Alumni eNewsletter: South Africa Study Abroad (Archives)

For the first time in its history, the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf will be held in Africa. The XVI Congress will take place in Durban, South Africa, July 17-24, and will carry the theme, "Global Deaf Renaissance" from birth to adulthood.

A Gallaudet South Africa Abroad course will be offered during the spring semester and is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

This course will provide participants with a very unique and special opportunity to integrate classroom learning with actual service-learning experiences in South Africa. Students will begin by studying the history and geography of South Africa, while at the same time engaging in political and economic studies to develop context to understand the South Africa experience in general and in particular the experiences of deaf South Africans. In addition, during the WFD Conference there will be scheduled "group dialogues" in which students will participate. These dialogues will be facilitated by instructors and will serve as debriefings for the cross-cultural experiences students encounter during the trip. The group dialogues will also serve as a monitoring mechanism for instructors to reflect on how students are processing and critically thinking about their experiences.

Students will learn through lectures, films, and discussions. They will also receive orientation about service-learning opportunities; discussions and lectures on international travel logistics; study abroad safety; the social, cultural, educational, environmental, and economic issues of South Africa; and the salient issues confronting South Africa’s deaf and hard of hearing communities. Students will have an opportunity to learn South African sign language(s) through practice with instructors and classmates, as well as with deaf South Africans.

Interested alumni are encouraged to register for the 2-credit, Professional Studies (PST) 257 OL course. This will be a four-week online class (March 21-April 15) and a two week tour/stay in South Africa (July 9-24).

The cost of the program is $3,400, which includes class registration, airfare from the USA to South Africa, accommodations for the two-week period, and transportation while in South Africa.

Application Deadline: To application deadline is February 28. For more detailed information, please see the flyer.

For additional information, please email the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) at, fax to 202-448-6954, or stop by CIPS in HMB E253.

Posted: 7 Jan 2011

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