Summer Programme - Gap Year Program | Students Travel and Exposure South Africa

Summer Programme - Gap Year Program

Summer Break fun can be impactful, too.

Programme types: Short Programmes

Avaliable in: Benin Ghana South Africa Togo

Wondering what to do in your summer break?  Thinking of rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty while making an impact on those less fortunate?  Then a STAESA Summer is for you!

Open to those flying solo or coming in a group, and operating from May to August, each year, our summer programmes are designed for those willing and ready to leave their comfort zone, take up new challenges and touch lives. The summer programme structure is very relaxed and safe, with the benefit of hands on experience.

A hugely beneficial option for those looking to come in groups, the summer programme can be attended for a minimum duration of 2 weeks, and a maximum duration of 3 weeks. As a group you will enjoy our free sightseeing, free local drumming and dancing lessons, and free cooking lessons.  In addition to all this, remember we offer group discounts - check out our programme general information page for more details.  

Options for the Summer Camp Programme

Farming Project: Volunteers are placed with the community or school’s agriculture project to assist in clearing the land, seedling, watering, and planting.

Orphanage Project: Volunteers might teach, help in the kitchen, participate in games, provide portable drinking water, repair the rooves and toilets, paint/decorate, and create a playground for the orphans.

Construction Project: Volunteers will be building new homes, libraries, and classrooms for the orphans. This work may consist of clearing a site for the construction work, mixing concrete, moulding and laying blocks, fetching water, concreting, and plastering. This programme also includes renovation work on existing orphanages and hospitals (repairing the floors, windows, and doors, landscaping, and painting).

Teaching Project: Volunteers will teach basic English, basic French, math, science, sports, art, and music. You can also join our After School Project, which will have you working with the kids in the community on their school work, playing games, and other fun activities.

Health Project: Volunteers will participate in landscaping, painting and decorating the children’s wards, and fundraising for medical supplies. If you have any desire to attend medical school or to learn how the health sector in Africa works then this is for you. You will meet with a medical team to understand how each department in the hospital works. You will begin by observing the duties below until you are confident in handling the tasks yourself. Laboratory Department: Labelling and packaging lab samples. Pharmacy Department: All dispensary activities, including labelling and packing patients’ medication. HIV/AIDS Department: Counselling and testing, visit schools to educate the kids about the illness, and distribution of condoms to the public.

After School Project: Volunteers will work with children between the ages of 6 and 13 years old. Kids are taken out of the streets after school hours and during school holidays. These kids are kept busy participating in meaningful activities, such as: motivational talks, gardening/farming, computer lessons, English, math, science, reading, sports, community cleaning projects, and tree planting. This project helps prevent children from getting involved in the social problems of the community. In addition, this project benefits the kids’ school work and their general wellbeing. The project is all year round, and anyone can join to make a difference in the lives of these children.

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.