South Africa Institute for Social Innovation

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At the South Africa Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural interpersonal skills applicable to any profession.

Guided by a team of experts, community members, and local changemakers, ThinkImpact scholars have worked on and created a wide variety of projects, from improving traditional cooking tools to developing water management technologies for rural farmers. Scholars also benefit from direct access to entrepreneurs, micro-finance organizations, community-based organizations, and local leaders. You'll take an asset-based approach to community development, prototyping an enterprise and then testing your product or service within the community.

In addition to your Institute curriculum, you'll be living and engaging with a homestay family and immersing yourself in the local culture.

Highlights
  • You refuse to settle for an average experience abroad. You're looking for something extraordinary--a program that will push your limits and bring you outside your comfort zone.
  • You understand that in order to succeed in a global marketplace, you need hands-on experience that will not only enhance your resume, but give you tangible, real-world professional skills.
  • You're passionate about social innovation and are searching for a crash course in entrepreneurship that will change the way you see the world.
  • You have an interest in global development, but want to go beyond the typical international volunteer program and make a real impact.
  • You will come back changed forever... in the very best way possible.

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing personal and professional growth!! High Impact, every minute!

The Think Impact program has drastically altered my perspective on social entrepreneurship. The curriculum and program its self is honestly revolutionary in the process, there is a back bone to guide but lots of room for creativity. The process is innovative, creative, and passionate. Each of the associates within the program are more than qualified and truly inspire the process of the institute in each student. I personally enjoyed the ability to let my design team work out a project. This is the reason Think Impact is making sustainable change because it is based on what assets the community possess, rather than the "needs".

The excursions were well planned and thoughtfully selected. I enjoyed our hike as well as our drum lesson. Our team of scholars became so close during our excursions. As far as improvements, it would have been helpful for a packing list which was customized for the country specifically. I found myself buying a few small things which I could have brought from home once I arrived.

This program has both inspired me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I would recommend it for everyone and anyone. I am proud to be an alumni of this program.

What would you improve about this program?
Preparation Material. It may have been helpful to have a bit more preparation material. I do appreciate the program did not offer specifics on our community before entering. By withholding specifics scholars could go into the community with an open mind and without expectations and presumptions on the community.
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