The Global Education Initiatives’ Zanzibar Internship Program places interns with grassroots NGOs in the city of Stone Town for 6 weeks. Interns will not only provide sustainable service to the partner’s organizations, but will also partake in Kiswahili language classes and engage in a range of cultural activities to expand their exposure to their host community. Through the Internship Program, interns will not only be able to make an impact in the community of Stone Town, but will be able to take these experiences back to strengthen their own communities. With these people-to-people connections, we begin to create a greater Global Community.
About Zanzibar Volunteers for Environmental Conservation
Zanzibar Volunteers for Environmental Conservation, or Zaveco, is a voluntary association of non-governmental organizations in Zanzibar. Their mission is to address environmental issues in the community, promote volunteer education and activities, coordinate and promote environmental activities in the community and be able to create a locally excellent economic and environmental in order to fight against poverty.
Key Dates for Summer 2018
July 4th – August 15th, 2018
April 30th 2018
The program fee includes expenses for program administration, housing, medical insurance, language instruction, some meals, ground transportation to and from service sites, weekend excursions/cultural visits, volunteer permits, and a cell phone for each intern while they are in their host countries. Airfare, visa expenses and other personal expenses are not included in the cost of the program.
Applicants for the 2018 Internship program must meet the following criteria to participate:
- Must be 18 years old or older at the time of application
- Must be of strong physical and mental health to live in a developing country for 6 weeks
- Possess strong writing and communication skills
- Maintain a commitment to service, cultural sensitivity and GEI’s mission
- Commit to giving at least one community presentation upon returning to the United States
- Meet qualifications specific to the placements desired. See relevant placement page for requirements
Summer interns will stay in apartment-style housing for the duration of the program located close to all internship locations. All housing will have laundry and cooking facilities.
Summer Interns will study Kiswahili each week during their 6 week internship. Lessons are 3 hours per week and often focus on language “survival skills” to help interns achieve their service mission. Previous experience in the local language is not required, although it may be helpful.
GEI provides every intern with travel insurance through Corp Travel. The insurance provides volunteers with basic and emergency medical care for the duration of their service and covers airfare expenses in the event a medical evacuation is necessary.
GEI will work with students and interns who seek independent study or internship credit at their home university or college.
The Sustainable Development Internship Program in Zanzibar involves a competitive application process that matches prospective participants to internship placements. Prospective Interns may fill out the application online or may download the PDF version. In addition to the online application prospective interns must turn in a resume, two letters or recommendation and a completed Medical Form.
All required documents are due by April 30th 2018 to Rachel Landale (RachelL@CreativeLearning.org). No late applications will be accepted.
Upon submission of an application, prospective interns will be contacted by a GEI staff member for a brief telephone interview to discuss their service plans and answer any questions about the program. Application accepted into the program will then engage in a teleconference with staff at the organization that they wish to hold their internship with, to determine which placement is right for them.
In the spring, placed interns engage in an orientation process through a series of webinars and teleconferences with GEI staff and country experts to prepare them for service in their host country and arrange an individual work plan to guide their time in the field. Orientation webinars are mandatory for all interns. Creative Learning will not deploy volunteers who do not attend these sessions. If you have a scheduling conflict that cannot be resolved, GEI staff will work with you to review key information. Webinars include the following:
- An introductory session on GEI’s mission, goals and program details
- A session hosted by a country-specific expert to discuss the history, culture and current issues
- A safety and security briefing
- A “professional skills and work-place conduct” session
- A series of optional skills-building webinars on blogging, video and photography, teaching techniques and other professional development or cultural topics.
In addition, accepted applicants conduct a one-on-one session with a member of the GEI staff to craft an individual work plan that charts specific goals and desired outcomes for the six-week internship. Those sessions will be scheduled individually.