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South Africa: Social Change Project™

South Africa: Social Change Project™

What if the future of our global community depended on your ideas and leadership?


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  • Learn how to design and mobilize solutions for global impact
  • Hear from prominent guest speakers in social enterprise and development
  • Live on a campus with students from over 30 countries
  • Participate at the Ideas Festival at the end of your program
  • Tour Soweto, home to Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela
  • Visit the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Go on a half-day safari to view South Africa’s wildlife

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The problems of the world are immense, systemic and complex, but we believe with design thinking, the right partnerships and entrepreneurial leadership, even individuals can create change. On African Leadership Academy’s global campus in Johannesburg, surrounded by young leaders from every corner of the world, challenge yourself to push the edges of innovation. Together, you’ll develop solutions to issues you’re passionate about. What are the steps for securing clean water access for a remote village in the Congo? How do you mobilize an initiative to get more girls into math and science careers at home? Or sustain a community-owned business to replace a broken cycle of aid? This is your launchpad for becoming an entrepreneurial leader of social good, grounded in design thinking, adventure and a global perspective.

"The symbiotic relationship between the African Leadership Academy and Global Leadership Adventures is a perfect example of how an American organization can support and catalyze the work of a cutting-edge African non-profit.  This cross-cultural collaboration and innovation for social change is exactly what we hope to instill in students on this program."

-Andrew Motiwalla, GLA Co-Founder

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Community Service

This program draws a diverse group of self-motivated, informed students to go beyond traditional community service and learn how to design long-term solutions for current global issues. Your community becomes the modern world, and your service, the ideas you develop to improve its future. As part of the rigorous curriculum delivered in partnership with African Leadership Academy, you’ll culminate your experience and guided learnings with a presentation at the Ideas Festival, a chance to share your action plan and identify opportunities for global change.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll share a campus with students from over 30 different countries across Africa and the world—a campus that has served as an incubator for dozens of projects that have brought social good to the continent and made their mark on the global stage. Connect with peers across boundaries of nationality, race, religion and class, expanding your understanding of life in other cultures. Hone skills of social entrepreneurship, leadership and human-centered design by working with local organizations, social ventures, experienced entrepreneurs, and through team-based experiential challenges.

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Explore the southernmost tip of Africa on an overnight excursion to Cape Town at the end of your program. Hike Table Mountain and have the option to go shark cage diving. You’ll visit places of tremendous historical significance, like Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during his fight against Apartheid. Near campus, visit the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the earliest ancestors of humans were discovered, and hop on a half-day safari for exciting wildlife sightings.


You’ll live on African Leadership Academy’s campus, nestled in the outskirts of Johannesburg in a safe, residential suburb called Honeydew. Campus is centered around a quad, and includes a dining hall, library, auditorium, basketball court, soccer fields, tennis courts, and residential halls. You’ll share a dormitory and Western-style restroom facilities with one or two roommates. Meals will be healthy and communal, prepared by an on-campus caterer. During our Cape Town excursion, the group will be housed in safe, modest group lodging.

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Dates & Tuition

South Africa: Social Change Project™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jul 8 - Jul 28, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 16
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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