Why doing a hotel internship in South Africa?
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?
Please see some examples of hotels we cooperate with:
Hotels at the Garden Route
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.
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.
Interns should already have initial experience in the hospitality industry.
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
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
Professional work, the "right" attitude
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
- 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
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?
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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 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.