Service Learning in South Africa Past Review

By (Public and Community Service, Providence College) for

AIFS: Stellenbosch - Study Abroad or Service Learning at Stellenbosch University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I am beyond happy i chose to study abroad and particularly happy i chose to go to SA. I think i had one of the best experiences that is offered, and it is my hope that more people take this opportunity and that PC continues to offer this. It would be a mistake to take away the AIFS Stellenbosch experience because of what i have learned, the people i have met, and the love i have for my host country. The international office in Stellenbosch is without a doubt some of the most inviting, genuine, and fantastic group of people i have ever met. They are what made my experience so special, and the reason i still miss it, and most likely will always miss it. I gained a new appreciation for the world and the ways in which we are all interconnected. I had the unique experience to befriend South Africans, an opportunity not offered in many other programs. Don't take away this program, please.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My experience was different from that at PC, but just as valuable. Learning in a different country gives new and unique learning opportunities that i will draw on during the rest of my educational career.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

THE BEST! So helpful and excited about us studying in their country. The AIFS and int'l team in Stellenbosch made my experience what it was .

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a flat that had 8 single rooms, a common area, and mini kitchen shared by 2 people. <br /><br /> Helped to meet people

* Food:

Food in town was good. also possible to cook at home. food in student center good but not included in fee

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Read above

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never had safety issues.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


Language acquisition improvement?

I did not learn enough of the language to become proficient

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Relax and learn to enjoy the country, people, culture, and experience.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department:
Instructor: Pumlani
Instruction Language: English and Xhosa
Comments: EExciting and well taught. Loved learning about the culture
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Economic and Development Issues in Africa and South Africa

Course Department:
Instructor: Johann Fourie
Instruction Language: English
Comments: very interesting and informative. learned alot about my surroundings.
Credit Transfer Issues: NO
Course Name/Rating:

Service Learning in Community Development

Course Department:
Instructor: du Plessis
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Made my experience abroad because of the field work required. Would reccomend this type of service to anyone choosing this program.
Credit Transfer Issues: No