Social Change and Development in Southern Africa
Late May - Early July
This program provides students with an opportunity to learn about contemporary and historical issues that impact development and social change in Southern Africa and the efforts to address such issues. Students will learn through course study as well as attachment with a local organization. Internship field placements will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities, as well as opportunities for personal and professional development. Participants will also be offered additional opportunities for experiential learning and community engagement through in-country orientations, homestays, and travel seminars throughout Namibia.
The program is located in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Namibia is a multi-ethnic country and its many cultures and languages will be found intermixing in Windhoek. Windhoek is an urban center which still maintains traces of its German and South African colonialism. Namibia is also one of the most inequitable countries in the world and Windhoek exemplifies such disparities with great wealth and great poverty existing at either ends of the capital.
Credit is granted and the transcript is issued by Augsburg College for the equivalent of two courses or eight semester hours.
- The Development Process: Southern Africa (Interdisciplinary Studies 312)
- Internship (History/Interdisciplinary Studies/Political Science 399)
Possible internship placements include attachment at an organization dealing with:
- Orphans and vulnerable children
- Environmental conservation
- Health promotion
- Media and journalism
- Human rights
- Homeless and underemployed populations
- Feminist Activism and Gender Issues
- Domestic violence
- Micro-finance and business development
- Youth and families
Additional internship opportunities are also available depending on students’ interest and experience.
Housing and Homestays
Room and board will be provided at the CGE study center. The CGE house is located 10-15 minutes from the City Center in Windhoek. Students will share modest accommodations and have basic access to internet and a library. Meals will be provided at the study house. Students will also have the opportunity to stay with a local family.
Your application must be received no later than April 1. Final payment for the program will be due May 15.