Often considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Cape Town. The city offers a unique mix of a vibrant city, stunning nature and the wonderful ocean. Cape Town is a great place for a gap year, because of the many possibilities it has to offer. Please find below some great ideas for your Gap Year in South Africa.
1. Learn English
Cape Town is a great place to learn English in an international environment. The costs of English courses in South Africa are significantly lower compared to countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia. The vibrant mix of people, the great climate and the great landscape are just few of the reasons why Cape Town is a great place for a longer stay. Furthermore, Cape Town is home to some great Language Schools, such as EF, Cape Studies, IH and Good Hope Studies. All these schools offer great English Courses. Another reason to study English when you are not a native English speaker is that this is a great way to meet great people from all over the world!
South Africa is the number one economy of Africa, which makes Cape Town an Interesting city to do an internship. However, Cape Town is not your usual business city. Cape Town is home to a large amount of creative agencies, such as webdesign, graphic design and experiential marketing. There are also many possibilities in the tourist industry, for example at a hotel or at a travel agency.
Unfortunately, a large amount of the South Africans live in poverty. If you are interested in improving the quality of life, even a little bit, volunteering could be a great way to spend some time in Cape Town. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. Activities include teaching English, working in orphanages, conservation and so on. There are many interesting N.G.O’s situated in Cape Town and South Africa.
South Africa is considered as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The stunning landscape, the oceans and the lovely people make an amazing mix. Furthermore, the Bazz Bus is a hop- on hop- off bus, which drives around the country and offers a safe trip for backpackers. This is a great way to travel easily, affordable, safe and is a great way to interact and have fun with other backpackers from all over the world. The Bazz Bus travels from hostel to hostel. Most of the hostels have a (small) campsite as well, which makes it even more affordable.
5. Surf the Shit out your Ass!!
South Africa is considered as one the favourite travel destination for surfers. The surf in Cape Town can be good, but if you really want to combine surfing with your Gap Year in South Africa, I would recommend spending about a month or so with traveling up to the east coast. Take the Bazz Bus or rent a car or camper and drive up north along the coastline. Stop at the garden route, Jeffrey’s Bay, Coffee Bay and Durban. If you are really into the vibe, pass the border and go to Mozambique.