CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.
You can experience firsthand the unique musical traditions, artistic expressions, powerful literary and political voices, traditional foods, diverse architecture, and spectacular flora and fauna this part of the world has to offer.
You might also spend time on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated, visit historic District 6, climb Table Mountain and experience the wildlife of Kruger National Park.
If you participate in Marquette's South Africa Service Learning Program, you will study with South African professors who are experts in their fields at the Leadership Academy of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Inspired by the spirit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Peace Centre uses "the experience of the South African people and the example of Desmond Tutu to inspire a new generation of visionary peace builders. Its focus is to teach the extraordinary principles--practiced by ordinary people--that were able to guide South Africa from a legacy of violence to a cooperative peace."
Founded in 1960, the University of the Western Cape has played a key role in ending the oppression of apartheid and is today a major South African university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and helping to build an equitable and dynamic society.
Students in Marquette's South Africa program live in a communal apartment with their fellow program participants.
Named the Kimberely House, the apartment is fully furnished and contains a complete kitchen, a living room with TV, computers and internet access.
At the Kimberely House, students are responsible for cooking their own meals and often share the responsibilities as a group.
Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent. The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages, and in the Cape Town area you will hear predominantly Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.
While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa’s rich history and see how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of apartheid’s government-enforced segregation. Cape Town’s diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom as you learn paradigms of emerging leadership and models of reconciliation, forgiveness and community advocacy.
You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African sites, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid, historic District 6 in the city’s center and Table Mountain. You also will have the opportunity to experience the musical traditions, artistic expressions, powerful literary voices, traditional foods, diverse architecture and spectacular natural species unique to South Africa.
The South Africa Service Learning Program, in conjunction with the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and the University of the Western Cape, builds upon Marquette’s strong tradition of service learning. The program offers students the unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the people, history, culture and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic course work and direct immersion into the culture through community-based service.
To help ensure a positive experience, a full-time academic director and full-time resident director are on site in South Africa to guide students. Also, the program’s community living setting allows students to further reflect upon their experiences together and delve more deeply into issues they encounter as they immerse themselves into South African society. Historical and cultural excursions in South Africa also are an integral part of the program.
You will also learn through action. The service learning component of your experience will engage you directly in the ongoing transformation of South Africa. It will offer you an academically grounded global reach as you research, reflect, analyze and act on complex global problems in an international setting. You will work with a community-based grassroots organization two days a week throughout the semester.
Chosen organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard and who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. The organizations also encourage those they serve to empower themselves to address their needs and be voices for change.