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Overview

Education has remained a primary focal area for the Zimbabwean government; resulting in the country consistently having one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. However, due to factors such as high poverty rates, lack of funding, and the exodus of educated professionals (leaving the country for better career opportunities), access to quality education remains a challenge for many children in Zimbabwe.

Interns on this program will partner with Makomborero Zimbabwe, a local trust with a vision to relieve poverty in Zimbabwe. Makomborero Zimbabwe assists children from low-income families with accessing A-level education and furthering their studies. By fulfilling their undeniable potential, these children and their families are given hope and a future.

Interns will work alongside the team at Makomborero, supporting their efforts to fundraise, collect and analyze data, develop curriculum, and support students in attaining excellent results in their advanced high school education. Interns will also engage with professionals in the education and community development space to gain a better understanding of the culture, challenges, stories, and ongoing developments in the Zimbabwean context.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire and articulate hard and soft skills 
  • Understand the applications of professional competencies in the African context
  • Connect insights gained during study abroad to wider future career objectives

Key Skills

EDU Africa interns are involved in project and/or activity-based engagements with their host company, and there is a strong focus on the development and application of key skills. These include: 

  • Intercultural competencies
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Tolerance for ambiguity 
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Virtual professional competencies

While project-specific work with the host organization forms the bulk of the internship, our internships also include facilitated group sessions where these key skills are foregrounded and international and cross-disciplinary networking with interns across our programs is encouraged. While embarking on project work, interns will engage with several context-specific professionals in order to enhance their professional experience. 

At least one African intern will be included per three international interns on a program. 

The skill level required of interns for particular programs will be outlined according to the project work involved. 

Length of Internship

8 weeks, 80 hours (10hours per week)

Cost

USD 985

Dates

23 May to 18 July 2022

Pre- requisites

  • Interns should be enrolled in a post-secondary institution and have an interest in using their skills to support education and improve livelihoods in Zimbabwe.
  • We require all participants to be in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 and higher)
  • Students must, at the time of application and program participation, be enrolled in a degree program at a tertiary institution
  • Participants need to be culturally aware and open-minded to thrive in this program
  • All lectures and tutorials are conducted in English; hence a good command of the English language is essential
  • Access to reliable wifi and a computer that can access the Zoom platform

How to Apply

Please ensure that you review the pre-requisites for your Virtual Internships before completing the application form.

Applicants will be contacted within 7 days of their application and the final determination will be communicated soon thereafter.

The final determination will be communicated soon afterward.

A 10% deposit will be due on confirmation of acceptance.

We welcome and encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds.

Applications close on the 1st of May.

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