• South Africa

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Program Includes:
• API advisor to assist you with all pre-departure needs, including visa assistance, and liaise with partner
throughout program
• Airport pick-up / arrival assistance
• Housing (You will live in shared volunteer housing or with a host family, depending on your placement.)
• Meals (breakfast and dinner daily after orientation ends)
• Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance
• On-site welcome weekend (3 days) and orientation
• On-site support from partner and host agency
Apr 17, 2019
Jul 27, 2013
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About Program

Volunteering abroad offers a unique opportunity for personal growth while making significant contributions to the local community. Open your heart, lend a hand, and seize the day as you embark on a purpose-filled adventure!

API has developed strong relationships with conservation groups, animal rescue centers, orphanages, schools, hospitals, and non-profit organizations abroad. We will work with your skills and preferences to best match your passions with the availability, needs, and objectives of the local host community.

API will provide you with the support and security you need to successfully plan your volunteer abroad adventure!

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Cultural Embrace by API is now known simply as API. API (Academic Programs International) has been the parent company of Cultural Embrace since 2012, and API has sent thousands of students abroad since 1997. Our name has changed, but our mission will remain the same. We still aim to transform lives by providing enriching experiential programs abroad that foster increased self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity and understanding of the global nature of our contemporary world.


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API Scholarships and Financial Aid Information

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

$250 - $1,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

Chintsa Summer 2012

My trip to South Africa was the first trip I've ever taken overseas. It was so easy! Buying the plane ticket was the most difficult and stressful part of the trip because I was unsure of flight times and plane changes, but once I figured that out, everything fell into place.
I was met at the airport by a wonderful man named Thobs, employed by Volunteer Africa, and he had all the others from our group with him. I felt like I was returning home, the welcome so warm.
After a couple days of orientation, we began our program with the schools. Each morning we walked to the office from the house we stayed in, checked in with the program leader and caught our ride to our school.
We worked with the children 3 hours each day and returned to the house to work on course work. I was able to participate in some community activities such as sports and adult education. People from the community were friendly, but careful, and allowed me small glimpses into their lives.
Chintsa does not have the same hustle and bustle as East London or Johannesburg. I felt we were pretty insulated from reality. I observed a community still segregated by economics and although I experienced some traditional lifestyles, I couldn't disspell the feeling of white privilege. Obviously, keeping the volunteers safe is a priority, but maybe if I had not been with a group from Texas State University, chance for cultural immersion may have been greater.
Returning to Chintsa is a priority. I want to be a part of the educational growth of the children and reverse the damage of apartheid.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the Texas State program would benefit from a longer stay-4 or six weeks. 3 weeks is not long enough to become completely involved. It felt more like a vacation, even though I was working in the school every day.
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