Duration: 21 Days
Location: Cape Town
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For more than ten years Nangila has been offering meaningful cross-cultural educational programmes to increase personal development of young people.  It is a highly rewarding environment for students to learn about themselves, others and their environment.

Through interaction with each other and the people of South Africa through sport, music, recreational and cultural activities, the students will build respect and an understanding of different cultures.  It will awaken social awareness and environmental responsibility to the world.

Nangila contributes meaningfully to the social and economic development of South African communities through direct interaction with them.  This is achieved through home stays opportunities and community service projects.

Participation in sustainable community projects often is the most rewarding part of the experience.  Completing a community service project in the developing world is highly rewarding for the students who work alongside the local community.  Students gain an insight into life outside of their more privileged backgrounds and these sustainable projects will continue to benefit the communities long after the students have left.

The students will:

  • Improve their English
  • Develop life-long friendships
  • Embrace the local cuisine and customs
  • Deepen their interest in South Africa, its people and its culture
  • Gain self-confidence and independence
  • Learn to have a wider perspective on life and to respect, embrace and learn from cultures different from their own.


The friendships and connections made between students, their host families, the communities and in-country co-ordinators build bridges of understanding and deepens a sense of global community.

Home stay is a popular form of accommodation as it provides an opportunity to practice newly acquired language skills and affords an insight into the South African life-style.  South African people are known for their hospitality, and our host families particularly enjoy meeting people from around the world and making students feel part of the family.

Our priority is to provide lessons of a high standard and our aim is for students to leave Cape Town feeling more confident communicating in English.


The group will be met at Cape Town International airport and transferred to their accommodation, in the Mother City. They will be welcomed with a djembe drumming session.  Depending on the time their flight arrives, they will either have the opportunity to rest for a bit and then freshen up for the orientation or they will retire to their rooms for a well-deserved night’s rest.  The orientation will then take place the next morning.

Thereafter, they will go on a guided walking city excursion.  The students will visit the Castle (dating back to the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century), District Six – the area cleared of its people by the Apartheid Regime/government during the sixties and the Bo-Kaap, home of the former Malay slave population of the Cape.  We will showcase Cape Town’s history through its museums, gardens and architecture.

The group will be transported to their individual home stays where they will be welcomed with open arms.

Mondays to Fridays the students will be collected from their home stays and taken to their project for their English Language lessons and community service.

  • 09h00 to 12h00 – English Language lessons
  • 12h00 to 13h00 – Lunch break
  • 13h00 to 16h00 – Community Service


Weekends will be spent with their host families except for the cultural activities which would probably be on a Saturday morning or we could use one of the weekday afternoons.


A possible community service could be at Baphumelele – Fountain of Hope which provides young people aged 18-21, who have been raised in residential care or who have recently been orphaned or who are vulnerable, with a safe and nurturing environment. They are taught a new skill set including life skills, computing and how to grow their own food, and given educational support enabling them to build a positive future for themselves as self-sufficient adults.

Located on around a hectare of farmland in the Philippi Horticultural area, on the Cape Flats, the farm currently hosts a stable group of young people in the farmhouse and temporary residential buildings. Supported by a small team, the youth are being assisted back to school or into vocational training, as well as taking part in programmes dedicated to building up their independent living skills.  A non-residential programme also runs each month training young people from our programme in computing, how to grow food, and life skills.

The students will be involved with cleaning, gardening, painting, assisting with computer skills and daily interaction with the youth to increase personal growth for both parties.