Gap Year South Africa

Provider

Gap Year South Africa harnesses the power of volunteerism to connect the developed world with the developing world. GYSA works with a partner organization in South Africa and has an extensive network of contacts and knowledge of local conditions in the communities we serve. Expertise in the volunteer travel industry allows Gap Year South Africa to offer innovative gap year volunteer and internship options. Visit the GYSA website for more information on how you can start planning your gap year in South Africa.

Programs from Gap Year South Africa

Program Reviews

  • Katja
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Kronberg, Germany
    Other
    Serving God & his people in one of the most beautiful places in the world
    06/16/2015

    My time with GYSA and Hillsong South Africa was one of the most amazing times of my life! It's the perfect package as you can concentrate on serving God and the people/ kids in the townships, everything else is taken care of by GYSA. You live in a beautiful home, Martha our big sister and mother is taking care of the house and making the best and yummy food, Clive is taking you to all your projects and Jess is making sure you can serve in the projects that you care for, that match with your personality & interests and that your time in South Africa becomes more than you could have ever imagined. Fish Hoek is a lovely place and the house is just 5 min away from the beach. I don't even wanna start speaking about how beautiful Cape Town and the area around is - so many beautiful places to discover just at your door step. And Hillsong South Africa has become my spiritual home that I miss until this day! I have met amazing people, made friends for life, got so many hugs from sweet little South Afrian kids to last a lifetime, got to discover new parts of myself and deepen my relationship with God. What more could anyone ask for! Thanks Jess, Martha & Clive for this wonderful time - hope to see you again one day!!!

    Photos:
    Penguins at Boulders Beach
    Can't get much closer than this
    So much fun with these kids
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  • Katie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston
    Washington University in Saint Louis
    GYSA Review
    06/16/2015

    I absolutely loved this program!! If you have the opportunity to go travel to South Africa with GYSA, you should definitely should.

    During my time with GYSA, I helped out with the Community Development Program. The program was very flexible--I spent my first few days in Cape Town visiting different organizations to put together a personal volunteering schedule that I was excited about. Ultimately I spent most of my time working in pre-schools and and a disabled school in the township Masiphumelele. The time I spent volunteering was both meaningful and enjoyable.

    GYSA is a wonderful and unique program for a number of reasons. You are living in a lovely house surrounded by other people your age, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The house atmosphere really accelerates the friendships you make. When you are living with ~10 other people, you quickly become friends.

    When you're not volunteering (or surfing or helping with Hillsong) there are almost unlimited fun activities to participate in. GYSA helped my group organize a number of touristy activities, such as visiting Robben Island and snorkeling with seals. And even just planning among ourselves we managed to put together a variety of fun weekend adventures. Also, the night life in Cape Town is great. There was never a boring moment.

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  • Challum
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Cumbria uk
    Best time of my life!
    06/16/2015

    going to GYSA was the best decision I ever made, I would definitely recommend everyone who wants to learn to surf do it with them. Everything was handled very well and the surf coaches where all really great people.

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  • Max
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Philadelphia, PA
    University of North Carolina - Wilmington
    amazing experience
    06/16/2015

    GYSA was one of the best times of my life, and certainly the most influential. I got certified as a surf instructor and taught kids to surf, taught swimming lessons, and helped mentor a small group of guys around my age in math, English, and life skills! I met people from all around the world. My time in South Africa expanded my perspective of life and empathy towards others exponentially.

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  • Ash
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    South Africa
    Other
    Greatest experience of my life!
    03/26/2012

    Gap Year South Africa has provided me with the opportunity to grow as a person while having fun and supporting community development. The house is very secure, and because the group is relatively small compared to many volunteer organizations, you quickly feel like you're part of a family - which minimizes any chance of homesickness! Belinda, the lovely lady who cooks and cleans for us, makes the best food. The projects are well-run and accomodating, with the opportunity to work in different fields according to your interests; my favourite was working at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre.

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