Information for term Cape Town Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory + Practice
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Grab this chance to put learning into action and make an impact in Cape Town. Ramp up with theoretical work, then dig into hands-on projects where you’ll experience post-Apartheid life in various Cape Town communities. It’s a transformative summer experience that will leave you with a firm grip on the economic, political, and social picture in South Africa, and the challenges ahead for this evolving, international city.
Make a difference
with a series of small-scale projects and a two-week endeavor to boost Cape Flat community schools, orphanages, or NGOs
Begin to learn
Afrikaans and IsiXhosa languages
Enjoy a braai (barbeque) with locals in the township community of Langa, and sample Cape Malay cuisine in the Bo-Kaap
UNESCO World Heritage Sites2
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Cape Town is Africa’s most popular destination for many reasons, starting with its glorious climate and natural attractions – from Table Mountain to stunning beaches. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition – how to successfully operate within a global economy while grappling with the vast socioeconomic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past.
Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate means that May – July brings cooler days and some rain. Daily high temperatures are around 64°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 72°F.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Explore iconic areas like Cape Peninsula and the Cape Flats.
- Catch a rugby or soccer match, theater, music, or dance productions, and local festivals.
- Get new perspective on social challenges here as you engage with challenges and offer service to a community in deep poverty with iKhaya le Langa (House of the Sun), or do similar work at another NGO, school, or orphanage.
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Students live in shared apartments that vary in size between 2 and 6 people per apartment. There are combinations of double and single rooms. The apartments are centrally located to grocery stores, fast food restaurants and banks and the CIEE Cape Town Center. The building is equipped with security systems, Wi-Fi, laundry, common rooms with TVs, and kitchen facilities.
Students are responsible for meals. They can prepare meals at their house, or eat at local cafes and restaurants.
Students usually make use of Uber or ride-share services rather than unreliable, infrequent public transport. Costs are approximately USD $0.60 per kilometer, which makes this an affordable option for many.
Cape Town, South Africa
Where You'll Study
CIEE CAPE TOWN
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In this 8-week program, all students take the required courses: Poverty and Development Cape Town Case Study and Community and Partnership: Theory and Engagement. The program begins with theoretical work that provides a foundation for projects and an understanding of the challenges of daily life in Cape Town. Then, students put theory into practice with community projects. Students come away with a strong grasp of South African history, politics, educational challenges, values, and traditions. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.
Courses are taught by CIEE faculty, Monday – Friday, with some activities taking place on weekends. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.
CIEE Cape Town is located in the Rondebosch district, near the University of Cape Town campus.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students should have prior experience in community service or volunteer work.
Students take the two required courses:
- AFST 3003 CTSU / DEVE 3001 CTSU: Poverty and Development Cape Town Case Study
- CMBL 3001 CTSU: Community and Partnership: Theory and Engagement
Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits
- CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- Community and Partnership: 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours; 90 service hours
CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding given that a significant amount of time will be spent at students’ service site. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Cape Town when classes are in session.
Classes taught at the CIEE Cape Town Center are for CIEE students only. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation.
The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on participation, reflection papers, a presentation, and a final exam.
Language of Instruction
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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
Fees & Housing
|Summer 2022 8 weeks||Apr 1, 2022||May 31, 2022||Jul 27, 2022||
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Participation Confirmation = $300 *
Educational Costs = $6,331 **
Housing = $1,425
Insurance = $194Total Fees = $8,250
Meals not included in program fee = $800
International Airfare = $1,450 †
Local Transportation = $350
Books & Supplies = $50
Personal expenses = $1,000
Other = $80 ††Total Estimated Costs = $3,730
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
† Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
†† Covid test to enter the US, if required
To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.
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