Do you have questions about
being an intern or volunteer ?
We answer the 7 most asked questions about interning and volunteering in South Africa
1. How long should I intern or volunteer for?
We strongly encourage that in order to get the most out of the project for yourself and the community you will be working with that you come for around three months. You can get a tourist visa for three months in South Africa so this is often easiest as well.
The longer you stay the better, We firmly believe that when you are working with a project for more than a few weeks you can begin to see the fruits of the seeds that you sow.
You will want to factor in enough time to explore your surroundings and travel in this beautiful country, South Africa.
2. What kind of work will I be doing?
That really depends on you. We tailor your project according to your learning requirements. Coming in as a contributor to a project ensures that you not only help but you also learn and gain insights and valuable experience.
During your application process we take all your requirements into account and agree with you what work you will be doing during your time in South Africa. With over 100 diverse nonprofits, businesses, and academics we work with, you will be matched with one that best suits your unique skills and requirements.
3. What do most nonprofits do?
The nonprofits we work closely with focus on education, early childhood development, health care, food security, sports, social work media, psychosocial, and economic empowerment, amongst others.
Don’t worry if you are not trained in those specific fields, as organisations also need help with administration work, research, fundraising, public awareness and profiling, IT support, event organization, social media marketing, assistance with special projects and much more. There is a big need for skills and development at many of these nonprofits, so anything you bring to the table will bring lasting impact.
4. Is it safe to be a volunteer in South Africa?
While there are many areas in South Africa that are affected by poverty and crime, we do our best to make sure that you well looked after and live in a safe environment. All our partner organisations are conscious about safety, and due to the nature of the working environment we ask interns and volunteers to be equally as conscious.
We will help by giving you advice on how to look after valuables and safe areas to move about in, but it is important to remember that some organisations work in communities that can be high risk.
Having travel insurance is mandatory, and must be organized before your arrival. We can recommend different options but have found that it is best to let volunteers choose their own insurance.
South Africans are known to be some of the world’s friendliest people and we look forward to welcoming you.
5. How much will it cost?
The costs can vary depending on many factors such as how long you come for, where you stay, etc. Each person will have their unique experience and we are completely transparent about what your fee go towards. We aim to create a cost effective solution that ensures you have a great experience!
The placement is individualised depending on the project you are joining but fee is around R10 000 (Roughly 700 USD).
As a volunteer you will need to cover your own flights, travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses. We can help you with finding accommodation or a host family. This cost will also vary but you can start to budget around R6 000 – R9 000 per month for rent (Roughly 400 – 600 USD).
We also recommend having your own transport but services such as Uber are available. If you want to rent your own car we will also help put you in touch with the right company.
6. Why do I have to pay to be a volunteer?
Good question! While it does often feel strange that you will pay to do unpaid work, running iKapa Impact wouldn’t happen without full time staff and coordinating unique, tailormade experiences just for you. In order for you to be placed in impactful projects where you will make lasting change and receive 24/7 support, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes magic that needs to happen to bring it all together..
We firmly believe that the cost of being of volunteer is completely worthwhile. Not only do you travel, meet incredible people that will become your mentors and teachers for life, but you will learn new skills that can you will take with you into your future all the while changing the lives of those in need. That’s priceless in our eyes!
If you want to hear from our past volunteers click here to see what they had to say about their experiences.
7. What is a Social Enterprise?
Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart, they are reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change, meaning the organization can become self sufficient and therefore sustainable in the long term.
Social Enterprises create jobs and opportunities for those most marginalised, transforming the communities they work in, and making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality.
It’s business for good and when they profit, society profits. This the model embedded into the ethos of iKapa Impact.
Hopefully this has answered some questions you may have had. If you're still left wondering about something, feel free reach out in the "Let's chat!" feature down below
Otherwise, apply now if you're ready to go!