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Health & Community: Globalization, Culture, & Care: Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam, and U.S.

Photo submitted by Phoebe Wraith.
  • City: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Hanoi, Vietnam; Washington D.C., United States
  • Term: Fall, Winter
  • Instruction in: English

2 weeks in Washington, D.C: Explore the diverse neighborhoods and local NGOs of DC; meet with community leaders, activists, and government officials; and begin to develop your own toolbox for effecting change by learning from the successes and failures of others.

4 weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam: Some of the country’s most vexing health-related issues include an HIV/AIDS epidemic that threatens to become widespread, enormous demands placed on health systems from rising rural-to-urban migration, widening social inequalities, and worsening environmental conditions.

5 weeks Cape Town, South Africa: Meet and interact with community activists, physicians, public health practitioners, and officials as they seek to understand domestic and community health in a country whose citizens are deeply committed to radical political, social, and economic transformation. You will spend time in two distinct areas: one near Cape Town’s central business district in a diverse, predominantly working-class, neighborhood; the other in a less urban space just outside of the greater Cape Town area.

5 weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina: In Argentina, a completely free public health system that covers every person residing in the country coexists with two others, a private sector and a semi-private labor union sector, both powerful and competitive. Visit a variety of healthcare settings, from primary health centers to regional hospitals.