Are you a recent university graduate looking for experience? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a passion for animals, community and the environment? Have you always dreamt about getting to experience Africa? Are you looking for an opportunity to make the move to a more meaningful career? The Jane Goodall Institute’s International Intern Program might be right for you!
The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) International Intern Program gives interns from all over the world the opportunity to the participate in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program in Tanzania. Tanzania hosts an incredible wealth of unique ecosystems, diverse cultures, and breathtaking wildlife that inspire some of the best Roots & Shoots projects. Tanzania also happens to be the birthplace of Roots & Shoots!
Each intern arrives in Tanzania with a specific expertise that will direct the focus of his or her work. Roots & Shoots International Intern Program is designed to encourage the international interns to explore a host of issues he or she is passionate about, work along side his or her fellow interns, and develop programs designed to address the issue at hand.
Roots & Shoots is JGI’s global youth network, so the primary focus of an international intern is to motivate young students through out Tanzania to identify a specific problem within their community, and simultaneously work with the intern to generate a solution. International interns have the freedom to forge their own project and gather a fallowing, or an intern could encourage students to identify and create their own project. It is up to each individual intern!
One of the most stand-out features of the international intern program is the cultural exchange that occurs between international interns and the members of local Roots & Shoots clubs, and the national Roots & Shoots interns. These interactions alone fulfill a goal the of the Roots & Shoots mission, promoting understanding of all cultures and beliefs.
Interns are placed in one of four locations within Tanzania: Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Morogoro or Moshi. Placements are made prior to the intern’s arrival in Tanzania and are based upon the individual intern’s interests and background, space in each location, and the current needs of the program. Interns spend a total of six months in any given location within Tanzania.
The Role of International Interns:
International Interns assist Roots & Shoots Tanzania staff in their efforts to encourage, support and monitor Roots & Shoots clubs. Clubs and their projects are the fundamental building blocks of Roots & Shoots. International Interns do not run the clubs, but rather assist clubs with their individual projects and give guidance when needed. International Interns also help to promote the Roots & Shoots Tanzania program through outreach to new schools without clubs and by keeping Roots & Shoots connected to the public.
While the role of an International Intern depends on their skills and interests, a few examples of tasks and responsibilities that International Interns have undertaken in the past include:
- Roots & Shoots Club Support
- Environmental Education Lessons
- Event Planning
- Roots & Shoots Site Development
- Media Relations and Marketing
- Grant Writing / Fundraising
- Publication Writing and Design
- Roots & Shoots Member Mentoring
- Administration Support
International Intern Responsibilities:
Whether International Interns work in the office or not, a typical work week will have interns working Monday though Friday 9 am to 5 pm. This is not a hard and fast rule, as interns will find when they get here. What International Interns do within this time depends on their location, interests and background.
Typically, International Interns are expected to complete the following within their six-month term (these are by no means strict guidelines):
- 5+ club visits / month
- 5+ social media posts /month
- 1 personal project / month
- 1 grant proposal
- 3 events
- 1 awareness campaign
- Ongoing administration duties
- End-of-service report
24/7 In-Country Support:
While International Interns are in Tanzania, and leading up to their departure, they receive constant support from the International Intern Coordinator who is based in Tanzania and lives together with the Dar es Salaam Interns. He or she should available 24/7 and coordinates orientation, accommodation, residency permits, and helps International Interns to integrate into their respective working environments. While the Coordinator is based in Dar es Salaam, he/she visits all intern sites once every 3-4 weeks to ensure that International Interns are safe, healthy and comfortable in their living and working environments.
Orientation and Swahili:
The first three weeks of the interning period is an orientation in Dar es Salaam. Orientation mornings are spent at an intensive Swahili class and afternoons involve short lessons/discussions on adapting to Tanzanian culture, learning about how Roots & Shoots operates in Tanzania, starting to devise goals for the interning period, and exploring Dar es Salaam. The most important outcome of the orientation period is that International Interns become comfortable with living in Tanzania!
Dar es Salaam:
Dar es Salaam is a bustling city on the Indian Ocean with a population of over 4million people. Dar es Salaam offers interns the unique opportunity to live where Roots & Shoots all began, as they continue to hold weekly Roots & Shoots member meetings on Dr. Goodall’s ocean-facing porch. Beyond a strong Roots & Shoots presence in over 100 schools, Dar es Salaam is also the hub for government agencies, embassies and NGO headquarters, making it the ideal location for interns with a background in marketing or communications. After work hours, Dar es Salaam always has something to offer whether it be an art exhibition, fashion show, live music, or relaxing on the beach of a nearby island.
Situated under Mt. Meru, Arusha is a small but lively city that offers a great mix of urban and rural Africa. International Interns placed in Arusha often take advantage of the nearby national parks and work to give Roots & Shoots students opportunities to see Tanzania’s famous wildlife. Other recent activities in Arusha include monthly Roots & Shoots member forums, and the creation of Arusha’s first botanical garden in partnership with Tanzania’s National History Museum. On the weekends or after work, interns typically spend time exploring Arusha’s lush walking trails, waterfalls, and taking in the lively music scene.
Moshi is a sleepy little town that offers the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The pride of Roots & Shoots Moshi, beyond their amazing clubs, is their Mweka Environmental Education Site. Mweka is a small village at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Roots & Shoots Environmental Site offers community and Roots & Shoots members an opportunity to connect to nature and get their hands dirty while making a difference. The site hosts a tree nursery with nearly 50,000 seedlings, soil conservation demonstrations, two large fish ponds, demonstration beehives, fuel efficient stove models, traditional Chagga huts, and a small library. Moshi may be tiny, but there is always something to do whether it be visiting the nearby hot springs, wandering the local markets, or simply enjoying the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Morogoro is a small town at the base of the Uluguru Mountains and is an agricultural centre for the region. Like Moshi, Morogoro has an Environmental Education site to offer Roots & Shoots members an opportunity to get involved and connected to nature. While still in its infancy, the site has one fish pond, a quickly growing tree nursery, and dreams of a library. The village government was so impressed with the site that they have given Roots & Shoots members several degraded plots of land to restore! Morogoro is also the home to several of Tanzania’s most active university-level Roots & Shoots clubs. While Morogoro town has many little restaurants and pubs to provide Western comforts, it offers interns a unique opportunity to experience rural Africa.
We are seeking individuals who have experience in one or more of the following areas: environmental education, community development, public health, teaching, sciences, conservation, event planning, marketing and public relations, fundraising, and grant writing. The ideal intern is mature, flexible, patient, self-motivated, creative, culturally competent, adapts to new environments easily, and possesses a sense of humor. Experience working in Africa or a developing country is a plus. Interns must be 21 years of age or older.
The intern contributes the following program fee to cover living, program, and administrative expenses:
- Dar es Salaam: $4,200 for 6 months, $600 for each addition month
- Moshi: $5,200 for 6 months, $800 for each additional month
- Arusha & Morogoro: $4,700 for six months, $700 for each additional month
What is covered by the contribution?
- Accommodation in country
- Basic Kiswahili language training
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Staff coordination and support
- Administrative fees
- Residence Permit ($550 USD value)
What is NOT covered by the contribution?
- Airfare to and from Tanzania
- Passport fees
- Visa entry fees ($50 to $100 USD depending on your citizenship)
- Medical/travel insurance
- Food and drinking water
- Spending money
Program Start Dates:
Six month intern placements begin in January, February, July, and August of every year.