Cape Town is alive with possibility! While your free time will be packed with adventures and unique Cape Town experiences there are many opportunities to learn, explore and create change through a meaningful internship, volunteer or study abroad experience.
Cape Town volunteers, international students and interns will enjoy and become immersed in the diversity of this South African city. Not only will the international programs in Cape Town provide lifelong skills and learning, but also the rich culture will allow for an increased international awareness that is nothing short of life changing.
Population: 3.5 million (49 million in South Africa)
Languages: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa main languages spoken in Cape Town – SA has 11 official languages.
Religions: Mainly Christian
Country Capital: Cape Town (legislative); Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial)
Time Zone: GMT +2
Fun Fact: Capetonians set their clock by the Noonday Gun, which is fired on Signal Hill every day except Sunday.
The first residents of this southernmost tip of Africa were the KhoiSan people. In the 15th century the first European explorers Bartholemeu Dias and later Vasco de Gama visited the Cape. But it was only in the mid-17th century that Cape Town itself began to take shape; Jan van Riebeek established a halfway station in Cape Town for ships travelling to and from Asia on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.
Today the Dutch influence is still evident in South Africa, from the widely spoken Afrikaans language, with its roots in Dutch, to the names of Cape Town’s residents and streets. The colony passed between Britain and the Dutch several times in the decades that followed. Add to this mix the Cape Malay/Cape Coloured influence – from descendants of immigrant Asian slaves, and the Xhosa black community and you find yourself with a cultural richness and diversity that’s hard to beat.
Hike or take the cable car up Table mountain to enjoy a spectacular view from the top of Cape Town's best-known landmark.
Feast on gourmet meals at world class restaurants or winefarm picnics in the Cape's French Quarter.
Picnic in one of the world's most beautiful botanical gardens and enjoy live music during the summer months.
One of Cape Town's trendiest spots with the beachfront as its playground for perfect summer days and nights.
Enjoy whitewashed fishing villages, pristine beaches and learn more about the San culture.
Explore the diverse bars and restaurants of Long Street, the heart of Cape Town's night life.
The perfect spot for a picnic with sundowners and panoramic views of the city - no climbing necessary!
With a permanent collection of South African and international art as well as frequent exhibitions, this gallery is well worth a visit.
With a vast collection of objects from 700 million old fossils to t-shirts printed yesterday, the museum is a great way to get a feel for the country's history.
From August to November, witness the Southern Right whales frolic in the bay at one of the world's most famous whale-watching spots.
Enjoy postcard-perfect views of Table Mountain, kite-surfing or relaxed dining at one of the beachfront restaurants.
Somewhat of a Saturday morning tradition, the Neighbourgoods market here is perfect for brunch with friends.
Get up-close and personal with great white sharks from the comfort of your cage!
Try your hand at surfing lessons at Muizenberg, rated one of the best places in the world to learn!
This museum celebrates the vibrant, multicultural community of District Six - forcibly removed under the Apartheid Regime.
Shop, eat and be entertained at one of Cape Town's most popular tourist destinations.
This 150 seater intimate dinner theater in the heart of CT's night district showcases cabaret, live music, comedy, dance and more.
Get in on the action as live international acts and local soccer matches keep the memory of World Cup 2010 alive.
Spend an afternoon in this retro fishing village, browsing the bohemian and antique shops and indulging in fresh fish 'n chips!
Take a swim or relax on the beach in the company of African Penguins.
Get away from the city and enjoy wine tasting, mountain scenery and elegant Cape Dutch architecture in this beautiful winelands area.
For a local experience, braai (barbeque) at Mzoli's Place in Guguletu township - enjoy a diverse crowd and delicious meat.