Devote your summer to community engagement

You may you want to spend your summer helping others and contributing in some small way to a developing community. If you do, you’ll be humbled and inspired by this unique opportunity. Spend six weeks contributing to communities in need and developing your own leadership skills by tutoring school students in Cape Town in reading, math, science and information technology. The program is offered in conjunction with the Students Health and Welfare Community Organization (SHAWCO), an NGO based at the University of Cape Town. The wonderful work of SHAWCO adds practical experience that will begin to show you the real life applications of the development processes.

Volunteering was a simple way to both give back to my host country a well as to enhance my own understanding and experience abroad. ”

Jamie Snyder

Arcadia University Student, Community Development Program

  • During your orientation, you will visit a type of adventure camp to take part in various team-building exercises.

  • You’ll also take a course through the University of Cape Town (UCT) to develop your insight into the conceptual issues around development, poverty and power in the context of post-apartheid South Africa.

  • Enroll in a service-learning course where you will spend two weeks teaching computer skills to adult learners and four weeks tutoring local middle school students.

  • You will also attend weekly reflective sessions in which you will discuss your field work and learn skills to support your teaching as well as relating your experiences to the overall themes of the core course.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2016 6/8/2016 7/16/2016 6 $6,650 3/31/2016 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details


South Africa

Language of Instruction



Cape Town

Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in South Africa are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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