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Internships & volunteer work in South Africa

To assist foreign candidates with internship positions in South Africa, we have partnered with XChange South Africa.

XChangeSA is an international internship and volunteer company specialising in placing skilled people seeking unpaid work experience, internships or voluntary work in South Africa.

XChangeSA, established in 1997 has offices located in Germany, Ireland, the USA, Indonesia and Mauritius.

From our office in Cape Town we mainly focus on companies offering internships around Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. Over the years we have placed students from more than 55 nationalities.

XChangeSA’s functions:

  • XChangeSA arranges internships; assists in the preparation of internship¬†visa applications and prepares all the necessary documents for you. The organisation also arranges student accommodation in shared affordable houses or apartments. We co-ordinate the placement process on behalf of the student and the firm locally. The companies we place our students with, are some of the top companies in South Africa and we proudly associate with many over 10 years already.
  • Working with XChangeSA, we will find a placement for you based on your university requirements and your own personal interests. We therefore consider your career, personal and academic requirements when we work with you in finding placements. We further work according to your time frame to ensure that we are able to place you for the time you have available to visit South Africa.
  • Prior to your arrival in South Africa, we provide you with information to assist you in preparing for your visit to South Africa. We spend several hours with each student during the orientation process to ensure we are able to make your arrival pleasant. International students are met at the airport on their arrival and taken to their pre-arranged accommodation. We offer an introduction to Cape Town, guidance in using public transport in South Africa, car rentals, booking of overland tours. You will have your own dedicated, personal contact person during your stay, who you can consult with for all South Africa related questions. We further accompany you to your place of work on your first day.
  • XChangeSA facilitates social activities for the students, distributes an internal weekly news bulletin, and arranges cultural and social outings from time to time to ensure that you enjoy your stay in the country, meet other young people or solicit good discounts for such activities. The fields of placement cover virtually every possible field of employment and study. The most common fields for placements are Business Administration, Event Management, Social Work, Finance & Banking, Economics, Marketing, Media, Law, Architecture, Different Therapies, Tourism, Engineering & Education.

If you wish to receive information about internships or volunteer placements in South Africa, please email us  or visit the XchangeSA webpage to read more on internships in South Africa.

If you are a foreign national, seeking paid employment in South Africa, please browse current jobs in South Africa on the Language Recruiters website.