Community Development and Organic Farming Internship in South Africa (80 km outside of Cape Town)

  • Internship posted by Roots Interns - Goedgedacht/Care for the Planet

Hours per week

Minimum duration: 8 weeks (40 hours per week)



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Riebeeck Kasteel
Western Cape
South Africa


Do you have an interest in NGO Management and community development, like growing your own vegetables and are not afraid to get your hands dirty? We have an exciting opportunity for you. This nonprofit organization developed a long-term strategy addressing cycles of poverty that repeat themselves generation after generation in isolated communities who have little or no access to the greater South Africa. During the Community Development and Organic Farming Internship, you will promote organic agriculture to ensure that the rural communities have access to high-quality organic food as a first step towards building food sovereignty (as well as maybe start their own microenterprise). Besides actively working the on the farm and in the community gardens, you will get additional tasks based on your skills and expertise (as well as the organization’s needs). An excellent opportunity to be involved in community development as well as NGO Management tasks like marketing, communications, monitoring and reporting, fundraising, permaculture/organic farming, or staff skills development.

Your project

The Care for the Planet project focus is on promoting organic agriculture to ensure that the rural communities around the farm have access to high-quality organic food as a first step towards building food sovereignty. They focus on long-term interventions that build internal and external skills within individuals to creatively respond to social development in rural communities. A team of nine people works mostly on the land on the farm and in the various communities so there will be plenty of opportunities to get off the farm and see how people live in these communities. Much of the work involves walking around these communities and connecting with people. The ‘Care for the Planet Department’ has several projects:

  • Developing community food gardens in each of the communities that serve as training and demonstration sites for community members
  • Helping community member to grow their own food by supporting home gardens
  • Assisting people to develop their own micro-enterprises within the food sector. This includes selling vegetables, seedlings, sapling, etc. They also start their first community bakery that will create space for up to ten small businesses with community members baking and selling bread to their community.

Your tasks and responsibilities

As a Community Development and Organic Farming Intern, you will contribute to the further development of the project. In the first few weeks of your internship, you will focus on the farm work and community gardens as well as assist with training the community members. This will give you a thorough understanding of the projects and the way of working which will help you with your other tasks.

  • Working in the gardens (on the farm and in the communities): planting new seedlings, weeding, harvesting, preparing vegetable beds, irrigation of the crops
  • Assist with training of community members in aspects of organic agriculture.

Based on your interests and skills and the needs of the nonprofit organization you and the intern coordinator will decide on your addition tasks and create a customized internship. The following focus areas are possible:

  • Monitoring, evaluating and Learning (MEL) : improve on the current MEL framework, ensure that it is being implemented, analyze data and write reports.
  • Report writing : write update report on the progress of their work for funders, general public, and other supporters
  • Fundraising : Identify potential funders, connect with them, share information and invite them to support our work
  • Social Media : capturing stories and photographs from staff and beneficiaries and writing these up for the website and social media. This also feeds into their reporting systems
  • Web management : update and improve the current structure, design, and content of the website.
  • Staff training : if you are experienced in permaculture and organic farming you will also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with staff members.

You will gain experience in the following main areas

  • Principles and application of permaculture, biodynamic agriculture and designing systems
  • Learn and contribute to the farming operations
  • Community development
  • Depending on additional tasks: report writing, creative writing, digital marketing,fundraising, etc.


  • Interest in plants, growing your own food and the environment
  • Enjoy physical work and not afraid to get your hands dirty
  • Enthusiastic
  • Good social and communication skills
  • Nice to have: experience with or knowledge of organic farming and permaculture
  • Nice to have for some of the additional tasks: good English writing skills, analytical skills, interest in photography and storytelling
  • Preferably bring your own laptop

NB. A four-week internship is possible, but your focus will then only be on the work in the farm and community gardens as well as assisting with training the community members. Longer stays are also possible

About the organization

The Trust was established in 1993 to address the needs of children living in these communities facing generational cycles of poverty. This nonprofit organization believes not one single project can change the face of rural poverty for a child. Instead, a long-term model is needed: an integrated and holistic programme that provides safe spaces that a child can access from the earliest possible age and continue in until they are ready to enter the working world. Their vision is to see them enter adulthood as educated, healthy, bright-eyed and confident young people, equipped with all the tools they require to live fulfilled lives with purpose. They thus developed a four-pronged strategy for addressing cycles of poverty that repeat themselves generation after generation in isolated communities who have little or no access to the greater South Africa: the Path out of Poverty program (POP Program). It consists of more than 34 different projects within the four core themes, that all contribute towards supporting rural children reach their potential


The internship with this non-profit is based on a voluntary work placement which means you are not receiving any payment.

How To Apply

How to apply?

  • The starting and end dates of this volunteer work placement/internship are flexible and the volunteer work placement/internship is available as from end of January 2019 . The duration can be 2-6 months. Send your CV and motivation to
  • If you apply to this internship you will be contacted by Roots Interns as they handle all internship applications for Goedgedacht. They will also assist you with all preparations for your internship, organize airport transfers and accommodation for you.


  • For the duration of this volunteer work placement/internship, you are based in a rural area approximately 75 km outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Many nationalities can get a 90-day visa upon arrival at the airport, but some nationalities have to apply in advance for a visa in person with the South African embassy. Also if you intend to stay for longer than 90 days you have to apply in advance for a visa. Please reserve at least 6-8 weeks of your time to sort out any paperwork and the visa application process.
  • During your internship you will stay at the volunteer accommodation at the farm. For a 8 weeks stay the total fee is USD 1,390.