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Hotel internship in South Africa

Internship with monetary or non-monetary benefits
We arrange hotel internships in South Africa. Many hotels are smaller, owner-managed facilities of high boutique-style standards in the winelands around Cape Town. The internships are suitable for students who need it for university/vocational school credit, and for anyone wishing to gain experience in the hotel and tourism industry and tourism. The hotels usually, but not always, provide free accommodation and food.

Why doing a hotel internship in South Africa?

South Africa is a popular and trendy travel destination. Breathtaking landscapes, eclectic cultural and historical attractions and friendly residents are attracting travelers from all over the world to the southernmost country on the African continent. Domestic tourism and the MICE sector (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events) are also well developed.
During a hotel internship in South Africa, you will not only get to know this fascinating country first-hand, but you will also gain valuable experience in the hotel and tourism sector. You work together with the team of a hotel receiving guests from all over the world, where besides professional skills, you can also develop your intercultural ones.

How does it work?

We organize hotel internships in hotels of different standards and sizes in South Africa. For smaller hotels your work is usually that of a generalist, whereas larger hotels work more specifically by department.
You email us your CV/resume in English including an application picture, and let us know any requirements/specifications for your internship and your desired time frame. This is completely non-binding and free of charge for you. After a few days, we will suggest a specific hotel that would take youas an intern and inform you about the exact conditions of your internship. In some cases, a Skype interview is needed. You then decide whether you want to accept the internship. Before that, there isn't obligation for you.
Please see some examples of hotels we cooperate with:

Hotels at the Garden Route

boutique1This 5-star, 12-suite boutique hotel is offering world-class service at an elegant historic country estate and winery in Franschhoek.
The winery produces its own wines such as Suavignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage, which can be tasted at the hotel. The hotel also organizes weddings in the spacious garden, which has its own chapel, and conferences.
An internship is possible between the months of September and April. You should stay for at least 3 months and be at least 20 years old. You should either be a student of a related course, have completed professional training, or have first relevant work experience. You should also be fluent in English. Other language skills ​​like German, French and Dutch are of advantage.
About 30% of your tasks are in the office (planning and preparation, handling bookings, doing communications, social media marketing) and 70% of your tasks are service tasks such as guest support, check-in / check-out, preparation of the breakfast, planning and providing services at weddings and conferences. You will work 45 hours/week on 5 days/week, which may include weekends. Accommodation is provided at the hotel and you also get a pocket money.

boutique2Located on the hillside of Table Mountain, the Medium Standard Guest House offers B&B and self-catering apartments. As an intern, you can expect an open and friendly working atmosphere and a varied work.
You can learn about all the work that is needed to run such a guesthouse, including guest relations, check-in / check-out, answering inquiries and handling bookings, administrative tasks, supervision of the breakfast service, handling and assisting with tours and car rental bookings, stock keeping, marketing, housekeeping, and planning and supervising staff.
It is of advantage, if you are a student or doing an apprenticeship in the tourism or hotel industry, but it is not necessary. Good German and English skills are expected, as well as a professional way of how to deal with guests, an eye for detail, and the willingness to occasionally work outside the normal daily working hours.

boutique3This 5-star boutique hotel with 21 exquisite rooms is located in the Constantia Valley, a suburb of Cape Town known for its viniculture. It is a luxurious country house with a large garden. The elegant restaurant offers premium local wines, fine dining and homemade truffles.
Interns should already have initial experience in the hospitality industry.
Info Box
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Location: South Africa
Availability: throughout the year, flexible starting date
Minimum duration: 1 month
Maximum duration: 6 months
Language skills required: English
Accommodation: provided by the hotel
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Internship possible: Yes
Qualification of supervisor: Hospitality industry professionals
Minimum qualification intern: see text
Further contribution to the project: -
Remuneration: pocket money or meals might be provided
Volunteering possible: No
Expected qualification volunteers: -
Further contribution to the projekt: No
We expect:
Professional work, the "right" attitude
The hotels often provide accommodation and meals free of charge to interns. In some cases, only accommodation is provided, or meals only, or there are other benefits in kind such as participation in tourism-related training courses. When we suggest a specific hotel to you that would take you as an intern, we can tell you the exact terms and you decide whether you want to accept the internship. Before, there is no obligation whatsoever.

I. World Unite! Service Package

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) Airport in case of placement in Port Elizabeth respectively Cape Town (CPT) in case of placement in Cape Town on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Port Elizabeth / Cape Town
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Contribution to your project of at least 50 USD
  • Local SIM Card with 100 ZAR air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • 15% Discount for Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"
  • Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Travel to/from Port Elizabeth / Cape Town (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport in Cape Town (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.

II. Accommodation Costs

Accommodation and meals are usually provided by the hotel.

Overview of other costs:

  • Small local expenses in Cape Town (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month


How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings.

Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Day Trips, Watersports

budgetsafaribannerAs "Budget Safari Tanzania" we are arranging cost-effective yet high-quality safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, excursions, and watersports activities in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You will group with other World Unite! participants and further travellers.
As a World Unite! participant, you get a 15% discount on all offers of Budget Safari Tanzania. We will share a Discount Code with you that you can use with the online booking of your safari, Kilimanjaro climb, excursion or watersports activity.

Travel Health Insurance

We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
Travel Health Insurance

Cape Town

Cape Town is a bustling metropolis and is considered the urban and cultural center of South Africa. If you like urban lifestyle, you will not be missing out here.
Table Mountain dominates the city, on whose shallow top impressive clouds often form and then slide down into the unique flora and fauna of its slopes, vineyards and beaches. They are part of the Table Mountain National Park, which provides opportunities for numerous excursions and nature activities nearby the city.
The city centre, also called "City Bowl", bordered by mountains and the beach, is modern and has offices, shops, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, tourist attractions and the harbor. There are also many colonial buildings, such as in Long Street, which is a landmark with many antique shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.
The neighborhoods south of the university are popular amongst students. You will find bars and party locations there that are cheaper than in the city centre, and aimed at young people.
Further south, passing upscale residential areas, you will reach the scenic peninsula with its quiet coastal villages. At Cape Point, at the southermost tip of the peninsula (about an hour's drive from the city center), the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge. On the way there, on Boulders Beach of Simon's Town, you will find a large colony of African Penguins.
The suburbs north of the city center are mainly residential areas of middle to upper middle standards. West of it, there is the Atlantic Seaboard coastline, known for its white sand beaches, coastal roads and trendy bars and restaurants that also attract many holidaymakers. Its ocean waters however are rather cold for swimming.
The majority of the 3.7 million inhabitants of Cape Town live in townships, which are located mainly in the eastern outskirts, north along False Bay. They were founded during the time of racial segregation to accommodate the non-white population. Even today, many families live there in poverty under bad living conditions.
Our local support team in Cape Town includes Dawn and Susanne.

Getting to South Africa

South Africa's two largest airports, Cape Town (CTP) and Johannesburg (JNB), are internationally well connected.
Port Elizabeth (PLZ) can usually be reached by flight with a transfer in Johannesburg or Cape Town. There are several low cost carriers in South Africa offering domestic flights that you might also book separately from your international flight to reach Port Elizabeth. In the case of our placements in Cape Town, your flights should be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.. If your flight arrives outside of this time frame (or departs on the return journey), we charge an extra 25 EUR per night transfer.
Some South African airlines such as mango connect certain South African cities with Zanzibar, however not throughout the year. They might be an option to look into when combining our two destinations Zanzibar and South Africa.

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