The UGA study-abroad program in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has been in existence since 2008. It offers a unique combination of classroom learning, community engagement, and wildlife encounters. The Stellenbosch program is directed by the School of Public and International Affairs’ Center for the Study of Global Issues and is hosted by Stellenbosch University.

Students have the opportunity to fully engage with the South African community by participating in a four-week service-learning project in the nearby communities of Kayamandi and Lynedoch. Students volunteer with an after school program and in an elementary school, allowing for a first-hand glimpse into the realities facing the average child in South Africa. “The Globis South Africa study abroad has been an extremely rewarding experience. Learning through community engagement is wonderful, and working with children in a South African township has been very eye-opening,” said SPIA student Milagros Bartolome. “This trip has given me the opportunity to travel, learn, and make a difference in a community. I am so lucky and thankful to have experienced this, and I am already making plans to return one day!”

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