both adults and children.

Field: Public Health And Health Education

Reference number: Social Studies 021

Location: Southern Suburbs, Cape Town

Length: Minimum duration 3 months.

Short description: The company has been one of the leading and best-known non-profit and non-governmental organisations in S.A. since 1931. Its sole purpose is to fight cancer and its consequences in partnership with all South African communities, through the facilitation of various services to cancer patients and their families, through health promotion and education and through research partnerships. Their Western Cape office is conveniently close to all public transportation and the XChange houses. This is one of 8 provincial offices around South Africa and is often regarded as the best-developed and most successful province. It has a large staff complement of highly skilled staff and has a low staff turnover.

Tasks: Project /marketing department are responsible for their own funds and has a proud tradition of very successful and exciting fundraising and awareness campaigns. As it is a provincial position, the internship would cover areas ranging from project management, exposure to fundraising activities, some media exposure, and co-organising of events. Good inter-personal skills, sound knowledge of basic computer programs, a team player, a high degree of dedication and being a self-starter, would be the requirements.

Health Promotion Department core activities focus on providing information on the cancer most common amongst South Africans and include cervical, prostate, skin cancer and lifestyle- and tabacco-related cancer. The incumbent would be computer literate, have good inter-personal skills, have sound knowledge of general administrative tasks and enjoy working in a team. Tasks would include providing support to the health promotion team of the provincial manager. It could also include assisting with educational activities, co-ordinating the distribution of materials or media releases, general office administration and general hands-on tasks as required by the staff.

Applicant requirements: Suitable candidates would have skills in either Business Administration, Public Relations or Marketing and would be fluent in English. You would be exposed to very exciting and fast developing Departments and would enjoy the team-spirit and energetic working pace within these offices. You can also work in the health education department and assist with public health programs.

Level of education: Senior.

Language skills: Excellent Engllsh.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy And Nursing Support

Reference number: Social Studies 022

Location: Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Length: Any

Short description: The company is the leader in providing excellent care to intellectually disabled children and young adults as well as their families. Many of their children know only the centre as their home and the staff as their families. The service levels are top notch and comprises of in house therapeutic activities such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, self-help skills, 24 hour professional nursing as well respite care to parents with children who are intellectually and physically disabled. Their daily programme comprises of: Sensory & motor stimulation, Outside play / music, Physiotherapy, Feeding and toilet training skills, Walks, correct positioning in their wheelchairs and indoor play to prevent boredom.

Tasks: Depending on your studies, you will be involved with mainly motivation or rehab work with younger children to adults with mental disabilities. They do swim therapy in summer and arrange several outdoors activities/ outings.

Applicant requirements: Relevant field of studies.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: English.

Kind of person: Good people skills and interest to help people normally not popular in the community due to their disability.

Field: Medical And Play Therapy

Reference number: Social Studies 023

Location: Southern Suburbs, Cape Town.

Length: Any.

Short description: The company is one of only two paediatric hospitals in Southern Africa. It is dedicated exclusively to the care of children and it has built up enormous expertise in many areas of paediatric diagnostics, treatment and health care delivery. As a result, children with particular problems are referred to the Hospital from all over South Africa and from many other countries in the region.

Task:

Programme for ward Assistants who assist with non-medical tasks:

  • Collects emergency orders from Stores.
  • Collect milk feeds for the patients in the wards.
  • Collects equipment from other areas of the hospital if needed by the ward.
  • Escorts patients to clinics and other departments.
  • Takes prescription charts to Pharmacy.
  • Collects X-rays when ready.
  • Assists parents to departments as per parent requests.
  • Ensures that store books have the relevant signatures attached to it.
  • Nurturing patients and parents.
  • Play activity with patients.
  • Assists in stock-taking and keeping stock room tidy.
  • Assisting with any other task as per request by the nursing staff.

Applicant requirements: As this is a non-medical placement, the person must have an interest to work in a variety or tasks with children especially. It is a very rewarding internship as you work with patients, assist the nursing staff and get an overall view of what happens in a hospital. You can either work mornings only or also some afternoons on special projects. There is an opportunity to also do week-end voluntary work with them. XChange has houses within close walking distance from this facility.

Level of education: Although you do not need any specific field of study to be a volunteer, you can also be pre-med studies as you will learn a lot from them. This is a very well run project and any skill can basically be fitted into this placement including art, music, clowning, nursing support services etc.

Language skills: English.

Kind of person: You must want to work with children.

Field: NGO Human Rights

Reference number: Social Studies 024

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company was founded in 1994. Their main goal is to address discriminatory practices and attitudes, to promote behavioral change and to facilitate a holistic human rights-based response to HIV and AIDS.The primary focus is to respond to legal and ethical challenges presented by HIV and AIDS realities.

Tasks: Entail promotion, protection and realization of fundamental rights and freedoms of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. In order to promote, protect and realize, the companies team aims to educate, train, research, network, lobby and advocate various activities.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Child And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 025

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company is a non-profit organization that offers a holistic program, which seeks to prepare children and youth in conflict with the law in making the transition from incarceration back into society through imparting life skills for behaviour change, offering skills development for effective reintegration and reducing re-offending.

The company uses the unique methodology of teaching life skills using creative and performing arts, sports and literacy. They offer services in correctional facilities, child and youth-care centers and communities in Cape Town. They look at rehabilitation holistically from the perspective of individual, community and institution.

Tasks: Depending on the candidate’s field of study and strengths, he/ she will be utilized in our various programs we offer in rehabilitation, reintegration and advocacy.

Level of education: Social Work, Psychology or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have a non-judgmental attitude, compassionate, motivational and should be approachable. Have the ability to support and work with individuals that has a history of offending or comes from a deprived community.

Field: Early Intervention And Prevention Services

Reference number: Social Studies 026

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company was founded in 1910. Today they have offices in all nine provinces, rendering services from more than 50 accessible service points throughout South Africa. The company successfully creates and environment in which people are able to give up a life of crime and embark on a really constructive and law- abiding existence, to the benefit of all South Africans. They render intervention services inside and outside the criminal justice system. They offer a basket of intervention to individuals, victims, families and schools. Our interventions include the following; Youth prevention services; Diversion services; Domestic violence reduction services; Assisting prisoners with reintegration.

Tasks: The chosen candidates would be utilized for administrative help, mentoring, assistance with fundraising and assisting with aftercare and tracking of clients.

Level of education: Study of psychology or social sciences is essential. The more advanced you are in your studies, the more responsibilities you will get. You must have basic knowledge in the above mentioned responsibilities.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: The ideal candidate must have the ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude towards all clients. Empathy is key as well as determination to assist all types of adults and children, no matter what their history or action has been in the past.

Field: Nursing And Care-Giving

Reference number: Social Studies 027

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company is a private, but state funded home, providing convalescent care and medical services for up to 145 children who suffer from chronic and debilitating illnesses. While the children are in their care, they provide 24 hour nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, hydrotherapy, special dietary meals, and spiritual services, formal schooling etc. It is a modern facility.

Tasks: Candidates will be working with HIV/AIDS children and children with other chronic illnesses and physical disabilities. Performing general ward duties, Administrative duties and providing recreational activities for groups of children or participate in rehabilitation programs like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and others.

Applicant requirements: Must be well qualified and able to work in a multi-disciplinary team. A care-giver with a love for children.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: An honest ,hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Educational

Reference number: Social Studies 028

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company is a non-profit organization who is focused on working with children and families in the farming communities. The company focus is on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and lasting difference. They impact children and families in areas of education, nutrition, health, community and protection.

Tasks: The chosen candidates would be utilized within the 5 pillars of the organization. They are welcome to choose which of the categories they would want to work in.

Level of education: The ideal candidate should have educational, medical or nutritional knowledge or they can assist in terms of admin or various tasks such as animal welfare within the community.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: The candidate must be passionate about assisting communities whom live in poverty and must have the ability to work in a team. The candidate must have compassion and patience and previous experience in working with children.

Field: Child And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 029

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company was established in 1994 by a Dutch couple. The initial project was a street children’s home but in 1999 a hospice for children dying with HIV/ AIDs was opened. The company currently supports impoverished families and communities through various projects in caring for vulnerable children and families.They assist more than 240 families a year and provide them with long-term solutions. They provide various services to the community which include; Family services: Stabilize families by assisting with social grants, food relief and advice.Child and Youth HIV Clinic; Orphans & vulnerable children: family reunification, adoption and foster care and after school care.

Tasks: The candidates can assist in any one of the following duties at our organization; educational support; children’s activities; team service days and admin support.

Level of education: When working directly with the children, we will need a Police Clearance Certificate, a character reference and proof of qualification (e.g. nursing/ social work).

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: The candidate must bring a willing heart and able hands.

Field: Youth Shelter For Men

Reference number: Social Studies 030

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company aims to give young men from impoverished communities the chance to pursue meaningful, independent lives. They assist them with a supportive living environment, connections to educational opportunities, positive social alternatives and training in life skills.The facility consists of a 24 bed independent living facility where they assist previously disadvantaged young men between the ages of 18 and 24. They aim equip youth men to complete their studies, enter the workplace with confidence, pursue careers, lead in their homes as sons and husbands and serve their community with purpose and integrity.

Tasks: The ideal candidate would assist in terms of Social Work and Youth Care work.

Applicant requirements Social work volunteers must be over 21, in their third year of social work studies and willing to commit for 6 months. Youth care workers must be male, over the age of 23 and must commit for 3 months.

Level of education: Social Work.

Language skills: Good command of the English language required.

Kind of person: Motivated to make a change in young men’s lives. The ideal candidate needs to be approachable and willing to assist clients with a non-judgmental attitude.

Field: Community Development

Reference number: Social Studies 031

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company mission is to improve the lives of all South Africans by mobilizing the caring power of communities, business and government to advance the common good. They envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through access to world class education, having income stability and by living healthy lives. Their vision is of a country where all individuals and families reach their human potential based on the fundamentality of access to health, education, income-generation and community development. These 4 key strategic focus areas facilitate social change to inspire a citizenship that is active, engaged and impactful.

Tasks: Depending on the candidates strengths, he/ she would be involved in one of the four key strategic areas. This involvement would be focused on admin/ programmes and projects.

Level of education: Social work or an equivalent degree / field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have an interest in community development and must be creative and work well in a team.

Field: Human Rights Organization

Reference number: Social Studies 032

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company mission is to improve the lives of all South Africans by mobilizing the caring power of communities, business and government to advance the common good. They envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through access to world class education, having income stability and by living healthy lives. Their vision is of a country where all individuals and families reach their human potential based on the fundamentality of access to health, education, income-generation and community development. These 4 key strategic focus areas facilitate social change to inspire a citizenship that is active, engaged and impactful.

Tasks: Depending on the candidates strengths, he/ she would be involved in one of the four key strategic areas. This involvement would be focused on admin/ programmes and projects.

Level of education: Social work or an equivalent degree / field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have an interest in community development and must be creative and work well in a team.

Field: Mental Health And Well-Being

Reference number: Social Studies 033

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: This company is a registered non-profit organization and public benefit the company that provides or facilitates comprehensive, pro-active and enabling mental health services. They are committed to challenging socially restrictive and discriminatory practices affecting the mental health of all people. Their work is underpinned by a commitment to quality, excellence and professionalism at all times. Work at the organization is divided into three main areas: Intellectual disability- People who have damage to the brain, either as a result of a birth defect or after injury or accident.Psychiatric Disability- People affected by a psychiatric or mental illness. Mental Health- out mental wellness, which can be affected by stress, anxiety or grief, etc.

Tasks: Depending the candidate’s strengths and preferences, he/she could assist with community work, befriend a person with a mental disability or support a family coping with a loved one with a mental disability, help at a special event or perform administrative tasks.

Level of education: Social work and Psychology or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: Must have previous experience in working with mental disability. Patience, team work and creativeness is key. If you are determined to support individuals with mental illness and you are interested in assisting with improving their circumstances, then you are the perfect candidate.

Field: Child And Family Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 034

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company aims to provide a loving, stable and secure home environment for abandoned, neglected, disabled and orphaned children as well as a last resting place for children with terminal condition who are unable to return home due to sociable ills. Many children are the victims of poverty and abusive homes. They accommodate up to 64 children who are legally placed within the Home through the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. They offer therapeutic activities by our full-time occupational therapist and specialized Social Workers. They do however have the priority, where possible, to stabilize and reunite these children with their families, through family reunification or place them in a loving foster care home.

Tasks: Selected candidates would assist with various activities / programs and projects surrounding the health and well-being of the children.

Level of education: Social Work, Psychology, Play therapist, Occupational therapist or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate have previous experience in working with children and must have the ability to communicate with children efficiently. Having a passion and patience in working with children is key. Team work and focus on projects are key.

Field: Homeless Assistance

Reference number: Social Studies 035

Location: Claremont, Cape Town

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company was established in 1997 with the mission to make a difference towards the poor. Their aim is to restore the self-worth and self-esteem of the adult street person by addressing their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. They seek to provide more than basic needs, but equip individuals to move off the street for good. They offer a 12- 18 months program to their clients, these include:Vocational skills training (e.g. IT lessons);Interpersonal skills training&Self-esteem and confidence building.They invest much time training and educating their volunteers, expecting quality behaviour. In so doing they provide opportunities for personal growth, professional development and solid skills training that makes you a desirable team member.

Level of education: Educational skills/ Social work background.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The candidate must be passionate about assisting communities whom live in poverty and must have the ability to work in a team. The candidate must have compassion and patience.Must be uplifting and motivational in terms of empowerment.

Field: Human Rights Organization

Reference number: Social Studies 036

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company is a non-profit human rights organization offering professional services to ensure the full realization of constitutional human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, their partners and families. Their core services centre around Health & Support, Community Engagement & Empowerment and Research and Advocacy.

Tasks: Depending on the candidates strengths, he/ she would be involved in one of the three key strategic areas. This involvement would be focused on admin / programs and projects.

Level of education: Social work or an equivalent degree / field of study. Even students with a law background could apply.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have the ability to work with a non-judgmental attitude towards our clients. Acceptance is key and a interest in fighting for the rights of our clients is very important.

Field: Social - Children’s Home

Reference number: Social Studies 037

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company was founded in 1958. They have given thousands of children of all races, genders, faith and languages a second chance. Most of the children who arrive at the organization has shattered dreams and is sick at heart and often body too. Some children have been physically or sexually abused, neglected or abandoned. Some children come from broken poverty- stricken homes, perform badly at school, have discipline issues, reject authority and lack social skills. The company focuses on individual needs of youth within family homes and youth development centres. They aim to improve a healthy development of youth in the broader community through training and resource centres. Their mission is to deliver community based services for youth in greatest need in less resourced communities.

Tasks: The chosen candidate would assist in various projects and programs beneficial to the development of the youth, as well as behaviour modification.

Level of education: Busy studying or completed degree in Psychology and Social Work or a related degree.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: Previous child care is beneficial for the ideal candidate. The candidate should be patient, empathetic and approachable. The ideal candidate must be trustworthy and should have great listening, observation and questioning skills. A team player is essential.

Field: Woman Rights And Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 038

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months, maximum 6 months.

Short description: The company has the vision for women in South Africa to live free from violence in safe housing, free to own their own share of property, empowered to ensure their own reproductive health rights and able to work in a safe and equal environment. They work with women in terms of violence, health, relationships rights, labour, land and housing. They also work with sex workers in terms of their rights.

Tasks: Depending on the candidate’s field of study and strengths, he / she can apply for a legal internship or as a non-legal volunteer, where he/she will be involved in fundraising, communications, marketing and social science.

Level of education: Law, Social Work, Education, Psychology or an equivalent degree/ field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: The ideal candidate should have a non-judgmental attitude, compassion, motivational and should be approachable. Have the ability support and work with individuals that has a history of abuse or comes from a deprived community. Please consider that working with such difficult situations and broken clients often is too hard to handle when you are still relatively young.

Field: Child Welfare

Reference number: Social Studies 039

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum 3 months.

Short description: The company is a registered NPO, committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development. They provide training, resources and support in the field of early childhood development aimed at enhancing individual and organizational capacity. They develop and disseminate resources and carry out research specifically related to the African context. They focus on improving the education and care of children from disadvantaged communities through; providing technical assistance to ECD projects; enhancing organizational efficiency and effectiveness; developing skills and increasing their capacity; providing information on the development of children to parents.

Level of education: Social Work and Psychology or an equivalent degree / field of study.

Language skills: Good command of the English language

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Education, Teachers And Edu-Care

Reference number: Social Studies 040

Location: Pinelands, Cape Town.

Length: Any Lengths - Consideration should be given to the fact that we have 4 school terms in South Africa. The school year starts in January and finishes in the beginning of December. The 1st term is normally between mid January to the beginning of April, 2nd term April – end June, 3rd from July – Sept, 4th from Sept to December. During exam times, it is difficult to teach. The country has two main exam times – just before the end of the 2nd term and from about mid November to the end of the school term.

Short description: XChange supports a number of special needs schools or teaching programs for which we urgently need teachers, teacher aids, support staff and skills like occupational therapists, speech, music, art therapists and more. All these schools are under-staffed – meaning they only have a limited number of teaching posts paid for by the government and they have to make do with that, or the parents much pay the balance of the posts. In most cases, the parents are not in the financial position to do so.

Tasks: Teaching English classes for adults, high school pupils or beginners ages 8 – 12. Homework supervision for primary school children.

Applicant requirements: Either studying towards a teaching degree, teachers aid certificate or studying a degree in fields like child care, social fields (not social work), teaching for smaller children etc The intern must have good people skills, love to assist those who are less privileged, be patient, will be able to adapt easily to the school programs and have an interest getting involved with all aspects of the school or facility – including after school activities. Should your placement period fall within a holiday period, you can either use the opportunity to travel or we can incorporate you with a day care of holiday program. Language skills English is the main feeding language for these schools. Most of the time, the 2nd language is Afrikaans or Xhosa to these pupils.

Language skills: Good command of the English language.

Kind of person: An honest, hard-working intern who has a good knowledge of their subject and suitable qualifications. A people’s person is essential.

Field: Social And Education

Reference number: Social Studies 041

Location: Cape Town.

Length: Minimum duration 3 month.

Short description: The company is a voluntary welfare organisation that renders family care services to the entire community. The constitution is based on Christian principles, but it does not exclude any person from receiving assistance on the grounds of language, religion or culture. Problem areas identified in the community are dealt with through prevention, therapy or intervention. Are you interested in adult education? Do you enjoy working with children and families, as well as with old people? If the answer is yes to the above, then you are a prime candidate for this position. You have the choice to work within a group or on your own. It will also depend on your abilities and work experience. Adult education can be both interesting and challenging and the staff at the organisation has assured us that you will have plenty to keep you occupied and stimulated throughout your internship.

Tasks: The chosen candidates tasks could include the preparation of teaching lessons, assistance with play groups, assistance with the stimulation of children and the co-ordination of different children activities. Interns normally assist with concerts, the preparation of creative materials, social activities and depending on your interests and skills, you could get involved with other aspects of the organisation.

Applicant requirements: Study field in child caring, education or social work.

Level of education: University qualifications or similar qualification.

Language skills: Well written and spoken English.

Kind of person: Interested in working with children, social services or related fields.

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