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International Coaching & Service Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

January 2nd- 12th, 2020

International Coaching and Service Trip -

Our service trip in Cape Town provides student-athletes with the unique opportunity to take a deep dive into the History of South Africa, learn about local sport-for-development non-profit organizations while completing service projects, and experience Cape Town through pre-planned adventure excursions, all within a jam-packed 10 day itinerary.


Our South Africa Program Director, Nawaal Nacerodien, maintains a working relationship with our sport-for-development NGO partners throughout the calendar year. This short term service trip will introduce you to several of our local partners and provide a brief overview of what these organizations are accomplishing and how they’re doing it. You’ll get to partake in service projects with three of these organizations: Great Commissions United, Making an Impact through Sports (MITS), and Project Playground South Africa (PPG). Sample service projects include assistance with sports camps and youth sports clinics, after school tutoring, healthy meal services/ work in a local soup kitchen, and more!

Read more about the service trip in our Program Guide.

Program Fee: $3,495


  • Roundtrip airfare from JFK Airport to CPT 

  • 8 nights lodging 

  • 3 meals daily 

  • Community service activities 

  • Student-Athletes Abroad local staff 

  • International health insurance (GeoBlue) 

  • All transportation in South Africa
    Day trip Safari 

  • Table Mountain Hike

  • Museum Entrance Fees 

  • Guest Speakers

Out of pocket expenses: 

  • Extra spending money (Snacks & Souvenirs) 

  • Applicable passport fees


  • Make a lasting impact in the community through engaging service projects with local sport-for-development NGOs 

  • Experience Cape Town’s vibrant city life, amazing beaches, and endless list of weekend activities 

  • A mixture of adventure excursions (Hiking Table Mountain, African Wildlife Safari, Boulders Beach) combined with historical site visits including a tour of Robben Island  

  • Walk away from the program with a deeper understanding of the power of sport for social change in the South African context

NGO Partner Spotlight

Project Playground South Africa (PPG)

Project Playground is a non-profit organization focused on bringing structured recreational programs to youth in neighborhoods that are systematically, socially, and economically deprived. Studies show that structured recreational activities contribute to the positive development of children and increases their motivation, concentration, and ambition. Project Playground reaches local youth through free after-school activities, sports programs, and support programs five days a week and currently serves over 750 children in three townships outside of Cape Town.

Great Commissions United (GCU) 

GCU operates in the Heideveld community of Cape Town and was founded by an inspiring reformed gang member named Mario van Niekerk. Mario and his team keep young people from Heideveld and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats away from gangs and crime by introducing them to positive influences and aspirations through education. Children from the community are invited to Woodlands Primary School to engage in life skills programming with a team of volunteers followed by a range of sports activities on the fields and courts.

Making an Impact through Sport (MITS)

Keith Meyer is the Founder of the program Making an Impact Through Sport or MITS as it is affectionately known by most involved. The MITS program is a proactive social initiative established by a group of residents concerned about keeping vulnerable young people off the streets and out of the criminal courts and onto the playing fields and sport courts. The MITS program utilizes the influence and inspiration of international volunteers and local coaches who are closer in age to the children, making it easier for the children to heed their guidance and instruction. This also makes mentoring more affable and easier for the children to be teachable.


They seek to educate young people on all facets of life, and sport has a way of doing this, often just on its own by getting kids out of the neighborhoods, meeting new people and making friends of diverse backgrounds.

Interested in Signing up?


Complete our Interest form and our enrollment staff will follow up with the next steps.

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