Hello GLASS Alumni!
We want to provide you an exclusive opportunity to continue your GLASS leadership journey. In July 2021, we will embark on an adventure to lead, serve, train, and explore in South Africa! Flying from New York together, we will meet up with our Beyond Sports South Africa Site Director, Nawaal. Our ten-day itinerary is an amplification of your previous GLASS experience – NorthStar Sports training, 12+ hours of service-learning, a continuation of our leadership curriculum, and both cultural and adventurous excursions!
You'll find all the program information below, but please don't hesitate to reach out with any additional questions. We hope you'll join us for this GLASS 2.0 experience!
Yours in Sport,
Annika & Megan
During the GLASS Alumni Trip, students will participate in group training, local community service, and global adventure. Channeling their honed leadership expertise from their time in Costa Rica, trip participants will experience an enhanced sense of independence and global awareness.
Beyond Sports has four years of experience hosting team tours for college athletes in Cape Town, South Africa. This summer, we are expanding our South African opportunities and launching a GLASS alumni trip in Cape Town. All GLASS alumni are eligible for the trip.
Our Service Partners
The Healthnutz Programme
The HealthNutz programme is currently implemented in 7 primary schools and 11 Educare centres which impact more than 2900 children mainly in the Western Cape and parts of East London and Durban. The programme consists of HealthNutz Prep (4-5 years) and HealthNutz Junior (6-10 years) which is funded through the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. It targets children aged 4-10 years old who are introduced to fun, non-competitive physical activity twice a week. The children learn gross and fine motor skills which is crucial at a young age.
The Steelband Project
The core focus of the Steelband project is to provide quality music education to young people in the Western Cape, with a particular focus on youth in under-resourced communities and ‘youth-at-risk’. The Project aims to develop the discipline and listening skills required for playing in a band, and to give band members the personal enjoyment and confidence gained from performing in public. The Project is active in many suburban and township schools as well as with street youth and with young people with learning difficulties. There are currently 16 steelbands being taught by the Steelband Project on a weekly basis, with an average size of 15 members.
Making an Impact Through Sport (MITS)
The MITS program is a proactive social initiative established by a group of residents concerned about keeping vulnerable young people off the streets and out of the criminal courts and onto the playing fields and sport courts. They utilize the influence and inspiration of international volunteers and local coaches who are closer in age to the children, making it easier for the children to heed their guidance and instruction.
They seek to educate young people on all facets of life, and sport has a way of doing this, often just on its own by getting kids out of the neighborhoods, meeting new people and making friends of diverse backgrounds.
Dates: July 16th - July 25th, 2021
Trip Cost: $3995
Round-trip airfare from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)
3 meals per day
8 nights lodging
Transportation in South Africa
Group performance training
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
A flight to JFK International Airport (if necessary)
Passport fees (if applicable)
Baggage fees on flights
Personal expenses (i.e. souvenirs and snacks)
To ensure that GLASS in South Africa is accessible to all students, we offer assistance to those who wish to fundraise for the program
You can select your own payment plan – monthly or installment
South Africa Site Director
Nawaal was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and has traveled the world representing her country on South Africa's National Softball Team. She studied Sports and Recreation Management at the University of Western Cape and joined our team from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation where she worked with dozens of non-profits that use sports as a tool to create social change.
GLASS Progam Manager
Community Outreach Manager
Program participants will stay in The Team House, located in a picturesque coastal setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, it still provides quick access to our service-learning locations and other activities on the itinerary.
Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital
General Line: 27.21.480.6111
Urgent Medical Needs: +27.21.480.6271
Rooms are clean, comfortable, and secure, and an outdoor patio overlooking the ocean is an amazing place to share meals and reflect on the day's activities. There is also plentiful common space where the entire group can gather for our leadership workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline?
The deadline to deposit for the South Africa Alumni trip is January 15th. A $250 deposit is required by this date. A payment plan will be created for the remaining months leading up to your trip.
Can I apply for scholarships?
Scholarships are not available for our South Africa Alumni Trip. However, if you recruit a friend to enroll in GLASS in Costa Rica, each of you will earn $250 off of your GLASS experiences. Our staff is also available to assist with developing a fundraising plan.
Can my friend come with me to South Africa even though she did not already attend a GLASS session the previous years?
No. The South Africa Alumni trip will build off of the leadership curriculum that was delivered to students during GLASS in Costa Rica. All students who wish to participate in GLASS in South Africa must first experience a GLASS session in Costa Rica. Alumni are allowed to return to GLASS in Costa Rica with a friend if they so choose.
Health & Safety
Is South Africa safe?
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, the water is completely safe to drink.
Do I need any vaccines or additional shots to travel to South Africa?
There are no vaccines required for Cape Town.
What happens if I become sick or injured while in South Africa?
Students are covered by GeoBlue International Health Insurance, the world leader in study abroad travel insurance. If a student sustains an injury that requires medical attention or faces a medical emergency, they will be immediately taken to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, a premier private hospital centrally located in Cape Town. We always encourage students to notify a staff member as soon as they are feeling unwell so that we can provide appropriate care and seek a medical professional if necessary.
The GLASS Experience
Will I practice my sport while in South Africa?
No, but all students will engage in a series of NorthStar group training sessions throughout their trip.
Do I need to speak a particular language?
No. English is spoken in Cape Town 95% of the time.
How many hours of community service will I receive?
Students can expect to earn 12+ hours of community service throughout their time in Cape Town.
What are the requirements for entry into South Africa?
Upon entry into South Africa, all international travelers need to: