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Program Description:
ACES in South Africa: Service Learning, Child, Family, Health and Agriculture

Summer Study Tour

Cape Town, South Africa

Mountain Top

  • 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
  • Community resiliency; health and food security 
The 3 week trip to Cape Town will feature cultural/historical tours and 2 weeks of service work. Participants will choose volunteer work in health clinics, shelters for women with children, community gardens, children’s hospital, center for children with disabilities, schools (when in session), or possibly small animal veterinary clinic.  

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Volunteer sites available to us typically include child care at orphanage or shelter for women and children, children with severe disabilities, summer trip schools are possible, health clinics, work with ill or recovering children, community garden network and marketing center, small animal vet clinic. VACorps 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.

Group Flight
As a part of the Program Fee, 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. 
Faculty Leader Bio

Jan Map      Jan Brooks
          Jan Brooks is an instructor within the Department of Human Development and                    Family Studies.

  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at lest two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required
  • This program is open to student of all ages and majors, graduate students and non-HDFS students may apply
  • Students must show strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing
  • 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. 

Academics and Student Life
The language of instruction is English. 

HDFS 379, 3 credits.
On campus meetings: Class will likely begin mid-March. CRN for registration will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Class meetings include lectures, films, and discussion on articles and books. (Be prepared to read outside of class.)
Sample Itinerary
Day 1
Evening arrival in Cape Town
Through customs and immigration to welcoming party!
Transport to housing, settle in to rooms
Late night snack.

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Day 2
Community walk and safety orientation
District Six Museum
Beach with packed lunches
Welcome Braai (BBQ) for dinner at Ivy’s Kitchen 

Day 3
Nobel Square at Alfred and Victoria Waterfront
Ferry to Robben Island Museum
Dinner at the waterfront

Day 4
Cape Peninsula Tour - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Penguins
at Boulder's Beach, Simon's Town
Township tour and dinner, community interaction and discussion

Day 5
Safari experience at Aquila game reserve
Wine farm tour and tasting

Day 6
Tour Volunteer sites and introductions
Hike at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Dinner at home with discussion

Day 7
Volunteer sites
Dinner with Xhosa language and culture instruction

Day 8
Work at volunteer sites, (packed lunches)
Dinner and guest speaker or movie at home
Explore community night life

Day 9
Work at volunteer sites
Dinner and discussion at home

Day 10
Work at volunteer sites
Gandhi’s Backpackers 

South Africa
Day 11
Apartheid Museum
Lunch at Truth Café
Constitution Hill – former prison museum and Constitutional Court
Dinner at Moyo – Melrose Arch

Day 12
Rosebank Market
Lunch and bicycle tour Soweto Township
Flight back to Cape Town

Day 13
Volunteer work
Class meeting with guest speaker or discussion

Day 14
Volunteer work
Table Mountain by cable car for sunset

Day 15
Volunteer sites
Dinner at Beth Uriel Shelter for Young Men

Day 16
Volunteer sites
Visit cheetah rescue compound

Day 17
Volunteer sites and goodbyes
Greenmarket Square outdoor market
Dinner on Long St. at Mama Africa

Day 18
Free day for activities in small groups -
Hiking, climbing, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Waterfront, etc.
Farewell Braai

Day 19
Breakfast on own in area cafes
Packing and farewell meeting
Depart for home

South Africa
Day 20
Arrival at O'Hare Airport for pick up by families.


For 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 semester during
which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Financial Aid 
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. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 

Application Information 

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit 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 
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Online questionnaires Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application.  
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.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.
South Africa
Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

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:
Vaccinations and Health
Capetown is a malaria-free and yellow fever-free zone. Once you have been accepted into the program you 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
Before You Go
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 travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
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:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

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 (  

Additional Resources

Support in country provided by Sean Walpole,

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Contact Information

Faculty Leader
Jan D Brooks
214 Child Development Lab
Phone: 217-333-2101

ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-3380
Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Study Tour 2018 02/20/2018
Rolling Admission 05/16/2018 06/06/2018

** 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.