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Life in Cape Town

Cape Town has been named one of the top tourist destinations in the world, from the famous Table Mountain to the ocean, with glorious forests in between.

The city is desirable for its natural attractions such as penguins in Simonstown, fynbos and oceans meeting at Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the great surfing beaches of Muizenberg, Blouberg and Glen Beach. Not forgetting historical spots like the World Heritage Site of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists were jailed.

Shoppers can find leading brands at the Waterfront mall, the hipster boutiques on Bree and Loop Streets or find something unique at a neighborhood market.

The people also make it an ideal location to study abroad. South African people are warm and hospitable and represent one of the broadest range of cultures in the world – where else will you find eleven official languages? Among the many cultures that call this country home you will find descendants of black African tribes, English and Dutch colonialists, and Indian, Portuguese, Asian and French immigrants. South Africans are known for their relaxed and laid-back lifestyle, with the famous braai (barbeque) as a favorite way to gather family and friends together on the weekend. Most South Africans are crazy about sport, whether watching it or playing it. The most popular sports are soccer, surfing, cricket and rugby.

Your Home Stay

Live as a South African! As part of this experience you will be placed with a carefully selected host family, who provide an instant local connection for warm support and friendship. The families live in middle class residential areas around Cape Town. For the safety of visiting students, all homestays are screened and have undergone background checks. Students are matched with an appropriate family, and a maximum of two students may be placed in each host family.

Most South African host families have 1 or 2 children of varying ages, and a mother and father, although there are some wonderful single parent families. All families speak English as their primary language and many families can also speak Afrikaans. Many students form a lasting attachment to their host parents, brothers and sisters that brings joy and friendship long after the student returns home.

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