Youth Work Intern

This position will be focused primarily on working with the social work staff at RVCV to provide direct support to the department as well as the teenagers of RVCV.


  • Develop relationships, through counseling and mentorship, with the teenagers at RVCV under the supervision of the social work staff;
  • Live in an older kids’ house and offer supervision and support in the evenings and during school breaks;
  • Assist the social work staff in developing and supervising team-building and reflective activities for all teenagers at RVCV;
  • Work with the social work staff to supervise and plan activities for all teenagers at RVCV during school breaks, including developing, tracking, and monitoring the secondary and post-secondary school kids’ working program;
  • Plan and teach character development lessons using character development resources at RVCV;
  • Conduct career and college interest surveys with secondary school students and graduates;
  • Assist kids with internship and job searches;
  • Manage our containers of clothing, shoes, and other items for kids; oversee the schedule for distribution and replacement of items;
  • Assist the social worker staff in developing and monitoring and evaluating a village-wide discipline policy:
    • Communicate all discipline-related issues and concerns to the social work staff;
    • Implement and enforce discipline policy;
    • Develop resource materials and programs relating to discipline for volunteers and staff to reference and use;
    • When possible, work to develop preventative programs pertaining to discipline.

You are:

  • Easygoing: you possess a good sense of humor and are open-minded to different experiences and cultures.
  • Flexible: you recognize that kids’ needs change and are adaptable to those needs in your daily work and activities with them.
  • Reliable: you are highly responsible and exhibit personal integrity at all times.
  • Passionate: you are interested in youth mentorship, counseling, and/or social work.
  • Educated: You have earned a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent level of education.


  • Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Please note that due to the nature of this work, you may be asked to assist with RVCV activities outside of these hours]
  • One year commitment preferred


  • Full Room and Board at the Rift Valley Children’s Village, including your own bedroom and bathroom, three full meals per day, housekeeping and laundry assistance and transport to Karatu, as needed.
  • One month of annual leave per year commitment, plus an additional 2 vacation days accumulated each month of work.

To Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and brief responses to the following questions to Holly Tice –

  • What traits do you think makes a person a positive role-model for teenagers?
  • How would you navigate the cultural differences of working with teenagers in Tanzania versus teenagers in the west?
  • What experiences do you have working with teenagers and young adults? What did you like about your experiences? What was challenging for you?
  • How does serving as TCF’s Intern help you with your own professional and career goals?

Note: Interns are responsible for their own travel expenses including their flight, transport, and visa/residence permit requirements (RVCV staff will assist with the residence permit application process and scheduling of in-country transport). Interns are responsible for their own healthcare expenses and prescriptions.