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 4, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 3, 2021 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 11 – 31, 2021 (3 weeks)

Overview

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Spend three weeks working on projects that bring Nelson Mandela’s legacy to life.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is famous for his leading role in ending South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation. He was elected to office after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. But his legacy did not end there. During his five years as president (1994–1999), he also introduced housing, education and economic development initiatives to improve the living standards of the country’s black population.
 
Although Cape Town has come a long way, it’s clear there’s still much work to be done. Today Mandela’s mission continues through a variety of NGO service initiatives that address the inequality and economic disparity evident throughout the city. Ready to join in? This summer you can spend the Mandela Month of Service doing meaningful work where it matters most.
 
What will you get up to? It depends on the local communities’ needs, so no two summer programs are alike. Your team might be tasked with mural painting, gardening or maintenance projects at a local hospital or library; working with a service group that provides shelter and support for homeless people; or planting a community permaculture garden in a local township.
 
Back at your home base, you’ll bond with classmates at the CIEE Global Institute, where you’ll live, share meals, and attend classes. On group outings you can grab street food favorites like koeksisters (donuts) and boerewors sausage rolls. Cooking classes will give you a taste of Cape Malay curries and other regional cuisines. Field trips get you out and about to experience the full gamut of South African culture.
 
Once-in-a-lifetime excursions include a trip to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned from 1964–1982 for leading the resistance to apartheid. Other trips take you to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At the end of it all, you’ll take time to put the history you’ve absorbed into context and reflect on a global experience you’ll never forget.
  • 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 International Service Learning (50+ hours)

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.

Orientation

Upon arriving in South Africa participants will begin a three-day orientation in Johannesburg. Staying in a bed and breakfast will give you the opportunity to get to know one another while participating in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, language, academics, social norms, current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in South Africa. After orientation, you will depart for your host community in Cape Town. 

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

    Dormitory

  • Local Support

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

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Activities

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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.


​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

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

Application Fee

$25

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.

Program

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Costs

Summer Session I 2021 3 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jun 13, 2021 Jul 3, 2021
Summer Session II 2021 3 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jul 11, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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