Work Experience Placements in South Africa

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The Work Experience Programs we have available include: Criminology; Events Management; and Social Media & Marketing.

All of our programs provide you with an amazing opportunity to gain practical experience in your area of interest. Our Criminology Program allows you to work alongside professionals and gain a great deal of insight into crime and justice in South Africa; our Events Management Program gives you the chance to plan and execute your very own event whilst assisting with the promotion of our various worthwhile projects; and our Marketing Program gives you practical experience whilst helping us ensure that our organization continues for years to come.

You also have the option of combining your Work Experience Program with any of our Knysna based Community or Conservation Volunteer Programs! For more information about these programs please contact [email protected] for an information pack or visit our website!

Highlights
  • You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in your field of interest
  • This program will help you develop your CV to compete in the job market
  • You will gain valuable life skills
  • You will have the chance to experience a different culture
  • You can feel safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of an award winning organisation

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93%
based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 9
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9
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Hayley
8/10

An experience to remember

When arriving in South Africa, a member of staff picked us up right away. He was extremely friendly which took a lot of post-flight stress away. Arriving at the house I was pleasantly surprised. The staff were all lovely and there was just about enough room for all of us in the room. The programme consisted of organising two events for the people who live in the townships pretty much on our own. We had some guidance from a project leader however, were were mainly left to do our own planning and creating. At the end of each day spend on this event planning project we would write down what we had achieved so the project leaders could track our progress. We would drive around venues, speak to the local people, create our own decorations and we learnt a lot about event planning. Both of our events were a success despite last minute stresses which come with all events everywhere. Although planning events for this programme were very different to how I would plan events at home, it still grew my confidence in event planning and made me realise there is not always a step-by-step process to follow, sometime you have to adapt to your situation and surroundings. Overall, this program brought me a lot of happiness when seeing the local people enjoying the event I'd created, it's a feeling I wont forget and it have drove my passion for events even more.

What would you improve about this program?
Housing - more space was needed in my opinion. One room had no space for clothes and no room to pull under bed boxes out.
Guidance - due to lots of materials being lost in the devastating fire the year before, I feel like more guidance could have been giving to use as we had to do everything from scratch and getting started was difficult.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alice
10/10

To appreciate what you have

Visiting Knysna wasn't just a work based learning project for me, it was an adventure, where I developed academic skills as well as personal, such as time management, organisational, confidence, motivation and perseverance. My South African adventure was an eye opener.

Volunteering at EDGE of AFRICA is one of my most fantastic and rewarding achievements. I imagine it as an inspiring story that I am never afraid to tell. I will forever remember and cherish the memories that were created with my team, the staff and most importantly the local people. It was the local people who made my trip so memorable and special, they put life into perspective for me. In the UK we worry about being up-to-date with the latest technology, in Knysna they worry about being able to provide a pair of shoes for their child. It broke my heart to see such scenes, however, then I thought to myself, wait a minute, these people are surprisingly happy and always have a smile on their faces. And that's the moment where I thought, this is what life is all about. To appreciate the simplest things for example, when I gave the school children each a pencil, they were so delighted they kept it safe and hugged me to say how thankful they were.

The staff at EDGE of AFRICA are phenomenal, they are down to earth, friendly and caring. My South African adventure wouldn't have been the same without the EDGE team by my side. When I was homesick or having a bad day I could always rely on a member of the team to cheer me up and make me laugh again. It was the connectedness of the team that I loved, EDGE felt like my second family.

One of my most treasured experiences that will always stay with me is visiting the Rastafarian community. They are so cool! One message that I took away with me was that diversity is a main factor within society. It is the diverse cultures of this earth that makes the world go round. The more cultures that you discover, the more open-minded you will become and the more open-minded you are as a person, the more understanding you are towards others.

Roar! Now for the beautiful wildlife and natural landscapes. Addo Elephant National Park is one for you to tick off your bucket list. There is nothing more moving than seeing animals such as elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and rhinos in their natural habitats on a safari. Did I mention that I also did horse back riding with giraffes? Oh, and went shark cage diving at Mossel Bay? See my photos if you don't believe me.

If there is one message to take away from my experience it is to appreciate what you have.

What would you improve about this program?
I would've liked all members of the EDGE team to have been more involved during our individual projects and general team bonding activities.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

Amazing

I spent 5 weeks doing the event management placement with edge of africa during university and it was some of the best weeks of my life! To start with, the staff are lovely, so helpful and make you feel at home. You get free time on the weekends and afternoons to go exploring and go on excursions, for example whilst I was there I participated in a bungee jump, some game drives, shark cage diving and other amazing things.
The events management placement was really good and I got to learn different skills. We put on a talent show for children at a few different schools and it was so much fun and the kids enjoyed it. Not only did I help plan and deliver the talent show I also got to take part in some community outreach projects which were really interesting as you get to be in a different community and immerse yourself into their culture. I would recommend edge of Africa to anyone, the memories I have made and the differences I have helped to make in knysna will stay with me forever and I wouldn't change a single bit of it.

Yes, I recommend this program

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EDGE of AFRICA is committed to ethical volunteering and responsible traveling, providing volunteer and internship placements in Africa for gap years, career breaks, university internships, school groups and corporate team building projects. EDGE of...