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  • Locations: Cape Point, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Groot Winterhoek Nature Reserve, South Africa; Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Spring (May Abroad)
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring (May Abroad) 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Housing Options: Home Stay, Hostel, Tent Program Director/Assistant Director: Valerie Rambin, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: 200
Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: 3795 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, Excursion, Housing, In-country transportation, Most Meals
Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Some Meals, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:
Please note that the below information is from 2020 and updates for 2021, including if the program will be offered, will be completed at a later date. For questions about the programs or to apply, please contact Valerie Rambin: ​

Social Justice/Social Work, International Learning through Community & NGO Internship

Course Dates: May 22-June 6, 2018 (must depart US no later than May 21)
Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Saturday Seminars: February 24, April 7, and June TBD 
Faculty Leaders:  David B. Miller, PhD; Sharon E. Milligan, Ph.D; Andrea G. Porter, MSW

Course Description: Experience dynamic cultural, environmental, and social justice development in the stunning beauty of Cape Town, South Africa, and surrounding locations in this 3-credit course. In a country still working on overcoming the bitter vestiges of apartheid, students will be exposed to current social and economic conditions, simultaneously reflecting on modern cosmopolitan experiences and vast economic disparities. Students will be embedded in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and immersed in learning activities that will provide opportunities to challenge their own perceptions while developing a broadened perspective to address social issues and problems regardless of location and nation.
A highlight of the course will be a wilderness experience in the Groot Winterhoek Nature Reserve, where students will gain a better understanding of themselves while acquiring first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced and conquered by South Africans. Joined by their South African counterparts, students will leave behind many western creature comforts and find countless personal rewards: learning to face and overcome obstacles, acquiring introspective insight into their own abilities, and developing lifelong connections with people from different cultures and experiences who, too, work for social justice and the betterment of all peoples. Check out student experiences with Educo Africa: GSSW Global Practice South Africa and SUNY South Africa 2017

This program has a significant outdoor component in which students will be expected to do the following:

1. Be able to carry 35-50 pound pack while hiking
2. Be comfortable hiking and camping
3. Limited mobility assistance (hiking, camping in bush) and ability to hike at least 3 miles a day
4. Be able to dig own bathroom facilities while in bush

Potential South African Social Welfare Agencies (subject to change)
  • James House: provides residential and in-home services to youth ages 12-16 identified with difficult behavioral problems. Individual, family and group counseling are provided through James House. Agency has been in existence for 31 years. Program consists of life skills, education and self-discipline through physical and artistic activities.
  • INSPIRE Youth: a highly innovative program grassroots and community based program providing opportunities and training for young adults to engage in social and economic entrepreneurship. Attempts to build capacity of those between ages 18-26 through skill development, mentorship, formal education, formal employment and micro-loans.
  • YABONGA: agency providing advocacy, education, life skills and personal management for child and women living with HIV & AIDS. Located in Khayelitsha Township, YABANGO is an empowering agency working to provide those living with HIV & AIDS assistance in responding to and living with this chronic disease. YABANGO also provides education to young adults on the prevention of and spread of HIV.
  • Peebles Project: agencies provides social welfare, health and dental services to families working in the Winelands community of the Western Cape region near Cape Town. Through the use of mobile/roving vans, the Peebles Project provides education, library and technology opportunity for children who otherwise would be without. A health clinic provides dental and medical services to the workers and their families.
  • The Haven Night Shelter: provides dormitory-style shelter to homeless women and men in Cape Town. Residents are required to seek employment or volunteer at the shelter in order to pay for their stay in the shelter. Employment assistance, family reunification, mental health counseling and personal development are provided to residents in the shelter.
  • Wola Nani: agency works with women infected with and living with HIV/AIDS. Agency began in response to a lack services for women, particularly Black women with the disease. Services provided to include income generation strategies, psychosocial group counseling, after school programs for children and personal development. Through entrepreneurship, the women design and manufacture home décor products which are sold worldwide. 
  • Department of Social Development: government agency which provides and manages funding for NGOs in South Africa. Also provides child advocacy and welfare services to street children in Cape Town.
  • Leliebloem House: provides residential services to youth between the ages of 4-18 who have experienced abuse, neglect, domestic violence or loss of parent(s) from HIV/AIDS. Agency provides prevention and early intervention community based services for at-risk kids through embedded child and youth care workers. Adolescent development and life skills programs are offered for those residents age 12 and above along with intervention with parent(s). Offers behavioral program for those with severe behavioral problems. 
Program Fee: $3,295 (billed to student account minus $300 deposit)
Out of Pocket Expenses: Flight, approximately $500 for non-included meals, personal spending for souvenirs, vaccinations, Ubers, tips, etc.
Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid eligibility.