Cape Town, South Africa Project Center

Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture

Located at the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Town is both a cosmopolitan city with visitors and residents from around the globe; and a city dealing with poverty, rapid urban growth, and other problems many developing nations face. Average temperatures in November range from 55°F to 74°F. 

Housing and Meals

WPI students will stay in two-, three-, or four-person lodge-style accommodations in Cape Town, a short walk from the Victoria and Albert Waterfronts and Sommerset Road. The lodge is also home to a cat. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

South African cuisine is influenced by indigenous cultures and European settlers. Legumes and vegetables are very popular, but vegetarianism is not common. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects

Past students at the Cape Town project center have:

  • Worked to improve facilities for survivors of domestic violence with the residents and staff of the Sizakuyenza Safe House (Winner of 2015 President’s IQP Award)
  • Assisted in the development and formalization of an early childhood development center in an informal settlement
  • Considered new approaches to utilizing vacant spaces to promote community in politically contested District Six