AIFS Summer Study Abroad: Global Service Learning in South Africa

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Spend the summer in the captivating city of Stellenbosch with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 7 credits through a Learning, Sustainability and Community Engagement Program at the University of Stellenbosch. Courses are taught in English.
This Service Learning Program will give you an in-depth look at South African culture, enhance your level of intercultural understanding, and increase your awareness of global issues. As part of this program, you will take 2 courses – Introduction to South Africa’s Political History, and Learning, Sustainability and Community Engagement – at the University of Stellenbosch.
Live in a modern university residence hall at the heart of campus life where you’ll share a double room with another AIFS student. Breakfast is included daily in your residence hall and welcome and farewell meals are also included.
Cultural activities and visits to Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and Robben Island are included. An optional 6-day Garden Route tour is also available.

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  • Visits to Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and Robben Island
  • Optional 6-day Garden Route tour

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Kendra
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AIFS Service Learning South Africa

This was my first time that I had ever gone abroad. So, like everyone else, I will say that it was the best experience I've ever had. AIFS did great with supplying you with whatever you needed. The support that they gave to the students was wonderful, and they were always there to answer any questions you might have. Stellenbosch is a BEAUTIFUL area. Everything that you could want is packed into once place. Great food, beautiful scenery, night-life, shopping, hiking, and of course, wine. The excursions and most of the weekend trips are included in your AIFS price, which I was grateful for, because I didn't have to make those plans on my own.

The Service Learning program was a great cultural experience. You learn things that will stay with you for longer than your program length. However, when I participated in this program it was a bit unorganized. We volunteered with an organization in a township in Stellenbosch, and communication between us and them was a challenge, because we didn't seem to be on the same page. I hope that AIFS has worked out a deal with a different organization so the students can get the most out of their program, and so they can participate in community engagement that involves learning on both sides.

Bring nice clothes for going out, but also bring clothes to go hiking in, because you don't want to miss out on seeing the views from above. The people are amazing, the culture is exquisite and colorful, and the history is rich. South Africa has a special place in my heart, and AIFS was a great choice for my first adventure abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I recommend that AIFS reconsiders the organization that they are paired with for the Service Learning Program. There are so many different types of service learning and community engagement projects that could provide students with experience (professional, learning, cultural, etc.) and also provide the organization with experience.
Yes, I recommend this program

About AIFS Study Abroad

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