South Africa stretches across the southern tip of the continent, with urban centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. It is an extraordinarily diverse country ecologically, topographically and culturally, with 11 different national languages!
From the glowing escarpment of the Drakensberg Mountains and the dramatic shores of the Wild Coast and Cape Town, to the unforgiving landscape of the Karoo, and the pastoral swaths of the Natal, it is a country of amazing contrasts. Fruits, livestock, diamonds and gold, along with manufacturing and retail, fuel the South African economy, which is the 2nd largest on the African continent.
The country’s wildlife, cultural diversity, beaches, wineries and art scene, as well as its infamous history of Apartheid, make it one of the top tourist destinations on the continent. South Africa, however, continues to struggle with post-Apartheid reconciliation, HIV/AIDS, poverty alleviation, and other challenges. The work isn’t done yet.
South Africa is only one of the 54 African countries. Africa is the second largest continent in terms of population and an area of the world that is steeped in rich and vibrant history.
Home to over 1,000 languages, the cultural diversity and pace of innovation across the continent is a wonder to explore. It is often said that Africa suffers from a “Youth Bulge,” with a substantial proportion of the population under the age of 20. At GSP, we see this as an opportunity! In such an environment, the effort to develop ethical, entrepreneurial leaders at a young age is paramount. GSP’s unique curriculum and international focus allows students to experience the history – and the future – of the complex and beautiful African continent.