FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Cape
The Cape enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers (December to February) with average daytime temperatures of around 25-27°C and mild, wet winters (June to August) with average daytime temperatures of around 15-18°C.

Precipitation is concentrated mainly in winter, with drier months in summer.

Winters are generally rainy, with moderate to high precipitation.

Johannesburg
Johannesburg lies on the Hautveld and enjoys a humid subtropical climate.

Summers (December to February) are hot and humid, with average daytime temperatures around 25-28°C.

Winters (June to August) are generally dry and sunny, with average daytime temperatures around 16-19°C.

Rainfall is more frequent during the summer months, but Johannesburg receives fairly regular rainfall throughout the year.

Durban
Durban, located on the east coast, enjoys a humid subtropical climate.

Summers (December to February) are hot and humid, with average daytime temperatures around 28-32°C.

Winters (June to August) are mild and dry, with average daytime temperatures around 23-25°C.

Rainfall is abundant during the summer months, with frequent showers and occasional tropical storms, while winters are relatively dry.

The pre-interview enables us to establish a profile and identify the student's needs. This pre-interview is crucial to finding an internship and/or housing that meets the criteria defined by the student.

Payment of the internship package is made after the final interview between the host company and the student, once both parties have validated their interests and agreed the details of the internship.

Payment for the accommodation package must be made immediately after you have provided us with your accommodation criteria.

You can pay in inst alments on request or directly via the payment link provided by Lodge Me At.

Refunds are only possible for accommodation packs, under certain conditions. Refunds for internship packs are not possible, as payment has been made at the time of agreement between the two parties (company and student).

If you fail to attend an interview without a legitimate reason, you will be deregistered and will no longer be able to make requests to our company.

The level of English required to do an internship in South Africa depends on the professional field in which you wish to do your internship, as well as the organization offering it. However, in general, a good level of English is often required, as English is widely used as a working and communication language in South Africa.

Not all the internships we offer are paid. South African companies are not obliged to pay you, and don't always have the opportunity to do so - it's 50/50.

The local currency in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR). Foreign currency can be exchanged for rand at banks, exchange offices and major hotels.

You can also use your credit or debit card at many establishments in South Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in most places, but it is advisable to check with your bank whether your card can be used in South Africa, and whether there will be any additional charges for international transactions.

It's always a good idea to carry cash in South Africa for small expenses and in places where credit cards are not accepted. You can withdraw money from ATMs, which are widely available in towns and tourist areas.

It is advisable to avoid carrying large sums of cash with you, and not to leave money or other valuables in plain sight in cars or public places.

Lodge Me At operates in South Africa's major cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban.

 

Lodge Me At remains available to assist its students throughout their internship period. If you need help, you can contact our dedicated team for ongoing support.

Although pharmacies are available in South Africa, it is advisable to bring any medicines you may need for the duration of your stay.

It's also a good idea to consult your doctor before you travel for advice on what medicines you should take with you, especially if you have any special health conditions or are taking prescription medication.

If you are traveling to South Africa and need to take special medications such as psychotropic drugs (antidepressants, tranquilizers, etc.), it is important to note that these drugs are regulated in South Africa and may require special authorization to be imported into the country. 

It is therefore advisable to check with the South African embassy or consulate in your country of residence whether you are allowed to bring your medicines into South Africa, and whether you need to obtain any special authorizations. You may need to provide a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor explaining the need for the medication.

It is also advisable to keep your medication in its original packaging, with the label bearing your name and dosage instructions, to avoid any problems during security checks at the airport or border.

Although pharmacies are available in South Africa, it is advisable to bring any medicines you may need for the duration of your stay.

It's also a good idea to consult your doctor before you travel for advice on what medicines you should take with you, especially if you have any special health conditions or are taking prescription medication.

If you are traveling to South Africa and need to take special medications such as psychotropic drugs (antidepressants, tranquilizers, etc.), it is important to note that these drugs are regulated in South Africa and may require special authorization to be imported into the country. 

It is therefore advisable to check with the South African embassy or consulate in your country of residence whether you are allowed to bring your medicines into South Africa, and whether you need to obtain any special authorizations. You may need to provide a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor explaining the need for the medication.

It's also advisable to keep your medication in its original packaging, with the label bearing your name and dosage instructions, to avoid any problems at airport or border security checks.

Choosing a group package with Lodge Me At has many advantages. Not only do you benefit from our comprehensive services for your accommodation, course or duo needs, but you also enjoy reduced rates thanks to our special offer for group pack requests.

Our various accommodation, course and duo packages are subject to a 50% discount for each person beyond the first in the group. For example, if 2 of you opt for a course package, instead of paying 2 * 250 euros, the total amount per person will be 187.50 euros (because 250 + 250/2). This discount allows you to save on costs while benefiting from our quality services.

If you are a national of a visa-exempt country for South Africa, you won't need a visa for a stay of 90 days or less, provided you have a pre-booked return flight within 90 days and a passport valid for at least 6 months.

Visa-exempt countries include : the United States, Canada, most European Union countries, Australia and New Zealand, among others.

However, if you are a national of a country that requires a visa to enter South Africa, or if you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a visa at the South African embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

For more details, please visit diplomatie.gouv.fr for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements.

As a French national, if you wish to extend your stay in South Africa beyond 90 days, you will need to apply for an extension of stay before the expiry of your authorized 90-day stay.

The application to extend your stay must be submitted to the South African Aliens Office. You will need to provide supporting documents to explain the reasons why you wish to extend your stay, such as work, study or family reasons. An extension of stay will only be granted if the reasons given are deemed valid.

It's important to apply for an extension before your 90-day stay expires, as you won't be able to stay in South Africa once the 90 days have passed.

We recommend that you apply for a tourist or volunteer visa in your home country before your trip.

More information on diplomatie.gouv.fr.