Frequently Asked Questions
What is diive?
diive is an exclusive, high impact, global leadership program in Cape Town, South Africa, which takes place over 8-weeks in June & July. We are dedicated to developing young global leaders with the digital knowledge, societal commitment, future direction, and business skills necessary to adapt, collaborate and lead in the fast-paced, global environment. Our intensive program is experiential, cross-cultural, community-driven, and pivots around professional and personal growth.
The 8-weeks look like the following:
- Weeks 1-3: an intensive digital bootcamp in either Blockchain or Data Science to acquire key technical skills and harness digital capabilities
- Week 4: a fast-paced innovation sprint to solve a real-world social challenge with your newly acquired digital skills
- Weeks 5-8: a hands-on internship in a digitally-disruptive business to gain international work experience
- Weekly cultural excursions and epic adventures in and around Cape Town
Why would I choose diive?
In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, top employers are progressively turning to those candidates that have digital experience and a global perspective. diive is the only global leadership program in the world that aims to build this generation of global leaders. We do this by helping students:
- Facilitate career direction
- Acquire the most in-demand digital skills
- Drive social impact
- Build global intelligence
- Foster an entrepreneurial spirit
- Gain international work experience
What are the program dates?
Base Program (4-weeks only): June 10 – July 5, 2019
Extended Program (8-weeks): June 10 – August 2, 2019
How much does the program cost?
Base Program (4-weeks only): $5,500
Extended Program (8-weeks): $7,500
What is my money going towards?
The base program fee includes:
- Intensive, 3-week course in Blockchain or Data Science
- Fast-paced, innovation sprint week, Silicon Valley style
- Weekly immersive Cape Town experiences and weekend trips
- Accommodation with your peers in the buzzing, beachfront of Cape Town
- Personalised coaching sessions from our expert coach
- Access to one-on-one tutoring
- Life-time access to an exclusive network of incredibly impact-driven, high-performing global leaders
- Transport to and from airport (does not include flights)
- Pre-arrival information, local guides & resources on site
- 24-hour emergency support
The extended program fee includes:
- Everything that is included in the base program, and
- Application of your skills in hands-on 4-week internship
- Extended accommodation for 4-weeks
- Resume development support
- Professional letter of recommendation
Do I need a VISA for Cape Town?
Visitors from the United States , United Kingdom and most European countries do not need a VISA for South Africa if they are staying less than 90 days.
A full list of passport holders who are exempt from requiring a VISA for South Africa can be found here.
Application process questions
How do I apply?
Kick-starting your global leadership journey with us begins with you completing our simple application form found here.
We recommend you carve out 1 hour in order to adequately complete this application form.
What students are you looking for?
This is not one of those fluffy programs where everything works out just the way it should and your training is smooth sailing. This program throws you into the deep end. We are looking for a select group of ambitious, aspirational leaders who:
- are currently enrolled at university or are a recent graduate (from any major or discipline)
- are high performing students who want to become more digitally-savvy, with skills applicable to any profession and social impact cause
- want to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills
- possess a keen interest in community development or social impact
- have already demonstrated themselves as a young leaders in their community, university, country or organisation (e.g. club, forum, committee)
What does the application process entail?
Application to the diiVe program begins with a written online application (found here) in which you select the program and bootcamp you’re interested in attending and tell us a bit more about who you are. The diiVe team review your online application and eligible applicants are then contacted to setup a Skype interview, after which successful applicants will be notified and allocated a space on the program.
When can I apply?
Applications open on September 15, 2018.
Is there a cutoff date to apply?
The first round of applications close on December 1, 2018. We recommend applying sooner rather than later to secure your slot.
Is my GPA a factor in the application process?
Acceptance to diiVe is predominantly based on who you are as a person however, given the competitive nature of this program, we use your GPA as an indicator to ensure you can keep up with the intensive, fast-paced nature of the program.
Life in Cape Town
Is Cape Town safe?
Like any major city in the world, students are encouraged to be aware, streetwise and take necessary safety precautions. That being said, we do everything in our power to ensure the safest experience for our diiVers. Students will stay in one of the safest areas in Cape Town, conveniently located to police stations and world-class private hospitals, and have a diiVe staff member on call 24/7. During orientation, we will address how to be as safe as possible and highlight the necessary systems of support.
What is the transport like?
There are many different options for transportation in Cape Town. The top options are ride-sharing apps Uber and Taxify, and the efficient public transport system called the My CiTi Bus. Given the ideal location of where you will be staying, a lot of destinations are also conveniently close enough for walking.
Where will I live?
Your home for the duration of your stay in Cape Town will be The Den, located in the trendy suburb of Green Point. The Den is a beautiful, vibrant, fully furnished, house with 24hr security and support, conveniently located close to police stations and world-class private hospitals. Rent is included in the tuition fee.
Are meals and transport included in the program fee?
Cape Town has a vibrant, world-class food scene and we encourage students to try all types on offer therefore, students will have to cover their own meals. Fortunately, the number of high-quality, affordable options are abundant. The student housing will also have a fully equipped kitchen so students can prepare their own meals when necessary.
What is the weather like?
Cape Town is in winter during June and July, but fear not! A typical Cape Town winter is very beautiful with the average high being 68°F and the average low being 53°F. It can get a bit windy with some rain so we recommend packing accordingly, bringing a jacket, pants, sweaters, and other warm layers.
Are there any health concerns?
There’s very little need to worry about health issues in Cape Town. The city is one of the most modern and developed in South Africa and sits on par with most other global cities. The medical services and infrastructure are of a very high standard. No vaccinations are required when visiting Cape Town, but the decision is ultimately yours in order to have peace of mind. We do recommend having the necessary conversations with your health insurer to ensure you are covered while in South Africa, should an emergency arise.
What activities does Cape Town offer?
Cape Town boasts a wide range of activities for every type of person.
For the adventurer:
Go all out on an incredible amount of walks and hikes, mountain biking trails, sky diving, paragliding, surfing and much much more.
For the city-slicker:
Indulge in local and global cuisine, shopping sprees, art galleries and exhibitions, the beautiful V&A Waterfront and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium- to name a few.
How much money should I budget for living expenses?
The South African Rand is fortunately quite weak against the US Dollar, Euro and Pound making travel really affordable for international students. Given that you will need to cover your own meals, an average breakfast and lunch in Cape Town costs between $5-$8 and dinner between $7-$10. You will also need to budget for the additional excursions and weekend activities.
What are the bootcamps?
The bootcamps are 3-week intensive courses in either Blockchain Technology or Data Science, in which you acquire key technical skills and digital capabilities.
Blockchain Technology – Harness the power of the most disruptive technology since the internet and examine how blockchain is positively transforming our environments, business ethics, political systems and financial structures and harness digital know-how to tackle the complex issues of our future.
Data Science – Gain the most valuable career skills of the 21st century and learn how machine learning, analytics and data visualization are driving key insights to complex business challenges as well as large-scale global issues
Who teaches the bootcamps?
The bootcamps will be taught by expert facilitators with extensive real-world experience in either Blockchain or Data Science and supported by teaching assistants. One-on-one and group training support will also be available should you need any assistance after class.
Do I need any previous experience?
No prior experience is required to enroll in the bootcamps. You will be taught all you need to know, we just expect students to possess a willingness to learn, an openness to shift their own perspective and way of thinking and a high work ethic.
What does the internship entail?
The internship is a month long and takes place in weeks 5-8 of the program. It offers you the opportunity to:
- Gain international work experience at a leading digitally-disruptive business committed to driving social value creation and community development
- Bolster your resume and receive a letter of recommendation to recognize your unique global work experience and digital knowledge
- Apply and refine your digital skills in a professional environment
Can I choose the company to intern with?
We will provide students with a selection of relevant internship options in line with their bootcamp choice. Students will then have the opportunity to rank their top 3 sites in order of preference and the diiVe team will allocate internships accordingly.
Is the internship paid?
In order to be paid for work in South Africa, one must have a general workers permit or be a permanent citizen. The process for being paid takes months and costs thousands of dollars. Therefore, all internships will be unpaid, but students will gain invaluable experience.
Can I switch companies once starting an internship?
We have curated the best and most impactful internship sites in Cape Town. We understand that sometimes companies don’t work out. Therefore, if an internship site is not working out for you, we will discuss the best options in moving forward. If need be, we will provide assistance in locating a new internship site.
What immersions will I be doing?
We offer a wide range of immersions, so you can satisfy your cultural curiosity whilst having fun exploring everything Cape Town has to offer. We organize planned activities, but also provide a platform for you to make up your own experience, by offering advice and guidance where needed. Some of the planned immersions include: ecotourism, artivism, township entrepreneurship, environmental edu and sustainable farm excursions. Find more info on the immersions here.
Are these immersions compulsory?
We highly recommend you join us on the planned activities, but attendance is not compulsory. This program is jam-packed to give you the most impactful personal and professional growth experience layered in fun, but it is what you make of it at the end of the day that really counts.
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