All GVI study abroad programs have a 6 week duration, but students will only be in country conducting field work on community or conservation projects for 2 weeks.
Your Study Abroad program begins 2 weeks prior to departure, when you'll participate in an online course, getting to know your instructor, GVI international field staff and your classmates, all of whom may come from many different institutions across the U.S. and around the world. A majority of your time abroad will be spent outside the classroom, as you work alongside our staff and community partners to address various challenges in the region that you have discussed during the pre-departure sessions.
Around the world, the majority of people living below the poverty line are women. Many girls are still denied basic education and women continue to dominate the world's illiterate population. By supporting women in culturally appropriate ways and listening to their own opinions about the types of opportunities that would benefit them most, GVI will ensure that your time in South Africa has meaningful impact on the future of women and girls with whom we work.
In addition to learning about the issues, you will contribute to impactful sustainable empowerment initiatives, explore Cape Town, immerse yourself in a fascinating culture and prepare yourself to work on similar challenges in your own community back home.