|THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY BEING OFFERED IN ODD YEARS
Students in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in child life will get the opportunity to spend four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa as a volunteer and/or doing intense volunteer experience work at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Students will work with the Child Life staff and the Pain Management Team in a variety of inpatient wards throughout the hospital. In addition, students will get the chance to participate in four to five children’s health service-learning projects.
The group will work with Connect-123, an organization that develops and manages volunteer, internship and study abroad programs in a variety of cities, including Cape Town. Connect-123 will
| integrate service-learning experiences into the students’ educational program; these experiences include assisting at a medical clinic in one of the area townships, providing activities for HIV+ teenagers and spending the day at an assisted living medical facility for children.
In addition, Connect-123 plans various optional excursions in and around Cape Town, including a safari (included in program price), site seeing trips along the coast and adventure excursions. All costs involved are shared upfront and students can voluntarily participate. Please note these costs are not a required part of the program and therefore are not listed in the student budget worksheet.
In Child and Family Studies, students following the child life concentration gain hands-on, structured experience in children’s hospitals that are critical in securing competitive internship placements required for their national certification exam. Getting this hands-on experience in an international setting would only enhance a student’s overall academic experience.
June 27, 2015 – July 31, 2015
Courses and credits
CFS 4590: CFS in International Service
CFS 5590: CFS in International Service
Eligibility and selection process
Students must be enrolled in Child and Family Studies and following the child life concentration. Undergraduate students must have completed Introduction to Child Life (CFS 2980) and graduate students must have completed Foundations and Theory in Child Life (CFS 6280). In addition, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Connect-123 will provide housing accommodations in furnished apartments for participating students. The apartment building is a 24-hour secured building and each apartment is fully furnished with a kitchen. Students will provide meals for themselves and grocery/produce stores are within walking distance to the apartment building. There is also a coffee shop that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the first floor of the building as well as a number of restaurants within walking distance.
Costs for Heritage College Students
Additional Information on Africa
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program. (Link to Ed Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form).
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840