Look beyond the magical attraction that is South Africa and experience the rigorous academic, cultural, and social experiences designed to last a lifetime. For many, the seduction of an exciting safari, 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 and the media 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, an enhanced 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 their power to change oneself and the world. If you are looking for this kind of meaningful relationship, then come join us!