NGO Management, international Development Internships, Placements, Volunteer

Business, Marketing and NGO Management - Johannesburg

The Business, Marketing and NGO Management Placement offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world and to learn practical skills that will enable you to work in business, social enterprise and NGOs.

The Business, Marketing and NGO Management Placement not only addresses the theories of development, but actively examines how development works practically in the field in developing and developed countries.

You will be able to analyse in detail how development projects are designed, implemented and managed. The programme enables the learning of participatory approaches to development that are designed to mobilise people to actively take part in their own development. It equips the students with the understanding of the role that NGOs can play in promoting social and economic progress.

Key student volunteer areas;


“Nkosi’s Haven is more than just space that provides holistic care and support for HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans. Interning from Toronto, Canada here back in 2011, allowed me to discover the stories and overwhelming warmth held here in Johannesburg. Nkosi’s truly became a home to me and really ignited my passion in HIV/AIDS and PMTCT research. It is now 2017 and I continuously return to Joburg and visit the Haven. I am currently completing my PhD here and now live and work in SA. I can honestly look back and say that Nkosi’s Haven and mentor Gail Johnson both hold a special place in my heart and has paved my path in research. I admire the hard work of Gail Johnson and Nkosi’s Haven, words cannot express my gratitude and love for their continuous support and guidance. The passion and dedication over the countless number of years to the HIV/AIDS field really has allowed me to discover my own. To the staff and residents at the Haven thank you for making each day entertaining and motivational in Johannesburg, South Africa.” Melanie

“My year volunteering at Nkosi’s Haven was a great life experience from which I learned a lot. I liked the fact that the volunteers are free to organise their own activities, such as computer lessons for the mothers and homeschooling for the children who aren’t able to go to school due to several circumstances. I enjoyed to set this up and got a lot of positive feedback from the children and mothers. If you want to volunteer, please be independent enough to do something with your ideas and make it work! You’ll get a lot in return!” Anke
You will work directly with the director and understand the key operations from the inside of an international NGO, on the front line of HIV/AIDS care.

You will learn NGO approaches to development such as Advocacy and Networking, Project Evaluation and Impact Assessments.

You will develop an understanding of the political and economical influences on an international NGO.

You will raise awareness by increasing Nkosi’s Haven profile and spreading the messages, work, development and successes. This will give you valuable experience in building and implementing marketing and fundraising campaigns and build valuable relationships to enhance their network of funders.

You will develop your content management skills to create donor campaigns and promote messages throughout target networks and communities.
✔︎ Accommodation - You will stay in a shared, fully- equipped volunteer cottage

✔︎ Meals - You will eat with the residents and experience local South Africa food.

✔︎ 30 + hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice

✔︎ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!

✔︎ Support - we got you!

✔︎ Transportation - Airport drop off and collection. Plus all placement related transport (to and from partner NGOs)

✔︎ Experience of a lifetime - no exaggeration!

✔︎ Vocational Impact International Development donation
** From £65 per day **

This is a self-funded experience. Vocational Impact are a fundraising organisation encouraging sustainable international development with all of our project partners. Therefore you will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Due to the sensitive nature of some of our children, we require our volunteers to be aged 20 or older. However, similar to a high level of dedication we also expect an equally high level of maturity to be demonstrated. We also require proof of no criminal record/ finger printing clearance.
Where are international volunteers housed?
International volunteers are housed together in one cottage at the Nkosi’s Haven Village location.
The cottage is equipped with:
television & DVD player
microwave & toaster
2 bathrooms: 1 shower, 1 bath tub
shared living room
There are 2 rooms with cupboards for clothing, personal belongings etc. Valuables may be kept in a safe in the office depending on size.
Most house hold items such as cleaning materials, toiletries and the like are provided by Nkosi’s Haven. Any further supplies may be purchased at your own discretion at a nearby shopping centre.
Laundry services are provided once a week for volunteers in our Village laundromat but we ask that all undergarments be hand washed within the cottage.
How far are the nearest shops? Can volunteers shop for food themselves easily?
If walking it takes around 20-25 minutes. Our volunteers often go with our drivers to the local shop to do their shopping. Everything is pretty convenient. If walking, we advise volunteers to go in pairs, or 3’s.
What would be the main day-to-day task that volunteers will be involved with?
Depending on the time of the year – i.e. if the kids are at school then their ‘duties’ in the morning would vary from ‘manual work’ – i.e. we may have a huge amount of donated clothes that need to be sorted out. There is often ‘handy man’ needs to be done and this could be anything from fixing shelves, door handles need replacing, paint jobs – list is endless.
Then in the afternoon it would be assisting the children with homework.
If a specific volunteer is studying towards for e.g. Social Work that volunteer is more than welcome to put programmes together for the mums, teens etc (will be supervised by our social worker) and implement them.
Mums are keen to have computer lessons. Anything evolving round arts, crafts, gardening, kitchen, bakery, library, are all areas good for volunteers to participate in.
At weekends volunteers and caregivers will play games and organise film nights/movie evenings, this maybe built around a particular theme. This is sometimes split into ‘girls nights’ and ‘boys nights’ and the boys will play computer games. Volunteers will be briefed on what they can and what they cannot do with the children.
Can you tell me a bit more about the local area? What is are the safety concerns?
We are based on the far south side of Johannesburg which opens out to the countryside. Volunteers are safe, but must never walk around alone. As anywhere else in the world, theft happens in public spaces like restaurants of mobile phones. It is important to be observant of your surroundings. We also recommend you wear appropriate clothing, which won’t attract too much attention. .
Are there any projects that you would specifically like me to raise awareness of in the follow up to my trip?
One of the most useful things you can do is document your experience. How you are feeling before and during your programme, what you are hoping to gain, what were your biggest challenges, what gaps for improvement are you able to see? We have support documents for you to complete, and we encourage you to share your photos and experience on social media.
A journal or diary is a great way to remember your programme. The little day-to-day magical moments can be lost after 4, 8, 12 weeks of being away. Your experience and story will become key in future volunteers supporting the work of Nkosi’s Haven.
Where does my Volunteer Investment fee go?
We have established Volunteer Invest to raise important funds and offer life changing work experience to volunteers hoping to gain valuable hands on experience. Because of this, the fee has been set to offer a regular and sustainable income to Nkosi’s Haven, and a high percentage of the volunteer fee will be sent directly to them. They will then use this money to pay for hosting the volunteers, providing the accommodation for your stay, food transport and their running costs. The additional is kept back to develop the volunteer abroad programme and to recruit new volunteers to feed into the sustainable charity cycle.
If I have any further questions, who should I ask?
Volunteer Invest is here to help guide you through any questions or concerns you have, before, during and after your trip. So keep asking, and we will keep replying. You will also have on the ground support during your programme in South Africa.
✗ Flights

✗ Tourist Visa

✗ Travel Insurance

✗ Spending Money
Day starts at 7:00 A.M with Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
(Older children attend school)
Free Time until 8:30 A.M
The main aim for an international development student is to be a behind the scenes help in the office. Working alongside Gail, the Director and founder of the charity. She needs help with daily admin tasks especially with gaining and keeping up with donors.
If you want to get out of the office for a portion of your day they are always looking for help in the child care centre. Spending one on one time with some of the youngest residents on the property.
They have limited resources and volunteers are encouraged to be a part of the community in which these children are being raised.
Play Time = Unlock their imagination with new games
Education = Help advance their education with lessons
Painting Therapy = Come up with workshops to help with children’s understanding of social integration, emotions and behavioural issues

Another opportunity you could experience is the on-sight medical ward. This is where the residents get their medical needs met. If it's in their daily medicines for HIV or more mental with dealing with the emotional impact from receiving their diagnosis to possibly dealing with a loss.
You can get a true insight into all the running of a charity such as Nkosi’s Haven, with the social workers, medical staff, the Director and the Day care.
Some days you will be able to go on excursions, this could include going to Teddy Bear Clinic or into Soweto to visit Mom Carol and her team in the field.
Could even arrange to go to local shopping centre
Finished at 4 P.M everyday

Dinner is at 5:30/6 P.M
From 4 P.M you will have free time. You can spend this in the volunteer’s cottage or you could get involved with the community. The children are home from school from 2 P.M and after they are finished with homework they are often hanging around.
During this time you could:
Help run the library or run activities (such as playing sports or dance)
Mentorship Programme = you could take a child or mother under your wing, whether they need help with Job applications, University applications, extra help with school or just emotional support.

If Nkosi’s Haven could compromise a list of children that could benefit from mentors it could be a really valuable experience for both the children and the volunteers. If the child is struggling in school and needs help with homework or is undecided in a career path (stuck with what they want to do). They might gain enthusiasm and love from 1-1 attention from the volunteers.

During the first couple of days that the volunteer is at the project they should really delve deeper in HIV/AIDs and the Nkosi’s Haven project to gain a real understanding. This can be done by:
Talking to Professionals on-site such as; The Nurses, the psychologist, the social worker and even Gail herself.
It can also be done by sitting down and talking to residents and other staff members.

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