Walking in the Footsteps of Mandela: Restorative Justice & Education

Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on this study abroad program. Enjoy the seaside city of Cape Town while you learn about the history of South Africa's civil rights movement, apartheid. Participate in a unique opportunity of dialoguing with Nelson Mandela's friend and prison warden. Experience the culture of South Africa through a cooking class. Appreciate the natural beauty, including penguins, on the tip of Africa through a Cape tour and a safari. Visit the capital city of Johannesburg while learning about their opportunities for country-wide reconciliation. We will engage in service-learning in the local schools.

July 25-August 8, 2020 • Cost: TBA

Program is open to Criminal Justice majors or Graduate Students in Special Education or Lit/Sp. Ed. Annotation 20 fieldwork hours

Course Registration and Eligibility


This program is open to Long Island and Brooklyn Criminal Justice majors, students enrolled in CJ 244,  RS  174, or Graduate Students in Special Education or Lit/Sp. Ed. Criminal Justice students are required to fill out this form before completing the rest of the application process.

Program Cost and Deadlines

All deposits are non-refundable. Failure to make payment in accordance with the deadlines could result in the office terminating the participant's enrollment in the program.

$500 deposit, online application, and uploaded passport or passport processing receipt are due on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Allow at least 6 weeks for passport processing. The balance will be due around January/February. 

Price: TBA

For Long Island students see Lena Grasso in Room 3 off the Student Hospitality Lounge with your payment. For Brooklyn students, see Emily Cementina, Lorenzo Hall, First floor, with your payment. Make all checks payable to St. Joseph's College with a note in the memo line: South Africa 2020

The price includes:

  • Accommodations include a teamhouse near the beach, a city hotel and a game lodge
  • Some meals (see itinerary below)
  • Transportation within the country for activities scheduled on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees within the country for activities scheduled on the itinerary
  • Roundtrip airfare

The price does not include:

  • Transportation to/from JFK
  • Additional increases in taxes and fuel surcharges at the time of ticketing
  • Additional activities or optional trips
  • “On your own meals and trips”
  • Personal expenses such as Wi-fi and phone
  • Currency fluctuation
  • Exceeding the airline’s baggage allowance


  • Thursday, July 25, 2019: Depart from JFK at 7:55am
  • Friday, July 26, 2019: Arrive in Cape Town in the morning. Orientation of Cape Town.  Dinner included.
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019: Robben Island Prison Tour, V&A Waterfront, and Dinner and talk with Nelson Mandela’s former warden, Christopher Brand.  Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Sunday, July 28, 2019: Khayelitsha community tour & 18 Gangster Museum. The 18 Gangster Museum delves into the causes of gang violence in South Africa.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Monday, July 29, 2019: Service learning and fieldwork with special needs children. Enjoy Table Mountain. Dinner on your own at the V&A waterfront. Breakfast and lunch included.
  • Tuesday, July 30: Service learning and fieldwork with special needs children. Learn about the Amy Biehl Foundation and their mentoring, HIV Awareness, and drama programs that they launched in low-income areas. Develop those culinary skills in the Cape Malay cooking class. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Wednesday, July 31: Tour the Parliament and engage in dialogue with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Visit social justice and sites of struggle. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Thursday, August 1: Drive the coastal highway to cape point, lunch on your own in Simon’s Town, explore Boulders penguin colony. Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Friday, August 2: Fly to Johannesburg. Orientation of the city of Johannesburg. Dinner at Moyo Zoo Lake. Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Saturday, August 3: Service learning and fieldwork with special needs children. Breakfast included.
  • Sunday, August 4: Visit the Apartheid Museum, where we learn about South Africa’s segregation in the 1990’s. Then visit Constitution Hill, a former prison of civil rights activists such as Mahatma Gandhi.  Breakfast included.
  • Monday, August 5: Soweto Day tour including Hector Pieterson Museum, Mandela house, Regina Mundi church, and lunch with the local community. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Tuesday, August 6: Visit national historic sites including Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park and Union Buildings. Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Wednesday, August 7: Morning game drive, service learning and fieldwork with special needs children. Afternoon game drive.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Thursday, August 8: Visit an animal refuge sanctuary. Fly out of Johannesburg for NY JFK. Breakfast included.

Itinerary is subject to change.

How to Apply

Directions for applying online:  

  1. Criminal Justice students are required to fill out this form before completing the rest of the application process. 
  2. Log in to the portal and check off private computer
  3.  Open up your email so you do not time out 
  4.  Click here for the application
  5.  Follow the "St Joseph’s Study Abroad Program" checklist 


Due to new government regulations, passport information must be provided with your final payment. If you need a new passport, apply immediately.

Without passport information tickets cannot be issued and delays with ticketing may create penalties and/or cancellations without a refund. If you don’t have a passport, please apply for it and provide a passport processing receipt with your deposit.

A copy of your passport is due no later than December 4, 2019.