IPSL: South Africa - Apartheid's Footprint, Community Health and Transformation

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  • Location(s): Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Volunteer, Gap Year, Graduate Program

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Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL accepts Americorps Segal Education awards, too. Cape Town is a beautiful port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, with a colorful mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes. It is located be... read more

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Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL accepts Americorps Segal Education awards, too.

Cape Town is a beautiful port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, with a colorful mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes. It is located beneath the flat-topped Table Mountain which is accessible by cable car. At the top there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a South African family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Cape Town and surrounding areas.

IPSL is partnered with a social service organization in South Africa. This international non-profit recognizes that the challenges of homelessness and mental health requires innovative solutions. They offer rehabilitative employment, to vulnerable people, giving them a chance to heal themselves mentally and emotionally. A student’s specific placement will be determined by community and agency needs, as well as the students’ interests, goals and skills.

Volunteer opportunities may include:

  • Youth Development and Leadership

  • Counseling and Health and Mental Health Education including TB and HIV testing, care and prevention

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Social Services including teaching life skills in a mobile clinic with a focus on sex workers, inmates and people living on the street

  • Micro-Enterprise Training


Academic courses frame the history of South Africa, its challenges and opportunities that help students to understand the South Africa of today.

Courses may include (all classes are taught in English):
• Intro to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
• COSA in South Africa
• Apartheid’s Footprint: South Africa Today
• Community Health and Engagement: Volunteer Development, Social Enterprise and Justice in South Africa

IPSL participants live in a Eco-Village conveniently located within Cape Town city. The village is a collective of several NGO's doing different work within the region and serving different populations. It is a ready made laboratory to explore local social development efforts! If available, you can also choose to live in a homestay with a South African family in Cape Town.

Excursions may include:

  • Cape Town City Tour

  • Table Mountain National Park

  • Various city museums

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of their revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Gap Year
Graduate Program
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • African Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Global Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Social Work
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Mental and Social Health Services
  • Public Health
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Year Founded:
1981
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IPSL Scholarships

IPSL's goal is to help all students go abroad. Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Americorps Education awards are accepted to go towards all programs. In addition, an automatic $5500 will be applied to all Graduate students who have served with Americorps, Peace Corps and or the military.

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