WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES?
The TraumaClinic Foundation, and our assigned schools, are operating services in line with official regulations relating to the National Lockdown (Level 1).
The TraumaClinic Foundation is required to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of its workers and other parties at its workplace. With respect to COVID-19, that responsibility includes requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, Department of Labour requirements, and the implementation of policies and procedures to protect workers from the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
– Interns are required to wear masks at all times.
– Interns are required to wash their hands with water and soap for at least thirty seconds as frequently as possible.
– Interns are required to carry and use hand sanitiser if they do not have access to other sanitary methods (i.e., hand-washing with water and soap).
– Interns are required to maintain a distance of two metres between other volunteer counsellors, staff members, students and other individuals wherever possible.
– If a student informs the Intern of COVID‐19-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, sneezing, or coughing, the volunteer counsellor is required to end the counselling session immediately and to report said symptoms to a staff member as soon as possible.
– If the Intern is experiencing COVID‐19-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, sneezing, or coughing, they are required to leave school premises immediately. The Intern is required to report to the staff telephonically about their absence. The Intern is required to report to the staff about possible exposure to students, staff members or other individuals. The Intern is required to report telephonically to the clinical director (Kate Solomons) regarding their absence.
The following Interns do not come to work:
Anyone with COVID‐19-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, sneezing, or coughing. They must self‐isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from onset of symptoms, until their symptoms are completely resolved. Workers who have travelled internationally must remain away from the workplace for at least 14 days.
Interns who live in the same household as a confirmed or clinical COVID-19 case who is self-isolating.
For help or information on COVID-19:
- National COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 029 999
- Provincial COVID-19 hotline: 021 928 4102
- WhatsApp “Hi” to 060 012 3456 for information about COVID-19
- COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal: sacoronavirus.co.za
WHERE WILL I BE WORKING?
Our Interns spend Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays to provide counselling at their assigned school in the Cape Town area. They then come into our offices in the CBD on Tuesdays for supervision and to share and discuss caseloads and concerns.
On Thursday they write up their case files and may attend Zoom meetings between themselves, and/or any guest speakers organised by TraumaClinic – also on Zoom.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO THE SUPERVISING STAFF HAVE?
Our Supervising Psychologist is Gerda Botha. A Master in Counselling Psychology cum laude, Gerda is an experienced school psychologist and can therefore best understand our intern situations with their learner-clients. She meets with interns every Tuesday morning at 9:15 for supervision at our offices, and is available at all other times by telephone or WhatsApp.
In addition, Neil de Waal, Psychologist at WCED (Western Cape Education Department), provides supervision sessions every month.
Our founder, Gerrit van Wyk, is a clinical psychologist (HPCSA reg. PS0001201) who specialises in traumatic stress and continuous trauma.
We also have local and international guest psychologists and other specialists to provide supervision as well as training on a range of topics.
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK?
We specify a minimum of four hours at the assigned schools (08:00 AM – 12:00 PM) and Tuesday mornings, starting at 9:15, at our offices for face-to-face supervision and case load discussions.
On Thursdays interns write up their notes, conduct research and/or develop group sessions or attend lectures by local and international speakers (off-site and Zoom).
HOW MANY INTERNS DO YOU HAVE/CAN YOU HOST?
We currently host about twelve South African interns, who will be with us the whole year, and then varying numbers of international interns. We could host a maximum of four or maybe five international interns at one time, given the available counselling rooms in the schools and our office space.
Our group of interns, national and international, get along very well and support one another through the internship, often maintaining their friendships beyond the internship.
WHAT METHODS OF TRANSPORT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
The TraumaClinic recommends the hiring of a rented car over other methods of transport, for reasons of reliability, convenience, and safety. Previous interns have dealt with the following car rental companies:
It may also be possible to arrange for lift systems with other Interns who may stay in a similar area, but this cannot be guaranteed. Otherwise, Uber (uber.com/cape-town) is a popular mode of transport in Cape Town, although can become expensive if used daily.
Our assigned schools are usually close to a bus stop as many of the students use said transport to get to and from campus.
MyCiti Bus service: myciti.org.za
The MyCiti Bus services is a typically reliable, accessible and safe transportation option, and their bus stops are situated close to our assigned schools and office. Buses run from Atlantis in the north to Hout Bay in the south, and from Sea Point in the west to Khayelitsha in the east.
Our interns prefer to use the MyCiti Bus over other bussing options.
WHAT VISA SHOULD I APPLY FOR?
Although TraumaClinic offers positions for an Internship Programme, it is important to note that your work with us is considered volunteer work as you are not receiving a salary or stipend to work with us. It is not possible to apply for an ‘Internship Visa’, as the South African Home Affairs removed this category a few years ago – this is to avoid positions of paid internships going to internationals and to allow for South African residents to be given precedence.
There are two visa application options:
1. Tourist Visa/Visitors Visa
We highly recommend this option for Interns who join us for a period of 3 months or less. Unfortunately, the visa is only valid for 3 months from arrival. It is possible to apply for a tourist visa extension, however we cannot advise you as to the likelihood of this extension being granted.
Please note, there are many countries that are exempt from having to apply for short stay visas (home-affairs.gov.za).
2. Volunteer Visa
For interns joining us for a period longer than 3 months, you could opt to apply for this type of visa. The visa application requires documentation from both TraumaClinic, as well as your university. In addition, you will have to undergo a medical exam, a radiological report (lung x-ray), a yellow fever vaccination certificate, and an original police clearance certificate. Unfortunately, this category of visa is substantially more expensive and time-consuming than a tourist visa.
Please consult with your local embassy on the visa application processes, as this will differ from country to country.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Interns are expected to dress according to ‘business casual’ standards, however Interns do work in a somewhat relaxed environment and may use their discretion. Nevertheless, we do advise that Interns avoid wearing revealing clothing or sleeveless shirts as they will be working within a school setting.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
NB: South African interns are not required to pay a fee.
International Interns are expected to complete payment before the completion of their Internship period. It is not necessary to make payment before the commencement of the internship period, however, they are more than welcome to.
Interns have the option of paying monthly, or paying a lump sum fee – invoices will be issued according to their preference. Payment options include: EFT, or PayPal. We do not have credit card facilities for fee payment.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR LIVING EXPENSES?
This will depend on your accommodation choices and how much you intend to travel and tour.
Rental in Cape Town can easily cost between R6,000 and R12,000 for private apartments. However, many of our Interns rent rooms in ‘house share’ situations which can cost approximately R3,000 to R4,500 or less per month. There are affordable options if you take the time to research.
Please have a look at the below websites for an idea of the cost-of-living index for Cape Town:
HOW CAN I PREPARE BEFORE MY INTERNSHIP?
TraumaClinic has a range of papers published in our website covering the topic of traumatic stress and continuous trauma. In preparation for your Internship, please pay special attention to the courses on ‘Continuous Traumatic Stress’, as well as ‘Conservation of Resources (COR) Theory’. You may also find the paper ‘Trauma Related Disorders; An African Idiom’ useful in understanding trauma from an African cultural perspective.
All courses/papers are freely available at: traumaclinic.co.za/library
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
It is an absolute necessity that you bring a personal laptop or tablet for work purposes. You will need to be able to document your case files and conduct research. Please ensure that you have Microsoft Word and Excel installed. Also, you will need to bring a cellphone (with WhatsApp) so that we or the schools may be in contact with you whenever necessary.
IN WHAT AREAS SHOULD I LOOK FOR ACCOMMODATION?
Most interns choose to stay near the CBD as it means less travel time, however this can be a somewhat expensive option. Recommended areas include Gardens, Vredehoek, Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Green Point, Sea Point, and the City Bowl.
The above options are not exhaustive, please feel free to ask any queries about a suburb you are considering to rent accommodation in.
HOW TO FIND A PLACE TO STAY IN CAPE TOWN?
Rent-A-Room – They offer different shared houses.
Internship South Africa – They offer different shared houses.
Franksplaces – Frank and his wife offer different shared houses.
Air BnB is also an option
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CAPE TOWN
Cape Town is a beautiful and vibrant city, home to an array of nationalities with a myriad of tourist options. Have a look at the official tourism website for Cape Town: www.capetown.travel
All information outlined in this document is provided in good faith and for general information purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information on this document is strictly at your own risk. We are not liable for any losses and damages in connection with the use of this document.
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TraumaClinic Counselling Cape Town, South Africa, 1 Hiddingh Avenue, Gardens 8001