Hospitality

What can I expect?

Long days!! The working day typically lasts around 12 hours, with breaks for breakfast and lunch. 

To provide much needed funding to our programs tourists are invited to visit our project locations to learn about our work.

Hospitality is a crucial part of any tourism operation and as an intern you will work closely with the team to ensure that our guests are satisfied with their visit.  As the first impression of an organisation can be a lasting impression, it will be your duty to maintain a high level of customer service and to act as the welcoming face of ALERT and its partners.  This is an important role that can often be challenging, as you strive to address the wide-ranging needs of our guests.


What will I be doing?

Your day-to-day duties will vary according to your project location and experience.  We hope that you can also help train staff at the project location to improve their skills.

At Antelope Park, a private game reserve and safari lodge, there are three main areas you could be working in:

1. Reception - Meeting and greeting guests upon arrival and ensuring they are given the relevant information to help them enjoy their visit.

2. Reservations - Dealing with on-going accommodation and activity bookings and speaking to potential guests to promote the Park and its facilities.

3. The Dining Area - Providing a friendly and efficient service to guests at mealtimes and assisting in the smooth operation of this busy department.   

4. The Kitchen - Helping prepare and serve the camp's meals for guests and staff.

At our project site in Victoria Falls, interns may work in the following areas:

1. The Booking Office - Arranging activities via telephone/email bookings and speaking to potential guests to promote the projects.

2. The Hospitality Team - Assisting with activity presentations.

You can download our Hospitality internship brochure here.


What are we looking for?

As a Hospitality intern you will ideally have, or be working towards, a relevant qualification.  Previous work experience in the industry is preferable and you will be computer-literate.  

On a personal level, enthusiasm and initiative are a must!  You will obviously have excellent communication skills.  As the person who will be helping our clients to enjoy their visit, your role is to be professional, yet friendly and approachable without being intrusive.


Click on these links for more information on the locations currently available:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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PROGRAM FEES & MINIMUM STAYS

Program fees for arrivals before 31st December 2017 are GB£ 1695 / US$ 2970 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks.  

Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation, three meals per day and memories to last a lifetime!.  Invoice amount is charged on a per day basis.

If you wish to intern with ALERT, you will need to obtain a Police Check.  As an intern, you may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For applicants from the UK, we will arrange the check for you at a cost of £20, which will be added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  For applicants from all other countries, please contact your local police department for advice on how to go about arranging your check.  All participants on all of our programs are required to undertake a police check before their placement commences.

NEED HELP TO COVER THE COSTS OF INTERNING?  
 
If the only thing stopping you from realising your dream of interning in Africa is the financial cost involved, why not join 1000s of other travellers around the world who fundraise to pay for their trip.  Volunteer Forever is an online fundraising resource that allows you to appeal for donations towards your costs while keeping family, friends and other potential donors up-to-date with your progress.  We also encourage you to download our fundraising guide here with lots of helpful ideas on how you can make your appeal effective.

HOW TO APPLY

To assess your suitability for this program, please read the What Are We Looking For? section of your chosen internship before submitting your application.  The minimum age for this program is 21 years.

Your application should be sent to intern@lionalert.org and accompanied by:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you hope to bring to bear whilst with us
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A letter of reference from an appropriate academic or business source that confirms your experience
  • First choice of project location

Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt and additional references may be requested.  Only candidates with skills appropriate to their chosen internship will be considered.  Successful candidates will be offered a placement at a location most appropriate for their skills and experience to ensure that both the intern and the project gain the maximum from the program.  Please note that you may be onsite at the same time as other Hospitality interns.  We regret that not all applications will be accepted and no appeals will be considered.

You may consider yourself ineligible for this program but still want to become involved in the work that we do.  Our volunteer programs give a wide range of opportunities, whatever your background. Click here for more details.
 
Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions before making your applicationOur internships operate under a responsible tourism policy to ensure your presence will have a positive effect on the environments and communities in which we work.

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