iAmp is an extension of Impact Amplifier, which has an established reputation and a network of industry experts to draw from. The program, which allows participants to learn applicable skills from authorities in the industry, was started to address the growing need for university students and recent graduates to gain the experience they need to either explore the social enterprise profession or gain a permanent position in the sector. Jobs in this field are highly coveted and require a particular skill set.
We don’t simply offer a short-term adventure. Our aim is to equip students with the experience they need to support their career interests.
Impact Amplifier staff and iAmp facilitators lead the first two weeks of the program with students being matched with iAmp mentors for the final 6 weeks while supporting a social entrepreneur through the investment readiness process.
- iAmp Africa Core 8 Week Program including: orientation, workshops, site visits, Investment Readiness training dedicated mentors, weekly mentoring and two fun excursions.
- A rich, practical experience in African social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
- An immersion into the core principles of venture capital with easily transferable knowledge and hands on experience in startup development and capital raising.
- Learn from a team of globally recognised, social enterprise acceleration experts
- Radically shift your perspective of the African continent and solutions to solve global issues.
- Build a global and local network.
- A cultural immersion into one of the most desirable tourist destination in the world.
The application form consists of a personal profile as well as a series of questions, which help us determine your suitability for the program, your passion for the world of social enterprise and the impact economy, your competency, and your core values.
The iAmp team review your application and together we schedule an online interview, which usually takes 20 minutes.
Depending on the time of the year we endeavor to pass back a decision on your application within 2 weeks of receiving your application form.
If you have any questions leading up to or during the application process please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the personal profile and academic information you’ll provide initially we will also ask you to complete a 500-word essay. This will be assigned to you on completion of the application form. We need to know you’ve got the goods!
Make sure your mobile phone is unlocked and turn off your roaming data before traveling. On arrival you can purchase a local SIM card and data to be in touch with family and friends back home.
In the instances during the final 6 weeks where your work is outside of walking distance (+-1 km) Uber For Business will be used.
This means safe, reliable and convenient transport throughout your program.
Local supermarkets are well stocked with a number offering imported items too. Restaurants serve food from all over the world so you will definitely find hangouts that cater to your individual tastes. Though we do hope you try a few of our local specialties, including mielie pap, bobotie and biltong. Also don’t forget to get involved in a braai!
Have special dietary requirements? No problem. Supermarkets and restaurants cater to a multitude of dietary needs.
In the case of an emergency iAmp are on hand 24 hours a day and you will never be more than a few kilometers from a hospital.
Strict systems and procedures are in place. Aside from our staff always being on call, our local partners are kept up to date with health and safety procedures. We periodically review risk assessments for each location and have emergency action plans in place for a variety of scenarios, as well as protocols for incident reporting.
Of course no travel experience is without risks, which is why it is important to be vigilant when on the road, and to make sure you are fully covered by a trusted and comprehensive travel insurance plan.
As part of the program fee iAmp provides comprehensive local health insurance for all participants.
There are also a number of gyms within easy distance to the accommodation. These have monthly membership plans and are fully equipped with weight and cardio machines, aerobics and dance classes and a whole heap more. Yoga and boxing studios, as well as running clubs are available too if that floats your boat.
Remember to inform your bank you are traveling to South Africa and make yourself aware of the process should your card be lost or stolen. A backup credit card is advisable.
We also include 2 fun excursions as part of the iAmp program. While these are not compulsory we encourage participants to take advantage of these group activities. We promise they are a lot of fun and are part of the iAmp experience!
Here are a few examples of what these optional side trips may be:
- Hike up Lion’s Head
- Explore Table Mountain on foot or by Cable Car
- Experience a Cape Peninsula tour
- Take surfing lessons at Muizenburg beach
- Enjoying a yachting day trip
- Go on day safari
South Africa has so much to offer from the winelands, Route 62 and the Garden Route to the Kruger National Park. It is also the gateway to the rest of Africa – explore further afield and discover Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique right on the doorstep. Remember that it is important to meet any visa requirements before confirming your travel plans!
It is our hope that you succeed in your career. We will continue to provide advice and support as you come to grips with a career path, goals and passions.