STAESA's Language and Cultural Immersion program promotes and enhances language studies and intercultural exchange aimed at developing long-term international relations and understanding, and exposing our program participants to the tourism attractions in Africa.
STAESA offices organize home stays for groups and individuals who wish to learn and build their French, English, Spanish, German or any local languages while being totally immersed in the African culture. Also included in the program is volunteer work in orphanages, HIV/AIDS homes, and schools. Take a short break in Africa, be it academic or work related, and enjoy this wonderful experience with us. STAESA's Language and Culture Immersion Program can be incorporated into other programs or university/college programs to develope study skills to work and to earn academic credits. Everyone can join the program: both non-students and students. STAESA receives program participants from all over the world.
The Language and Cultural immersion program is available for both volunteers and interns. Interns can earn academic credits and job promotions while volunteers cannot. This program can be used as a supplement to another one (for full time volunteers or interns) or taken up on its own.
STAESA's Internship Program provides great opportunities for students, groups, individuals and employees to further their careers by volunteering their services in their area of study/employment and learning new methods while expanding their knowledge and gaining academic credits. STAESA places participants with both private and public institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Everyday, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3pm, you will engage in a 3 hour intensive language lesson and will complete 3 hours volunteer work to put your lessons into practice. During your free time you will visit cultural villages, take part in a cultural tour, witness a local marraige ceremony, have fun drumming and dancing, learn how to prepare local food, and will be under intensive supervision and coordination. If you choose another program to supplement the language program with, you will enjoy all the cultural and lingual characteristics of this program, but will volunteer or intern at a place determined by your other program.
Preferably volunteers should be in a group of two or more, but provisions for individuals can be made. The Language and Cultural Immersion Program runs from March to May, June to July, August to September, and October to December. The fees for the language program are as follows. Fees are given from 2 weeks to 15 weeks; if you want to plan a longer stay, please contact us for a quote.
#1 refers to the fees for South Africa, and #2 refers to the fees for Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. #3 refers to fees for Benin, Ghana, and Togo. #4 refers to discounted fees for Benin, Ghana, and Togo, when a full time volunteer or intern wants to supplement their program with STAESA's Language and Cultural Immersion program. All prices are given in US Dollars.
Pick up and Transport: Volunteers will arrive at the international airports, be picked up and transported to STAESA's office, and then introduced to the program facilitators, staff, and the host families. The volunteers will spend the rest of the day with their families.
Orientation: Orientation at STAESA's offices covers teaching, orphanage and HIV/AIDS issues (1-hour guest lecture), field conditions, host families or anticipated living conditions, safety issues, climate forecasts, STAESA projects in the area, and other related topics. Immediately after the orientation, STAESA's staff will take you for a tour of the community.
Cultural Immersion Program: You will begin your program on the second or third day from your arrival. You will be taught your chosen language in intensive sessions; you will become proficient fast. You will live with the local people and become immersed in their culture. The volunteer or intern will tour the villages, put their language lessons into practice, meet more families in their area, witness a local marraige ceremony, and learn how to prepare local food.
End of Program: The program ends with a farewell lunch with the host family and a meeting with the chiefs and elders of the community.