- Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Gap Year
- Year Round
- Program Description:
Spend six to 12 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 fall you can spend 6 to 12 weeks doing meaningful work where it matters most.
What will you get up to? It depends on the local communities’ needs, so no two blocks are alike. You might be tasked with helping with a mural painting, gardening or doing 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.
Your actual service experience will be enhanced by the service-learning workshops that you and your peers will participate in over the course of each block. CIEE recognizes the importance of framing the service experience and the value of increasing participants' leadership skills, ability to problem-solve, build community relations and initiate change. Spend a few hours per week focused on these complementary skills to make your service experience even more impactful for you and the community!
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