Summer: January 25
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15
- Relevant academic backgrounds include communications/IT, social work, education, accounting, non-profit management, public health and health education
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The Cabrini Ministries of Swaziland, led by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (Cabrini Sisters), provides a range of care for orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as comprehensive health care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The organization also provides skills training, education, and nutritional support in the rural communities of the Lubombo low-veld region of Swaziland. Interns at the Mission will provide care and support to children staying in the Cabrini Ministries Hostel, contribute to the management and implementation of special projects, or contribute to the Ministry’s agriculture program.
Duration of internship:
2 terms minimum
About the Organization
The Cabrini Missionary Sisters have been serving at St. Philip’s Mission in the Lubombo low-veld region of Swaziland since 1971. They continue to serve at the mission engaged in HIV/AIDS/TB care and outreach services, child protection, welfare, and education as well as nutritional support through small-scale farming.
Cabrini utilizes healthcare, childcare, education, and agricultural development to address issues in the local community brought about by the HIV and TB pandemic which is gripping the nation. The HIV prevalence rate in the catchment area is estimated at 50% with high TB comorbidity. This is coupled with an 18 year drought, high unemployment rates and a significant lack of healthcare and childcare services. Despite the many challenges Cabrini is bringing about its vision of “Restoring Life.”
This work is divided into a number of primary departments:
Established at first as a hostel system to care for the high rate of children orphaned by AIDS, it has now expanded to include a full range of protection, care, support, education and advocacy services. The majority of children that Cabrini works with are deemed to be the most vulnerable in the community – those compromised by malnutrition or chronic conditions such as TB and kidney disease, as well as those being exploited in their communities. Cabrini Childcare works to ensure that they receive the support they need to both live as healthy children and grow into healthy adults.
In 2005, Cabrini Ministries established an agricultural department. This project has provided water consistently for the 100 or so local residents of St. Phillips as well as for irrigation of a six hectare field. It also provides food for over a thousand HIV/AIDS patients as well as supplementing the diets for 140 orphans in residential care. Cabrini Mission land is now being used as a small-scale agricultural education site where community members can benefit from staff training and expertise.
Healthcare and Healthcare Outreach
Cabrini Ministries’ Healthcare program focuses on caring for those living with HIV/AIDS and TB in our catchment area. We provide testing for HIV and TB as well as Anti-Retroviral Therapy initiation and INH prophylaxis. Our clinic and outreach also provides treatment for opportunistic infections, as well as refill services for our clients. Alongside the medical care that we administer, whether at our clinic, our community outreach locations, or on individuals’ homesteads, we also provide counseling, education, and psychosocial support for those we serve.
The educational program began over fifteen years ago and has gone through many transformations. Currently, our main focus is on English language learning, especially written and verbal comprehension, and arithmetic. We provide these services to those in our residential care program, and are currently in the process of expanding these services to the broader community. We also provide the financial support necessary for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in the area to pay school fees. This is done partly in collaboration with organizational and individual donors, and through legal advocacy for children entitled to government bursary. For children who are beyond the high school level, we provide support for attendance in various trade schools around the nation. This increases their chances for individualized growth and long-term employment. For children who are years behind in study, our Bridge School helps close the gap of grade level and age through accelerated learning.
Duties and job description will be tailored depending on the specific education, experience, and skills of the Intern. Interns will work in one of three areas of the Mission: the Cabrini Hostel and School, Special Management Projects, or Agricultural Programs. Regardless of their assignment, it is the expectation of Cabrini Ministries that, through their work, interns will share their skills and professional abilities with their Swazi staff counterparts.
Cabrini Hostel and School
Jobs will be tailored for specific skills and training of the intern but may include:
Tutoring children in small groups or individually as needed
Helping to coordinate interdisciplinary team case management of children
Helping to develop and implement individualized residential care plans
Helping to further develop, implement and oversee a program of Life Skill Trainings
Mentoring, guiding, nurturing and assisting children with daily activities
Helping to develop in-service training for paraprofessional and unskilled staff
Providing administrative assistance to the hostel department
Special Management Projects
Assist with the daily operations and management of the mission, and special projects as needed. Examples of some possible tasks include:
Grant management, reporting, measurement and evaluation
Data management and creation of a database system to track productivity and program effectiveness within departments
Development of public relations materials
Liaising with media, visiting donors, and short term volunteers
Helping to develop management policies, procedures and instruments of measurement/ accountability.
Working with the Executive Director and Executive team to advance relationships with partners in Swaziland regarding HIV/AIDS policy and delivery of services.
Helping to develop skills of local staff and role model work ethic and productivity.
General administration tasks such as typing, filing, answering phone and assuring flow of information throughout the organization, aligning policy with practice
Cabrini Ministries Agriculture department provides nutritional support and agricultural education to the OVC’s in our residential care and our healthcare clients. Development of agriculture programs is on-going. Interns working with agriculture department would assist with crop production and community education. They may also assist in on-going program development, raising production efficiency, enhancing the current curriculum, and exploring market potential for income generation.
Qualifications / Requirements
Candidates are encouraged to apply from a variety of academic backgrounds. Students should have an interest in the field of Social Services and/or Non-Profit Management. Preferred academic focus on Communications/IT, Social Work, Education, Accounting, Non-Profit Management, Public Health, and Health Education.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Engaging, personable, mature, resourceful and adaptable
Self-starters, independent and diligent
A driver’s license and ability to drive a standard shift car are preferred but not required.
Interns must be prepared to live in a rural location. While the living facilities are comfortable and relatively modern, the Mission is located fifty miles from the nearest city over dirt roads. The work is stimulating, but outside of work hours, social life is quiet and somewhat limited.
While interns need not share the religious beliefs of the Mission, they must be prepared to live according to the values of the Mission throughout their time in Swaziland.
Estimated One-Time Expenses
IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
Host Site Fees: None
International Travel: $2,000
Estimated Monthly Expenses
Housing: Provided by Cabrini
Food: Provided by Cabrini
Local Transportation: $50
Personal Expenses: $50
While there is no monetary compensation, interns will be provided housing and meals at the Mission. Transport from the airport will also be provided.
Housing / Accommodation
Room and Board is provided by the Cabrini Ministries. Interns must be prepared to live in a rural location. While the living facilities are comfortable and relatively modern, the Mission is located fifty miles from the nearest city over dirt roads. The work is stimulating, but outside of work hours, social life is quiet and somewhat limited.