The Graduate Asset Programme (GAP) is an internship programme aimed at growing the SME sector in South Africa. By helping place thousands of capable and willing unemployed graduates into internships, GAP assists the host businesses to gain much-needed skills and the graduates to gain valuable, practical learning experience. GoGap has helped thousands of businesses and interns to connect with each other.
Here are a few testimonials from past GAP clients :
“Thank you for the shortlisting. I mentored my intern, and I am proud that after her 2 month internship she was employed by a fashion house. I would like to be a mentor again.”
Thank you for the awesome assistance! GAP has helped us find some great graduates for our internship programme.
“I have learned so much in my internship. I am one of the first interns at this company, the staff are so experienced so I am learning so much from them.”
“My internship has been incredible,I have learned so much from time management to the reality of how a start up business operates. Gap’s resources have been very useful.Thank you GAP.”
“I have to say Fetola has done it again – what an easy to use tool to find an intern.The system works flawlessly, it is easy to navigate, and extremely easy to manage.”
“Thank you for the certificate, it really means a lot! Your organization does have a significant impact on graduates and aspiring interns. I have recommended GAP to a number of graduates.”
GoGap places 100’s of European students each year in internship and volunteer positions in South Africa. We do our utmost to place each student or intern in an environment that will best suit his or her skill-set, thereby also providing the most benefit to the community or project in which they are placed. A large proportion of the European applicants request placement in projects close to Cape Town. This is not difficult to understand given the beauty of the city and it’s popularity with backpackers, travellers and holiday makers from around the world.Green Point is located between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and is within walking distance from the City Centre. It is also very close to the very well-known beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. This suburb is regarded as one of the most fashionable, lively and stunning suburbs in the City of Cape Town.
Green Point Urban Park
On more than one occasion we have placed interns at the popular Cape Town backpackers, Ashanti Lodge. Ashanti is situated perfectly in Cape Town – not to close to the hum and drum of the city, yet still a five minute walk from the centre of everything. Green Point Park has numerous facilities that are available to the public and is a major attraction for residents and visitor alike. Entrance to the Park is free, and those of you that love walking here can enjoy a leisurely relaxing walk. The walkways of the Park are engineered that when you exit any of the two main gates, you will be able to link with many major heritage sites. The Eastern Gate will provide you access to the Green Point Lighthouse and lead you on to the boulevard pedestrian walkway. The Western Gate will link you to Beach Road and the Mouille Point Promenade.
If you are into cycling then the Park is for you as there are designated cycling paths as well as a cycling fitness park. The kids are by no means left out as they can enjoy the children’s playground. They have a special Tot-Lot play park for children from ages 1 to 6, there is also an adventure play park for children ages 7 to 16. If you are interested in keeping fit then they have an outdoor gym. Here you can use all the equipment free of charge and at the same time enjoy the outdoor fresh air. This activity will save you a lot of gym fee money. There are also large areas of lawn where you and your family can relax and enjoy your picnic lunch. These same areas are often used for concerts and other outdoor events.
Cape Town Stadium
This is an amazing structure and it is right in Cape Town’s own backyard. If you are planning to visit this stadium for any upcoming event then rest assured your access has been made very easy. You can travel by car and park in the available parking area or you can travel to Cape Town Station from your home and enjoy a short walk to the stadium and save yourself the hassle of traffic jams after the event. Let us not make the mistake of regarding this stadium as a venue only for sporting events. There are exciting venues and facilities available for private or business occasions that will make the event not only spectacular but also unforgettable.
Green Point Lighthouse
The Green Point Lighthouse is easily noticed by its red and white stripes painted on the outside. This colour scheme was used in order to differentiate it from the cottages that surrounded it. It was first put into service and lit up in 1824. Despite its age the lighthouse tower still retains its original form but the lights have been replaced by a revolving beam. Today it houses the Head Office of the Lighthouse Services whose function is to maintain all the 45 lighthouses along the South African Coastline.
The Ashanti Backpackers Lodge in Green Point gives all its visitors a quiet and secluded stay, and breakfast is included in the tariff. Ashanti has an extremely efficient Travel centre that will manage all your sight seeing requirements from an overland tour to shark-cage diving. The Lodge is in a perfect position, as it is a walk away from the V & A Waterfront, the Cape Town Stadium and the City Centre. They also offer their visitors the luxury of a swimming pool, relaxing lounges and TV room. The accommodation is also geared to suit all your living requirements in order to make your stay the best you have ever had.
GoGap does more than just help volunteers and interns find positions in South Africa, our service extends across the borders and into neighbouring countries and even countries further north like Tanzania and Rwanda. There is no shortage of positions for students and graduates who are willing to volunteer themselves and assist in the ongoing aid work being done in African countries. Whether you provide assistance in building new schools, helping out at medical clinics in Africa, teaching or just helping out wherever you can, you are bound to reap the rewards of giving freely of yourself to help the less fortunate and poverty stricken.
Zanzibar is not only an island of extraordinary beaches but it also has a lot of lovely places to see. These cities are some of the oldest towns in Zanzibar, filled with a lot of historic significance and reputation. Mji Mkongwe which stands for “old town” in the Swahili language is one of the oldest parts of Zanzibar City. Mji Mkongwe is also known as Stone Town for those who may be familiar with the latter name of the place. The island of Zanzibar is home to some of the most beautiful Zanzibar hotels, many of them world class and frequented by famous personalities and movie stars.
Due to its cultural embrace with a mix of Arab, Persian, Indian and European origins, it comes as no surprise why Stone Town was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. The culture and heritage are some of the things the town has to offer which is why it is a tourism attraction for many who visit Zanzibar.
It is not ideal to drive in some of the streets of Stone Town as some streets are quite constricted for cars to pass. The streets are filled with bicycles and motorcycles which give you an indication that bicycles and motorcycles are either the preferred or easiest mode of transport.
A bicycle is one of the best modes of transport. It is cheap to maintain and you don’t have to worry about filling it up with petrol all the time. All you need to check is if your wheels are in good riding condition and you all set. However, Stone Town does have buses and taxis for longer trips to further destinations.
The Stone Town climate is the same climate for the whole duration of the year with December being the most blazing months and July being the unkindest of months in terms of winter. The climate is similar to most cities and countries with one particular month being either the hottest or coldest throughout all year around. It is ideal to visit Stone Town around the summer or spring time to have a pleasant time and behaving weather. Stone Town hotels offer some of the finest Zanzibar accommodation available on the island.
It goes without saying that Stone Town is not only adored by residents and tourists because of its culture but it is cherished by many because it is the only succeeding operational town in Stone Town. Stone Town is still functioning and blossoming with newer parts of the town being built. After all these years, Stone Town is still loved, acknowledged and relevant. Not many historic cities that were constructed many years ago are still in operation but it seems Stone Town has broken all boundaries.
A tour around the town will give you a better idea of the city of Stone Town. If you prepare to tour around the area, you might also need a map as a guide to help you get to the places you want to go and most importantly not get lost. Another option is getting a tour guide that will teach you the insights of the culture, architecture and history of Stone Town.
Whatever option you choose will be at your benefit at the end of the trip because you would have witnessed and experienced a day in the life of a Stone Town resident. The most important aspect of a trip or vacation is to learn the ways and lives of that particular resident and Stone Town has a lot to offer in terms of markets, unique construction, museums and churches.
Ultimately, it all boils down to having fun when visiting a place you not familiar with and Stone Town is a town that makes sure all your vacation duties and luxuries are catered for. That said, should we book a plane ticket for you?
Although GoGap South Africa is focused on placing South African graduates in intern positions in companies and businesses in South Africa, we receive several email inquiries each month from international students and graduates looking for intern positions and inquiring about the possibility of becoming a volunteer in South Africa. We recommend that South Africans interested in finding intern placements in the country head over to Fetola which is dedicated to South African graduates only, but for those international applicants looking for intern positions or volunteer work, we suggest you try African Sunrise Volunteers. This Cape Town based initiative has been running for several years now and has assisted hundreds of international students and graduates wishing to complete a gap year as an intern or volunteer in South Africa.
African Sunrise have an impeccable record of placing interns from all over the world including the United Kingdom, USA, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Holland and several other European countries. Because the agency specializes in dealing with students and graduates from abroad, they are familiar with all the concerns that these international students and graduates may have. African Sunrise assist their clients with every concern they may have and arrange everything that they require in advance before arriving in South Africa, including safe and comfortable accommodation and a placement within a project or business that will best utilize their specific skill-set or field of study. If you are from outside of South Africa and are looking for the best possible options of internships in South Africa, then African Sunrise is the agency for you. The agency has partnered with dozens of local community upliftment initiatives as well as hundreds of local businesses in the interests of providing their internship applicants with the a unique and fulfilling experience whilst in South Africa.
For any further information regarding African Sunrise Volunteers please view their website, or contact us directly.