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GIEU South Africa- Community Healthcare & Outreach

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  • City: St. Lucia
  • Term: Total of 2 credits for on-campus Winter course and field experience in Summer.
  • Instruction in: English
  • Requirements: Graduating Seniors cannot apply.

Experience the rich culture, unique traditions and robust diversity of South Africa! Located on South Africa’s northeastern coast, St. Lucia is home to the largest Zulu population in the world. It is situated within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and is surrounded by 3 rural communities that struggle with a lack of resources and skilled medical staff. GIEU students will provide support to ongoing treatment programs, created by local leaders in the community, that have helped villagers recover from illness and disease. These programs will give students first-hand experience with rural and community-based healthcare, and how it impacts communities on a daily basis. Students will participate in projects that may include assisting with the daily functioning of under-resourced clinics, facilitating workshops and classes designed to empower and educate local communities about nutrition and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and community outreach projects centered on early childhood development and education. Students will develop valuable tangible and intangible skills in the facilitation of this work, while also learning from one of the richest cultural histories the world has to offer. Students will NOT engage in any clinical practice or procedures with patients.