Please note: Although the Institute of African Studies views these internships as excellent opportunities, these internships are not sanctioned by the Institute or Carleton University.   IAS students interested in the possibility of using part of an internship in Africa to take AFRI 3900 Placement course needs to speak to the Director of IAS.

2020 Research Placements (Graduate Students)




The Peace Matunda School and Orphanage located in Tanzania in East Africa is a non-profit organization that opens its doors throughout the year for those wishing to come and work with communities in need of education and welfare support.

The school and orphanage was founded in 2005 by a Tanzanian. Unambwe Zephania Kaaya, who is a professional wildlife guide and community leader was born and raised in the area. After witnessing the difficulties he saw his people facing on a daily basis, he initiated the project for the benefit of his community.

For more information on working with any of their projects which include education, child mentoring, healthcare, and community relations or to simply learn more about them please visit their website at:


The Flodan international academy is a school for children of poor parents located at Teshie, Accra, Ghana. It was established by the late Mrs. Florence Osabu-kle and her husband Professor Daniel Tetteh Osabu-kle of Carleton University (retired) acting as philanthropists. The objective is to provide children of poor parents the same standard of basic education available to children of the affluent.

Two students from Carleton university may volunteer through the Institute of African studies to teach English, French, Science, Computer applications, or Mathematics at the school each year from May 15 to August 15 (Internship is cancelled for the 2017 Summer) .

Selected students will purchase their own air tickets to and from Accra, Ghana. On arrival in Accra, students will be picked from the Kotoka airport to the residence of Professor Daniel Osabu-kle at Teshie, where they will be provided with free accommodation, free food and free transport to and from the school for the duration of their stay in Ghana.

In addition, the selected students may choose to do some directed studies or collect some research data under the supervision of professor Osabu-kle while in Ghana.

Interested students should contact Professor Osabu-kle via emails,

The Sankofa Center, is a U.S. operated charity that is educating village youths and adults about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and prevented, while changing perceptions using culturally comprehensive methods- African dance-dramas- in Ghana, West Africa. They also conduct free counseling & testing and provide links to treatment and life-saving drugs for thousands of women, men, and children in Ghana. Programs consisting of a local crew and cohorts of international intern from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom run throughout the year.

In conjunction with UCLA Department of African Studies research, S.C.A.D.C. fuses traditional African dance, drama, & con-temporary art genres with W.H.O. health information to educate Ghanaian youths & adults about HIV/AIDS. These very necessary performances are both entertaining & educational. Their program utilizes the vibrant energies of interns & a local team to tour various villages & schools to help eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa through culturally appropriate methods! They also conduct risk assessment/risk reduction counseling & free rapid HIV testing during village outreach to link those needing treatment with medical care as outlined by Ghana’s National AIDS Control Programme. Interns are accommodated in the Sankofa Center Compound dormitory with exposure to real world traditional Ghanaian life with trusted host families living in the compound. However, they have the security of Western trained local staff, health and safety protocols, and American trained coordinators & staff liaisons to assist interns throughout the duration of their tenure.

Visit their website at  to apply for upcoming programs if you’d like to be apart of this amazing and life-changing experience fusing artistic expression, public health promotion, and cultural immersion


ZOTE Education offers Internship and Externship Programs for undergraduate and graduate students. They design and facilitate student internships in education and community development, community healthcare, and tourism. They are currently offering internship opportunities in Kenya, East Africa and South Africa.

ZOTE Education administers Study Exchange, Study, and Visiting Programs for all type of groups planning a trip to South Africa. We believe that educational and cultural programs help to foster cultural understanding, and provide participants with a firsthand experience of other countries. With the support of ZOTE Travel, we will organize and tailor all aspects of your visit to South Africa.

For more information about becoming a ZOTE intern, email them at or visit their website at .