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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Health Sciences

Program Feature

  • Service Learning


  • South Africa

Program Term

  • Summer

For additional information contact:

Dr. Jenny Chabot
Program Director



Students will have the opportunity to spend four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa shadowing, volunteering and participating in service-learning projects at various locations.

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. Child life students will work with the child life staff and the pain management team in a variety of inpatient wards throughout Red Cross Children's Hospital. In addition, students will have the chance to participate in four to five children’s health service-learning projects. For 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.

Highlights and Excursions 

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.

OHIO students in safari jeep

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Living Arrangements 

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.

Program Dates 

May 28 to June 25,  2022


Students register for 3 credits of undergraduate or graduate credit. Students choose one of the following:   

  • CFS 4590: CFS in International Service (3 OHIO credits) 
    CFS 5590: CFS in International Service (3 OHIO credits)


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, airport pickup, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet

Graduate Student Budget Worksheets

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program application is open to students in the child life specialty, and students interested in working with children and families in healthcare settings are eligible. Child life students must be enrolled in child and family studies and following the child life concentration.  

Other students can apply with permission from the director. Undergraduates must have completed Fundamentals in Child Life and Pediatric Health Care Settings (CFS 2100) and graduate students must have completed Foundations and Theory in Child Life (CFS 6280) prior to departure.

All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.  


Post-Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the Global Health Program Checklist PDF for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.