SAWIP inspires, develops and supports annual teams of interns and its whole alumni body to bring about community development through social projects amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised South Africans.

“Engaging our Community” Cyan Brown

We, as the SAWIP University of Pretoria Team of 2015, are eagerly anticipating sharing what we have been taught through our SAWIP experience with the learners of our partner school, Seshegong Secondary School, in Olievenhoutbosch, Gauteng.


We, as the SAWIP Team (Western Cape) of 2015 have agreed, once again, to work with the community of Manenberg as we tackle social transformation. After conducting a needs assessment and community consultation we have undertaken to facilitate a workshop that will stretch over three weekends. The participants of the workshop will be learners from the Leadership College in Manenberg as well as learners from the Waves for Change program. We hope to impart certain skills and knowledge we have gained through our own experiences and we equally look forward to learning lessons from the learners.

DC Summer Highlights Reflections by 2015 Team Managers

The Team of 2015 arrives in Washington DC

The ‘DC phase’ of the seven month SAWIP journey has always been heralded as the most exciting component of the program. Travelling to the United States of America for five weeks, escaping the South African winter to enjoy the summer, being welcomed into host family homes, having high level work exposure, meeting amazing people across the generations in Washington DC and being exposed to endless stimulating experiences is something worth writing home about.

The Team of 2015 arrives in Washington DC

The Team of 2015 arrives in Washington DCThe SAWIP Team of 2015 arrived in Washington DC on June 16th and June 24th and were welcomed at the airport by SAWIP staff and host families. There was great excitement all round!


The SAWIP Boards are very happy to announce that SAWIP (SA) has been awarded Section 18A tax exemption status by the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and has been authorized, from 12 June 2015, to issue tax deductible receipts to donors.

SAWIP Team 2015

The boards and management of the South Africa-Washington International Program are pleased to announce the Team of 2015. After a highly competitive process of selection, nineteen exceptional interns were selected to pursue an intensive seven month development program in South Africa and the United States which aims to inspire and build their capabilities for servant leadership and the delivery of social projects amongst poor and marginalized South Africans and build our nation.

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