Our Story
A long time ago in a land far, far away, Masambeni founders were once interns too! With wide eyes and high expectations, we were ready to tackle our first project abroad.

Several incredible projects later, (and some not-so-pleasant experiences!), we found out that while many of our internship organizations were good at placing interns, many of the internship providers stopped engaging after finding us a program. There was no partnership! Our money spent, internship providers were gone, we were left to figure out a foreign country on our own! We wished we had a community to go out and explore the city, but alas, there was no family! Thus, we created Masambeni.

There was no community and no after-hour activities. There was no family or people! We vowed to change this business model when we created Masambeni. We believe in being your internship partner. With our expert knowledge of Cape Town, we make it more accessible for like-minded students to connect and travel together.

While the internship program is essential, It’s only one aspect of the Masambeni experience. As a smaller company, we embrace our interns to an intimate experience; you are now a part of the Masambeni family. You’ll be networked with other students, connected with accommodation partners, taken on weekly activities, and guided South Africa from a local’s viewpoint. Your Masambeni adventure will be a part of our Masambeni experience.​​​​​​​​​​

Elisha Tawanda - Founder

Elisha is one of the founders of Masambeni. In 2007, he moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa and fell in love with the vibrancy and culture of Cape Town. Today, he calls Cape Town home.

Elisha is a pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in (PPE) with the University of South Africa. He is the resident expert of Cape Town and South African culture at Masambeni. Before starting Masambeni, Elisha served as a production manager, tour guide, and research assistant in Cape Town.

Upon arriving in Cape Town, you’ll be sure to see Elisha’s face guiding you through the internship program and assisting you with everything during your stay in Cape Town.

During his free time, Elisha is an avid hiker who enjoys sipping a cold beer after and watching the sunset over Lions Head. He will invite you for a friendly race up Table Mountain, a hike he loves doing every Saturday morning, and is thrilled to see you join the Masambeni team!

Nathan - Founder

Is one of the founders of Masambeni, although he was born in Europe he grew up in the United States. In 2012, he backpacked through Southern Africa but fell in love with the people and atmosphere of Cape Town.

Nathan obtained a BA degree in International Business from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Chicago business booth, there after going to work in Africa, Europe, and Asia on several international projects.

Nathan heads Masambeni’s strategic and business development. His favourite personal quote is, “If you wait until the perfect time to do everything, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”

With a warm welcome, Nathan thanks you for visiting the Masambeni website and hopes you’ll join the family!

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