Finding Student Exchange Programs In South Africa

 The opportunity to expand your horizon and do so during your teens is the dream of many students, the thrill of a new country the adventures it holds is such an appealing way to spend your youth. South Africa being such a diverse and multicultural country, an exchange program within this country will truly be an enriching experience for an exchange student. If you’re considering South Africa as a place to study or volunteer during your schooling career then we’ve got you covered.  

Here is a list of the exchange student programs in SA to help you take that leap and see all the world has to offer.


Where foreign students can find opportunities to study in South Africa

  1. High School Programs with Projects Abroad

The special high school program of Projects Abroad is based in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, South Africa. Experience working with children, helping the locals in the Community Building Project, and other volunteer work. This program is open to all high school students from different areas of the world.

Teens 15 to 18 years old who are interested in helping developing communities abroad can join other students from around the globe on Projects Abroad’s High School Special programs. Lasting two to four weeks, these teen volunteer abroad programs are designed for young adults to make the most of a short time abroad while contributing to community service credit requirements or college applications.

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  1. Explore South Africa via Travel for Teens’ Programs

Travel for Teens offers programs in South Africa which allow participants to cultivate a global perspective and new cultural understanding. High school participants can partake in community service projects, visit Kruger National Park, and learn about the South African way of life throughout their program.

Meaningful service projects, thrilling adventures, and an abundance of wildlife come together on their South Africa program to give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference and reshape your worldview. Their goal will be to get in touch with the heart of this amazing country by working with conservation experts and marine ecologists to learn more about South Africa’s natural beauty, wildlife and conservation practices. On this program, you will discover everything South Africa has to offer while exploring the major cities, stunning country-side and mind-blowing game parks.

In addition to service work, you will have plenty of adventures including learning to surf, spotting the Big 5 on an exciting safari through a famous game park, zip lining, hiking, riding horses, whale watching, swimming with sharks and more!

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  1. GVI

Global Vision International offers high school volunteering programs in South Africa. Participants can experience a true community immersion while working on meaningful service projects and then explore the environment and culture further during weekend trips.

They have a range of programs specifically for students looking to travel during their spring break; join an alternative spring break program or join a gap year volunteering program abroad and make a real difference in the world.

With various options to choose from, their projects are varied, packed with adventure and cultural awareness to ensure students have an enriching learning experience and head home with a wealth of new experiences, friends and memories, which will ultimately impact their futures.

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  1. Study Abroad in South Africa with Youth For Understanding

Study abroad in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth with Youth for Understanding. High school students can take part in an exchange program that widens cultural awareness, builds confidence, and allows them to learn a new language. Programs can be as short as one semester or students can choose to stay for a full academic year.

Volunteer Programs

Participants live and volunteer at a children’s home in a suburb of Cape Town, and stay on-site in dormitories. Volunteers assist the children by helping with homework, playing sports, organizing fun activities, providing care, and walking children to school.

Accommodations: While some students will be placed with a local host family, many sponsoring volunteer organizations only offer accommodations in facilities attached to the volunteer projects the students are working on. Volunteers can count on exactly the same support as regular academic exchange students enjoy, including airport pickup, pre-departure and post-arrival orientations, YFU-sponsored get-togethers and tours.

Academic Programs

During your stay, you will attend a local senior secondary or high school. Students should be aware that nearly all high schools in South Africa require uniforms. You will take courses that are familiar to you in subjects like science, history, geography, English, math, and art. You can also embark on learning a language like Zulu or Afrikaans.

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  1. CIEE High School Summer: Cape Town / Leadership

Join our Education as a Human Right program, in time for the Mandela Month of Service in South Africa. For three weeks, you will assist with the implementation of community projects and bring the legacy of Nelson Mandela to life. You will have the chance to serve during the official celebration on July 18th.

Throughout the program, you will work and explore Cape Town under the guidance of CIEE staff and our partner local NGO. You will have the opportunity to immerse in Ubuntu teachings while helping expand access to resources and education for underprivileged communities. You will collaborate with local youth to make a lasting difference in the lives of other people through a range of activities, from teaching homeless individuals to creating an environment that is more conducive to learning.

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Prepare for your exchange program

With all of these programs offering both academic and volunteering programs, you will have the best of both worlds. The ability to learn the way we do and offer that extra helping hand-which always goes a long way- is something you cannot pass up. Get ready and come have an enriching experience of a lifetime.

For more information about studying abroad check out the following resource by Go Abroad

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  1. I am south African my wife and myself are pensionsers and I need some extra income and would like to host an exchange students programme. We live in in Kenwyn with a spare fully fitted bedroom with on suite and 15min from Capetown central and bus routes and Kenilworth center, access park and UCT

  2. I’m a South African and I want to accommodate foreigners here in SA while they are studying, so I’m asking for details what must I do or where must I go for assistance

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