Location: Rural and urban areas of Sierra Leone and Uganda

Dates: Flexible

Duration: 8-12 weeks

Are you a talented Creative interested in using your skills to make a positive impact on the lives of children in Sierra Leone?

Street Child is a charity dedicated to empowering some of the most vulnerable children in the world by giving them the chance to go to school, and giving their families the sustainable means to keep them there.

We are looking for people with relevant experience to undertake a Communications Role in Sierra Leone or Uganda and make a critical contribution to our organisation by sourcing and reporting stories that will bring to life our work to engage our existing and potential supporters.

We offer 8 to 12 week placements where you will not only be making a critical contribution to Street Child’s work, but also expanding your own professional portfolio. Depending on the quality of work produced, you may also have the opportunity to have your content published across Street Child's main communications channels or featured in the media (to see previous Street Child coverage click here). Following a review of your placement, you will receive a LinkedIn endorsement from a member of our marketing team.

You will be able to shape your own experience according to your skills, knowledge and goals while reporting to Street Child’s West Africa Content Manager, working alongside the local Street Child team and liaising with the communications team in London, responsibilities will include –

  • Creating content in the form of case studies and blogs from the various Street Child projects
  • Written & visual story-telling of how the charity’s work has impacted individuals
  • Adding engaging photographs & film footage to the organisation’s visual media library
  • Training local staff on case study writing and photography
  • Weekly reporting to the UK team


121 million school-aged children are currently out of education worldwide, mainly in the world’s poorest, most fragile and disaster-hit countries. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn. Street Child recognizes that the barriers to education are complex and interlinked, and our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihoods support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s learning crisis.


  • Degree or currently studying in the field of communications
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with the ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to plan and implement plans in a structured manner
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent English, both oral and written
  • Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance
  • Ability to be flexible and to work outside of your specific duties when needed, have fun and laugh along with a sometimes unpredictable environment
  • An interest in Africa, international affairs and/or international development would be of benefit


The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in very basic conditions with limited access to electricity, running water and wifi.

Every intern has to cover their own costs for flights, vaccinations and visa. Once in country there is a fixed daily cost covering accommodation and any work-related travel, ranging between 8€ and 11€, depending on the respective project. A more detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for an interview.

We ask all our international interns to fundraise 1200€.

Fundraising is an important part of working in the international developmental sector. We see it as an important experience and part of the internship that a Street Child International Intern gets to see and experience this side of daily work in an NGO.

Our projects are only possible because of the money we fundraise. Asking for a fundraising commitment has proven to be a great way to both make sure that an intern’s time in country leaves a lasting impact and grows awareness of the problems Street Child is working hard to address.
To read more about why we ask for a fundraising commitment click here.

Every successful applicant will work together with one of our experienced fundraising mentors, who will provide all the information and material necessary to reach the fundraising goal as well as accompany and support the intern throughout every step in the fundraising process, while giving valuable insights!


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  • Updated: 24.01.19
  • Expires: 31.12.19


  • Work abroad
  • Assignmenttype: Communication and IT, Volunteering abroad
  • Workarea: Children and youth, Humanitary work
  • Continual volunteering
  • Organisation: Street Child
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