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Camden: Community Service in South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
COMMUNITY SERVICE, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND KNOWLEDGE OF PLACE
Students will visit NGO's, schools, and key cultural sites, and meet with teachers, students, and community leaders in South Africa to participate in community service and engage in dialogue and shared experience on topics of racism and poverty, urban revitalization, global and regional development, and environmental degradation while focusing on the role that woman have played.
Understanding of complex issues—gender, poverty, racism, justice, environmentally-poor housing, climate-change, activism and desire for change—will be arrived at through reading, dialogue, hands-on activity, and reflection. Identity and pride are strong in South Africa; this creative energy shows up in all aspects of the complex culture of over 11 national languages recognized in the constitution, but also in the strength they collectively brought toward change in their country. Whether this same creative energy can be transferred to affect needed environmental change or to others such as us will be one of the topics of discussion. Connecting between the learning activities in South Africa and Camden will be formed through group interaction, the study project, and critical analysis.
Participants will meet with NGO Executives, principals of public education, and community leaders in South Africa to engage in dialogue and shared experience on topics of racism and poverty, global and regional identities, and environmental/climate change. We will build shared experience through community activities undertaken with local NGOs; connect with teachers and students in their classrooms and schools; visit key cultural places. Cultural exchanges will be facilitated through specific civic engagement such as greening and environmental education through the Amy Beihl Foundation, afterschool program activities with Ons Plek, visits to various primary schools; site visits to places like the People’s Environmental Centre (an urban gardens project), Constitutional Court (the new justice center), and Robben Island (prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years); and informal dinners with local educators and leaders.
Students enrolled in the course should be prepared to meet both in person and online, to participate in field experiences on campus or in the surrounding community that involve the application of principles and methodologies.
Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Faculty Director: Amanda Holloway (firstname.lastname@example.org), Women's and Gender Studies
Course Number: 50:988:490
Course Meeting Dates and Times: Saturdays 10am-12:30pm, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 4/8, 4/15
Spring Break 2017: March 8-20, 2017
Program Cost: Approximately $3,425
Program Cost Includes
HTH Travel Health Insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (if applicable)
Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)
*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Center for International Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Center for International Programs at email@example.com. Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.