South Africa: Social and Political Transformation
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Students in the South Africa: Social and Political Transformation program experience three different homestays, each of which opens a larger window into South Africa's extraordinary diversity and complexity. Homestays are in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In each of the homestays, students are either in neighborhood clusters or placed with families in pairs.
The program's first homestay is with isiZulu-speaking families in Cato Manor, an urban township about five kilometers from the SIT facility in Durban. Each student spends approximately five weeks with his or her own family, within a quarter of a mile of other students, and within a mile of the whole group. The homestay in Cato Manor allows students the opportunity to practice isiZulu and gain an appreciation for the richness and challenges of township life. All houses have cell phone reception, flush toilets, and electricity, and are they constructed of cinder block.
In the rural homestay in Amacambini, about 100 kilometers north of Durban, conditions are basic, with some marked differentiation between households. Some households may not have electricity, indoor plumbing, or piped water. As in Cato Manor, homestay families in Amacambini are isiZulu speakers, providing students with excellent opportunities to hone their language skills further while experiencing rural life and gaining comparative knowledge of everyday Zulu life in a rural environment.
During the program's third homestay, students live in Newlands with an Indian or mixed race/Coloured family, to gain further insights into, and to forge connections with, the various communities comprising Durban. Newlands is a Durban suburb, approximately 20 kilometers from the city center.
Independent Study Project (ISP) Accommodation
During the ISP period, many students remaining in Durban choose to stay in apartments at the beachfront, which underwent a stunning renovation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Other accommodations during the program may include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Durban
Language Study: isiZulu
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