Program Details

Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa, a country that has undergone an extraordinary transition from apartheid to democracy.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa, a country that has undergone an extraordinary transition from apartheid to democracy.

The program begins with intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C. prior to traveling to South Africa. Home to exceptional leaders and peace activists such as Archbishop Emeritus Demonst Tutu and the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa provides a fascinating backdrop for investigating the complex dynamics of intercultural leadership, youth activism, and political and social change.

Through leadership workshops, seminars, meetings with NGOs, and field visits to sites of historical and cultural significance, you will build on the training you received in Washington.  You will examine current South African politics and socioeconomic realities as well as issues of racial, ethnic, and gender-based discrimination. Meeting with a range of institutions that provide leadership training and mentoring, including the UKZN Leadership Centre and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will further your understanding. You will also have the opportunity to meet with South African youth of different ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds who are working to advance change on issues of local and global relevance.

From there, you’ll discover the role that the city of Durban has played in South African history, including its place in the struggle against apartheid. Visit Cape Town, Johannesburg, rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi nature reserve and the Drakensberg mountain range. You will experience daily life as a South African during your two homestays with local families in contrasting parts of the country.

While investigating leadership and activism in the context of South Africa, you will be challenged to draw and reflect on the experiences of your home community and country facing many of the same critical issues that you examine in South Africa. You will continue to advance your leadership skills as you return to the U.S. for guided project planning. During this final stage of the program, you will begin working on a post-program project of your choice to be implemented in your home community.

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Setting Description:
Students receive intensive leadership training in Washington, DC, followed by a four-week experience focused on Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights in South Africa. Finally, students return to the US for debriefings, synthesis and reflection sessions, and reentry workshops on the School for International Training campus in southern Vermont.
This program is fully funded for accepted applicants.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
This program is fully funded

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  • South Africa - Life-changing and more than just a summer abroad

    Throughout my six weeks in this program I have changed in more ways than what I expected. Everything about this program made me realize that I am much more privileged than what I thought (especially in the rural homestay). I have met people that have

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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