SOUTH AFRICA: Social Work and Counselling Internship

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activity: Humanitarian Projects
Country: South Africa
Location : Knysna
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Fantastic project focusing on providing counselling services to any person in need of support due to emotional problems from various factors such as a traumatic experience.

The projects main focus is to provide counselling services to any person in need of support due to emotional problems in marriage, family, personal issues or because of a traumatic experience. Their motto is ‘We believe in every person’s potential to solve their own problems. We give support and guidelines for optimal functioning’.

They have centre’s all around South Africa and in Knysna are supported by the Department of Social Development, the Knysna Municipality, the Lotto and various members of the public and businesses. Their services can be split up into five areas, namely counselling, trauma support, training, parenting support and their programs that they run. All counselling is done by appointment only at the office and consist of a few appointments of an hour each.



  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!



Your role and the types of work/activities you are given may vary and may depend on certain factors such as what’s required at the time etc. You may spend the day counselling adults and couples, assisting with their trauma or HIV counselling or assist with their prison program.



The description given is of a typical day.

  • 07:00 Wake up, wash and get ready
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 07:50 Leave for project
  • 08:00 Arrive at project
  • 12:00 Lunch (this can differ day to day)
  • 12:30 Back to work
  • 16:00 Finish for the day at your project
  • 16:30 Arrive home, shower, relax
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Relax , watch DVD’s, read, contemplate on the meaning of life

This is a worthwhile and satisfying project and you will be proud to have been part of an ongoing rehabilitation process.



This placement is definitely for nature loving enthusiasts who are willing to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, but the rewards are well worth it: You'll get a wonderful and varied experience with many members of the community You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having contributed to the quality of life and well-being of locals This project will be an excellent entry on your CV, demonstrating your initiative, adaptability, your unique working experience and your concern for the well being of others.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose (except 15 December and 15 January). Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at 1,895 for four weeks. You can participate for up to six months, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


Everyone is welcome on our program, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. You need to be studying in this area of work, social work, psychiatry, psychology or counselling.

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