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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Maymester, Spring, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: GVI 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Field Study, Internship Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad
Program Description:
South Africa Global Health Internship (short-term)
Gain experience in global public health in the South African context. Work with an international team of staff, interns, and volunteers to increase health and well-being in communities near Cape Town. Earn work experience and leadership skills while contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-Being.

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Program Focus
Travel to a small seaside town an hour outside Cape Town to facilitate greater health and well-being in the local community. A major part of GVI’s ongoing efforts to support health in the community involves providing volunteers and interns to facilitate sports lessons at a local primary school. This helps to instill the habit of daily exercise in local children from a young age, helping them reap the many proven benefits of regular physical activity. In the process, participants gain confidence as a leader and practice new skills like intercultural communication. GVI also runs a girls empowerment group at a local primary school and participants focusing on health-related topics might have the opportunity to discuss women’s health topics with this group. They might also facilitate healthy hygiene habits at a local creche in alignment with UNICEF’s WASH or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene initiative. Interns might also have the opportunity to engage early childhood and primary school groups in other health-related topics like nutrition. 

Identifying a public health need in the community as well as designing and delivering an adult workshop to address this need is an important part of the work interns complete on this program. Workshops may focus on first aid skills, hygiene and transferable illness, mental health awareness, substance abuse, and other important health topics.

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GVI Community operations in South Africa are based out of Gordons Bay, a picturesque coastal village nestled at the foot of the Hottentot Hollands Mountain Range, just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town.The area is home to beautiful swimming beaches, magnificent wine farms and popular restaurants and bars. Gordons Bay is also the beginning of the scenic and well-known Garden Route, making this the perfect base to explore the best sites and activities the Cape has to offer.

Program Highlights
  • Earn your GVI ILM Leadership Development certificate, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
  • Gain experience in running a health education workshop. 
  • Learn how international development projects are run in a South African context. 
  • Earn experience in early childhood and primary school education. 
  • Explore the dramatic landscape and vibrant city life of Cape Town. 
  • Before or after your program take a trip up to the famous Kruger National Park.
If applying for this program to obtain credit from an institution, GVI can supply learning outcomes and support in the application. Risk assessment available upon request, please contact GVI for more details. 

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