By participating in the Live Learn Leadership program, you'll have the opportunity to develop your problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Living with your host family and learning firsthand about the diverse and complex cultures of South Africa will help you to understand and challenge stereotypes and gain greater inter-cultural understanding as well as improve your social responsibility and citizenship skills.
During your stay you will get the unique opportunity to attend high school in Cape Town. You will learn about South African school life alongside High School Peer Assists—fondly referred to as GROW Buddies, which will allow you to explore and share day-to-day experiences with persons of your own age.
Culturally diverse partner high schools have been specially selected to participate in this exciting program. Schools have been selected for their commitment to cultural exchange and diversity, their dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff, and their offering of a variety of extra-mural activities. High schools involved with the program are English-speaking, and subjects and activities at schools vary from school to school. Among the activities offered by our schools are dance, art, drama, music and sporting activities.
Cape Town provides the opportunity for young people to be involved in a range of activities.
You will experience the South African culture through its local cuisine, art and music. The program includes structured tours to allow for experiences and sightseeing within the greater Western Cape.
We focus on local experiences to enhance the trip and beneﬁt the students, the impact on the environment as well as local communities. This makes the experience truly meaningful and memorable.
Safety is paramount and all vehicles have the highest standards and are equipped with air conditioning and an entertainment system.
Table Mountain – Enjoy 360 degree views of the city as you ascend to the top of Table Mountain in just under 10 minutes by cable car. Once on top, there is over 2km of pathways to choose from to take in the views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula.
V&A Food Market – Visit this vibrant food market known for its street food stands, drinks and live music. If there is time left visit the Watershed next door. This is a beautiful and vibrant space where over 150 tenants offer more than 365 brands, including ceramics, textiles, furniture, fashion and jewelry. Many of the traders sell unique South African products and arts and crafts.
Robben Island – From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. The notorious prison on the Island was also used to exile political prisoners of the apartheid era (including Nelson Mandela) between the 1960s and 1991. Today, it is a World Heritage Site and museum serving as a poignant reminder to a – now democratic – South Africa of the price many paid for freedom.
Day 1 – CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN
Depart in the early morning and get your adrenaline on the right level with Cape Zipline Canopy Tour in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
Route 62 – Travel along South Africa’s famous country road and the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards.
Overnight in Oudtshoorn
Day 2 – OUDTSHOORN TO SEDGEFIELD
Cango Caves – These caves are an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery. The adventure tour will explore three kilometers of passageways that lead to vast halls inside the earth, where colorful stalactites hang from the roof like ancient chandeliers.
Elephant Experience – This is an opportunity to interact with and feed elephants. Get to know these rescued gentle giants by name, learn their story, feel the texture of their skin, and even give them a scratch behind their ears.
Wilderness National Park – With 18km of pristine beaches, five lakes, five rivers and two estuaries, Wilderness is one of nature’s crown jewels and a protected National Park. Canoe along the Wilderness lagoon and spot birdlife while gliding over the water in a pure encounter with nature.
Enjoy the beach at Myoli, Sedgefield.
Overnight in Sedgefield
Day 2 - SEDGEFIELD TO CAPE TOWN
Game drive – Look for Africa’s Big 5, from the safety of a 4x4 vehicle, in their natural habitat. The game drive is led by an experienced and knowledgeable game ranger who will share his knowledge of big game, the many antelope species, birdlife and local African folklore. This private Game Reserve is currently home to giraffe, white rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and 24 more species that make up a total of over 400 animals.
Travel back to Cape Town on the N2. See the Cape Peninsula and False Bay spread out beneath you from the top of Sir Lowry’s pass. Late arrival back into Cape Town.
Chapman’s Peak + Ostrich Farm – Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek and is touted as one of the most spectacular drives in the world. The viewpoints en-route offer ideal photo opportunities. Continue along the coastline as you pass through Kommetjie and along the wild, yet beautiful, mountain pass of Misty Cliffs. Stop at the Cape Point Ostrich Farm to learn more about the world’s biggest bird and get a chance to feed them.
Cape Point National Park – Cape Point is found at the most south-westerly tip of Africa; is covered in endemic fynbos; and is home to stunning bays, beaches, rolling hills and valleys. Keep an eye out for pelagic birds, of which there is a large variety, as well as wildlife such as zebra, eland, and many species of reptiles and small mammals. Chacma baboons are common here, especially at the point itself. Take a walk up the stone steps to the Cape Point Lighthouse, where you will be treated to striking scenery and dramatic views. A delightful picnic lunch rounds off our visit to Cape Point.
Simon’s Town – Simon’s Town is an attractive little coastal village on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula, and where we visit next. Part of the town’s enduring charm is the naval atmosphere, Victoria-style architecture, cobbled streets, pretty beaches and the resident colony of African penguins.
Boulders Beach – The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. Waddle along with these comical black and white flippered friends in their natural habitat.
Drive past Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St. James, and Muizenberg – picturesque seaside villages full of history and character.