South Africa is famous for its diverse wildlife and landscapes. South Africans are very optimistic people who are very friendly and have a good sense of humour – be prepared for a very warm welcome! There is no language requirement to go on exchange to South Africa, although students should be prepared to learn Afrikaans.
The school day in South Africa normally runs from 8 am until 2:30 pm. Students will usually wear school uniforms. Lessons are usually 40 minutes each. You will have 6 subjects of which Afrikaans and English (and in many schools Biology) are compulsory subjects. Students that go on exchange to South Africa, may find that the schooling system is a bit old fashioned and conservative.
In South Africa, most families consist of parents, or a parent, and their children. Rarely do grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins live in the same house, but extended relatives may come to stay. While it is important to always be respectful, many South African teenagers interact informally with all of their family members. It is common in South Africa for the father to be the primary financial provider of the family, however this is changing in modern families where many mothers work as well. In most cultures within South Africa the mother is the main decision maker in the home. In South Africa, meals may be eaten all together as a family, or separately depending on family members’ schedules. Often both boys and girls will have to cook for themselves when they get home from school. South African teenagers do not generally divide tasks or responsibilities based on gender, either amongst their peers or amongst their family. South African household members, including children, are often given specific tasks or chores. The chores may include cleaning one’s own room or bathroom, doing their own laundry and generally contributing to the upkeep of the house. It is also common for households to have a maid come in twice a week or so to do cleaning.
Cultural Program (6 Weeks)
Built on the education principles of YFU intercultural exchanges, this program is designed to give participants the widest possible exposure to the cultural diversity of South Africa. Experience every day life by staying with a host family in Pretoria and attending 3 different schools in
the 1st 2 weeks. Spend the following weeks visiting sights in and around Pretoria, experiencing the African Wilderness in the world famous Kruger National Park and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Mpumalanga Province!
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