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About

We are an organization that provides, specialized internships and practicums, study abroad courses and skilled volunteer placements. We offer a holistic approach which includes, theoretical learning, practical application, and skills development with input from trained professional mentors who are already experts in their field.

Founded
2018
Headquarters

124 Clovelly road
Clovelly
Cape Town
7975
South Africa

Reviews

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Samantha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such an amazing time studying with Evolve Abroad in South Africa! The administrators were so encouraging when I expressed interest in getting me involved with schools in a another country. The traveling opportunities were so much fun, and I enjoyed our excursions a lot. The coursework was heavy, but not overwhelming. I was still able to get time to really get out and explore Cape Town and most of the learning occurred when I interacted with the schools faculty. The location of the campus is absolutely gorgeous - a wonderful place that I spent relaxing.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would probably try to go further out of Cape Town and get more experience in there rougher parts of Africa.
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Tiana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What Evolve Abroad has made possible, what I have learned and experienced, the people I have met and the friendships I was able to make in just 3 weeks, I could have never found anywhere else. The Marine Science Research Program allowed me to fully immerse myself into anything related to marine biology and marine conservation by being a program fully individualized based on my interest, experience and willingness to challenge myself. I got a chance to work with many people from many different local NGOs such as Anchor Environmental, Cape RADD or Sea The Bigger Picture, learn from them and take advice from them being it related to free-diving, community work, scientific sampling and evaluation, citizen science or life in general. I got a chance to teach pre-school kids about the ocean and plastic pollution and sampled beaches for microplastic. This program did not just allow me to get a glimpse of the complexity of marine biology and conservation but has allowed me to be part of every single aspect of it. Simultaneously exploring the Cape Peninsula, hiking up Table Mountain, visiting the Penguins of Simons Town or simply drinking Rooibos Tea while watching the sunset, had left me with an unforgettable experience that was way beyond anything I could have imagined.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open-minded and soak it all in, every smile, every taste, every view and every moment. You won't ever find another experience like it, so you better just try it all and I tell you, you will be rewarded with more than you ever could have expected.
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Chloe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travelling to Cape Town to complete this programme with Evolve Abroad was my first internship and my first trip abroad on my own. The founders and staff of Evolve Abroad made me feel nothing but welcomed. They planned an amazing programme according to my field of interest and connected me with relevant mentors with years of priceless experience. Through Evolve Abroad, I got the opportunity to learn from these mentors and the students I had the chance of meeting. I got to experience life in Cape Town for a full month, and not just what you'd get to see and do as a tourist. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at my placements and activities throughout Cape Town that Shayle (co-founder) went above an beyond to research and recommend me to do. Through this experience, I've learnt so much, from the food culture, traditions, politics and the people. I'm not sure if I would've gotten this experience anywhere else.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I believe that there's so much to learn if you stayed eager and open-minded. South Africa is so rich in its history and the people have you meet have so much to share.
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My 6 month internship in Cape Town turned into 2 and half years of life-changing experiences. This program fuelled my passion for social change with a beautiful combination of positive and challenging experiences that taught me invaluable lessons about my resilience and capability. I was able to identify my passion for teaching, and return home to do a teaching degree safe in the knowledge that it was truly what I wanted to do.
Being so far away from friends and family was a real challenge, but the support from the team was beyond what I could have imagined, and I truly felt like I was held and part of a team looking out for each other.
The experience of working in the location was eye opening and heart warming all at the same time. The sense of community is beautiful to behold, and they envelop you in culture and laughter like nowhere else I have ever been.
Treading the fine line between volunteering sustainably and being the ‘saviour’ is something that many volunteer organisations struggle with. I believe that my experience in Cape Town showed me what true sustainable aid and impact can look like.

I am forever grateful for the work this internship enables me to do, both in the community and in myself.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open mind. If you have already decided on the type of experience you want or are going to have, you are limiting yourself. Be open to change, challenge and experiences you cannot plan for!
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Tilda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I first arrived in Cape Town in 2011, and it forever changed me. I was meant to go to Cape Town for three months, and ended up working there for over two years. These were years which formed me, and I will be forever grateful for that experience.

South Africa has a unique history and culture which makes it intriguing, dynamic and collaborative and gives you a feeling that you do not want to leave. South Africa has its fair share of problems which you will not only learn about during your program, but you will also get the opportunity to contribute to the solution by giving back to a community which is openly excited to work together with you for sustainable impact.

In addition to being years of personal growth and endless days and nights of laughter and joy, doing an internship is essential for your career. It provides you with chance to stand out from the crowd and learn transferrable skills such as cross-cultural skills, flexibility, resourcefulness and social skills, skills which are needed in ALL jobs. During my time, I kept a journal with all the experiences and challenges I faced during my time working in the townships, this later became my key document when applying for jobs as I could always provide clear examples of when I demonstrated and applied the diverse skills.

Remember that you only live once - make the most of it!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
When I first arrived I believed that Cape Town would be scary and that everyone was struggling. That is not the case. Cape Town is filled with talented, outgoing and driven people who wants to change their lives. Little did I know that they would be the once who would change mine.

Jobs

Programs

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Social Science Internship in South Africa
South Africa
3 reviews2 interviews

Travel to Cape Town South Africa and learn about its unique political...

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Evolve Abroad: Special Education internship in Cape Town
South Africa
2 reviews

Travel to Cape Town and work alongside a professional remedial teacher...

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Marine Science Research Program
South Africa
1 review1 interview

This particular marine science course specializes in training courses...

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Experience Performing Arts in Cape Town South Africa
South Africa

Learn Abroad on our Performing Arts Blended Summer Program! Grow and...

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Evolve Abroad: Early Childhood Development Internship in Cape Town
South Africa

Earn academic credits while on your internship placement as a teacher...

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Sports Science Internship in Cape Town with Evolve Abroad
South Africa

Travel to Cape Town and be mentored by some of the best coaches in the...

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Natalie Sitarenios

Job Title
Student Coordinator
I am a mother and wife to a beautiful baby and husband. I have been teaching abroad for 7 years and absolutely love it. Really enjoying my current job.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Going with my husband, my boyfriend at the time, to the Philippines and learning how to surf. It was such an amazing experience, being in the little town Baler. Everyone was extremely friendly and so welcoming. We really enjoyed walking everywhere and trying most of the food. We also met a comedian who was quite funny and so down-to-earth. He joined our table too!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Yes, I have experienced a few things that have made me less ignorant and more open-minded. I have also learnt a bit more from various cultures and countries. I have also experienced a few things in my own country which I wasn’t aware of before.

It is especially nice working for a kind and understanding boss who helps and encourages you along the way.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I have not been with Evolve Abroad long enough to have a return student, but my first student loved Cape Town so much and really enjoyed the staff and course from Evolve Abroad that she has asked for a permanent job here 😂

We still stay in contact to this day and she often asks about the students and staff.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would like to go on the marine biology program as I haven’t studied or experienced the program and would love to learn something new and interesting.

Marine biology interests me most as it has to do with nature and life. I really enjoy learning about nature and would like to be more educated in this field.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our hospitality is something to be proud of as we really go out of our way to make students feel comfortable and a part of the family.

The in-depth experiences are also something to be proud of. We try our best to give the students what they need and want. We let them explore and often they get to learn and discover more about themselves.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

That the students learnt, loved and experienced what they came for.

You need to treat everyone with respect, no matter your status. It is important to be punctual and have initiative. Always thinking of something new and interesting to add to stay with the times. Working as a team will add to the success and make things a little easier.