The South Africa-Washington International program is pleased to present the Class of 2013. After a highly competitive process that drew over 140 applicants, fifteen exceptional students were selected to pursue an intensive six month development program in South Africa and the United States which aims to inspire and build their capabilities for leadership and service.
The students represent three of South Africa’s most prestigious institutions – the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and the University of Stellenbosch – and all corners of South Africa in terms of their home communities. Their fields of studies are as varied as Law, Business, International Relations and Economics, Theater, Chemical Engineering and Psychology.
The curriculum for the Class of 2013 started in South Africa in March 2013.
During a six month period they will spend six weeks (June 12-July 20) in Washington, DC during which time they will stay with host families and participate in professional work experience with various businesses, political and non-profit institutions and will have numerous opportunities for cross cultural learning. SAWIP’s carefully designed leadership curriculum is focused on exposing these emerging leaders to varied and diverse professional and personal growth opportunities and challenging them to explore, understand and come up with solutions to the biggest challenges confronting South Africa. It deepens the participants’ commitment to acting on these challenges and so helping to address social justice deficits and contributing towards attaining the objectives of South Africa’s National Development Plan.
After returning from the inspirational six weeks of global exposure and skills development in Washington DC the Team will implement a needs responsive project in an impoverished, rural community in the Western Cape. This provides an opportunity for practical application of their learning and development.
Please do not hesitate to contact SAWIP if you are interested in supporting this group of young leaders. To read the individual biographies of your incoming class, please click here.