We facilitate a wide range of exciting and meaningful education and teaching internships in local schools, community centres, care homes and NGO’s in Cape Town. Equip yourself with valuable classroom experience, participate in important community outreach programmes, contribute to the development of the education system in South Africa, assist inspirational local teachers and make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.ENQUIRE NOW
The best education and teaching internships in Cape Town?
We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.
Our customised internship programme is designed to help prepare aspiring teachers for their future in education. Pursuing a teaching internship will not only equip you with valuable classroom experience, but it provides you with the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers who act as your mentors.
All the schools and care facilities we collaborate with in Cape Town benefit hugely from the assistance of classroom assistants, and although the general lack of resources provides a challenging work environment, we are sure you will have an unforgettably rewarding experience! As an intern you will have the opportunity to see how a school in a developing country operates, as well as learning how to maintain classroom discipline.
We also offer a variety of education internships in a range of inspiring local NGO’s focused on equal access to education, education policy and the general development of the education system in South Africa. As an education intern, your experience of a successful education culture, as well as your fresh perspective and ideas, can make a valuable contribution to the improvement of the education system in South Africa.
As well as gaining a better understanding of education on an international scale, you will also get to interact with some incredible local teachers, mentors, trainers and children, who will be extremely excited by your presence! Whilst gaining valuable work experience in the field of education and policy, this is your chance to make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.
Read on for a full overview of the best education and teaching
Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!
Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!
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We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.
What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!
Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.
Get stuck into your education & teaching internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.
Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.
Pick up more responsibility in your internship as you prove your capability. Enjoy regular activities in Cape Town outside of work. Come to another social!
Now you're flying (metaphorically) at work, you'll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!
Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.
Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).
Putting the finishing touches to your internship and gathering feedback from us and your internship provider for use in your academic / career portfolio. Finalise paperwork for university (if needed)
Here's what others said when they applied. Some of these people came just for this career area, some mixed it with other career fields too...
I hope to gain more experience in plant science at a higher educational level (for example a university). I am really interested in how plants grow and how they are cultured, especially tropical (production) plants. I also consider a job in plant breeding. I would prefer to work with plants in the lab/climatecells/outdoors and besides that to gain some computer related skills for example bioinformatics. I am also interested in international trade, but my major is applied biology, so I have no experience with this. And of course it would be nice to have nice colleagues to work together with :)
I hope to gain work experience and get to know a relevant field of work
I hope to gain experience to better myself as a teacher in the future. I am also hoping to get a paid internship as that would help my family afford this.
In researching different internship opportunities between my Masters program semesters, I cam across bridging gaps. I am eager to learn more about the learning outcomes bridging gaps provides. I am looking to gain further international experience in a different cultural context and education background.
I am looking for a fruitful experience abroad post-graduation. I am flexible in what I am looking for. I really enjoy working with youth which is why I am interested in teaching English.
I hope to use my traits of compassion and empathy to help care for our world, its animals, and its inhabitants. I believe that every organism on this planet deserves to have the same quality of life as every one of us. With this is mind, I hope to gain a stronger connection with my world and the other organisms that share the same planet as I do, so that one day I can use these newly learned skills and knowledge to make an even larger difference.
I hope to continue my passion for travel and service through a program in Bridging Gaps. I am interested in helping women and working to improve humans rights.
I hope to learn crucial skills in regard to program development, implementation, and maintenance. I would love to do HIV/AIDS relief work.
I strongly believe that experiences cultivate ourselves. It is essential to get out of your confort zone in order to achieve success. I hope to develop personal and academic skills that will help me to be a better professional. I am open to learn everything I could; from daily "trivial" situations to formal learning experiences.
Gain relevant experience that will aid in my future job hunt. I hope to contribute towards conservation and promote sustainable living, whether this is in Scotland or abroad. I am keen to share knowledge but also learn from others!
What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!
We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.
You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.
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.
We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.
Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.
We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.
We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.
Here are some current or recent internship job opportunities in this career area. We do not publish all openings - so please contact us to hear about others.
Ability to work independently Good problem-solving skills Excellent communication skills An interest and a basic understanding of human rights issues in South Africa Currently studying or completed a degree in law or public policy would be beneficial
Some previous experience working with children would be beneficial. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in English. Passionate about youth development and empowerment. A patient and resilient personality.
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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.
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'.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
Our programme fees are shown below, for a full description of our service offering please click to view the programme or a side-to-side comparison.
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We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.
Participating in a teaching internship is a wonderful way to gain practical teaching hours which can boost employability and set you on the path to become an accredited educator. It can also reveal passions outside of traditional teaching such as guidance support for students, advocacy within the educational sphere, youth work, human resources and more.
Outside of the typical classroom setting, there are several alternative career routes for those with teaching credentials and experience. Teachers may consider private tutoring, industry training and development for other educators, youth workers, academic advisors, educational advocacy and more.
This varies depending on the type of opportunity and internship placement. Interns can be placed in public or private schools, community education NGOs, educational camps, early childhood development centers and more. Teaching interns can expect to be involved in curriculum development, one on one and group learning facilitation, lesson preparation, grading and more.
No it is not a requirement that you have any previous teaching experience but it is beneficial if you have some experience working with children. The schools we collaborate with are more likely to offer you an internship opportunity if you have some experience in au pairing, sports coaching, camp leadership or any other similar position.
Usually we limit our placement search to one organisation for you because it is more beneficial to yourself and the organisation if you only commit to one place. We find that the longer our participants stay at their placement, the more they learn and gain from the experience. However, if you are planning on staying in Cape Town for over 6 months, then we can explore more than one option for you. Also, we can facilitate weekend volunteering opportunities for anyone who is interested.
This very much depends on your personal interests and goals, as well as your existing experience. We collaborate with a wide range of local schools that offer internship opportunities in all grades. During your internship you could act as a teaching assistant in more than one classroom and gain experience working with children of all ages.
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