Program Details

Experience South Africa’s diversity, complex history, and modern life while exploring social change. Learn leadership and project planning skills to make a difference in your own community.
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Embark on your immersive journey at the southern tip of continental Africa in stunning Cape Town, where you will learn about South Africa’s complex past and explore breathtaking sites, such as Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, where you will spot penguins while taking in the views. Visit the country’s historical landmarks, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison before going on to become president. You will also visit community organizations to learn about community building, see social change in action, and interact with local youth.

Travel to either Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking community, or Kwanokuthula, a Xhosa-speaking community, for a homestay with a South African family. During the homestay, you will work on a service project alongside members of the community, take Afrikaans or Xhosa language lessons, and participate in hands-on music and drumming workshops.

Get ready for a safari adventure as you travel north! Visit Kruger National Park, where you might spot giraffes, wildebeests, antelopes, lions, and zebras in their natural habitat. Experience the beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the natural splendor of Mpumalanga along the way.

Your Experiment concludes in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, where you will intensify the focus on leadership and social change. Visit important historic landmarks and the Apartheid Museum to better understand the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Explore the artsy and business-forward neighborhoods of modern Johannesburg. Your Experiments will come to a close as you complete your leadership training and create a plan for the change you can create in your community back home.

Setting Description:
The program’s broad geographic reach uncovers South Africa’s numerous cultures, languages, and landscapes. The program begins at the southern tip of the country in Cape Town, journeys east to historic Grahamstown for the city’s world-renowned arts festival, and spends two weeks in Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking Griqua community, where you live with a host family. As the program travels north, you experience the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Mpumalanga, and a three-day safari in Kruger National Park. The program concludes in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. Orientation: Cape Town, 4 days Homestay: Kranshoek,* 10–12 days Other Accommodations: Guest houses, dormitories, lodges, and chalets/houses * Homestay locations can vary.
$6650 USD.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • One of the best experiences of my life!

    Going on The Experiment in International Living’s program to South Africa this summer (2018) was so amazing! The program itself was centered around the theme of leadership and social change, which are two subjects that I am very passionate about. Some

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • South Africa Leadership Program

    What I appreciated the most about this program was the immersion into South African culture rather than deeming ourselves the white saviours of poverty ridden Africa. We never bought a goat or installed a well. We watched and listened to the sounds of

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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