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

December 6, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (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 local NGO partners, you’ll have opportunities to experience Ubuntu while working on projects, 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 and a history as a trading city.

This harbour city boasts many natural landmarks such as Table Mountain and stunning beaches; it is no wonder that Cape Town is Africa’s number-one tourist destination. Cape Town offers much to do: hiking, museums, shopping at markets, and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to interact with Cape Town's diverse population. As a microcosm of many African countries in transition, Cape Town illuminates the issues of joining the global economy while grappling with vast socioeconomic inequalities born from its colonial and apartheid past.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"I really enjoyed how diverse our service projects were - from having dancing parties with a church community and the homeless community, to playing with children in the children’s hospital, to painting benches at a boys home, to a beach clean up ... Additionally, our Afrikaans classes and history classes really put our service work into perspective."

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.

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


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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