UMW in South Africa | Community Engagement


UMW in South Africa

Community Engagement


Program Dates

May 18 — June 3

Summer 2018


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Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $3,575 due March 1, 2018


  • Accommodations
  • International round-trip airfare
  • All meals while in South Africa
  • Transportation while in-country
  • Group excursions
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • UMW tuition (Spring 2018)
  • Transportation to and from U.S. airport
  • Supplemental meals and snacks
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires a high level of activity, including significant walking and participation in athletic activities.





Spend two weeks engaging with local communities in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with Christina Eggenberger from the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service and Abby Brethauer from Athletics, Health, and Physical Education. Students will be working on a project that includes sports coaching with local public school children and teaching them about physical education, wellness, and sportsmanship. The sports to be coached will be based on the group members’ experience though common sports taught in Port Elizabeth public schools are soccer, rugby, cricket, field hockey, netball, and tennis.  In addition to the service component of this program students will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Visit local markets
  • Explore the nearby beach
  • Tour the Kragga Kama Game Reserve
  • View an African dance performance while enjoying an outdoor farewell meal


During their time in Port Elizabeth students will stay in a centrally-located hostel near the beach, city center, and shopping areas.  Accommodations are basic but comfortable, with dormitory style rooms and shared bathrooms.


Students will receive 3 course credits for IDIS 350. This Spring 2018 course will meet for the last 8 weeks of the semester, once per week, as well as spend two weeks in South Africa applying what was learned in the classroom.  Permission of Instructor will be granted upon receipt of each student’s deposit. Students must be enrolled prior to the end of the add/drop period for the Spring 2018 semester.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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