Conservation Education Internship

What can I expect?

Interns are expected to work five days a week.  The days will be long, but at the end of each one, you can be sure that you have helped to make a real difference to the people you have met.

The ALERT Education Centre (AEC) in Gweru is the first educational facility of its kind in Zimbabwe, providing a conservation-based curriculum, not available elsewhere in the current education system, for children in Grades 6 and 7 (10 to 12 years old).  As a Conservation Education intern, you will be working alongside our experienced teacher, as well as project volunteers, both in the classroom and in the field.  You will gain hands-on teaching experience, while contributing to the protection and preservation of Africa’s wildlife through conservation education.

Unless an intervention like this is proven to change attitudes and behaviours towards the topic - in this case the conservation of wildlife - in the long-term, it will ultimately fail.  To ensure that this program of study is successful in meeting its aims, assessment of the syllabus and learning outcomes has been carried out in conjunction with a team of specialists from Coventry University.  The curriculum also has the approval of the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education and the AEC is affiliated with Midland State University for Zimbabwe in Gweru.

What will I be doing?

During your stay you will assist the AEC teacher in creating lesson plans, leading classes and assisting students, both in the classroom and on field trips.  There are two classes each day; one in the morning session and the other in the afternoon.

The conservation education syllabus you will be helping to deliver encompasses environmental conservation, ecology and biodiversity, sustainability, and wildlife ecology and management.  The program has four main objectives:

  1. To increase students’ awareness of their environment and assist them in developing sound judgement in the management of natural resources;
  2. To involve students in activities to increase their understanding of environmental issues;
  3. To encourage students to develop the ability to view situations from an environmental point of view, and to undertake simple investigations and interpret the results;
  4. To emphasise to students the potential of the environment as a source of benefits and therefore something to conserve, manage and sustain.

This internship is available during term time only.  In 2016, term dates are as follows:

  • First Term: 11th January - 8th April
  • Second Term: 9th May - 5th August
  • Third Term: 11th September - 2nd December

You can download our Conservation Education internship brochure here.

What are we looking for?

When choosing a Conservation Education intern we are looking for a candidate with a relevant background in conservation and preferably with teaching experience.

On a personal level, initiative and a ‘go to’ attitude are a must!  Our lecturers and researchers have busy schedules and are looking for interns who are reliable and can do a good job under minimum supervision.  You will need to be able to think on your feet, have the confidence to lead students and classes, and learn to expect the unexpected during field trips. 

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Program fees for arrivals before 31st December 2016 are GB£ 1195 / US$ 2095 per four weeks with a minimum stay of four 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 and USA we will arrange these checks for you, the cost for such being added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  The cost is £20.00 for UK applicants and $30.00 for those from the USA.  For applicants from all other countries we will provide you information to assist you in obtaining a police report.  All interns on all programs are required to undertake a police check before the internship commences.

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.


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 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.  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.  Additional references may be requested.  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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