Life changing experience in Cape Town. Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) - abroad from 01/31/2013 to 04/30/2013 with

Connect-123: Cape Town - Volunteer/Intern in South Africa

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I worked with kids everyday who were out of mainstream schooling. Most were homeless or in shelters. 92% of the school had been raped or sexually abused in their life And nearly all were on or being treated for their addiction to crystal meth, or Tic they call it. The ages of the kids were just 10-14 years old. I was able to interact and make a difference and taught them English literacy ( average reading level was 6 yr old) and helped institute a new curriculum. Life changing .

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Because mine was an internship, I didn't deal with them much but if I did have a problem with my site, they seemed more important with maintaining a good relationship with my site than my happiness in my duties and the money I paid them to do their job .

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nice apartments

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

So cheap living there and it was cool you live with other American interns in the apartments.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Didn't feel safe a lot of the times. Apartment was in a bit of a sketchy location. Friends of mine got robbed or mugged at knife point. Luckily nothing bad happened to me.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Even going out to eat and drink is so cheap but you find yourself doing it a lot. a lot. So just be aware.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The beauty of the country
  • So cheap to live there.
  • You meet and live with Americans in the heart of the city
* What could be improved?
  • Program fee is expensive.
  • Administrators need to take into account how happy or upset you are with internship problems
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The dress code for internship. Was never really told. Also more information about my internship they could do a better job with that. I wish I would've brought stuff to donate to organizations in need!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.