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 include (all classes are taught in English)
Intro to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) 
COSA in South Africa

Elective classes may include: 
Apartheid’s Footprint: South Africa Today 
• Community Health and Engagement: Volunteer Development, Social Enterprise and Justice in South Africa

Students live with a South African family in Cape Town. Bedrooms are either single or double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member or other student. Partial board is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  

Excursions may include:
·      Cape Town City Tour
·      Table Mountain National Park
·      Various city museums
·      Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities abroad to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

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
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):
  • Social Work
  • Public Health
  • Political Science and Government
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Mental and Social Health Services
  • International Relations
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • History
  • Global Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Cultural Studies
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • African Studies
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