8 reasons to Intern in Africa with Amanzi Travel

Internships abroad provide work experience opportunities to university students, recent graduates and people considering career changes – and look great on your resume or CV (if you need to be convinced whether taking an intern is for you, then please read our previous blog first on 8 Key reasons to do an Internship Abroad).

teaching and sports coaching in Africa
Sports coaching in Africa

Taking an internship in Africa with Amanzi Travel is an exciting and unique way to build international work experience and skills, whilst living alongside African wildlife and local communities. Plus, you will also have the opportunity to explore one of the most breath-taking and diverse countries in the world.

Why take an internship in Africa with Amanzi Travel?

1 – Each project has been carefully chosen, combining local expertise and infrastructure with the enthusiasm and skills of interns and volunteers, ensuring that they are sustainable and of real value to the communities and wildlife they serve.

2 – A project just for you. With a great variety of options across Africa, all supported by directly-employed local staff, we will work with you to provide the placement that fits your interests and goals.

3 – Start projects all year round, with the option of one week to 12 months, there is no need to wait just for the summer vacation.

4 – Specific intern and volunteer accommodation is provided, but will obviously vary from country to country.

Making new friends at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
New friends for life in Namibia

It will range from a small shared lodge with en-suite facilities, to a clean, modest but comfortable shared occupancy room with basic amenities. Many of the sites have their own outdoor pool and most projects have a cook who prepares and serves meals.

5 – Build a network of friends and connections from all around the world, as volunteers come from all over the globe to these internships in Africa.

6 – Fully comprehensive pre-departure information, to fully prepare you for your adventure.

7 – Our price includes all of your major in-country expenses, such as collecting you from the airport and transferring you to and from the project, accommodation, food and drink. All short term international intern projects charge a fee that covers their operating expenses but much of the money paid goes straight to the particular project chosen, helping to make a difference to the lives of the people and wildlife of Africa.

The only extra for you, is your flight, so you can have total control of when you travel, and how many extra days you want to explore more of the countries (we can book that for you too if you want).

8 – 24 hour support, both in the host country and from our Head Office.

Examples of the type of intern projects offered in Africa:

i) Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Projects

Help hand rear lion cubs at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; work with researchers on the Big 5 Game Reserve in South Africa; reduce human and elephant conflict in Namibia or help care for abused and neglected horses in South Africa.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer with cheetah cubs
Feeding time for the cheetah cubs

Whether it’s experience to enhance your career in zoology, animal conservation, veterinary or veterinary nursing etc.

ii) Community Volunteer Projects

Help to reshape the lives of orphans in Cape Town or on school feeding programs which offer one good meal a day to children who would otherwise have no food

iii) Teaching and Sports Coaching Projects

Help to teach underprivileged but very enthusiastic children at nursery, primary and secondary schools throughout Africa as well as valuable sport coaching initiatives in schools and clubs.

iv) Medical Projects

Work with doctors and nurses in the Bushman Medical Clinic in Namibia; assist in local clinics in Cape Town or help at the maternity ward in Livingstone, Zambia.

Want to do it all? – Let Amanzi Travel create an adventure just for you!

Do I need any specific skills to volunteer?

Placements are designed to accommodate all levels of skill and expertise.  Interns usually find that regardless of any previous experience they have, their skills can be imaginatively appliedto the situation in hand.  Some interns may be able to juggle or have a particular card trick for the children; they may be able to suggest different songs and games in the classroom; or may already possess medical skills that can be shared.

Fundraising for wildlife volunteer in Africa
Hands on experience with the local wildlife

All that is asked is that interns approach their project with an open mind and plenty of enthusiasm, ready for an exchange of information that will enrich their life.

These internships can last any length of time between one week and 12 months, and all these experiences and new skills gained, will make a vibrant addition to your resume and catch the eye of future employers.

So, if you are looking to increase your chances of getting a job whilst challenging yourself, an internship could be a worthwhile option for you.


Email gemma@amanzitravel.com to find a suitable internship in Africa, suited to your own needs, or take a look at the Amanzi Travel website for more inspiration.


If you need reminding why doing an Intern Abroad is a good idea for you or your career, then take a look at our previous blog on the 8 Key reasons to do an Internship Abroad.


A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over 15 years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

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