Multiple Internship Opportunities @ Thanda / by Haley Smith

In their small community in rural South Africa, Thanda is transforming the way people view themselves and their roles within their global community. Thanda is offering multiple, one-year internship positions on-site in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Learn more about the positions and how to apply here.

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About Thanda:

In our small community in rural South Africa, Thanda is transforming the way people view themselves and their roles within our global community. Our Creative Learning Curricula – the common thread throughout all of our programmes – focus on the holistic development of the individual so that he or she develops Game-changing Skills that are essential for facing challenges with resilience, becoming a life-long learner, taking responsibility for our collective future, and becoming better citizens of the world. Together with our global community of supporters, partners, and on-the-ground staff, we use Creative Learning methodologies to build Game-changing Skills in over 1,200 people every day in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa through Early Childhood Development, After-School, and Organic Farming Programmes. Driven by years of learning and experience, our Creative Learning Programme aims to change the way educators and facilitators approach the learning process through training, knowledge sharing, and public advocacy. Our impact-driven approach fosters a culture of empowerment, rather than dependency; builds on existing resources and capacity of community members; and has a keen focus on sustainability.

For All Internship Positions:

How to Apply: Thanda is based in Hibberdene, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, about one hour’s drive south of Durban city centre. Volunteers typically stay in Pumula, a village just south of Hibberdene along the coast of the Indian Ocean. This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a seaside lifestyle; swimming, surfing, hiking, and simply enjoying the beautiful nature on the South Coast. The culture at Thanda is one of passion, energy, hard work, resilience, and a good sense of humour.

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter to marketing@thanda.org

Deadline to Apply: 1/25/2019

Compensation: Costs covered, must commit to 6 months

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Remote OK?: No

The Internship Positions

  1. Content & Design Intern

The Content and Design Intern will collaborate with our Partnerships Team and be responsible for creating, improving and maintaining content to achieve our marketing goals. His/her duties will also include sharing content to raise brand awareness and promotional materials, such as brochures or landing pages. They must be an experienced professional in graphic design, video and photography with demonstrable creative writing skills. As the Content and Design Intern, he/she should perform well under deadlines and be detail-oriented. The should also be able to oversee all marketing content initiatives to ensure audience engagement, brand consistency and a positive donor experience.

Responsibilities: 
• Create content, develop, and implement marketing strategies as outlined in Marketing Plan (this may include Facebook advertising, events, etc.)
• Create content and implement communications strategies including social media, monthly newsletters, website landing pages, quarterly community newsletter, blog, ad-hoc requests
• Create and upload videos
• Create content for fundraising events as needed in the fundraising timeline
• Prepare reports on fundraising campaigns and online communications to funders
• Manage and prepare photo/video content for funder communications as needed
• Work with Directors & Head of Partnership Development to develop branding and create marketing collateral as needed
• Write marketing literature (brochures, press releases etc) to augment the company’s presence in the market
• Update website to be current with branding and messaging 
• Assist with developing business cards, email signatures and other branded materials for staff
• Guide Office & Education Administrator in campaign/ media distribution (printing, mailing, e-mailing)
• Serve as photographic liaison between site and office- take photos (day to day activities as well as special events), organise them, manage Box/hard drive storage
• Coordinate with Office & Education Administrator to develop photos for Thanda site
• Help distribute marketing materials and organize marketing events
• Collaborate with the Digital Marketing Intern to optimise user experience. 
• Stay up-to-date with developments and generate new ideas to draw audience’s attention


Requirements:
• Passion for the marketing industry and its best practices
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Proven work experience as a Designer or Photographer
• In-depth knowledge of print and design
• Hands on experience with MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress
• Basic technical knowledge of HTML and web publishing
• Excellent writing skills in English
• Highly creative with strong attention to detail 
• Good organizational and time-management skills
• Drivers License

2. P.R Events and Community Affairs Intern

The PR, Events, & Community Affairs Intern will collaborate with our Partnerships Team and be responsible for planning and implementing various community and fundraising events. He/she will also work to generate media coverage at each event and be responsible for writing and distributing press releases. The desired candidate should have strong writing skills and an acute attention to details. He/she must be able to balance multiple projects at once, perform well under deadlines and be extremely detail-oriented. 

Responsibilities: 
• Plan and implement annual fundraising events (both domestically and internationally)
• Work with Head of Partnership Development to strategize ideas for new fundraisers
• Maintain a calendar of relevant conferences and research potential speaking opportunities
• Generate publicity for the organization by writing and distributing press releases
• Publicize thought leadership articles written by Thanda's Education Team
• Draft speaking abstracts on behalf of key management
• Draft community newsletter
• Boost local business involvement and support
• Research potential award opportunities and draft submissions
• Initiate and pursue networking activity where synergies may exist with other non-profit organisations and local businesses
• Support staff in planning community events
• Oversee and manage logistics for corporate volunteer days

Requirements:
• Excellent writing skills in English
• Public Relations knowledge or experience a plus but not required.
• Strong relationship building and communication skills
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Hands on experience with MS Office and Excel
• Strong attention to detail 
• Good organizational and time-management skills
• Enthusiastic, flexible, nimble, "can do" attitude, creative, professional, high energy 
• Driver’s License

3. Early Childhood Volunteer

Thanda’s Early Childhood Development Team is looking for four Early Childhood Volunteers to expose students from a rural Zulu speaking community to the English Language. You will support our Zulu speaking ECD Facilitators by bringing English Language with a positive playful energy to our classrooms! You will not be teaching on your own, but will assist with all activities so that a dual-language environment is always present in the classroom.

Applicants must be fluent English Speakers with experience in Early Childhood Education (children ages 2-5). 

To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter to ckirkpatrick@thanda.org

4. Creative Learning Curriculum Intern

Thanda’s Education Department is responsible for the creation, documentation, and execution of our Creative Learning Curriculum (CLC). We are currently looking for a Creative Learning Curriculum Intern. This role will be responsible for compiling and organizing our existing CLC lesson plans, story studies, and learning activities. They will work with our Programme Director and other Education staff to select the content that best represent the CLC and Thanda’s mission, in order to craft a complete and unified year-long curriculum for external distribution.

Established in 2008 as Thanda’s flagship programme, the After-School Programme now involves over 760 students in grades R through grade 10. Sessions take place immediately following the school day, within existing community buildings, facilitated by local staff hired from the community, and each participant is provided with a nutritious meal during every A-S session. 
For more information on the programme and its mission, visit:
https://thanda.org/after-school-education/

Applicants must be organized, curious, and resilient learners who embody our Game-changing skills and are prepared to lead by example. Experience in education preferred, along with comfort and fluidity across a wide range of subject matter, including literature, the sciences, history, and creative arts. 

To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter to oakeley@thanda.org

5. Education Intern

Thanda’s Education Department is responsible for the creation, documentation, and execution of our Creative Learning Curriculum (CLC). We are currently looking for an Education Intern. This role will be responsible for facilitating the day-to-day logistics of implementing and expanding our CLC, primarily in the After-School Programme. They will work closely with our Arts and Education Mentor to craft weekly plans for all A-S facilitators and grade levels, train facilitators on those plans, and ensure that all materials are in place for the programming.

Established in 2008 as Thanda’s flagship programme, the After-School Programme now involves over 760 students in grades R through grade 10. Sessions take place immediately following the school day, within existing community buildings, facilitated by local staff hired from the community, and each participant is provided with a nutritious meal during every A-S session. 
For more information on the programme and its mission, visit: https://thanda.org/after-school-education/

Applicants must be organized, curious, and resilient learners who embody our Game-changing skills and are prepared to lead by example. Experience in education preferred, along with comfort and fluidity across a wide range of subject matter, including literature, the sciences, history, and creative arts. 

To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter to oakeley@thanda.org