Social Change and Development in Southern Africa
Late May - Early July (seven weeks)
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 Politics of Development in Southern Africa (Interdisciplinary Studies 312/Political Science 354)
- Internship for credit in History, Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, Religion, Youth/Family Ministry, Language and Cross-Cultural Studies, or Women’s Studies
Be sure to check out course syllabi!
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.
Student Life with CGE-Southern Africa
The CGE house is a 10 minute walk from downtown Windhoek, where students will find traditional and international cuisines, art galleries, contemporary shopping malls, live concerts, and public gardens where festivals are held throughout the year. Students can travel anywhere from an outdoor craft and food market in Windhoek’s township areas to a movie theater in the suburbs for one low taxi fare. Students are sure to run into many friendly faces as they explore the various cultural and entertainment activities that this vibrant community has to offer.
Housing and Homestays
Room and board will be provided at the CGE study center. Students will share modest accommodations and have basic access to internet. Meals will be provided at the study house. Students will also stay with a local family for about one week to deepen their understanding of the local context.
Blogs and Videos
Hear from our staff about local happenings in Namibia and South Africa along with CGE-Southern Africa highlights at our blog.
This video introduces you to the CGE-Southern Africa study center and staff. Our You Tube Channel has several more videos that highlight the rural homestay experience and local resource people.
Your application must be received no later than April 1. Final payment for the program will be due May 15.