2016 South Africa – Washington International Program for South Africans & Permanent Residents.

Application Deadline: midnight on 18 February 2016.

The South African Washington International Programme aims to prepare, inspire and support diverse new generations of emerging leaders to serve South Africa and its community.

Seven Months Leadership Development Curriculum
Community Engagement Projects
Six Weeks of Global, Professional and Cultural exposure in Washington DC

SAWIP selects a diverse team each year for a seven month program which is aimed at inspiring, developing and supporting them to be servant leaders and active citizens as they deliver quality, sustainable community development within poor and marginalized communities, thereby, contributing towards social and economic justice as well as the deepening of democracy in South Africa.

SAWIP currently recruits annually 20 high potential South African citizens and permanent residents with a significant record of service from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Western Cape and Pretoria into its team. Students are eligible starting in their second year of academic study to the age of 25 years.

Eligibility Requirements

SAWIP candidates:

  • May be from any academic discipline,
  • Must be South African citizens or permanent residents,
  • Must be in their second year (or beyond) of university,
  • Must be prepared for a high demand programme,
  • Must be between the age of 19 – 25 years,
  • Must be currently studying at the University of Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch, the University of the Western Cape or the University of Pretoria,
  • Must have a record of community engagement and leadership,
  • Should envisage themselves as future leaders in South Africa.


April & May – South Africa

  • Selection Camp
  • Orientation Camp
  • Bi-weekly development sessions and experiences
  • Individual community service projects
  • Fundraising by students

June and July – Washington DC

  • Team members living with American host families
  • Development sessions building on the curriculum begun in South Africa and providing global perspectives and experience
  • Work exposure at various government, NGO and private organizations
  • Site visits to cultural landmarks around Washington, DC
  • A visit to New York City which exposes students to both the political and financial sectors, including a meeting with the South African UN Delegation.
  • High level events and receptions both in Washington DC and New York City
  • Interaction with young leaders from the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Israel, Palestine and the United States of America

August – October

  • Weekly development sessions and experiences
  • Team Community Engagement Project
  • Individual written evaluative program reports submitted
  • Feedback and Reflection discussion with SAWIP Board (SA)
  • Graduation and induction into the Alumni Network

Apply Now for the 2016 South African Washington International Programme

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the South African Washington International Programme



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