South Africa Study Abroad

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Preparing for the Program

South Africa is Calling! Beautiful Nation Seeks Individuals Interested in Serious, Long-Term Committed Relationships. Is this the right program for you?
Look beyond the magical attraction that is South Africa and consider the rigorous academic, cultural, and social experiences designed to last a lifetime. For many, the seduction of exciting safaris in famed Kruger National Park, the breathtaking climb up Table Mountain, and visits to colorful market squares provide a strong magnetic force to Elon’s winter term study abroad program, but this is not a casual relationship. Intense preparation, long discussions, and shared readings define this courtship; we look beyond ourselves to examine the role of the arts in the fight of individuals, groups, and nations for civil rights and democracy; we draw on the knowledge of experts from all sectors of society to improve our understanding of the complex racial dynamics of South Africa and the United States and to compare the impact of segregationist policies on various communities; we give back, working with community partners in service projects that meet community needs, provide a deeper understanding of course content,  enhance students' sense of civic responsibility and a greater interest in and understanding of community life. More importantly, however, this experience leaves everyone with a deeper appreciation of the pleasures and values of literature and culture, and a new perspective on the power of literature and the arts to change oneself and the world. If you are looking for this kind of meaningful relationship, then come join us! For some quick facts about South Africa, click here.

* ENG 110 or the equivalent.
* Students must have a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled at Elon to apply.
* The program provides 30 slots to qualified applicants.
* Students must take both the Fall pre-departure course (STA 206) and Winter Term course (GST 206) associated with the program.

Course Description
The Call of South Africa is a challenging interdisciplinary course with an exciting and rigorous itinerary that allows students to think about the role of literature and the arts in a democracy as they study comparatively the anti-apartheid struggles of South Africa and the United States. Students will come to know intimately the contradictions of a land that is a cultural, spiritual, and political symbol of hope and freedom for people everywhere. It is easy to be seduced by South Africa’s breathtaking beauty, but beneath lies a long history of racial oppression and apartheid against which the enduring and resilient spirit of her people continue to rage. The world watches and hopes for South Africa’s ability to forge “the rainbow nation” of Nelson Mandela’s dreams.

Service South Africa
The Call of South Africa is a designated service-learning program that provides interaction with community partners guided by the expertise of professors and community-based practitioners, working together with students to address community needs. Students will prepare for their exciting experiences by studying some of the issues the community faces, participate in service activities that are reciprocally beneficial to the communities and the students, and engage in projects devoted to the public good, including:

Course Dates
This course will meet in Alamance on the following Tuesdays from 4:10pm-7:10pm: September 7th and 21st, October 26th, and November 2nd and 16th, 2010.

The 2011 Winter Term Program runs from January 3rd - 27th, 2011. Students enroll in STA 206, a one-credit pre-departure preparatory seminar in the preceding Fall semester, and then GST 206, the 4-credit hour Winter term course.

Itinerary Highlights
* Climb Table Mountain
* Tour Cape Town & Cape Point
* Work with our Community Partners
* Savour the flavour of township life
* Enjoy a night safari at Kruger National Park
* Explore the Apartheid, Hector Pieterson, & District Six Museums
* Watch the work of a Traditional Healer
* Visit Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island
* Shop at some of South Africa’s biggest flea markets
* Learn about gold and diamond mining
* Tour Johannesburg and Pretoria
* Interact with politicians, journalists, filmmakers, authors, students, children and other extraordinary South Africans.
* Learn about South Africa’s historic peoples at Lesedi Cultural Village
* Spend the day in Soweto, the epicentre of the anti-apartheid struggle.
* Discover “the call of South Africa,” more than a course, but an experience of a lifetime

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues. This course consists of some moderate hiking, touring cities, the shore, and the countryside by coach, and visiting the marketplaces and museums. January is summertime in South Africa, so the weather should be mild.

Course Fulfillments and Requirements
*The Winter term and Fall courses partially fulfill the Liberal General Studies requirement in the areas of Expression (Literature) and Society.
*The Winter term course is also an approved service learning course and satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement through its study abroad and service learning components.
*Both courses may be credited towards the minors in African & African-American Studies and Non-Violence Studies.
*This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour Fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated Fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

Program Costs:
The Cost for Winter Term 2011 is  TBA. (WT 2010 $5,150) The cost of this program includes:
* Shared accommodations
* Two meals daily, including breakfast
* International health insurance
* Cancellation insurance
* Transportation to all course-related activities
* Admission to all scheduled sites, museums, and cultural events
* Faculty and guest instruction
* Round-trip international airfare from the US departure airport - Dulles International

The cost of this program does not include: spending money, medications/vaccines, books, optional activities, domestic flights to the US international departure, or baggage fees

The following payment policy applies:
* A $400 deposit is due with application
* September 8, 2010 is the last day to request a refund of the deposit
* September 29, 2010 is the full payment (minus deposit) deadline

*Price subject to change due to currency fluctuation, vendor costs and/or number of students enrolled.

Applications and Funding
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the ICIC. For additional information on applying to this program, scholarships or other funding, contaact the Isabella Cannon International Centre
Campus Box 2375, Carlton 113
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)

Visit South Africa
Elon students and others interested in travelling to South Africa are encouraged to read more about the resources available to travellers in South Africa and some of the information provided on this iste, such as diplomatic posts in South Africa, and visiting South Africa.


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Prudence Layne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English &
Coordinator of African/African-American Studies

2338 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336-278-5618 • Fax: 336-278-2014