Community Holiday Club

Combo Mid-Year Programme | 6 USA Credits / 12 ECTS Credits


The aim of this programme is to provide students from abroad with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their global citizenship through volunteer work. They will develop an understanding of current issues impacting communities in South Africa and experience this first hand through service whilst assisting running Holiday Clubs.

On Rocks

Holiday Clubs are held in disadvantaged areas during school holidays for vulnerable children and youth who otherwise would be left unsupervised.

Holiday club aims to empower the children and youth in leadership development, heritage, cultural and environmental issues including creative dance and other fun educational activities.

This programme orientates students to the fundamentals of community development in the field of Behavioural Science, in terms of its goals, principles, processes, and application in South Africa. The programme is comprised of a theory and practical component. Ongoing informal mentoring is made available to students.

On completion of this programme students will have:
  • A theoretical understanding of, as well as practical exposure to, the face and impact of poverty in South Africa.
  • A broad understanding of the process and principles of community development.
  • The ability to apply the principles of community development while volunteering at community-based projects.
  • Knowledge of and experience in building relationships to participate in the development of people.
  • Reflected on their theoretical and practical experiences in order to ensure that students learn while providing service
  • A capstone portfolio will be required to be handed in on the last day of the programme including a daily journal/learning diary which reflects on the volunteering experience.
  • A visual presentation.

Transcripts will be issued by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the appropriate academic credit.

Programme Cost: $3500.00

The cost of the programme includes tuition, housing, programme-sponsored excursions, selected meals and programme related transportation in South Africa.

Cost does not include application fees, some meals, airfare, personal spending money, international health insurance, or passport fees.


Applications Close:

29 April 2017

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