Global Gap Year: Stage 2 - South Africa Building & Choice of Program
Twice the size of Texas, South Africa's position at the southern tip of Africa has created a diversity of lifestyles and environments. At the start of the 21st century, South Africa is leading the way in African politics and is seen as an inspiration to other countries. With eleven national languages and a variety of religions South Africa truly is the 'Rainbow Nation'.
Projects Abroad is based in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, located in the heart of the Western Cape. From its beginnings as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town has grown into the second largest city in South Africa. By living and working in Cape Town’s vibrant middle class and mixed-race communities, participants will start to understand the complexities of South Africa's past and present, and help to give the younger generation the tools they need for the future.
The first two weeks in South Africa will be spent on our Building Project in the formerly segregated communities that surround Cape Town. The aim of the project is to provide a community center in Village Heights, just on the outskirts of the city. This physical project creates long-lasting, tangible results for the local community and is a great team-building exercise for the group.
The remaining four weeks are spent on a program of the volunteer’s choosing. Volunteers choose from a huge variety of projects:
Global Gap volunteers can choose the program that best suits their interests and goals. It is also a great opportunity to explore a new field and discover whether it is a good fit for a future career! Whichever option you choose, you will gain new skills and meaningful experience to add to your resume, while knowing you are making an impact on those in need.
The group will spend the first or second weekend visiting a local historic or cultural site with our local staff.