If you are a business studies major, studying towards your MBA or perhaps you recently graduated, congratulations! There is a lot more for you to learn, stuff that you can’t just lookup online nor watch in a documentary. Visiting other places changes your perspective on your professional life as well as enhance cross-cultural awareness, all of which contribute to a well-rounded business person. Come to Zimbabwe for your business and professional skills work placement and immerse yourself in an environment that is vastly different from your own. Shake things up in your career and everyday life. See for yourself why successful people invest so much time and money in travelling. You will certainly gain a unique advantage through this work placement in Africa!
We welcome you from the time you get off the plane, arrange your accommodation, entertainment and help you achieve the goals of your trip. For MBA students or recent graduates from business school, we offer 3 programmes you can participate in, either as part of your study programme or for work experience.
We work with some of the best organisations in the country to make sure that interns gain work experience that will create a solid foundation for their careers.
This programme will match your field of study to placements available here in Zimbabwe. All you have to do is contact us and share your area of interest with us. We will find the best internship for you. We have experts that have international training in their respective fields and know what will work best according to global business standards.
Fully Experience Work Life Within a Developing Economy
Although Zimbabwe’s economy has declined in the past two decades, you won’t find a better place to learn how to do business and how not to do it – which is equally important. You can’t learn everything you need to learn in a place where everything is going well. You need to live through a failed business administration to get the first-hand experience of how the other half lives. In contrast, explore how Zimbabweans have created business opportunities out of what would seem to be impossible circumstances.
We want you to see as much of Zimbabwe as you can while you are here. We also want you to stay focused on the purpose of your trip. You will be assessed and when needed, Tiritose will attest to your conduct as well. We created these programmes in order to mould you into an exemplary professional and we will stand by our word. Your study/work trip to Africa will be one of the most beneficial experiences of your career.
Expert Career-Planning Assistance
The decision about what you want to focus on for the rest of your life is not one that can be made lightly. Getting out of your usual environment and going away to clear your head is the best thing you can do when you are still studying or have just graduated. It’s even greater to have experts in your field to help you see things from a different perspective. It wouldn’t hurt to go and see some wild animals and unique pieces of art in-between your thinking and working sessions too! That is the charm Zimbabwe has to offer and Tiritose experts will make sure that you go back home more confident in your life goals than you were when you arrived here.
Experience a Different Work Culture
Nothing “opens up” the mind like seeing how other people live and learning how to adapt to a completely different setting. You will be introduced to a whole new culture, different languages, food, animals, weather and lifestyles. The fun activities and Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions will surely leave a good impression. Everyone who has interned or volunteered in our care has had a great story to tell and we look forward to sharing yours, too!
You can have as many LinkedIn connections possible, but nothing beats working side by side with students and professionals from all over the world and learning from each other. You will meet people from far away countries, and they will teach you things that you could never learn from your usual circle.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
It is true that ‘African time’ exists, and phrases like. ‘there is no hurry in Africa’ pretty much sum up the lifestyle. However, the business environment is slightly different because showing up late to a meeting is frowned upon, and being well-prepared is valued. What this means is you need to bring with you a whole lot of patience, as things don’t typically happen when they should. The good side of this is you will have time to think of creative and innovative solutions.
Some of the areas you can expect to work in are as follows, although this is not an exhaustive list:
Non-Profit Organisations Administration, Management & Governance
MBA students and graduates from business school are offered a unique opportunity to work with not-for-profit enterprises, which are supported by foreign missions/embassies in Zimbabwe as well as local stakeholders. The local staff members are very passionate about their work, however, sometimes lack the necessary skills or capacity to apply for grants, operate a lean model by properly allocating the scarce resources in a sustainable way. Business school students and graduates are able to come on board and help not-for-profit enterprises staff with identifying potential funding streams and then writing proposals acceptable by donors.
As part of the business & professional skills volunteering/internship, you will be able to take organisations through the growth cycle, and then develop ways to keep them sustainable even after you have long left Zimbabwe. You will be able to look back at an internship that helped make a lasting positive impact on some of the most vulnerable members of Zimbabwean society, whilst being able to showcase your resilience, adaptability and commitment to social entrepreneurship to future employers.
This placement will involve you in the process of consumer credit financing, cementing your knowledge of development finance and the ins and outs of credit retail distribution networks. The flexibility of this placement is like no other – you will be able to rotate between financing for energy products, furniture, electronics, home appliances, hardware, and clothing. There are over 100 stores in Zimbabwe, in very different parts of the country – and the locations bring their own challenges that will demand a different skill set, which you would have to adapt to during your work placement.
Talk about finding purpose in life: you can rest easy knowing you have made a difference through improving people’s standards of living by implementing innovative and easily accessible credit solutions. Through the work you can do during your MBA work placement, you will help local Zimbabweans who are financially illiterate develop a credit history, which they may use to purchase their first homes as well as secure other lines of financing in the future.
Self-Placements and Support
Travelling to a foreign country is a daunting experience. You need to have a clear plan of what to pack, where you are going to stay, how you are going to get around and most of all, if what you are planning to do there is legitimate. In a situation where you have applied to a company or organisation and have been accepted, Tiritose will be your support system and will assist you by verifying whether the company you want to come and work for exists and is reputable. We will arrange for your accommodation, transportation from the airport, getting around, and entertainment for when you are off work. You simply cannot come to Zimbabwe and not explore the epic tourist attractions that make Zimbabwe unique. We have a variety of tour add-ons available that can help make your experience unforgettable.
Volunteer / Intern accommodation greatly depends on individual budgets. Tiritose offers everything from homestays with local families, backpackers lodging (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stay for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme. Some of the options available are listed below, along with accompanying photos.
Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme. Our application process is split into two categories:
Volunteers – require some of the following:
- Degree / Masters / PhD in business, finance or a related field
- Significant experience in business, either as an entrepreneur or senior-level employee
- Confident with planning, setting strategy, implementing and evaluating initiatives
- Passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
Interns – require some of the following:
- Enrolled in a business or finance-related educational programme
- Experience within a business or finance-related field
- Skills: Communication, organisational, strategy, accounting
Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the initially-offered 4 weeks, we are here to make the experience you’re looking for happen! We’re here for you and we can also customise longer-term placements!
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