IkamvaYouth is looking for a highly motivated, creative thinker to join the Cape Town office and assist with the Community Collaboration project and general administration for at least 3 days a week from September – December 2014. The internship is voluntary, but a stipend will be offered to cover transport costs. 

IkamvaYouth has a 10 year track record of changing the face of education in townships by enabling disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty with education. IkamvaYouth now has 10 branches throughout the country and is a by-youth-for-youth South African organisation that equips learners with knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities once they matriculate. Learners in Grades 8-12 participate in after-school tutoring, career guidance and mentoring provided by volunteers. Most volunteers are university students and many are ex-learners who have returned to pay-it-forward.  

The community collaboration project is an initiative that is building a network of organisations who are working in the after-school space and strengthening these programmes through the sharing of resources, ideas and solutions. The ultimate aim is to replicate the impact that IkamvaYouth has had by supporting other organisations to deliver high impact tutoring programmes.

The project is in its pilot phase and has a lot of scope for development and expansion. We are therefore looking for an intern who is flexible and eager to run with projects and take initiative to make it happen! You will work with vaious staff members and get introduced to many different aspects of the organisation. 

The responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Desktop research e.g. learning resources, organisational profiles, education statistics, technology solutions etc. etc.
  • Potential field research
  • Networking with community organisations
  • Scheduling and coordinating events
  • Marketing and social media
  • Writing; articles, training materials,  
  • Assisting with coordination and facilitation of workshops  
  • Consolidating data and assisting with the use of education management software

 Specific requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (or other tertiary level qualification) preferably in a related field
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Fluency in an additional National language Xhosa/Afrikaans is a huge advantage
  • Own transport/drivers license
  • Use of own laptop  
  • Comfortable working in township communities
  • Competent with Word, Excel and Power Point

 General requirements:

  • Positive friendly attitude
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Committed to making a difference
  • Have a social entrepreneurial spirit

Watch this short animation about our model and impact. Please make sure that you have read about the organisation on our website before submitting an application. If you are interested in this position please email your CV and motivational letter to zoe@ikamvayouth.org by 29th August 2014.