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Exploring South African history, since the Eastern Cape frontier’s earliest inhabitation by the Khoi and the San to the present. Gain insight into the Eastern Cape frontier as a meeting place of South African cultures and languages.

The programme will consist of exposing the student to South Africa’s rich cultural and linguistic history. The dynamics of the Eastern Cape’s frontier as meeting place of different cultures and languages as a microcosm of South Africa will be discussed.


Programme Presentation

The programme will explore intergroup relations on the Eastern Cape Frontier and introduce students to the cultures and languages specific to the Province of the Eastern Cape.
The programme will expose students to the Eastern Cape as the birth place of Nelson Mandela and other struggle heroes. In addition to this, students will be exposed to Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the places that played a critical role in the establishment of a democratic South Africa.
Lectures are facilitated by academics and community experts. Lectures consist of theoretical and interactive sessions. Thorough lecture preparation and active participation will ensure an optimum learning experience.
Incorporated in the programme are excursions that will immerse students into South Africa’s rich cultural and environmental heritage. This will be enabled through field trips to museums, heritage sites and exposure to various communities.

On completion of this programme students will:

  • Be familiar with South African history
  • Have an understanding of anti-apartheid struggle and transition to democracy
  • Have insight into South Africa’s various cultures and languages, with specific focus on isiXhosa



Community Upliftment

When selecting this programme students will also participate in either a facilitated Community Service Learning or Community Holiday Club add on:

Community Service Learning:

Participants in the Community Service Learning Programme will be able to volunteer their time and skills and in the process, gain an understanding of the development challenges facing South Africa. The aim of this programme is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their global citizenship through volunteer work. Students will develop an understanding of current issues impacting community life in South Africa. They will experience this first hand through their volunteer work.

On completion of this programme students will:
  • A theoretical understanding of, as well as practical exposure to, the face and impact of poverty in South Africa
  • A broad understanding of the process and principles of community development
  • The ability to apply the principles of asset-based community development while volunteering at projects
  • Knowledge of and experience in building relationships to participate in the development of people

Community Holiday Club:

The aim of this programme is to provide students from abroad with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop an understanding of current issues impacting communities in South Africa. Students will be afforded the opportunity to experience the social, cultural and political dynamics first hand through service whilst assisting with the running of the Holiday Clubs. The Holiday Clubs enable a student to interact with school pupils on a one-to-one basis allowing for the possibility of advancing the community.

Holiday Clubs are held in disadvantaged areas during the school vacation / holiday periods. The Clubs are run for disadvantaged children within those communities where the children would otherwise be left unsupervised. The Holiday Clubs aims to empower the children and youth in leadership development, and acquiring knowledge of South African heritage and culture, and environmental issues. The club involves ccreative dance and other fun educational activities. The programme is comprised of a theory and a practical component. On-going formal mentoring by an academic is made available to students.

On completion of this programme students will:

  • Wil understand the socio-economic differences within the various geographical areas of Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Will acquire the competencies required to manage pupils from disadvantaged areas through different group work projects
  • Be able to think in creative ways to manage community development.
  • Will develop the competencies required to develop youth in an authentic multicultural environment.
  • This programme will orientate students to the fundamentals of community development in terms of its goals, principles, processes and application in South Africa.

Dates: 24 JUNE - 26 JULY 2019

Students should arrive between the 15th and 16th of June and depart on the 21st.

Programme Cost: $3500.00

Application deadline: 30 March 2019



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