If you're looking for an internship or volunteering programme abroad on a budget, Bootstrap is ideal for you. You can get the core benefits of a programme, without additional costs.

The minimal internship / volunteer programme.

At £795, we think Bootstrap is the most competitively priced internship/volunteer placement programme in Cape Town saving you around £1000 compared to other providers. Whilst we offer a full internship programme (Concierge), we recognise that some people aren't looking for anything other than a professional placement and workplace support; they prefer to make all of their arrangements independently and have confidence in their ability to make it happen. So that’s what Bootstrap gives you, full placement support with no requirement to pay for other programme features that you don't want to make use of.


Four unique promises underpin our services to give you total peace of mind.

Pre-Trip Preparation
Placement Search
Health and Safety
Professional Work Placement
Placement Support
Continued Career Advice
Pre-Trip Preparation

We guide you through all your pre trip preparations including assistance with visas, insurance and flights.

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Customised Placement Search

We find you the best suitable placement in a wonderful local organisation. All our programmes are completely customised and we base our placement search on your skills, interests and personal and professional goals.

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Health and Safety Briefing

We will provide you with a comprehensive health and safety briefing.

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Awesome Professional Placement

The main thing: You will have a placement that helps you to develop the skills and confidence that you need to progress quickly in your career, racking up experience in the process that will make you stand out in interviews. If your placement does not deliver on expectations, we’ll find you a new one under our Re:Placement guarantee.

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Extensive Placement support

We stay in regular contact with you to ensure you are benefiting and learning from your placement and it is the right organisation for you. We will also provide regular advice about how to make the most of your internship or volunteer programme.

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Continued Career Advice

At the end of your placement, you'll receive two professional letters of reference to use for future academic and job interviews. You'll also benefit from being part of a supportive Bridging Gaps alumni community and we provide continued career advice and guidance.

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What others thought about

See a selection of testimonials below from alumni that chose Bootstrap. Click through to read the full interviews.

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A straightforward process

We have worked very hard to streamline our process to make your experience easy, fun and highly rewarding personally and professionally. Flick through the steps below, or read about our process in more detail.

Introduce yourself to our friendly team

Getting your dream internship all starts with you saying hello! Just pop your details into our enquiry form and we'll reach out to schedule a conversation with you that we call a 'discovery call'.

Ask questions & learn how we can help

In your discovery call, you can ask us any questions you still have. We'll talk about your options in the career fields you've told us you're interested in to help you imagine your placement and decide if our service is right for you.

Complete your programme application

If everything sounds good to you, complete your application to put into words your dream programme. This forms the basis of the 'design' of your customised placement and will be the primary framework against which we validate potentially suitable opportunities.

We'll source you the best opportunities

We maintain a large and varied network of the best organisations in Cape Town. We will identify the best potential fits for your programme goals and preferences and reach out on your behalf to assess those organisations for suitability (learn about their current projects and initiatives).

Prepare and plan for your experience

Once you've confirmed which placement offer you prefer, we'll start helping you plan the rest of your trip. We'll book your accommodation, help with your travel arrangements and provide extensive advice and information on how to get ready for your time in Cape Town. Your Bridging Gaps mentor will be on hand to make sure you're fully prepared for your placement.

Maximise your experience & learning

Finally, every member of our team will move mountains to make sure you get what you came for and MORE! It's essential to us that you're safe, you're learning and growing in confidence and developing the most important skills for your future career.

Choice of two programmes

We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.

Unlimited duration as standard

You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.

Backed by concrete promises

We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.


Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.

Immersive cultural experience

We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.

Virtual placements

Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.

Academia friendly

We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.

Future career friendly

We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.

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