Education & Teaching Internship Programmes

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.

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Education & Teaching internships - quick video overview
The best Education & Teaching Internship Programmes in Africa?

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.

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Education & Teaching Internship Programme Overview

Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!

Education & Teaching Internship Key Skills:

  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Lesson planning
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Subject and age specific technical skills
  • Classroom management
  • Creating assignments and tests

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain valuable feedback on your teaching skills.
  • Benefit from the support and guidance of experienced mentors.
  • Gain an important insight into how an international school operates.
  • Learn how to engage and help students with different abilities and learning techniques.
  • Put your academic based knowledge into practise and gain valuable classroom teaching experience.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Some previous experience working with children would be beneficial.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Passionate about youth development and empowerment

Programme highlights:

  • Gain valuable classroom teaching experience.
  • Learn from experienced mentors.
  • Make a difference in the lives of local teachers and children who need your assistance.
  • Have an unforgettably rewarding experience!
  • Enjoy a fully customised internship experience.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa


Skills you'll hone through your Education & Teaching internship

Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!

Written and verbal communication
Time management
Subject and age specific technical skills
Classroom management
Critical thinking
Assignment Creation
Test Development


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Education & Teaching internship programme reviews & ratings

We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.

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A hypothetical Education & Teaching Internship Programme

What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!

Week One

Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.

Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 1
Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 2

Week Two

Get stuck into your education & teaching internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.

Week Three

Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.

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Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 4

Week Four

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!

Week Five

Now you're flying (metaphorically) at work, you'll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!


Week Six

Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.

Week Seven

Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).


Week Eight

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)

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Education & Teaching internship programme features

What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!

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.


Current Education & Teaching Job Openings

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.

Educational Programme Coordinator Assistant

Excellent communication skills Confident public speaker Excellent English Compassionate Organised Driven BSc in education, human rights or relevant field

The Organisation: An NGO providing education and training to local schools in The Western Cape with a specific focus on literacy programmes.
Keywords: Education, Classroom teaching, Curriculum development, Internship
Nutrition Education Programme Assisant

Great communication skills Empathetic Attentive Organised Passionate about empowering communities with nutrition-based education Background in education, human rights, nutrition or other relevant fields

The Organisation: An NPO that delivers educational programmes specifically focused on nutrition and health to local schools in Cape Town.
Keywords: Education, Nutrition, Health foods, Internship
Language Teaching Assistant

Great interpersonal communication A good listener Adaptable Empathetic and patient Fluent in English Certificate in TEFL or prior experience in IELTS or foreign language teaching

The Organisation: An education centre supporting adults in reaching language requirements for settling into South Africa.
Keywords: Education, Classroom teaching, English teaching, Curriculum development, Internship
Advocacy and Education Intern

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

The Organisation: A not for profit organisation that focuses on human rights activism through education, advocacy and public interest litigation.
Keywords: Advocacy, Education, Public Policy, Law, Internship

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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.


Education & Teaching internship programme cost

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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Bespoke programme

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Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

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Education & Teaching Internship Programmes FAQs

We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.

What can I become through a teaching internship?

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.

What jobs can teachers do instead of teaching?

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. 

What do teacher interns do?

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. 

Do I need to have previous teaching experience to do this internship?

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.

Can I work at more than one organisation or school during my time in Cape Town?

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.

What aged children will I be teaching?

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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Education & Teaching Internship Programmes

Hi, we're really sorry but we are no longer offering internship opportunities in this career field. However, we wish you the best with your search.