Female intern measuring a child and gaining valuable work experience with Projects Abroad giving nutriton advice whilst on a nutritional internship in South Africa.

Nutrition Internships in South Africa

Gain practical experience and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition in township communities

Join a Nutrition Internship in South Africa and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition. This is a great way to add experience for your CV and help people live healthier lifestyles.


You’ll do a lot of practical work on this internship and work alongside professionals. You’ll help prepare nutritious meals, run workshops, and do health checks. Our efforts are focused in areas where diseases caused by unhealthy lifestyles are on the rise. This includes diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Your role is critical as these areas lack access to regular medical care.


By living and working in Cape Town, you are sure to have a memorable and immersive experience surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ocean.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 021 234 8002 for more info.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Cape Town (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

An intern on a nutritional internship in South Africa pictures a trio of women cooking healthy meals as part of a cooking competition.

Is a Nutrition internship in South Africa right for me?

Our Nutrition internship is for you if you want to gain practical work experience and help local communities at the same time. The project is open to all ages and levels of experience. All you need is a passion for healthy living!


Use your nutrition work experience in South Africa to pursue a career in the field, or use it to get skills on your CV that you can apply to any job. You can also talk about what you learned in interviews for university and job applications.


It’s also an excellent opportunity to get an insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries. You’ll learn more about malnourishment, obesity, and chronic diseases like diabetes first-hand.

What will I do at my Nutrition placement in South Africa?

Your role is to support communities and share knowledge about healthy living. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:



  • Run educational nutrition courses and do health checks
  • Monitor growth for school children to identify cases of malnutrition
  • Run exercise classes to encourage physical activity and health
  • Build vegetable gardens to produce healthy food for communities
  • Prepare nutritional meals for beneficiaries of our Surfing Project

At your nutrition placement in South Africa, your work will focus on the following areas:


Host educational nutrition courses and do health checks


You will work with specific community groups and encourage them to make healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices. This can involve advising breastfeeding mothers and offering guidance on infant health during baby clinics. You’ll provide nutritional advice to those living with chronic diseases, and work with youth groups. You will also conduct health checks by testing blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and recording the height and weight of patients.


Growth monitoring


You’ll visit schools to take students' measurements in relation to their age and check their nutritional status. A number of children in South Africa are malnourished, stunted, overweight or obese. This data is then shared with school principals to advise parents. You’ll also help create vegetable boxes for the school to grow its own healthy produce.


Run exercise classes to encourage physical activity and health


You will also run exercise classes to encourage physical activity among community members at risk of obesity and other related diseases. Bring out your inner personal trainer and teach simple exercises they can do in their own time at home.


Create vegetable gardens


You’ll help plant and maintain a herb and vegetable garden to provide centres with a sustainable food source.


Prepare nutritional meals


You’ll help prepare meals for people at our Surfing Project. The children who attend these sessions are often either overweight or malnourished. You will also deliver food to our partner care centres and lead healthy cooking lessons for some of the community groups we work with. The meals all follow healthy nutrition guidelines and are also used to teach the children about the benefits of healthy eating.


All of the above tasks are supervised by our trained staff. We’ll give you resources, workshops, and training.

Where will I work in South Africa?

Cape Town

Our Nutrition internship is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Most of your time will be spent within segregated, urban areas known as townships. These areas are deeply affected by poverty and disease.  


Many people are overeating, or not getting enough nutrition and becoming malnourished. People are also forced to cope with the effects of diseases like diabetes on their own, as healthcare services are expensive or located far away. Your work will help prevent the advancement of these trends, and help people live healthier lives.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our South Africa Arrival Procedures page.

A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured teaching a group of children about growing vegetables as part of her nutrition internship in South Africa.

A typical day on the Nutrition Project in South Africa

Workdays run from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, you will work from 9am to 1pm. Each day is slightly different depending on the activities.


A typical day could involve preparing a healthy meal for children at our Surfing Project, before running a nutrition workshop for mothers. On other days, you’ll participate in doing health checks, teaching exercise classes, or building a vegetable garden. On some days, you’ll also visit schools to monitor young children’s growth. No matter what activities you do, you’ll be part of our effort to promote healthy living in townships.


During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have ample free time to explore Cape Town with other interns and volunteers. You’ll live with a host family, so mealtimes offer great opportunities to get to know them and the local culture.

Pictured is a small vegetable garden planted by Projects Abroad interns during their nutrition internship in South Africa.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of the Nutrition Project is improve the overall health of people living in townships and to help people cope with disease. We do this by raising awareness about the dangers of obesity and diseases like diabetes, and working with mothers, infants, and young children. We’re also working with partners in the community to make our work more effective. 


Through awareness campaigns, growth monitoring, and free health checks, we’re developing a sustainable intervention strategy. We plan to measure which methods are the most effective in addressing health issues, and then implement our model in other communities around Cape Town. Our work with school children is also in line with the UN’s third sustainable development goal - ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone.


To ensure that we stay true to our long-term vision, we have committed to three goals as outlined in our Nutrition Management Plan:


  • Improve maternal, infant, and young child nutritional status
  • Reduce the incidence, prevalence, and complications associated with obesity and non-communicable diseases like diabetes
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy environment for school children


Join our Nutrition internship, and gain first-hand experience in nutritional work in a developing country.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Cape Town. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of South Africa and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Known as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa has a diverse mix of cultures. Our projects are based in Cape Town, a region filled with an exciting variety of activities to do during your free time.

You can catch a wave at Muizenberg beach or just relax in a seaside restaurant. There’s plenty of local cuisine to try, including delicately spiced Cape Malay curries and the creamy milk tart dessert.

South Africa has a difficult past, which you can learn more about at the District 6 Museum and Robben Island.

For an awe-inspiring experience, you can spend the day getting lost in the towering silos that make up the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa. Finally, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car ride up iconic Table Mountain.

We run many different projects in South Africa, so there’s sure to be other volunteers in the country with you. So if you want to travel with a group, you’re sure to find like-minded people who’ll join you on your adventures. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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