Cape Town, South Africa

Leadership Through Mandela's Example

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Information for term Leadership Through Mandela's Example

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 30, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 15 – Aug 3, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Spend the Mandela Month of Service working on projects that bring Nelson Mandela’s legacy to life.

Mandela lived his life according to the African philosophy Ubuntu, which teaches that all humans share a common bond, and it is through our interactions that we discover that bond and our own humanity.

Under the guidance of CIEE staff in cooperation with a local NGO partner, you’ll have opportunities to experience Ubuntu while working on projects to expand access to education and resources for people in need. You will pair up routinely with local youth to help make a difference in the lives of others — from creating a more conducive learning environment at a library, to assisting a service group in its mission to house, teach, and support homeless people.

  • Leadership

    A new-found confidence and the ability to work across cultural lines

  • Understanding

    An appreciation for both South Africa’s progress in expanding access to education and the work that remains to be done

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Completion

Location & Culture

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Cape Town is a multicultural city with many outside influences as a trading city.

This harbor city boasts many natural landmarks, such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, but is also considered a modern architectural mecca, having won the distinction of World Design Capital in 2014. It’s also an attractive destination for ex-patriates and immigrants, further adding to its eclectic flavor.

Listen to live jazz, visit indie art galleries, or browse open-air markets for exotic handicrafts. Grab some quick fish and chips or savor the world’s best tuna, but stay away from the world’s largest concentration of great white sharks.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Meanwhile back at the soup kitchen base, our students held down the fort by providing soup and using play therapy with the local children from the farm!..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing


  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities 

  • Take a bike tour around the most southwesterly point of Africa.
  •  Observe penguins and ostriches!
  •  Visit Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  •  Hike up Lion’s Head during a full moon.
  •  Visit landmarks that help define Mandela’s life – the Apartheid Museum, Mandela’s home, and the prison on Robben Island.
  •  Walk the route of the June 16, 1976, student uprising in Soweto.
  • Play rugby or cricket and enjoy downtime with local peers.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee



Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Nov 30, 2018 Jul 15, 2019 Aug 3, 2019


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