“You have to take the good with the bad ...
...but then an elephant walks past your office window.”
What can I expect?
Project Management is looking at the project as a whole; our managers are responsible for the complete overview of the project they are based at. In other words they are responsible for the lights turning on, making sure the water runs and many other areas vital to the smooth running of the organisation, including staffing, training, stock-control and book-keeping. It is their job to ensure that the resources they are provided with are utilised to their full potential.
Volunteer programs also operate at project locations and you could assist co-coordinating those volunteers to ensure that the daily tasks required by the operation are completed. This is where you will not only require great organisational skills, but you will also need to have excellent people skills too to work with our many volunteers from all walks of life from around the world.
The days are long, but don’t worry about being bored – you won’t have time! Of course, the perks are obvious! You're in a beautiful bush environment, your life is about conservation and furthering the program - and there's no better cure for a hard day than to catch up with the cubs and know you're actually working for them and their future.
What will I be doing?
What your day-to-day role will be will depend a lot on your particular interests and experience. Before arrival we will discuss with you how best to fit your skills with the project's needs to ensure both parties benefit from your time at the project.
What are we looking for?
As a Project Management intern you will have specific qualifications and practical experience in the field of project management that you are applying for. You will obviously have excellent communication skills, be computer-literate and organised.
On a personal level, you will need to be self-motivated and disciplined, but still flexible in your approach. The ability to keep calm and think on your feet is also essential – in Project Management, you never know what’s round the corner. Anyone considering this internship needs to be able to “make a plan” as they say in Africa. Plus - you need to like people! Managing projects means managing people and your ability to interact with others will determine how successful you are in this often challenging role.
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PROGRAM FEES & MINIMUM STAYS
Program fees for arrivals before 31st December 2015 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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. 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.
Debbie Smail was also based in Livingstone.
“I am a 40 something year old IT Project Manager who lives in London. I decided to take a career break and wanted to do something worthwhile and completely different to my usual day job. Africa came calling and I was fortunate enough to discover the ALERT Internship Program which allowed me to fulfil my desire to spend some time on a conservation or community project – in fact it allowed me to do both. I spent three fabulous months in Livingstone working as a Volunteer Co-ordinator which involved organising the volunteers' day-to-day activities and being involved in some of the community activities too. I was very impressed with how organised and committed the team were and found it easy to get involved straight away.
My time at Livingstone not only gave me the opportunity to do something totally different and rewarding, but also allowed me to live in a National Park, walk with the lions, meet a lot of great volunteers, work with the local Zambian staff and simply to enjoy Africa! One of my favourite experiences was being involved in the conservation education program at a local school, which involved teaching the children about various conservation topics and taking them on a field trip into the National Park. It was humbling to see such a polite bunch of kids really appreciate what they were seeing in the park and just being so keen to learn!
All in all, I had a fabulous experience and most of all it was a privilege to spend time with all the lions, and to just watch and learn from these extraordinary creatures.”