Visa Application & Medical Insurance ($400 per child)
As the students are attending high school in South Africa, they are considered international students and
require a study permit in order to enter and leave South Africa throughout the school year. In working with the school's administration, we are arranging to get each student a one-time visa that will extend from matriculation to their graduation (5 years, as South Africa includes 8th grade at the high school). This one time visa fee is 400 Rand (~$30).
In addition, as part of the requirements to obtain a visa, each child needs to have medical insurance that covers them should they fall ill or become injured while at school. Most Swazis do not have health insurance as Swaziland has a public health system that provides affordable care to all citizens - with low co-pays and public hospitals and clinics. The cost of insurance for the year is rather expensive, particularly because it is an upfront cost, and cannot be paid through installments. The annual health insurance fee is 4,500 Rand ($375).