South Africa: Multiculturalism in an Urban and Rural Society

Explore South Africa's diversity, complex history, and contemporary realities

offered by Experiment In International Living

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Embark on an immersive journey through multicultural South Africa on this summer abroad program for high school students. Learn about the country’s historic transition from apartheid to democracy, its cultural diversity and arts, and its ongoing efforts to advance civil society and human rights. Visit key historical sites, such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

You will witness ongoing community development efforts and work on service projects with local residents. Projects could include assisting at a local school or soup kitchen, or helping to establish a community vegetable garden. Participate in Afrikaans language study and hands-on workshops focused on dance, music, and drumming.

The program’s broad geographic reach uncovers South Africa’s numerous cultures, languages, and landscapes. The program begins at the southern tip of the country in Cape Town, journeys east to historic Grahamstown for the city’s world-renowned arts festival, and spends two weeks in Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking Griqua community, where you live with a host family. As the program travels north, you experience the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Mpumalanga, and a three-day safari in Kruger National Park. The program concludes in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg.

Orientation: Cape Town, 4 days
Homestay: Kranshoek, 10–12 days
Other Accommodations: Guest houses, dormitories, lodges, and chalets/houses


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