Programmes Snapshot

Programme Types
In cap and gown, this smiling student waves high his WCA certificateLife Skills Programme Focuses on “changing the world within,” run mostly in communities where people live, study, or work

Leadership Skills Programme Focuses on “changing the world around us,” run mostly at World Changers' leadership centre in Shongweni, on the eastern outskirts of Durban

Follow-Up/Student Placement Programme Helps students to practically reach their potential through volunteer work, study, job placement, and entrepreneurship. See more about follow-up programmes here.

Note: The life skills and leadership courses include elements of each form of “change” but the life skills course focuses on internal change while the leadership skills course focuses on external change.

A group of unemployed students discuss job options with one another

Target Groups

  • The Unemployed  Mostly youth, 18–35 years old, but sometimes includes older and younger people
  • High School Students
  • Employees  Particularly lower-level employees, but also employees at other organisational levels
  • Organisational Leaders  Coming from churches, businesses, schools, etc.
  • University Students

See chart on course frequency and duration.

Headquarters and Leadership Centre Both are located at A7 Milky Way Road in Shongweni. World Changers owns this 43–acre, small holding, with residential facilities that can accommodate more than 60 people.

Life Skills Courses Courses for the unemployed are normally run in community halls, libraries, and other venues in the communities where the students live, often at no charge to World Changers. Click here to see where these courses are run.

WCA's high school life skills programmes are run at those high schools that students attend.


  • Vision, Goal Setting, Life Purpose
  • Healing of the Past (Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Confession)
  • Relationships and People Skills (Conflict Resolution, Teamwork, Sexual Behaviour, Romantic Relationships, Understanding People)

More course topics can be found here.

A volunteer from Loving South Africa sits and talks with three leadership skills studentsDual Approach to Changing Lives
1. Education Providing people with skills and knowledge on a variety of topics, according to WCA's syllabus.

2. Impartation Passing on one’s passion, values, heart, and attitudes to others. (Impartation involves “catching the heart" of what the facilitator or speaker shares with a student.)

The World Changers' Model
“Empowering People to Empower Others” Almost all of WCA's staff members are former products of the programmes that they now run.

See the WCA model diagram and download World Changers' model guide.

A pair of delighted WCA leadership skills programme graduates hold their certificates

Programme Outcomes

  • Changed Mindset
  • Changed Emotions
  • Changed Behaviour
  • Improved Skills
  • Helping to Change Others
  • Life Success

A larger collection of learned outcomes is shown on this page.

Twenty one leadership students pose beneath healthy palm trees

Since WCA's first course taught in August 2002, thousands of lives have been changed. Some examples of the often dramatic changes in behaviour and mindset can be illustrated by testimonies made by previous students. Here are only two of several that you can find here.

“I have been motivated to volunteer in my community.” — A life skills student from Amaoti (Inanda)

“I was very active in smoking marijuana, drinking and taking drugs. I've been sober for 15 months now since I've taken the World Changers courses.” — A life skills and leadership student from KwaMashu

More than 20,000 people have been trained since WCA's inception. Here you can find more statistics showing how WCA programmes have affected students, their communities, and their schools.

Student Admission and Selection Procedures
Find details about WCA's life skills and leadership courses on this page.

Accreditation and Materials
World Changers is provisionally accredited with the Services SETA, according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) framework. It is in the process of moving towards full accreditation through aligning just one of its topics (communication skills) with SAQA standards. However, at this stage, WCA only intends to run accredited programmes for employees, not high school and unemployed students, due to the high cost and administrative burden of fulfilling accreditation requirements. Requirements are primarily beneficial to those wanting qualifications and thus suited for formal skills-based programmes. Because WCA focuses primarily on attitude and behavioural change, qualifications for its courses is not so important.

WCA has developed student and facilitator workbooks for its life skills programme for the unemployed. This same curriculum is used for the life skills for high school students, with much of it used in the leadership programme (in further depth). Materials still need to be developed for the leadership programme.

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