Program Details

Economic growth in South Africa has generated tremendous wealth, but socially inequitably, resulting in serious environmental degradation. Creating strategies that support both resilient natural systems and economic prosperity for people remains a challen
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
GSI International Projects provide graduate students with hands-on experience exploring sustainability challenges in some of the world’s most rapidly developing nations. Offered in cooperation with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, GSI South Africa participants are organized as a consulting team to examine complex sustainability issues in the southwestern region of South Africa, as well as strategies being used to address them.

Economic growth in South Africa has generated tremendous wealth, but socially inequitably, resulting in serious environmental degradation. Creating strategies that support both resilient natural systems and economic prosperity for people remains a challenge. We will explore complex socio-ecological systems, including: the urban-rural interface, managing for global environmental change, migration and health, green infrastructure and settlement planning, and biodiversity conservation.

Get a jump on your sustainability career with GSI International Projects, offered in cooperation with Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. GSI International Projects provide an ideal opportunity to: - Gain international and sustainability-related work experience - Earn graduate credit without enrolling in a graduate program - Explore sustainability issues in new contexts - Learn from visionary professionals and people engaged in sustainable development work around the world
Setting Description:
Cape Town and the ‘Garden Route’ along the southern coast are rich with natural assets and biodiversity. They are also rapidly urbanizing areas struggling to manage conservation values and economic development. We will also visit the Eden District Municipality to see how integrated development planning is balancing the needs of managing ecological infrastructure and natural resources, while supporting poverty alleviation and service delivery.
Cost:
Program fee is $2,900 which includes meals, lodging, transportation, activities, and logistics in South Africa. International airfare is not included and is the responsibility of the participant. Tuition for six graduate credit with Virginia Tech is separate.

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