Join our journey to Expose, Enlighten and Educate (EEE). IYL Foundation only accepts applications through our partner organizations below. Please click on their logos for their website's contact details and ask about the IYL Foundation scholarship. 


IYL has changed my life for the better and for that I will be forever grateful.
— Puleng Taunyane, IYL alumni, Vaal University of Technology - Bachelors of Art, Cape Peninsula University of Technology - Masters of Art



Day 1

  • Trip overview
  • Check in with parents
  • Lunch
  • Ice-breaker session
  • Early dinner with host
  • All students in bed by 9:30 p.m  
  • Arrive in the USA at 6:30 a.m
  • Meet IYL host
  • Check into hotel
  • Unpack
  • Relax
  • Brief orientation

Day 2

  • 2:00 p.m - Arlington Cemetery
  • 3:30 p.m - Free time (Union Station, Mall)
  • 6:30 p.m - Host family dinner (Harris)
  • 8:30 p.m - Debrief
  • 9:00 p.m - Ripple of Hope speech and discussion
  • 10:30 p.m - Journal entries, thank-you notes, bed time
  • 7:00 a.m - Wake up
  • 8:00 a.m - Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m - Capitol
  • 11:00 - Supreme Court
  • 12:00 p.m - White House
  • 1:00 p.m - Lunch

Day 3

  • 2:00 p.m - Holocaust Museum
  • 4:00 p.m - Return to hotel
  • 6:30 pm. - Dinner at Nando’s with special guest, Christian Bonat
  • 9:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m - Walk around Old Town, shopping, return to hotel, debrief
  • 7:00 a.m - Wake up
  • 8:00 a.m - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m - Tourist sight-seeing including museums and more
  • 1:30 p.m - Lunch




When will Impact Young Lives (IYL) applicants be notified if they have or have not been selected for the “Expose, Enlighten & Educate” (EEE) trip?

All applicants will be notified by early March.


Where will IYL scholars travel on the EEE trip?

The EEE trips offered to date have brought South African students to major U.S. cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.


What is the itinerary for this year’s trip?

It will be emailed to the students by early June.


When will scholars get their airline tickets for this trip?

All selected students will receive their tickets via email by early June.


Which South African airport will scholars depart from?

All participating students will depart from Johannesburg International Airport.


Are scholars responsible for their transportation to and from the airport?

Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Johannesburg International Airport. If students need assistance with this travel, they should contact their local partner organization.


What travel documents will scholars need?

All students will need a passport and visa to participate in the IYL program. Students should work with their respective partner organizations to obtain their visa.



Are there any expenses or fees associated with the trip that scholars are expected to pay?

Students are responsible for the cost of their passport, visa and transportation to Johannesburg International Airport. If students need financial assistance with transportation or obtaining travel documents, they should contact their local partner organization.


Do students need to bring money for purchases on this trip?

The IYL Foundation will cover students’ travel, accommodation and meal expenses when they are traveling. If students want to buy other items on the trip, they should bring extra money for this.



Will students be able to buy souvenirs on the trip?

Students will be allowed to buy souvenirs but they are reminded that this is an academic trip, not a shopping trip.


Will students have an opportunity to exchange currency during the trip?

Students are encouraged to exchange currency in South Africa before departing.


How many scholars go on the trip?



What is the age range of students on this trip?

The participants will between the ages of 18-25.


Who accompanies the students when they are on their trip?

During their trip, a team led by Barbara Howard, the IYL Director of Summer Programs and a native of South Africa who has lived in the U.S. since 1995, escorts our scholars. 


Will the students be chaperoned at all times while in the U.S.?

The students will always be in the presence of a chaperone.


What type of accommodations will students have during the trip?

Students of the same sex will share rooms.


What type of transportation will scholars be using during the trip?

The students will use all types of transportation, including cars, trains, airplanes and tourist buses.


Will IYL cover travel insurance?

The IYL Foundation will purchase travel insurance for each student, and a copy of the policy will be emailed to the parent/guardian and respective organizations.


What happens if scholar becomes ill or injured during the trip?

The chaperone will accompany the student to a medical facility.


How can scholars be reached during the trip in case of an emergency?

An emergency contact number will be provided to parent/guardian and respective sponsor organizations.


What happens if a scholar needs to return to South Africa for any reason before the trip ends?

The chaperone will make the arrangements.


Will students be able to speak by phone with their families during the trip?

Due to the intensity of the trip, there will be limited opportunity to talk to families. Students will have the opportunity to use computers throughout the trip.


What items should scholars bring or pack for the trip?

A packing list will be emailed to all selected students.


What items should they NOT bring or pack?

A list will be emailed to the students upon selection.


Is alcohol consumption or cigarettes allowed during this trip?

Cigarette smoking and alcohol are not allowed during the trip.


Will IYL scholars be able to contact each other or meet prior to the trip?

Yes, IYL will introduce the students via email.


How will students use a journal during the trip?

A student’s journal is an essential component of the “Expose, Enlighten & Educate” trip educational process. It gives students the opportunity to reflect on each day’s events and to demonstrate an understanding of an activity and the degree to which they are engaging in critical thinking and synthesis. Staff members will provide journals to the students and will collect journal entries daily from all individuals in the group. Students will be asked to share their experiences and observations openly with the group.