Summer Internship - Chariots for Hope

Summer Internship

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An internship with Chariots for Hope is an opportunity for you to develop your professional skills within the context of a children’s home in Kenya. 

Becoming an intern can turn your life upside down as your worldview is expanded and you are challenged to serve others in new ways that may be uncomfortable and foreign to you.  As you chose to step out of your comfort zone, you become an integral part of Chariots for Hope work in loving, nurturing and providing for vulnerable and orphaned children.

Twende: Let’s Go!

  • Chariots accepts 6-8 interns each summer to spend 8 weeks living in 2-3 of our homes across Kenya. Interns are divided into small teams as this allows more homes to have the honor of hosting interns and provides the opportunity for interns to become more than a visitor.
  • There is a financial commitment. Each intern is required to raise $4200.  This includes orientation, airfare, visas, debriefing safari and in-country expenses.  This does NOT include passport, preventative malaria pills, or vaccinations. We understand this can be a lot of money for a college student yet each one of our interns has said that this internship experience is worth the financial investment. 
  • 2016 Internship Timeline:
    • Applications accepted: November 10, 2015 – January 8, 2016
    • Interviews for prospective interns: January 2016
    • Internship Team Finalized: February 1
    • Tentative Internship Dates: June 20 – August 15
  • Orientation: Interns will spend their first few days at the Chariots for Hope U.S. offices in the suburbs of Philadelphia and their first few days in Kenya learning more about our non-profit organization, cultural norms and getting to know one another.
  • Supporting the staff: Whether interns are at a baby home or a children’s home working alongside the staff is a vital role. This may mean you are cooking, cleaning, washing clothes by hand or milking the cows.  This also means that the days are long and sleep in precious.
  • Liaison communication with sponsors: Our children love hearing from their sponsors. You will have the privilege of delivering gifts and letters from their sponsors to each child.  You will take their photo and bring back a letter from each child addressed specifically to their sponsor.
  • Devotions: Each home has devotions daily.  Interns are expected to participate and lead devotions throughout their time at the home.
  • Homework: At the children’s homes, interns will assist the children with their homework each evening.
  • Life Skills Workshop and Bible Camp: At the children’s homes interns will plan and implement a life-skill workshop for the children as well as a week-end Bible camp.
  • Professional Development: Interns will have specific projects designed to give them an opportunity to develop their professional skills within the environment of the children’s home.
  • Debriefing: Interns will spend their last days in Kenya on a safari as they began to debrief their experience. Their first 36 hours back in the U.S. will also be spent with Chariots for Hope staff as this is a critical time for us to hear your feedback and reports from the homes as well as assisting with reverse culture-shock.

Internship Qualifications:

  • International Travel or significant cross-culture experience
  • College students or young adult who wants to develop their professional skills in Kenya
  • Love children
  • Stand by the mission, vision and values of Chariots for Hope
  • If accepted, interns will be required to submit a child abuse clearance and criminal background check and sign the Internship Covenant

Application Process:

  • Submit application and recommendation letters to Crystal Parisi at [email protected] or mail it to her at 1601 N Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025
  • Three recommendation letters:
    • 1 from pastor or family member
    • 1 from mentor or professor
    • 1 from peer or friend

Once Crystal receives an application and all three recommendation letters, she will contact you to set up an interview.

Is it safe to travel to Kenya?

As with traveling anywhere in the world today, there is no guarantee of safety.  Chariots receives email updates from the U.S. Embassy regarding safety concerns, we have a satellite phone and contacts within Kenya who are able to immediately help if there is an emergency. 

Will I be able to have my cell phone and internet access?

Communication will be limited. This is sometimes due to a lack of internet connection at some of the homes.  In general, Chariots strongly encourages interns to unplug while they are in Kenya except for the few required email updates interns will send back to their supporters.  Interns leaders will have regular and consistent communication with the Chariots for Hope US office in case interns need to be contacted immediately.

Does Chariots for Hope help interns raise the $4200?

We help interns write a support letter (electronic or snail mail) and provide response cards and envelopes.  We are available to brainstorm other methods of support raising with each intern based on their support system.

What does a typical day look like at a children’s home?

There is no typical day for an intern. However the children have a pretty consistent routine during the week of rising with the sun, heading to school after breakfast, coming back to the home for their hour lunch break and then returning to school for a few more hours.  The evenings are spent playing, bathing, eating supper, having family devotions and studying.