Animal Rescue Management Internship in Livingstone, Zambia

  • Internship posted by Roots Interns - LAPS

Hours per week

Minimum duration: 8 weeks (40 hours per week). Longer internships are possible



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Southern Province


Re-home neglected dogs and cats, run vaccination campaigns, and teach school children animal welfare workshops.

Be part of a small animal rescue organization in Zambia and gain valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector. Addressing the issues of street animals and low animal welfare standards, this organization rescues, and re-homes neglected dogs and cats, runs vaccination campaigns, and teaches school children animal welfare workshops. As an intern during the Animal Rescue Management Internship, you’ll assist with animal rescue and education programs, you’ll liaise with local partners and schools, and you’ll help organize vaccination campaigns. There’s a level of flexibility in the tasks, and you’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in managing social media and running fundraising campaigns. On top of this, you’ll get to spend some time in Livingstone, which is a friendly town on the Zambezi River, and close to the famous Victoria Falls.

Your tasks

You’ll be part of a small organization and you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a range of areas, including some field work. Your tasks are likely to include the following:

  • Liaise with local schools, set up and organize school visits and school clubs for education on animal welfare and bite avoidance
  • Organize vaccination outreach drives and sterilization campaigns
  • Liaise with local community organizations, local government departments, and agencies
  • Assist with managing online communication channels
  • Organise pet adoption data and follow up with adopters
  • Assist with animal rescue projects


  • Good English speaking and writing skills
  • Animal lover
  • Prepared for hands-on experience with dogs, cats, donkeys and who knows what else
  • Computer literate on WordPress, Excel, Instagram, Facebook, Word, Animoto (or similar)
  • Organised, thorough, good with people
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and up for a challenge
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with the unexpected and lack of routine
  • Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop
  • NB. For this internship, full medical insurance coverage and current rabies and tetanus vaccinations are a requirement

About the organization

LAPS was set up in 2014 by a group of friends keen to improve the welfare of domestic animals, mainly dogs and cats, in the Livingstone area. Their aims are to reduce the populations of feral dogs and cats, have a healthier, controlled population of owned dogs and cats, and to educate the local population on animal welfare, dog bite avoidance and on “one health” concepts – the concept that human health, animal health, and environmental health are all closely linked and co-dependent. The organization’s activities to date include mass vaccination and veterinary treatment outreaches in urban and rural areas, spay and neuter campaigns, educational visits to schools and clubs. The team has rescued over 100 dogs and 65 cats, most of which have been re-homed.


The internship is based on a volunteer work placement, which means you won't receive any payment.

How To Apply

If you apply for an internship with this organization (LAPS), you will be contacted by Roots Interns as they manage the applications for this internship. Please send your CV and motivation to

Please note the following

  • Start and end dates of the internship are flexible. You can start as from October 2018 but also as from January 2019. Duration of the internship: 12 weeks
  • For the duration of this internship, you will be based in Livingstone. Keep in mind that accommodation fees for a 10-weeks stay start at USD 2,200 (lodge in a shared room including basic breakfast) or USD 1,500 (dorm room in a backpackers accommodation, a 30 minutes walk from the project).