Program Details

Experience South Africa’s diversity, complex history, and modern life while learning entrepreneurial and leadership 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:

Experience South Africa’s diversity, complex history, and modern life while learning entrepreneurial and leadership skills to make a difference in your own community.

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 of Good Hope. You will visit the country’s historical landmarks, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

From there, continue to either Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking community, or Kwanokuthula, a Xhosaspeaking 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. As you travel north, you will experience the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the natural splendor of Mpumalanga, and a two-day safari in Kruger National Park, where you might spot elephants, lions, zebras, and rhinos in their natural habitat.

Your Experiment concludes in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, where you will attend workshops at

the African Leadership Academy, which trains young leaders from throughout the world who want to positively transform Africa and the world. You will also go on excursions in the city to stop by Soweto and Nelson Mandela’s childhood home, complete a project on social or ethical entrepreneurship, and visit the Apartheid Museum to better understand the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy.

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At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a community service certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.

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.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Need based financial aid from $250 to $3,000

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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