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ACES in South Africa: Children and Families Service Learning (WB)
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break,
Winter Study Tour
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
ACES in South Africa
Winter Study Tour
HDFS 379: Children and Families Service Learning in Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Robben Island
Course Description
Program Fee
Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities
Withdrawal and Program Change Policies
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information

Course Description

• Introduction to South African history, politics, and legacy of apartheid.
• Role of youth in liberation struggle.
• Post-apartheid society.
• Families and Children; educational policy, family dynamics
• Post-apartheid challenges: HIV/AIDS, poverty, crime

The trip to Cape Town will feature cultural/historical tours and 2 weeks of volunteer work. Volunteer work will focus on HIV/AIDS education, childcare, health care, and community projects in Cape Town and surrounding townships.
Day 1
Arrival in Cape Town
Through customs and immigration to Welcoming Party!
Transport to housing, settle in to rooms
Introductions, Orientation and Safety Briefing, South African etiquette
Relax at Camps Bay on the Beach
Dinner at home – South African Braai with traditional African food

Day 2
Township Tour of Khayelitsha, Lunch and discussion with Mama Thope
Cavendish for shopping
Light dinner at home
New Year's Eve Party on Long Street (or other venue)

Day 3
Afternoon trip to Llandudno Beach and Rocks
Dinner at La Med

Day 4
Cape Peninsula Tour – Hout Bay, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Penguins
at Boulder's Beach, Simon's Town (packed lunches)
Minstrel Carnival – late afternoon
Dinner at home, Night life in Obs or catch up on sleep

Day 5
Tour District Six and Caves at Oudekraal with author Linda Fortune
(packed lunches), Dinner at home

Day 6
Green Point Market
Lunch at home
Robben Island Tour
Dinner out in Obs – small groups

Day 7
Tour Imizamo Yethu and volunteer sites (packed lunches)

AbalimiTour Amy Biehl Foundation
Dinner at home with discussion

Day 8
Work at volunteer sites, (packed lunches)
Dinner and discussion at home

Day 9
Work at volunteer sites, (packed lunches)
Dinner at Mama Africa

Day 10
Work at volunteer sites, (packed lunches)
Dinner and discussion at home

Day 11
Work at volunteer sites, (packed lunches)
Table Mountain by Cable Car
Dinner out, as group, or in small groups

Day 12
Wine Tour – Cheetah Rescue Preserve –

Dinner at Pomegranate Restaurant at Vergenoegd wine farm

Day 13
Church in township optional/ Mzoli's in Gugulethu,
Or Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden – take picnic
Or free day for other activities – Shark cage diving, Hike Table Mt.

Day 14
Volunteer work (packed lunches)
Dinner and discussion at home

Day 15
Volunteer sites (packed lunches)
Invite Robert and Jawaya from Our Fertile Ground to dinner at home.

Day 16
Volunteer sites (packed lunches)hdfs
Dinner and discussion at home

Day 17

Volunteer sites (packed lunches)
Goodbyes at volunteer sites
Sunset Cruise on Table Bay
Dinner at Waterfront

Day 18

Free time
Farewell Braai

Day 19
Morning shopping at Greenmarket Square
Lunch on Long Street
Packing and farewell meeting
Depart for home

Day 20
Arrival at O'Hare Airport for pick up by families.
Additional Resources
Support in country provided by Sean Warpole, 

Volunteer sites available to us already are Heaven's Nest Orphanage and St. Anne's Home for destitute mothers and their children. I see in your essays that many of you have health care interests. Sean will work on placements based on your interests as much as possible, though if health clinics are willing to work with us, by law, most of our experience there will be observational, as we do not have medical training.

This course was favorably mentioned in the Daily Illini!
The article is at

Lonely Planet Info on South Africa
Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads 
Language of Instruction: English
Must show strong commitment to academic achievement, good academic standing. Priority will be given to undergraduates in HDFS. Graduate students and non-HDFS students may apply. Students who apply must be aware that accommodations in South Africa may not be at the same level of that found in the United States

This course is worth 3 credits.  
On campus meetings: TBD. Class meetings include lectures, films, and discussion on articles and books. (Be prepared to read outside of class.)
Faculty Leader Bio

 Jan Brooks
 Jan Brooks is a Teaching Assiciate within the department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.

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Program Fees

hdfs,hdfsFor an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the term during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Program Fees Includes: airfare, accommodation, some meals, ground transportation, entrance fees, emergency medical insurance, and miscellan
eous expenses.  For a detailed budget, please click the "Budget Sheet" link above.  

*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships. 
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at

Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to .
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. The ACES Scholarship Application may have an earlier deadline than your study abroad program.  Please check the ACES scholarship page for deadlines correlating to your program.  More information about ACES scholarships can be found at
For more information about general costs, please read the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship section, found here for tips and advice:

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Withdrawal or Program Change Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( .
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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program and two blank visa pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at
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Application Information

First Steps Info Session 
Read the First Steps content found on our website ( or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
Program applications vary.  This ACES-sponsored, faculty-led course abroad application may include:
  • Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport
  • Signature verification form (downloadable from your online application)
  • Essay questions
  • Online questionnaires and online signature documents
  • Letter of recommendation – done electronically (must me an academic advisor, professor, or TA) 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
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Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

Health and Safety
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at

Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also

Pre-Departure Resources
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

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Contact Information

Faculty Leader
Jan Brooks
116 Child Development Lab

ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
1301 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Study Tour 2017-2018 10/06/2017
Rolling Admission 12/28/2017 01/14/2018

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.