CIEE: Cape Town - Service Learning

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Learn by doing! CIEE’s Service-Learning program lets you be of service while exploring the complexities and challenges facing Cape Town and the entire South African region – like hunger, government corruption, and violence. Work with local communi... read more

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I not only learned a lot about South Africa, but through living in a different culture and with new people, I learned a lot more about myself and my own values. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Cape Town - Service Learning
I learned so much about the reality of poverty and inequality in Cape Town, but also generally in the world. I saw and experienced and learned so much! There were many difficulties and challenges with disorganization and difficult program staff to work with, however it was certainly still worth while. However I think that unfort... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
There were an incredible amount of frustrating logistical problems and very shaky academics, but the service-opportunities and the beautiful city made those things tolerable. My opinions of my trip abroad might be very different had I not met a South African girl there, one who came back to the States with me for her break ... - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
I gained a lot of cultural experience. YES! - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
How to live more independently. It was worthwhile in that regard. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It really changed my entire outlook on life - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Cape Town - Service Learning
I met so many fantastic people, and learned so much about the South African culture and myself. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I gained so much academic knowledge and grew personally from the experience. It was 100% worthwhile. I made really close friends and learned a lot about myself - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I became much more independent and focused my interests. It was beyond worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
how to interact and work with other cultures - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
I could go on and on and on. It was worthwhile. It was the best 5 months of my life by far, I wish I could do it all over again! - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Cape Town - Service Learning
I cannot always control my situation, but I can make a difference. Every culture has its ups and downs, and every country is unique. I learned to appreciate this, but also understand that improvements can always be made. History is in the making. I would absolutely go back to South Africa in a heartbeat. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Cape Town - Service Learning
Absolutely. I learned independence, how to break out from my comfort zone, the benefits of service work, and I met a ton of new friends, both American and African. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, I learned a great deal about myself and where I was. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Learn by doing! CIEE’s Service-Learning program lets you be of service while exploring the complexities and challenges facing Cape Town and the entire South African region – like hunger, government corruption, and violence. Work with local communities, learn civic responsibility, and engage in rigorous academics, including social-research methodology, language study, and development studies. Plus, you’ll discover the rich history and culture of the South African people through visits to landmarks and sites of historical importance – and much more.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you'll:
- Enroll in a fully integrated, holistic service program that combines coursework and service to the community with integrated activities designed to support the academic service-learning goals, both in and out of the classroom
- Design and implement a capstone project based on community needs and personal interest
- Meet with and discuss current South African economic, social, and political challenges with experts in the field
- Discover the rich history and culture of the South African people through visits to landmarks and sites of importance

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Afrikaans
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • African Languages, Literature
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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Qualifying programs: CIEE summer, semester, or year-long programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please check the home page of your program of interest to see what awards are offered for that program.

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Federal Pell Grant-eligible students can receive a GAIN Travel Grant up to $1,000 when they complete their CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by our published deadlines. Gilman Scholarship applicants can receive a CIEE Go Global Grant AND a GAIN Travel Grant totally up to $4,000!

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CIEE offers substantial grants for students who choose our innovative Open Campus Block program. Available at 13 CIEE Global Institutes around the globe, Open Campus invites students across majors to study in up to three international locations in one semester.

Up to $3,000 per student

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