Interested in gaining experience in microloans, microfinance and entrepreneurship in an international setting, in a new context? Learn about the culture of Eswatini (previously Swaziland) while building your resume and making a difference!
All About the Internship
In Eswatini, communities have been hit hard by HIV/AIDS. Social enterprises and small businesses are vital to the growth of the local economy, and interns can take part in positive change while building up a well of knowledge and experience. What, specifically, can you get involved with? Help design workshops on marketing and more; develop an evaluation system to award new microloans and help awardees advance in their business endeavors. You’ll be working at a high level, so you’ll need some existing education or experience. This project allows you to put your skills to work and make a real difference while adding to your resume!
Ready to explore the world?
To learn more about the internship, visit our website to read up on all the details: https://www.kayavolunteer.com/project/microfinance-swaziland/
If you choose to travel to Eswatini, you’ll want to spend all your free time exploring the countryside, learning about local life, viewing wildlife and soaking up this different point of view.
On weekends why not join a safari, visit local hot springs or take a scenic mountain hike? There are markets to visit, a nature reserve and a cultural village where you can gain an insight into local life. Travel a bit further and visit to the beaches of Mozambique or join a safari in Kruger National Park. Eswatini and its neighboring countries have plenty to offer, so we would suggest considering adding on an extra week of travel for your personal enjoyment!
This internship is based in one of Eswatini’s most beautiful valleys, Ezulwini, which is situated about a 15 minute drive south of Mbabane City, the capital of Eswatini. Ezulwini is the Zulu word for paradise. It is here in a valley that King Mswati III lives in a grand residence and rules the Kingdom with his Queen Mother or Ndlovukazi/She-Elephant. Lobamba is the spiritual capital of the Nation and is situated in the Ezulwini Valley, and it is also here where the Houses of Parliament are found.
You’ll also have the amazing opportunity to experience brilliant scenery, diverse bird life and the Big Five – at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on horseback perhaps! The Hlane Royal National Park has large herds of lion, elephant and white rhino, and an amazingly diverse bird population, while the Mkhaya Game Reserve is host to endangered species such as black rhino, roan and sable.
Getting University Credit
You may be able to gain university credit for your experience abroad. We recommend speaking to your study abroad advisor or academic department to learn more about your options. Many universities offer credit, and may classify our program as an internship, experiential education, a global experience or an academic experience, and here at Kaya we can work with you to meet any specific requirements your university may have.
Your institution may already be affiliated with Kaya to provide these credits, so ask a Kaya advisor for more details first!
Details, Costs and Deadlines
Start Date: Rolling start dates beginning this summer
Duration: 4+ weeks (flexible)
Costs: $2595 for 4 weeks; use the dropdown on the Details and Costs tab on our website listing to calculate pricing for additional weeks
Requirements: Age 16+
Location: Ezulwini Valley, Eswatini
What is included in those costs?
- Accommodations: Shared room in a volunteer house with communal spaces, a kitchen, a TV room and a small pool
- Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop-off
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction
- 24-hour support
- Internship supervision and guidance (inquire for more information)
What’s not included?
- Transfers to and from your placement
- Police/government background check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fees apply); all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Contact our Placement Advisors at email@example.com if you have questions about costs, inclusions or anything else!
What about traveling during Covid-19?
As we prepare for a responsible return to travel, our priority at Kaya Responsible Travel is safety. We care deeply about the safety of both our participants and our host communities on the ground. With that in mind, we have developed and implemented extensive plans for selected projects in the Americas, Africa, and Asia where we can safely continue to carry out important work with our participants. You can learn about our reopening plans here.
Interested in Applying?
Apply through Handshake to express your interest and get contacted by one of our Placement Advisors. After they make contact, they can guide you through the process of choosing a Kaya program and submitting a formal application through our website. Our Advisors are friendly and ready to discuss any goals or challenges you wish to share; they can help you prepare to go abroad and answer any questions you may have about Kaya in general, our Covid-19 safety protocols, or specific internship/service opportunities.
Want to Talk to a Placement Advisor Before You Apply?
Not sure if this is the right experience for you? Have questions about costs, getting credit, traveling abroad, or more? Are you considering any other Kaya opportunities, like our Virtual Internships? Please do feel free to reach out to our Advisors, Tom Gore and Jess Palmer. They’re ready to help – email them anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want More Options?
If you’re interested in other internships or service-learning placements in Business and Social Enterprise, check out our top 3 programs in the field for (responsible) travel in 2021 and read more about our reopening process! If you’re not ready to travel yet, we get it. Have you ever considered a Virtual Internship (with added cultural workshops and chats with locals your age)?