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South Africa: Social Change Project™

South Africa: Social Change Project™

One of the great meeting points of the African continent and of the world, South Africa is alive with energy, potential and action for social change.


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  • Live in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Experience the complex and multicultural society of South Africa
  • Volunteer on an education project with township youth
  • Visit Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain and Robben Island
  • Experience South Africa's animal kingdom and the earliest known tribe, the “Khoi San”
  • Explore South Africa's world-famous Garden Route

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The Rainbow Nation, as South Africa is nicknamed, exemplifies diversity with the tribal history of its people, the magnificent views as you conquer the peak of Table Mountain, and the contrast between the developed Cape Town and the developing rural Eastern Cape. You'll have the chance to embrace and explore this colorful diversity in two of South Africa's nine provinces, spending the majority of your time in immersive exploration of Cape Town, known as the Mother City. Learn from diverse speakers and witness up-close how movements for social change shaped South African society following decades of Apartheid, and be a part of the change happening to address current social issues.

"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

Cape Town may have its modern identity as a top travel destination, but its heritage still shapes South Africa in a very physical way. Cape Town’s poorer areas are often tucked out of sight, in townships far from its gleaming coastal properties. Join a meaningful project in these township communities working with children in early childhood development centers. You'll be assisting local teachers by working hands-on with students while also helping with ongoing physical projects at the school to help make it a more useful environment. Your impactful work will be rewarded by the bright, smiling faces of the local children who are excited to learn and play with with you every day.

Hands-On Learning

Learn about Apartheid - a period of time in the country defined by racial inequality - by walking in the footsteps of their most famous leader, Nelson Mandela. Visit Robben Island, where Mandela and hundreds of others of activists for equality were imprisoned during the Apartheid regime. You will also learn about the diversity within Cape Town, including Cape Malay culture through a cooking lesson on their cuisine and a visit to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Throughout the program, learn from community leaders' successes as you come up with dreams of your own for the change you hope to make in the world.

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Bike around Cape Town’s peninsula, explore wildlife, and go on a challenging hike to the summit of majestic Table Mountain—the views are well worth it! Experience the most spectacular view of Cape Point from offshore while taking a boat ride to view the rare African Penguin colonies. Stand in two places at once as you visit the most southwestern tip of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean on the Cape Point tour. Go an excursion along the Garden Route, where you will get to walk across a series of suspension bridges that lead to the world-famous Storms River, where you will be able to spend the afternoon kayaking!


Home Base is a cozy hostel situated in a quiet neighborhood with amazing scenic views of Table Mountain in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.

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Dates & Tuition

South Africa: Social Change Project™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
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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