Language Programme | Students Travel and Exposure South Africa

Language Programme

Gain proficiency fast with intensive language sessions and living with the locals.

Programme types: Volunteering Short Programmes

Avaliable in: Benin Cameroon Ghana Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mali Namibia Nigeria Senegal South Africa Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia

STAESA's Language and Cultural Immersion programme promotes and enhances language studies and intercultural exchange aimed at developing long-term international relations and understanding, and exposing our programme participants to the tourism attractions in Africa.

STAESA organises home stays for groups and individuals who wish to learn and build their French, English, Spanish, German or any of the many wondrous indigenous languages, while being totally immersed in the African culture. Also included in the programme is volunteer work in orphanages, HIV/AIDS homes, and schools - great opportunities to practice your language skills. Take a short break in Africa, be it academic or work related, and enjoy this wonderful experience with us. STAESA's Language and Culture Immersion Programme can be incorporated into other programs or university/college programmes to develop study skills to work and to earn academic credits. Everyone can join the programme, not just students. STAESA welcomes programme participants from all over the world.

Programme Info

The Language and Cultural Immersion programme is available for both volunteers and interns. Interns can earn academic credits and job promotions. This programme can be used as a supplement to another one (for full time volunteers or interns) or taken up on its own.

Every day, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3pm, you will engage in a 3 hour intensive language lesson and will complete 3 hours volunteer work to put your lessons into practice. During your free time you will visit cultural villages, take part in a cultural tour, witness a local marriage ceremony, have fun drumming and dancing, learn how to prepare local food, and will be under intensive supervision and coordination. If you choose another option to supplement the language programme, you will enjoy all the cultural and lingual characteristics of this programme, but will volunteer at a place determined by your other programme.


Preferably volunteers should be in a group of two or more, but provisions for individuals can be made. The Language and Cultural Immersion Programme runs from March to December. The fees for the language programme are as follows. Fees are given from 2 weeks to 15 weeks; if you want to plan a longer stay, please contact us for a quote.

Weeks 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Group 1 975 1075 1175 1275 1375 1475 1575 1675 1775 1875 1975 2375 2775 3175
Group 2 1375 1475 1575 1675 1875 1975 2075 2175 2275 2375 2475 2975 3375 3775
Group 3 875 1075 1175 1275 1375 1475 1575 1675 1775 1975 2075 2575 2975 3375
Group 4 675 895 995

Group 1: South Africa
Group 2: Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Group 3: Benin, Ghana, and Togo.
Group 4: refers to discounted fees for Group 3 when a full time volunteer wants to supplement their programme with STAESA's Language and Cultural Immersion program for up to four weeks.

All prices are given in USD.

Apply to STAESA Now

Your application is read thoroughly by your country coordinator. We encourage everyone to apply since our infrastructure can handle many more participants. We want more people to walk away with a great African experience, so we look forward to reading all your applications.

Send an email to with the following elements:

  1. Filled PDF application form
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Résumé

If you have problems saving or reading the PDF file, download and install the latest Adobe Reader. If you are still having problems, please contact us and we can provide you with another method of submitting your application.

If we accept your application, you will be notified via email and will be asked to pay the $75 processing fee as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your placement. The deposit is not part of your programme fee. The entire programme fee should be paid before your arrival in Africa. Our preferred method of payment is wire transfer to our bank account in South Africa.