The Scalabrini Centre relies heavily on the hard work and support of its dedicated intern and volunteer team.
With a variety of options to choose from, Scalabrini has a place for both part-time commitments and full-time internship placements.
For more information on joining our team, contact Amanda Kirk at:
Volunteering Positions
The Scalabrini Centre receives more than 2000 migrant, refugee and asylum seeker clients each month who access a variety of development, welfare, advocacy and outreach programmes. Interns and volunteers lend assistance in all of these areas, and are matched to a position of personal and professional interest. All volunteers and interns operate out of the Scalabrini Office, working directly with clients and learning about how a multifaceted non-profit organization runs.
Our interns and volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.
Due to the sensitive and in-depth nature of our work, we do ask a minimum commitment of three months from every volunteer, and up to six months for some internship placements. Further age, education, experience and language requirements do exist for some positions.
For more information on our current team and their experiences at Scalabrini, check out our blog or read our past newsletters.
We offer two types of positions:
Full Time Internships
These opportunities are generally available for 3 – 6 months minimum depending on the needs of the individual project. Please inquire for specific placement dates. All placements require a full-time commitment (Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 16:30) for the duration of the placement.
All Rounder
Take the opportunity to gain insight into our different projects by carrying out diverse tasks such as teaching English, covering reception, developing materials, and helping to coordinate and facilitate events and workshops. [3 month minimum commitment required]
Employment Access Programme
Join our Employment Help Desk team and assist our clients to develop CVs and cover letters, and apply for work. In the afternoons facilitate digital literacy workshops and assist in exploring the more specific problems and needs of our client base. [3 – 6 month minimum commitment required]
English School
Assist the English School Manager with registration, testing, graduation and day to day administration of the school, as well as teaching your own English class. [4 month commitment required]
Conduct research and assist clients with issues such as documentation, family joining, bank account opening, and xenophobic issues. [6 month minimum commitment required]
Women’s Platform
Assist the Women’s Platform Manager with a variety of tasks such as membership management, communications, and small business development. [6 month minimum commitment required]
All placements are unpaid, and require a once-off placement fee of R500 which goes into our Local Intern Development Fund. This fund supports a small working stipend for a local intern. For more information read the Local Intern Skills Development Fund rationale.
Part Time Volunteering
We have a limited number of part-time volunteer opportunities, the majority of which are through our English School. The availability of these opportunities depends on the needs of the project at the time.
  • Teach English to adult refugees and migrants using the curriculum provided. (4 month commitment required at approximately 4 hours/week).
  • Assist students who struggle with literacy through the Read and Write programme. This is one of the most rewarding programmes, as illiterate students work one-to-one with a volunteer who teaches them to read and write through games and activities. (4 month commitment required at approximately 3 hours/week).
  • Facilitate an activity as part of our extra-curricular programme English Alive. (4 month commitment required at approximately 3 hours/week).
For more information on joining the Scalabrini team, please review our volunteer positions and contact our Operations Manager, Amanda Kirk at or 021 465 6433.