The following organizations are examples of the organizations you may be placed with through this internship, however, there are many other options as well. A clearly-written, detailed cover letter and “Individualized Placement Statement,” part of the application process, will enable us to place you in a suitable organization. All internship sites offer good learning opportunities. If a particular organization interests you, feel free to mention this in your application, but please note that placement with a certain company cannot be guaranteed. Placement decisions are based on the skills and interest of the intern, the needs of the worksite, and position availability.
Cape Town Refugee Centre: http://www.ctrc.co.za/
The Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC) caters to the interests and needs of vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers. They provide short-term and medium-term social assistance to refugees and asylum seekers through is Psychological Service Provision, Self-Reliance and Education Programs. The Social Cohesion Program empowers and educates both locals and refugee on refugee and human rights issues. CTRC strives to improve the quality of life of refugees via programs in education, counseling and therapy, entrepreneurship and job creation. The centre is not a refugee camp and does not operate one.
Kheth’Impilo specializes in solution development and implementation for health and community systems and services strengthening in marginalized communities. The comprehensive Health care solutions include treatment, care and support for people infected and affected with HIV and TB as well as a range of innovative community based models of care that include community adherence, early childhood development, school health and accredited training
PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty): http://www.passop.co.za/
PASSOP is a community-based, non-profit human rights organization devoted to protecting and fighting for the rights of asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants in South Africa. PASSOP also works with LGBTI advocacy and fighting xenophobia throughout all of South Africa. PASSOP creates and strengthens networks of communication, dialogue and interchange for the advancement of peace, understanding and justice in local communities.
MOSAIC is focused on preventing and reducing abuse and domestic violence, particularly for women and youth living in disadvantaged communities. They emphasis the clear links between Gender-Based Violence and sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS, and underline Women’s rights to make choices about this vital component of their lives.
ARESTA provides education and skills training to refugees, asylum seekers and South Africans, helping them develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant. Moreover, the organization empowers South Africans and foreign nationals on social cohesion, mediation and peace building through workshops in local communities. Furthermore, ARESTA provides refugee legal assistance, policy reform, refugee right awareness and health interpretation through its advocacy department.