WHERE WILL I BE WORKING?
Interns spend two days of the week at our offices in ‘Gardens’ near the centre of the City, address no 1 Hiddingh Avenue, Cape Town 8001, and three days a week at their assigned school in the CBD of Cape Town.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO THE SUPERVISING STAFF HAVE?
Our director and founder, Gerrit van Wyk, is a clinical psychologist who conducts supervision every week. We also on occasion have guest psychologists and other specialists to provide a different perspective.
IS THE INTERNSHIP FULL-TIME (40 HRS/WEEK)?
Although we specify a minimum of four hours at the schools (usually 8am – 12pm) and four hours at the office (9am – 1pm), the interns are all welcome to stay at the schools until the end of the school day (around 3pm), and they are also welcome to stay at the office longer, or go the office after school, writing up their notes, doing research for counselling or developing group sessions or workshops. We find that this usually satisfies their requirement of a full-time internship.
HOW MANY INTERNS DO YOU HAVE/CAN YOU HOST?
We have 6 South African interns who are 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 counseling 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?
Cape Town has a network of bus systems as well as a train service, which you can research using the below links.
Info of Metrorail Train service: capetown.gov.za/Metrorail
Metrorail timetable and route app: gometroapp.com
*The Train service does not always run on schedule, and you will need to plan around this. Also, as with train travel in many parts of the world, it is very important to be aware of potential pickpockets and remain vigilant of your possessions.
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.
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. We advise that females avoid shorts, and dresses or skirts that fall above the knee. They should also avoid any revealing shirts or tops. Male Interns are advised to avoid shorts and sleeveless shirts.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
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. 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 International 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.
HOW CAN I PREPARE BEFORE MY INTERNSHIP?
TraumaClinic has a range of papers published in our website library covering the topic of Trauma 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:
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 so that we 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?
Gumtree – Website where people post offers for shared flats, rooms etc.
021cityliving – They offer different shared houses.
Rent-A-Room – They offer different shared houses.
Franksplaces – Frank and his wife offer different shared houses.
Other – Several of our previous interns have stayed in a house share run by Tanja Rieber (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that we do not have contact with her personally, her email was supplied by a previous intern. The house in question is close to the schools. Please feel free to contact Tanja directly.
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.
We cannot change anything unless we accept it first. Carl Jung
TraumaClinic Counselling Cape Town, South Africa, 1 Hiddingh Avenue, Gardens 8001