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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, ideas 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"
  • Visit the campus of African Leadership Academy

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Indisputably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, South Africa, is a tapestry of wild mountain landscapes and rugged coastlines. Nearly two decades after the fall of Apartheid, the incredible cultural mix of this modern “rainbow nation” can still be a source of tension; but more and more often, it results in energetic collaborations between locals and foreigners alike, from truly all walks of life. Volunteer on ongoing projects in Cape Town and see the innovation in Johannesburg that continues to uplift the community and help achieve social change.

"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

Apartheid may have ended, and Cape Town may have its modern identity as a top travel destination, but its heritage still shapes South Africa in a very physical way. Nowhere is this more evident than in the layout of its cities: Cape Town’s “African” areas—generally impoverished—are often tucked out of sight, in townships far from its gleaming coastal properties. Join a meaningful project in these township communities whose populations face barriers to progress, such as access to quality education. Help provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, empowering youth through education and life skills to seek opportunities that enable them to escape the poverty cycle.

Hands-On Learning

Begin your journey in Johannesburg, Africa’s city of opportunity, to learn foundational elements of social change and spend time at African Leadership Academy. This unique school accepts students from over 30 African countries and serves as an incredible example of innovation at work. In Cape Town, you’ll have the opportunity to hear the stories of entrepreneurs, activists and nonprofit leaders who started as scrappy changemakers, dreaming up solutions that eventually became reality. Learn from their successes as you come up with dreams of your own for the change you hope to make in the world.

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Home to pristine beaches, colorful Bo-Kaap, the cosmopolitan V&A Waterfront and majestic Table Mountain, South Africa is a choose-your-own-adventure destination. Experience all of these sights, along with Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and hundreds of other activists for equality were imprisoned during the Apartheid regime. Bike around Cape Town’s peninsula, explore wildlife, and go on a challenging hike to the summit of Table Mountain—the views are well worth it! For non-hikers, another trail offers a less-strenuous alternative, yet still features stunning vistas of the city, beaches and harbor below.


Students begin this program in Johannesburg, staying in shared dormitories on African Leadership Academy's state-of-the-art campus. The majority of the program is spent in the heart of Cape Town, affectionately nicknamed South Africa's "Mother City." Home Base is a boutique hostel situated in a lively and eclectic neighborhood popular with students.

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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: $5,199
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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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