The underlying aim of civic engagement is to produce
meaningful service and experience to all involved participants. In the example
of service learning, this includes community partners, students and faculty. By
solving real problems and addressing real needs, students learn to apply
classroom learning to a real world context. At the same time, students provide
valuable services to schools and communities. The
service learning in Cape Town, South Africa will provide UT students the
opportunities to work with a Black South African township on issues related to
Social Justice, Poverty and HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa. Students will upgrade Higgins underprivileged school and work with kids of the
Upon completion of the program, students will receive 6 credits in Africana Studies 491: Service Learning in South Africa. To meet the course objectives, students will be required to blog and/or maintain a daily reflective journal to document their experience through service learning.
Students will enjoy a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula, a Safari tour, and a tour of Stellenbosch and South African wine country.