Social Work Cape Town

Social Work Cape Town

Are you looking for a social work internship in Cape Town? Or are you studying sustainable development or political sciences and you would like to collect practical experience in a counry of the global South to learn more about approaches to international development?

This social work internship in a grassroots organisation in one of Cape Town’s oldest informal settlements will be the perfect placement for you.

This grassroots organisation was founded in 2008 in one of the oldest informal settlements in the south of Cape Town. It aims to contribute to the fight against unemployment, poverty, crime, alcohol and drug abuse as well as violence. The organisation offers diverse programs ranging from further education, career development and entrepreneursship  to social services such as child care as well as psychosocial support to victims of violence. The organisation runs a day care centre for 90 children a soup kitchen, a compuer training lab, income-generating projects such as a sewing workshop and an organic vegetable garden, as well as recreational programmes for young people such as football and dancing.

Quick Facts

Place of Work: Cape Town

Starting Date: flexible

Duration:from 4 weeks

Focus Areas: Social Work, counselling, further education, career development, income generation, sewing, crafting, early childhood development, soup kitchen, urban farming, food security, soccer training

Accommodation: Guest Family, stundet house or guest lodge

Requirements: experience in one of the focus areas, interest in social development initiatives, flexibility

As part of your social work internship in Cape Town your tasks will be adjused to your qualifications as well as personal interests. You can get involved with following tasks:

  • Assist social workers in psycho social support work, including home visits (both indiidual and group counseling)
  • Assist teachers in creche
  • Assist computer traiing programs for youth and adults
  • Assist hands on gardening work in veggie garden as well as soup kitchen
  • Assist the sewing and crafting workshop (Design and Marketing tasks)

Total costs for the social work internship in Cape Town for 4 weeks: from 1.990 €


What’s included: 


  • Accommodation in shared bedroom in guest family
  • Food *
  • Daily Transport to and from project**
  • Return flight from Europe to Cape Town***
  • Personal Welcome at Cape Town Airport and transfer to your accommodation
  • South African SIM Card
  • 1-day induction program with live&learn Cape Town Tour
  • Foreign health insurance***
  • Qualified support and advise around volunteer and internship placements in South Africa
  • Processing of application documents, contracts as well as paperwork to get the programme accredited by your university
  • Support with applications for scholarships or financial aid
  • Support with all travel preparations (Flight, Visa, Insurances, Vaccinations, Transfer to the project etc.)
  • Access to live&learn network in South Africa as well as contact to other participants before departure
  • Competent contact persons in Cape Town to support you with all questions and problems while you are in South Africa
  • Volunteer and/or internship confirmation for your CV

* You will receive breakfast and dinner in the guest family and a light lunch at the poject.

** Daily transport is provided by the guest family.

*** You book your own flight and insurances so you can decide for the offer that best suits your interests.

Accommodation in a single room in a student house or guest lodge can be booked at additional cost.

  • We are your South Africa experts.
  • We offer personal & individual advice. You are not just a number.
  • We guarantee you a placement in the project of your choice and help you with all paperwork including volunteer and internship agreements, scholarship application and visa application.
  • We support you in your entire travel planning and provide you with insider tips that you will not find in any travel guidebook.
  • We connect you with other live&learn participants.
  • We welcome you personally at the airport and help you settle into life and work in South Africa.
  • We are your contact persons during your entire stay in South Africa.
  • We provide comprehensive and clear information on costs and financing options before you book.
  • We subject all our projects to regular quality control.
  • All our partner projects contribute to the implementation of human rights and are committed to social and environmental justice and sustainability in South Africa.

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