Are you a young person who is passionate about the struggle for access to quality and equitable education for all? Are you curious about different cultures? Do you enjoy learning and sharing knowledge and experiences with others? If the answer is yes and you are a member of Equal Education, then this is an opportunity for you!

Equal Education, the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) and the Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC), are partnering on a second round of a volunteer youth exchange programme, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Exchange and Cooperation (NOREC) in Norway. The exchange will run from August 2019 until May 2020. The purpose of the exchange is to collaboratively share knowledge, learn from each other and build stronger bonds of cooperation across organisations stretching from South Africa to Norway.

Equal Education is looking for two (2) individuals to participate in the volunteer youth exchange to be hosted by ZANEC in the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka. ZANEC is a civil society organisation fighting for the promotion of quality and inclusive education for all, through influencing policy, building consensus, holding duty bearers accountable, and strengthening the capacities of stakeholders in the education sector. The coalition mobilises and coordinates a large group of education organisations working on issues from early childhood development to tertiary studies.

The successful participants will spend 10 months as interns working, learning and sharing their own experiences with the ZANEC team. The participants will also commit to engaging in two months of follow-up work with EE upon their return. The purpose of the follow-up work is for participants to creatively share what they have learnt during the exchange with members of their own organisation. This should be achieved by identifying a project or activities that the participants will design that will benefit the organisation, members of the organisation and/or the community at large. This two-month period is not meant to be full-time work.

The Youth Exchange will cover travel and basic living costs, which includes passport, visa, flights, travel insurance, essential vaccinations and medication, as well as rent. Participants will be given a modest living allowance to cover meals, local transport, utilities and airtime/data. This will not cover social outings, personal effects (such as clothing, toiletries, etc).

At ZANEC, participants will be engaged in the following:

  • Support ZANEC’s project implementation, specifically through organising workshops;
  • Work with the student leadership in advancing academic freedoms;
  • Share best practices from your organisation;
  • Document loans and scholarships scheme beneficiaries;
  • Support the maintenance of the ZANEC Resource Room; and
  • Contribute to the management of ZANEC’s social media platforms.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

 Able to commit to 10 months residing in Lusaka, Zambia (August 2019 to May 2020);

  • Must be a post-school youth aged between 20 to 27 years;
  • Must be an active member of EE for at least six consecutive months at the time of application;
  • Must be a member of EE in good standing, and an ambassador of EE;
  • Able to obtain a passport;
  • Demonstrate desire to learn, to share knowledge and be open to experiencing a different culture;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and passion for striving for equal and quality education.

Key competencies:

  • Articulate, assertive and demonstrate leadership skills;
  • Organising and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Confident;
  • Basic research and data collection skills;
  • Basic social media skills;
  • Communication skills (written and verbal); and
  • Proficiency in the English language.

 The successful candidates must be available for the following:

  • Attend a preparatory induction facilitated by the organisation in August 2019;
  • Attend a two-week introduction course in Norway in August 2019;
  • Spend 10 months, uninterrupted, working for the host organisation as an intern in Lusuka, Zambia from August 2019 to May 2020; and
  • Commit to two months of follow-up work at their organisation upon returning from Zambia over June and July 2020 (this is not full-time employment).

 Application process

Applicants must forward a CV and cover letter of no more than two pages to . In the cover letter applicants should motivate for why they think they are the best candidate to participate and represent EE in the exchange. It is important to articulate why you’re interested in the exchange by speaking about ZANEC, how this opportunity would be of value to you and the organisation as well as how you would cope with being based in a foreign country for this length of time. Applications must also include two letters of recommendation.

Closing date: Sunday, 14 April at midnight. Should you not hear from us by 1 May 2019, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Hard copies of the application forms can also be accessed at the following EE offices:

Western Cape:

Isivivana Centre, 2nd Floor
8 Mzala Street

Eastern Cape:

Lonsdale Chambers

2nd Floor

23 Taylor Street

King William’s Town


Royal Place, Office 706
85 Eloff Street (corner Kerk Str)

Intern or volunteer at Equal Education

Equal Education takes on a small number of volunteers and/or interns each year. Preference is given to South African volunteers/interns and particularly current and former EE members. Regardless, we are always interested to hear why you should be a volunteer/intern at EE.

If you would like to volunteer/intern, please fill in the form below, and include a compelling motivation! If there is a potential opportunity Equal Education will contact you. Alternatively you can email with the same information requested.

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