LEAD Cape Town
Once in a lifetime adventure, leadership & service-learning study abroad program
May 31 - June 28, 2024
Stretching your comfort zone
Once in a lifetime experience
Travelers who appreciate culinary excellence
Six hours of academic course credit
Adventure week featuring African safari game drive, shark cage diving and elephant sanctuary tour
Like-minded community of students
Savor Cape Town’s eclectic restaurants and neighborhood markets including the world renowned Old Biscuit Mill
Community engagement & service-learning
Innovative curriculum focused on your learning and personal development
“The staff truly goes above and beyond to ensure that every student has a memorable time. I had an amazing month in Cape Town because of thanks to them and the other students on my program. I’m so thankful for LeadAbroad and all of the new relationships I made this summer!”
— Ella Rose Smith, Louisiana State University
“Being in Cape Town this summer was a life changing experience. I exposed myself to a new culture, community, and classroom dynamic. I took the leap of faith to get out of my comfort zone, and grew as an individual because of it! The people you meet through LeadAbroad's program turn out to be like family. I will always cherish my time in Cape Town!”
— Sadie Weldon, Auburn University
Join us for four weeks in South Africa on our flagship program. You will quickly realize why Cape Town is our staff’s favorite location. The action-packed itinerary is carefully curated to complement the transformative curriculum. Students tell us each week on LEAD Cape Town is better than the last. Weekly themes include leadership in the context of South African history and politics, experiential education, adventure, service-learning and reflection. You’ll receive six hours of academic credit from our academic partner, Oglethorpe University, while experiencing the highlights of a world-class city and discovering the best version of yourself.
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Like many universities, we have rolling admissions. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.
Do not miss your chance to travel during college. Join us on an adventure to discover yourself, connect with friends and come alive this summer!
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Before DeparturePre-departure support Online orientations Personal assistance Flight recommendations and/or group flights Parental communication On campus and/or virtual program meet-ups Private social media groups for introductions and roommate matching
On The GroundHousing Welcome dinner Final dinner Leadership & personal development workshops Cape Town city tour (includes attractions like District Six Museum, Signal Hill, community gardens & historic landmarks) Table Mountain hike Cape Point tour Boulders Beach tour Community engagement & service activities International medical insurance Airport bus transfers to/from program accommodations if arriving within group window 24/7 emergency support from U.S.-based domestic team
After You ReturnResume assistance References for internships, grad school and/or jobs On-campus leadership & ambassador programs Private LinkedIn & Facebook networking groups Family (Alumni) events
Independent CostsRoundtrip airfare Most meals (Note: Student apartments have private, fully equipped kitchens) Free time excursions and transportation to independent activities Optional high-adrenaline adventures (for example: skydiving, bungee jumping, quad biking, etc)
Let us do the planning so you can stress less and travel more. Your program fee covers many of the expenses of your time abroad.
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 disciplines on your transcript under the subjects of leadership, history, politics or sociology. Past students say that they have learned more about themselves from these two courses than any other class taken during their college career. 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 will provide you with clarity and direction after you return home.
Community Engagement & Service
We believe there is nothing more powerful than service learning to take your international experience to the next level. Service week is often the highlight of our students’ experience in Cape Town. Each year we work with community leaders and NGO’s to identify how to mindfully and sustainably support initiatives in local communities. Some of our favorite past projects include running after school programming for local youth, partnering with soup moms (community matriarchs) in Sir Lowry’s Pass, preparing meals at a local food kitchen, school beautification projects and business consulting for young entrepreneurs. This unique experience in Cape Town will deepen your connections with local leaders, with community members and with your peers.
Bucket List Adventures
Cape Town is well-known as one of the most adventurous places in the world. To take advantage, we include many adventure tours and activities into the program. You will hike Table Mountain, walk with elephants, go on a safari game drive, see penguins at Boulders Beach and cage dive with sharks. If you’re looking for more extreme adventures, you will also have the option to go bungee jumping from the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge. In addition, we partner with a local adventure company to connect you with additional bucket-list adventures such as sandboarding, seal snorkeling and skydiving. By stepping outside of your comfort zone alongside your peers, you will leave this program with incomparable life-long friendships.