Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about I.M.A.P. South Africa.

Why Cape Town?

Marquette's South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent. IMAP is collaborating with the Office of International Education and the South Africa Study Abroad program during a time when students are not present.

While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced-apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become our focus as we work to understand issues of poverty, privilege and the variety of social agencies working for change.

You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.

Where exactly in Cape Town, South Africa are we staying?

IMAP will be staying at the Kimberely House in the Observatory neighborhood of Cape Town. This house is owned and operated by Marquette University, with retained staff who will provide program details, driving, and anything we will be needing. The Observatory neighborhood is known locally as "Obs," and is an intimate community with great energy and funky vibe. It is a popular community with students and lecturers because of its proximity to the University of Cape Town. Everything you need from restaurants to coffee shops to grocery stores are within blocks from the house.

Students share double rooms, a full kitchen and dining room, multiple bathrooms, a living room, computers and Internet access.

How safe is this trip?

There are basic safety issues as would be expected for any foreign traveler. Crimes against American citizens are more prevalent. Marquette University takes every precaution to ensure our safety.

How much does the trip cost?

Your $2300 will cover most food, transportation, housing and airfare for the entire trip. Any additional money needed would include costs of food to and from South Africa (can be up to 2 days of travel), your personal spending for local crafts and other personal needs, souvenirs, etc. Costs of tourism while in South Africa is unknown at this time.

Do I need to have a passport?

You must have a passport with the expiration date further than 9 months from the date of travel, to enter South Africa. Applications for passports can be found online. You must have two passport photos (which can be done at the Walgreens on 16th and Wisconsin) and your birth certificate when you go to the Post Office to apply for a passport. It takes roughly six weeks to get your passport returned, so please ensure your passport immediately upon deciding to participate on this trip. There is no need for a visa, unless you are not a citizen of the United States. We must have a copy of your passport by the first meeting to ensure that the name on your passport is the same as the name on your plane ticket.

Do I need to get immunized?

Please consult with your family physician on what immunizations are needed for travel to Cape Town, South Africa. Typically immunizations include Typhoid, Hepatitis A (and B if you’ve not been immunized), Malaria (we are traveling to their summer), and updated tetanus.

What language do I need to know?

The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.

What will the weather be like?

Cape Town usually remains warm and dry during the summer. Summer starts here from the month December and lasts until February. Therefore, South African weather in summer can be characterized by dry, warm to hot conditions with day temperatures averaging between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius (77 – 97 degrees fahrenheit0. Sometimes the afternoon rainfall helps to keep night temperatures contented, cool to warm but not hot. In Kwazulu natal coastal area, the humidity is high and temperatures can sometimes touch the 40 degree Celsius mark

Do I need to bring an electrical adaptor?

YES. Some of this will be found at the Kimberely House, but if you have access to an adapter, the power supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC. The standard plug in South Africa is the 15-amp round-pin, three-prong plug. Euro- and US-style two-pin plugs, and UK-style three-pin plugs, can be used with an adaptor, available at supermarkets; bring transformers along for larger appliances where necessary. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers.


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