Program Details

Students will learn about the process of building a nation and identity amidst challenges such as underdevelopment, extreme inequality, and painful racial and colonial legacies. Students will also explore the impact of gender, race, culture, and identity
Location:
Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Windhoek, Namibia
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Work Types:
Business, Education, Religion, Sciences & Environment, Social Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:
This multi-country program is experiential in nature and emphasizes excursions, guest speakers, and community-based learning. Namibia and South Africa provide a rich context in which to explore the theme of nation-building. as these two countries demonstrate that the transition to independence is both a beautiful and painful process. Students learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity, an inclusive multi-party democracy, and a model for development. Studying Namibia and South Africa’s model and approach to such issues provides a useful context for understanding globalization and nation-building struggles throughout the world. Gain hands-on work experience in a development agency. Earn credit in Political Science, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies, or History.

Students will learn about the process of building a nation and identity amidst challenges such as underdevelopment, extreme inequality, and painful racial and colonial legacies. Students will also explore the impact of gender, race, culture, and identity on democratic processes, human rights issues, and social and economic advancement today. Most students enroll in an academic internship available for credit in history, political science, interdisciplinary studies, environmental studies, women's studies, religion, or youth/family ministry.

Students will meet with members of the African National Congress and opposition parties, church leaders, feminists, human rights activists, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives, and students and professors from the University of Namibia. These up close and personal encounters and engagement with the community provides a deep introduction to the region. Many of the issues are also applicable to other issues - such as resistance, racism, development, and nation-building - that are critical around the globe.
Setting Description:
The program is based in Windhoek, Namibia, a modern city of 200,000 located in the geographical center of the country. The program also includes two week-long travel seminars in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Students also travel to rural areas, a game reserve, the coast, and the Namib desert. The CGEE house is a 10 minute walk from downtown Windhoek, where students will find traditional and international cuisines, art galleries, contemporary shopping malls, live concerts, and public gardens where festivals are held throughout the year. Students can travel anywhere from an outdoor craft and food market in Windhoek’s township areas to a movie theater in the suburbs for one low taxi fare. Students are sure to run into many friendly faces as they explore the various cultural and entertainment activities that this vibrant community has to offer.
Cost:
$17,500. Includes tuition, room, board, insurance, and all program related travel and excursions.

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