Do you feel ready for something different?
Travel to the iconic city of Cape Town or one of the hotspots along the world famous Garden Route in South Africa. Take the chance to experience life as a local high school student for any period from 3 months to a year!
GROW Abroad offers programs run by a passionate and experienced team, giving foreign students an exciting yet safe opportunity to immerse themselves into the vibrant life we have in South Africa.
Teenagers from 14 to 18 are welcomed into a warm South African family, attend a local school, and improve their English, while making lifelong friends along the way.
Aside from the adventures and good times students will find within the greater Cape Town and Garden Route, we also offer opportunities to tour further afield in our spectacular province.
Pillars of the Program
What could be more life changing than being able to perfect English language skills and make friends from other cultures whilst living in one of the most beautiful places in the world?
GROW Abroad schools are typically based in middle class areas where it is very common to have students from varying and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Students are placed with our carefully selected host families, who provide an instant local connection for warm support and friendship.
There is so much to do in this incredible location, with gorgeous beaches, magnificent parks, colourful markets and historical landmarks.
CARE TO GROW
Open your door to the world! Join our host family community and allow a student from abroad to experience a unique way of life.
From the famous Table Mountain to the ocean, with glorious forests in between, our programs stretch from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay and it’s a cinch to take part in fantastic outdoor activities that students may not be able to do at home.
The region is desirable for its natural draw cards like penguins in Simon's Town, whales in Hermanus, the unique fynbos and access to the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The list of attractions goes on with Cape Point, the beautiful Knysna Lagoon and Heads, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the great surfing beaches all along the coast.
Not forgetting historical spots like the World Heritage Site of Robben Island (also known as Madiba Island), where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists were jailed.
What will you gain from the program?
Our mission is to provide a safe and exciting way for you as a student to have fun and to grow exponentially through your experiences. You have the potential and opportunities to develop in the following areas:
"My dream was always to travel the world and I am so grateful that GROW Abroad has given me this AMAZING opportunity to go on an exchange year to Germany. GROW Abroad is not just working to make this journey of mine successful but they are also building a relationship with me that I will always treasure."
“My exchange experience in Cape Town has been the most intriguing and eye opening experience of my life. I've learned so much, from the culture and way of living in south Africa to becoming more independent and confident in a new environment. I made amazing new friends hopefully for life.”
“One of the previous students my family hosted, knew my passion and encouraged me to pursue venturing overseas. I thought to myself, why not, I am ready for this, my family believes in me and the students that came through our home unknowingly played a part in me venturing overseas. What a dream!”
“Being an exchange student is a unique experience. The way I lived with my host family was completely different then at home in Italy. But I had to adapt and I grew up on a personal level. I had the possibility to live for 6 moths in a new style of live that I’ve brought in my house once I got back.”
“The Netherlands has a very different, but beautiful, landscape than South Africa and it is extremely safe. You will recognise Afrikaans in the Dutch language and the friendly people will welcome you with open arms.”
“Coming to South Africa as an exchange student has changed my life in many ways. I learned about the culture and traditions of this beautiful country, as well as its history. I had the opportunity to visit a lot of amazing places, and enjoy many of the best views I’ve ever seen."
“Going on an exchange year was one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. I completely had to immerse myself into a different culture and see what everyday life was like for people of my age in Germany. I would not have changed my experience in any way!"