• Live and understand Africa first-hand
• Meals included for the entire program period
• Volunteering option included
• Social Science and Economic Studies
What makes this Athena?
• LOCATION: One of the most multicultural cities in the world
• SIZE: Smaller customized Africa option
• PERSONAL: Engage with locals
EDU Africa, founded in 2003, shares the same vision as Athena that personalizing study abroad is the key to the best outcomes and experiences. They operate from four regional offices in Africa, and they offer authentic, hands-on and unique educational experiences.
EDU Africa is a fellow member with Athena in the Global Learning Collective, the first truly global consortium of educational organizations that share similar values, offer a personal connection to your in-country host partner, while providing on-the-ground expertise and local access in each region of the globe.
Founded in 2003, EDU-Africa offers exceptional education experiences.
The Social & Economic Study Abroad program includes 60 hours of volunteering at a non-profit organisation, 36 hours of contact time where students will be guided through a carefully curated curriculum presented by a course convenor and relevant guest lecturers. There are an additional 20 hours of field trips providing students with the necessary context to understand contemporary South Africa and to gain first-hand experience of successful social and economic development initiatives.
If you want to reflect about how countries and communities develop and what is meant by development and progress, South Africa is a great place to do it. South Africa has developed a strong civil society that attempts to address key challenges and many non-profit organizations are making significant gains.
This program features one course: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Courses have the following % breakdown:
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Desireé studied at the University of Cape Town where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film and Media Production. Before joining the team at EDU Africa, she was a travel blogger, editor and social media ninja at TravelGround. “My desire to travel began when I was first able to reach the door handle on tippie toes – it was an ‘aha!’ moment when I discovered a bigger world out there.``
Experiencing South Africa outside of the classroom is essential, so our program package includes visits and excursions that will allow you to get an even closer look at the African culture.
Educational site visits (included)
Cultural activities (included)
Cape Town is blessed with both a strong history as well as scenic beauty. The city is located on the shore of Table Bay and is the oldest urban area in South Africa. Table Mountain on one side and Devil's Peak and Lion's Head on the other form a dramatic mountainous backdrop enclosing the central area of the town.
Housing Type: Guest House or Self-catering apartments
Unlike most study abroad options, meals will be covered on this South African program!
Excursions are included! See above.
Typically, 5-15 students, per term. The size of the program is kept small so that students get personalized attention from the instructors and advisors.
Excellent! Traditional African food is generally cooked over an open fire or in a three-legged pot, so meat tends to be served in either stewed or grilled form. A starch and some vegetables usually accompany the meat.
Vegetarians: Athena’s resident vegetarian gives Cape Town a 6 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!
Yes! You can certainly request who you would like to have as your roommate. This is done after you are accepted into the program; you will note this in your housing request forms.
You will fly into Cape Town International Airport, in South Africa.
We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency. The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.
``Athena Study Abroad has done a wonderful job in figuring out logistics, settling us into the city, and giving us a multitude of enjoyable opportunities for adventure and exploration. We certainly took advantage of every opportunity that we could and seized the day every day... ``
The University of Southern California
This program is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is routinely awarded as one of the best cities in the world to visit, with its immense natural beauty, cultural diversity and rich history. The city is known by its most iconic landmark, Table Mountain, as well as various other points of interest including Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach and the nearby Robben Island.
Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and eclectic city, not to mention a beautiful one. Cape Town is a hub of social, cultural, historical and economic realities that define South Africa.
The only toboggan track in Africa is in Cape Town. These toboggans don’t run on the traditional snow and ice. Instead, they run on a stainless steel track!!
Table Mountain is 1,860 meter high and it is estimated that every month at least two couples get engaged on top of Table Mountain.