- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: South Africa
- Program Delivery: Residential, Online
- Credit Awarded: College, None
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Student Apartment
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Affiliation: Gap Year Association
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
- Minimum Cost: > $20,000
Gain lifelong skills during an immersive semester in South Africa while learning from experienced human rights advocates working to advance social justice. Learn to collaborate and contribute to global challenges from the ground up with a diverse cohort of like-minded peers from around the world. You’ll develop the skills, network, and insights – about yourself and the world – that will help you fuel a future of positive impact.
Embark on a journey of cross-cultural immersion, meaningful internships and world-class training. Each year, we recruit and train a diverse corps of the brightest high school graduates and support them through a transformative gap year after high school. Through intensive training and immersion in communities across Africa, Latin America, and Asia our students contribute to local efforts in human rights, education, environmental conservation, public health, agriculture, and social enterprise. At Global Citizen Year, we give emerging leaders the experience to solve real problems, the perspective to see new opportunities and the network to make change happen.
Apprenticeship: Learn and contribute at a local project or organization. Work alongside members of your community on projects that really matter. Gain satisfying work experience in fields like environmental conservation, education, public health, agriculture, or social enterprise. Your apprenticeship is just the starting point of your community engagement; join a local sports team, build a community garden, or learn traditional dance. You’ll have the time and independence to shape your experience, pursue your passions, and discover new ones.
Lifelong Global Network: Share this gap year experience with extraordinary students from around the globe. You'll also have access to our network of over 500 alumni who are making a difference at over 200 colleges and in careers worldwide. Launch your future knowing this crew will be your network for life.
Maximize College: After your semester abroad, you’ll start college with the benefit of real-world experience, a global perspective, and a clear sense of purpose. Arrive on campus knowing who you are, why you’re there, and what you’re capable of.