During this unparalleled 20-day journey, students will immerse themselves in South African culture and explore the country’s most pressing mental and physical health issues. Students will observe South Africa’s health care system and identify the challenges in delivering healthcare to areas of widespread poverty. Upon arrival in Cape Town, students will be welcomed with an African meal and interactive drumming session, and celebrate New Years Eve 2012. To understand Apartheid in historical context, students will take a guided city tour and visit Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) and the Slave Lodge Museum. A trip to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to the poverty stricken township of Langa and a guided tour of the Bo Kaap Museum, where students will gain an understanding of the contribution of Islam to Cape Town and Malay cuisine. The trip will also include sightseeing excursions to places such as Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, and Boulders Beach (to hang with penguins). After gaining familiarity with the local culture, students will visit community projects and volunteer placements in Cape Town and will have the opportunity to volunteer at places such as Red Cross Children’s Hospital, HIV/AIDS youth organizations, after school programs, and local medical and/or mental health clinics. The tour will end in the northern part of South Africa where we plan to spend a few days at Kruger National Park. In daylight hours, students will search for the Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Buffalos) during their own safari experience, and evenings will be utilized to reflect on community and volunteer placement experiences and wrap up any remaining course material.
All pre-health students (medical; clinical psychology; dental; immunology; health psychology; nursing; occupational therapy; school psychology; exercise and sport science; counseling psychology) are highly encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity. We hope you can join us for this ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip around South Africa.
Date of Travel: December 28, 2012 – January 16, 2013
Program Fee*: $3705
Tuition for 6 credit hours: approx. $1380
Personal Expenses**: approx. $3000 - $3500
Total Approximate Cost: $8085 - 8585
Non-Refundable Deposit/Non-Transferable: $565 due April 1, 2012
Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: 1570 due July 16, 2012
Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: 1570 due September 3, 2012
* Program fee includes: accommodations (rooms for two to six individuals, ranging from hotels to safari bungalows to backpacker hostels), flights/transportation within South Africa, museum fees, safari fees, township tour fees, administrative fees, international health insurance, and faculty expenses per student.
**Personal expenses include: round trip airfare from U.S. to South Africa, , passport fees, ISIC card, any required vaccines, all meals, any souvenirs, gifts, and personal entertainment.
PSCY 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 cr. hrs.)
BIOL/PSYC 390: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders & Infectious Diseases (3 cr. hrs.)
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