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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Time Abroad: Fall, May, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 10-Week, Summer 2, Winter Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: GVI 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Break 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 1 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 10-Week 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Provider, Volunteer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Education, Fine Arts - Art/Art History, Fine Arts - Performance Studies, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - Anthropology, Liberal Arts - Communication, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Liberal Arts - Performance Studies, Liberal Arts - Sociology, Science
Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Affiliate Provider & Exchange Advising (
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory Classification: Freshman, Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Ubuntu and Community Development in the Mother City Cape Town
The incredible city of Cape Town is rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

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However, there are still many people living in poverty and GVI is working in townships to offer orphans and disadvantaged children educational and sports opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Situated just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town is a township where there is a sanctuary for children who are in desperate need of educational enhancement. This volunteer project involves providing a safe, fun and creative environment for these children, giving them the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

From this location we offer short-term volunteering starting from 2 weeks. We also offer internships which would include one-on-one mentoring and training by expert GVI staff and on longer durations can lead to job placements. 

We can offer a combination of community development programs ranging from sports and surfing, to healthcare initiatives and education and tutoring.

Volunteers can expect the following highlights on this program depending on their area of focus:
  • Assist teachers and GVI staff to run sports lessons at the township schools. Running general physical education classes or teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby
  • Help run our surf club. This involves giving the children surf lessons and teaching them about how to care for their coastal environment
  • Setting up and running educational workshops on general health and hygiene practices. These are aimed at child-carers, teachers, children and their parents. Be directly involved in setting up and implementing these workshops to create a fun and interactive, informal environment.
  • Ensure that these communities will be better prepared to care for and protect their young children from general illness and will offer advice on how to live in a healthy environment. 
  • Facilitate and conduct educational workshops which will include a combination of lectures, stories, interactive games, activities, drama and role plays. Some of the topics you would cover will include: General hygiene practice, Healthy food and its importance, The importance of exercise and some examples, Common illnesses and their symptoms
  • Planning and implementing a project which uses educational games, song and dance, arts and crafts, gross and fine motor co-ordination and storytelling to allow these children to have fun while learning and developing at the same time.
  • Optional side trips are available to the likes of Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, to name but a few!
You will be able to book your side trips on arrival in Cape Town. For those traveling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town. 

If applying for this program to obtain credit from an institution, GVI can supply learning outcomes and support in the application.
Risk assessment available upon request, please contact GVI for more details.

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Because GVI is an affiliate provider, Texas A&M students will receive a 10% discount, up to $500 USD on volunteer programs and internships