Student in South Africa

South Africa Volunteer Abroad Program

March 15-30th 2013

Southwestern College is offering a 15-day volunteer abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa. The program is specifically geared toward students interested in service-based work in an international educational setting. Students will be working in an educational facility near Cape Town, South Africa, assisting with the daily activities necessary to support the work of the school.

Students will live in a lodge style setting in close proximity to the educational site, and evenings will be free to explore the beautiful area surrounding the Team House in Noorhoek. There is a Service Learning component to this program.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to all college students, with priority enrollment through September 15th for Southwestern College students only.

After that date (Beginning September 16th) students from other institutions and the community are eligible to apply. Students from other SDICCCA Colleges and the community are urged to participate. If you are interested in this program contact us at and get on our list for meeting announcements. We expect to have application materials and a brochure for this program by August 20, 2012.

Students must have completed at least 12 college credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better and be at least 18 years of age at time of departure.

Participants, in addition to completing all application materials and paying their deposit ($400), are required to provide Professor Virginia Watson ( with a letter of recommendation from an employer or professor, recommending you for participation in this program.

All applicants will receive an interview by Program Leaders before being accepted into the program. Interviews will be scheduled at the time of completion of all application materials.

Volunteer Site: Educational Center

Typical day in the life of a volunteer

7:30 - Get up, eat breakfast, and start getting ready for your project
8:15 - Head off on the short drive to the education center
8:45 - Start your work at the education center. You may read simple books with the children or teach them English, or play games and sing songs with them.
12:00 - Lunch break. You will be picked up from the orphan day care center, and taken to your volunteer house, where lunch is waiting for you.
1:30 - Start of your afternoon projects. You may be visiting schools or community centers to paint, clean and repair facilities.
4:30 - End of the working day. You will be picked up from your project and taken home, where we evaluate the day and discuss the schedule for the next day.
6:30 - Dinner at your volunteer house.

Program Costs

Program Costs per person based on 25 participants  $3,096.19 total (which includes plus $708.29 for tax and fuel surcharges).

What the program cost includes:

  • All transport, fuel, tolls and road taxes
  • Vehicles for the 13 days in Cape Town with drivers
  • Airport coach transfers
  • All food (3 meals a day) and drinks (tea and coffee) unless eating out
  • All Accommodation fees
  • Trip up Table Mountain in a cable way
  • A peninsula tour including Cape Point
  • Trip to Boulders Beach to see the penguins
  • All Lodge fees as per itinerary
  • Services of an on-site representative
What the program cost excludes:
  • Items of a personal nature, personal insurances, visas and meals taken in restaurants, gratuities (Student insurance approx $2.75 per day)
  • Lunches on travel and sightseeing days and as per itinerary

Cost based on 25 participants

For more information, contact the Center for International Programs in Room 651 (Behind the Southwestern College Bookstore) or write us at

Please attend one of the informational meetings to learn more:

Informational meetings
Date Time Location
August 28 11am-12 pm Room 554
September 12 5pm-6pm Room 2001
September 26 5pm-6pm Room 2001
October 9 3pm-4:30pm Room 5210 (San Ysidro Campus)
October 23 11am-12 pm Library


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Last updated: 9/17/2012 1:07:15 PM