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Actions On: Social Enterprise & Social Economy - South Africa

Study Visit

21 February - 3 March 2019 | Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA

A study visit for social enterprise managers, NGO coordinators and staff, policy makers, youth workers, trainers, social workers and educators. Explore approaches to Social Enterprise & Social Economy and enrich your vision, knowledge and understanding.

NOTE: this is a self financed activity and NOT an Erasmus+ funded mobility.

European and South African Projects on Solidarity are looking to support you in:

Discovering South Africa; enriching your vision, experience and knowledge of social economic approaches, developing a greater understanding of the role of social enterprise in diverse communities; expanding your skills and tools on building better communities; enlarging your international network; and having a platform to internationally share your own experience and expertise with others.

JOIN THIS 9 DAY STUDY VISIT 'Actions On: Social Enterprise & Social Economy’ with the communities in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


21st February to 3rd March 2019, Port Elizabeth South Africa

We have places for 12 participants. (please note once 8 participants have registered and been confirmed we will confirm the study visit will take place). A short Skype call with registered applicants will be implemented to confirm participation.

9 days (1 excluding travel days)

More than 12 organisational visits

The Study visit is organised by the Dutch organisation Breakthrough and the South African organisation Ready4Life.


This 9 day study visit will allow you to experience the place, the people and the approaches to the social economy, community based enterprise, routes to employment and hopefully build a platform for new collaborations between Europe and South Africa.


Port Elizabeth is a very friendly (and windy) city in South Africa where extreme poverty, middle income, and high income, social challenges all come together. The cultural influences of the black, coloured and white communities, as well as the region’s colonial past are major factors in shaping the approaches and solutions evident to economic and civil society issues that the communities of Port Elizabeth are facing. There is a cultural richness in its diversity, where privilege, education, social class, rituals and history are what make it a unique place to visit, learn, share and explore.

During the study visit you will meet local and international people who will share their social enterprise stories, visit local and international social and community enterprise and social economy and meet with stakeholders, volunteers and staff engaged in this work. We see this very much as a two way process and an equal exchange of practice, learning and development.

Our Solidarity projects are realised in partnership with the South African organisation Ready4Life and a wide range of other organisations, start-ups and businesses. Breakthrough and the partnership are responsible for the organisation and realisation of the Study Visit content, including networking, learning, reflection and documentation. The welcome and closing dinner as well as one one community lunch and the conference day lunch will be covered by the organisation. Local transport for the purpose of the study visit will also be included.

It is at your own responsibility to confirm your bookings of the accommodation and flights.


21st February - Arrival Day:  Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Welcome dinner

22nd February - Day 1:  Orientation Day Port Elizabeth

23rd February - Day 2:  Arts in the Community Day - Visits

24th February - Day 3:  Faith in the Community + Free afternoon

25th February - Day 4:  Responding to community need - Visits

26th February - Day 5: Training and pathways to employment - Visits

27th February - Day 6: Individual support to individual business support - Visits

28th February - Day 7:  Enterprise in Education - visits to University and School

1st March - Day 8: Social Enterprise & Social Economy - Conference Day (working together to explore the possibilities)

2nd March - Day 9: Evaluation and Free Afternoon - Closing local dinner

3rd March - Departure Day



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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Study Visit is

for minimum 8, max 12 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Other countries in the world , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Youth researchers, NGO coordinators, social workers, educators, volunteers

Working language(s):



Breakthrough Foundation (Youth NGO)

Breakthrough, as the European organiser, has visited and worked in South Africa since 2008 and organised Actions On Solidarity Study Visit last year and experienced the development, the challenges and the creative responses to the beauty of living in a diverse community.

Our vision on bringing other people and organisations to South Africa is to learn and cooperate equally with each other and first build a good relationship before finding out where the collaboration opportunities are.


  • Ready4Life (Others)

Contact for questions:

Sandra van de Kraak


Phone: 0640218970


Participation fee


This fee will be used to cover the costs of the organisers, the organisers and facilitators of this study visit will work voluntary.

Accommodation and food

After confirmation of participation:

Book and Pay your accommodation by 10th January 2019 (330-550 ZAR including breakfast per person per night). We arranged a special price at a B&B for you.

Book and Pay your flights by 10th January 2019 

(usually - departing 20th February for arrival 21st February - departing 3rd March * a longer stay is possible but at your own costs)

** Please note most meals are not included but on average can be done from €10 - €30 per day depending on your own budget. 

Travel reimbursement

no travel reimbursement

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