Picture the World was conceptualized in 2010, created in 2011, and able to fulfill its original goal in 2013, via the inception of the Impilo Phambili Public Health Programme. This program has now expanded into Impilo Phambili Community Projects and Internship Programme, working with underserved communities in Africa and Europe in a number of focus areas, including public and mental health, business, and environmental science and sustainability. A philanthropic organization, Picture the World aims to bring knowledge and experience of third-world countries to first-world students, graduates, and those looking for a new perspective on life. The Impilo Phambili program is an internship program, giving professional, hands-on experience in the communities of Cape Town, South Africa and Europe. The organization works with other local organizations to bring health and improve the quality of life, entrepreneurial assistance, capacity-building, development, business skills, and a number of other resources to the underserved community members and refugees. The interns have the opportunity to work in one or more of these areas and are technically trained and mentored by one of the professional team members.
They offer a number of services to underserved community members and local NGOs in Cape Town and Rome. As a result, They are able to provide additional support, resources, and projects/services to assist the NGOs with their missions and goals. Some examples of capacity they have provided partnering organizations include workshops to clients regarding on various topics, such as health, empowerment, and stress reduction, brochures on topics that can be of value to clients, such as health during pregnancy, nutrition, and chronic disease management, training for staff on various subjects and accompanying manuals, preparation for a financial audit, pertinent data collection and reporting. Additionally, they offer interns a unique hands-on professional experience that bridges the gap between academia and a professional career. Interns learn very important, job-related skills via mentorship and experience. They are able to learn new skills, both technical and professional, while strengthening those learned in the classroom and from previous experiences. Picture the World semi-customize each internship to meet the goals of the interns, while providing support and guidance throughout the duration. As a result, interns learn to become excellent problem-solvers in a leadership capacity while gaining global experience, as well as attaining technical, professional, and personal proficiencies. Throughout their experience, interns are integrated into providing the services to those in need in the Cape Town communities, including social and anthropological research, needs assessments, statistical analyses, market research, capacity building, development and implementation of workshops, seminars, and trainings, and much more.