Africa Skillmester

Change your perspective

Spend a semester in Africa learning outside of the classroom and creating new bonds. Between South Africa and Mozambique, you’ll learn in environments both rural and urban, find your place in a welcoming community, and return home ready to put your new skills to use.

12 Weeks
2 Countries
Culture and Skills


Join us for our Skillmester in Africa to learn new skills, explore new countries and cultures, and discover new things about yourself along the way. You’ll interact with the local community through art and debate. You’ll learn to manufacture bicibombas, bicycle powered water pumps, and donate them to a community in need. You’ll immerse yourself in the outdoors through everything from scuba diving to permaculture to animal tracking. And your semester will culminate in a capstone project that you plan, implement, and present to not only your peers, but the public in Cape Town!

Program Highlights

  • Get introduced to the basics of being a safari guide

  • Turn trash into a body board during an upcycling workshop

  • Get PADI scuba certified

Reasons To Go

  • Communicate across cultures by discussing critical global topics with local high school students

  • Get hands-on experience in a variety of skills through the unique lenses of South African and Mozambique communities

  • Implement a capstone project using the skills you’ve learned, including budgeting and project planning

South Africa


Skills (View Full List)
  • Sustainability & conservation

  • Wilderness survival

  • Scuba diving

  • Safe driving

  • Filmmaking & editing

  • Social innovation



Azada Verde

Langebaan Divers

I am thankful for Winterline because they gave me the opportunity to explore new countries, immerse myself in cultures, and discover more about myself!


Skills for Life

Program At A Glance


Africa Skillmester

Dates Offered
February 14, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Duration 12 weeks

South Africa, Mozambique

Spring 2021 Early application Sep 1, 2020

Spring 2021 Final application Jan 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Extended application Jan 15, 2021

  • Week 1 Orientation
  • Week 2 Outdoor leadership and filmmaking in Cape Town
  • Week 3 Bicibomba manufacturing and Gorongosa National Park exploration
  • Week 4 Nguineia village stay
  • Week 5 Art experiences
  • Week 6 Community engagement and upcycling
  • Week 7 Scuba and event planning
  • Week 8 Growing food in urban settings and cooking
  • Week 9 Safari
  • Weeks 10-11 ISP project planning
  • Weeks 12 Final wilderness weekend and ISP presentations
Sustainability & conservation, Wilderness survival, Scuba diving, Safe driving, Filmmaking & editing, Social innovation
Partners (Partial List)
LDCN, Azada Verde, Gorongosa National Park, Langebaan Divers, Usiko, EcoQuest

Hostel, shared group house, tent, safari lodge

Program Fee


Fees include airfare, local transportation, in-program skills training, local travel on all programming days, all meals, lodging, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance.

Fees do not include local transportation and optional activities on free days.

Details & Schedule subject to change.

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