The centre is in Kenya’s Rift Valley in an area known as the African Great Lakes regions meaning when you are not working you are within two hours of some of the most spectacular national parks, wildlife and adventure experiences you will find anywhere in Africa. Kenya acts as hub for our education, agricultural and famine relief programs as well as more general community development an empowerment work. This internship is structured to allow successful candidates to set personal goals, encouraging them to design and implement projects considered beneficial to the communities we serve. Project work can be bespoke and developed on arrival or constructed in advance as part of ongoing projects or studies.
In keeping with our vision of a world where global leaders have had meaningful cross-cultural experiences, the International Humanity Foundation (IHF) developed the Global Leadership Development (GLD) Program as a fast track to build a pipeline of future leaders. Incoming interns will initially be expected to oversee the management of one at least one of IHF Kenya’s five core programs; agriculture, education, health, finance or site management.
The IHF Global Leadership Development Internship is a non-credit, certificate program designed to help you:
Acquire leadership and management capacities that will enable you to lead in the ever-changing global environment
Develop a cross-cultural mindset that will allow you to lead in an increasingly globalized world
Gain practical experience in an NGO environment
Build a global network with people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
The Global Leadership Development Internship takes a total of twelve (12) months to complete, candidates must commit to complete the full 12-month internship. All successful candidates must undertake an initial four (4) month probation training period.
During this time you will:
Intern as a Director in IHF Kenya Children’s Home in Nakuru Complete rotational assignments in the core components of an international organization (including management skills, policy and procedures, finance, fundraising, media & PR, donor relations, legal, medical training and recruitment)
Be responsible for the management, design and implementation of community led projects linked to your academic and or professional skills and experience
Receive coaching from senior leaders and help to develop other volunteers
Develop strong networks with senior leaders and program peers
Become part of the next generation of global leaders
In addition to making a notable difference in the lives of children of the children we serve, you will also have access to the following benefits:
Certificate of program completion
Letter of recommendation upon request
Graduates of the program are prepared for manager level roles in global organizations, especially nonprofits
Participate in meaningful service and have a lasting impact on an impoverished community
Sharpen skills through service
Enhance your CV with international experience
Strengthen your leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills
Interact with locals, experience a different culture, and build cultural awareness
Sharpen your cultural intelligence
Learn to think, respond and quickly adapt to new cultural knowledge and unfamiliar situations
Explore new places and experience the richly varied world of the local community
Personal growth and development through a broader horizon
Join a global network of IHF volunteers and alumni
IHF is looking for individuals who can commit to the 12-month volunteer program with a strong interest in global leadership.
Volunteers accepted to this program will have: a relevant degree from an accredited university or comparable professional experience, confidence using the English language, A passion for international development with an emphasis on universal education, the means to live in country at one of our centers for at least 12 months, be open-minded, patient, caring and willing to learn, and have a commitment to our Core Values.
Previous international travel and volunteer experience, career development goals consistent with IHFs Core Values, proficiency in computer skills specifically Google Suite applications
Accommodation and meals, prepared by a local member of staff, are included in this program. Interns will also be provided a small living stipend to cover local expenses.
Not included are your travel costs to and from our IHF Center, immunizations, travel insurance, and any spending money you wish to bring with you. Initial visa fees are the responsibility of the volunteer, however subsequent visa renewal fees will be covered by IHF.
Note: due to the nature of our work with children, should your application be accepted we do require a criminal background check which is less than 1 year old.
IHF accepts Global Leadership Development Internship applicants three times a year, you can Apply here .
Details of all our volunteer programs can be found on our website.
For more details on our next intake date, to request a prospectus or for any other enquiries contact our Volunteer team here.