Table Mountain

Dates

May 29 – July 1, 2018*
Students depart from the U.S. on May 28, 2018

Price

2018 dates to be released soon.

2017 prices were: Program Fee: $4,800
Tuition: $3,200

*Dates and prices subject to change

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Online orientation
  • Financial aid advisory
  • Personal assistance
  • Transient student registration facilitation
  • Flight recommendations
  • Parental communication
  • Housing
  • Weekly group dinners
  • All curriculum-related activities and tours including city tour, museum visits, admission to Robben Island, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, day trip to vineyard, hike of Table Mountain
  • All service-related activates and tours
  • Transportation to all LeadAbroad events
  • Dedicated car service stationed at our apartments
  • 5 day adventure trip on the Garden Route
  • Triad staffing with LeadAbroad program directors, interns and academic staff
  • Personal mentoring
  • International medical insurance
  • Group transfers to/from airport
  • Emergency assistance
  • Resume assistance
  • References for internships, jobs and positions on campus
  • LinkedIn networking group
  • Atlanta networking group

Itinerary

District 6 museumCape Town has been named the world’s #1 travel destination by The New York Times for good reason. The city has it all: beaches, mountains, culture, history, cuisine and adventure. During your five weeks in South Africa, you will experience all aspects of Cape Town with our action-packed itinerary.

When you arrive in Cape Town, our team will meet you at the airport and arrange group transportation back to the apartments. We will get you settled into your new homes and let you get some sleep before orientation begins on day one. Each week in Cape Town has a unique focus as part of our leadership and service-learning curriculum. The first week is about leadership. We will focus on the core tenets of personal leadership, hear from local business leaders and discuss leadership in South African history and politics. Next, we will switch our focus to experiential education and take advantage of the fascinating sights around Cape Town. This week will include site visits to scenic Cape Point, Boulders Beach – where you can see African penguins – and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 20 years. We will also take a day trip to the vineyards to learn more about South Africa’s growing wine industry.

During Week 3, we will dive into hands-on service. This week will focus on connecting with the community of Sir Lowry’s Pass, a township that we have served for the past seven years. We will provide after school programs for the students including sports, arts and crafts, music and dance. Each student will also be paired with a host family so you can learn more about life in a township from a first-hand perspective. Service week is always a challenging and growing experience.

Students exploring Cape Town

Next, we will jump into adventure week with a 5-day road trip along the Garden Route. During your time exploring the southern coast of South Africa, you will have the opportunity to cage dive with great white sharks, ride elephants and go on safari to see the Big 5 animals. Without question, adventure week is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. You will also have class in Tsitsikamma National Park, face your fears on the bungee bridge and create a strong community of friends.

The final week of LEAD Cape Town is all about application. We believe that the experience abroad is only the beginning and the next step is to determine how are you going to apply it to your life at home. Additionally, you will participate in a last celebration in the township, discuss your personal vision statement and reminisce at the final dinner before packing up and heading to the US.

Like what you see? Apply here for LEAD Cape Town!

“LEAD Cape Town changed my life. This trip opened my eyes to the meaning of adventure, to the rejection of fear and the embracing of joy.”

– Anneke Rood, University of Texas

“LEAD Cape Town changed my life. This trip opened my eyes to the meaning of adventure, to the rejection of fear and the embracing of joy.”

– Anneke Rood, University of Texas

Accommodation

The accommodation in Cape Town is phenomenal. You will stay in luxury apartments, just 10 minutes outside of the city center, with three other students of the same gender in a two-bedroom apartment.

The apartments are very spacious with a stocked kitchen, living area and balcony. On the property, there are three restaurants (if you like sushi you are in luck), a gym and a spa. The apartments are in a safe neighborhood with beautiful, beachfront views.

Accommodation

The accommodation in Cape Town is phenomenal. You will stay in luxury apartments, just 10 minutes outside of the city center, with three other students of the same gender in a two-bedroom apartment.

The apartments are very spacious with a stocked kitchen, living area and balcony. On the property, there are three restaurants (if you like sushi you are in luck), a gym and a spa. The apartments are in a safe neighborhood with beautiful, beachfront views.

Adventures

You have come to the right place. Cape Town is well-known as one of most adventurous places in the world. To take advantage, we include may adventure tours and activities into the program. You will hike Table Mountain, ride an elephant, pet an ostrich, go on a game drive, visit monkey and wild cat sanctuaries, see penguins at Boulders Beach, visit some of the world’s best vineyards and cage dive with sharks. You will also have the option to go bungee jumping from the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge.

But, if you still crave more adrenaline rushing through your veins, we also have a local adventure partner to connect you with other adventures. You will have a chance to see all of the available options during the first week and decide what you would like to sign up for with your new friends!

Service

Service week is often the highlight of our students’ experiences. You have the chance to work in a local township and provide after school programs for students of all ages. During this time you may lead an afternoon of field games or paint a mural. No matter our daily focus, you will have an amazing opportunity to connect with the local community.

We have been serving in the township of Sir Lowry’s Pass for the past eight years. We partner with the local soup moms— the matriarchs of the community — to find out what the community needs each year. We are committed to providing sustainable service, which is why we work in the same community year after year.

In addition to providing after school camps, you will get a chance to partner with a local family and hear their story. This personal approach to service means that you get to see another way of life firsthand. Rather than just painting walls or picking up trash, you will engage with a local family and gain a glimpse of what life is like in a township.

Courses

During LEAD Cape Town, you will enroll in two courses for a total of six credits from Oglethorpe University. Everyone participates in the same courses: Leadership: Global Theory and Practice and Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement. To provide more flexibility in your course selection, you can choose to label these courses in a variety of ways on your transcript under the subjects of interdisciplinary studies, history, politics or sociology.

Visiting Robben Island

Past students say that they have learned more about themselves from these two courses than any other class taken during their college career. These courses focus on who you are as an individual and where you want to go in life. They allow you to define your vision and values in a way that you may have never thought about before, and they provide you with direction after you return home.

All courses are tentative and subject to change. Below are the summer 2017 courses. Summer 2018 courses will be announced in September. Summer applicants get top priority for course preference!

You can download samples of the LEAD Cape Town syllabus here:

“What has stuck with me most is this new found awareness that I have for the people around me, the world, and for myself”

– Dani Squire, University of Arizona

“What has stuck with me most is this new found awareness that I have for the people around me, the world, and for myself”

– Dani Squire, University of Arizona

Flights

There are two ways to book your travel to Cape Town. First, you can reserve a seat on our group flight. This is a great way to get to know your fellow LeadAbroad travelers from the moment you depart the US. Traveling thousands of miles away from home is new and exciting so having familiar faces all around you makes the experience unforgettable. We will announce group flight details in the spring. If the flight is departing from a location other than your hometown, you will need to book your connecting flight independently to meet up with the group flight with a minimum 4-hour layover to connect. No need for any stress on the way to Cape Town!

Airport arrival

You can also choose to book your flight on your own. We will provide a time window when you should arrive at the airport in Cape Town. Whether you are on the group flight or a different flight on arrival day, LeadAbroad staff will be at the airport to greet you with huge posters and even bigger smiles. We will arrange your transportation to the apartments if you arrive within the designated group arrival time frame.

If you are traveling prior to the program, you can also meet us at the apartments to check in with the rest of the group on the same day.

Health & Safety

LEAD Cape Town groupYour safety is our number one priority on all programs. Our triad staffing model which includes LeadAbroad program directors, interns and Oglethorpe University faculty ensures we have one of the lowest student:staff ratios of any study abroad program. We execute safety procedures in Cape Town including assessment, education, security measures, ongoing monitoring and emergency response protocol. The LeadAbroad Policies, Terms and Conditions document outlines these policies in detail.

We want every student to remain healthy on the program. We combine pre-departure preparation with on the ground strategies to ensure our students are healthy and happy. In addition, we are ready for the inevitable accidents and emergencies.

Prior to departure, every student will complete a detailed health questionnaire. We encourage you to visit your doctor and dentist to ensure that you are up to date on all vaccinations and have complete supply of prescriptions. We also offer international medical insurance through TW Lord & Associates for all LeadAbroad students. It is important to note that this is different than trip protection or travel insurance. We will provide many more details on health and safety information in the student login after you are accepted.