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Delivered entirely online, this Identity & Social Transformation through Art virtual exchange program, critically engages students with communities, industry professionals, and service projects in South Africa, without ever needing to leave their homes.

Identity & Social Transformation through Art

Online Global LearningOnline Global Learning | Custom Programs South Africa

Program Content

Throughout history and across the world, the arts have been a vital tool in shaping responses to social justice issues. South Africa’s cultural diversity and distinctive social and political history has led to the development of a unique brand of artistic responses to the challenges it faces. Through various forms of expression (including music, dance, theater, fine art, and street art) art has been a voice to the voiceless and informed social transformation. This online Virtual Exchange program allows students to intimately engage with socio-political responses across various art forms. Working closely with local artists and academics in the fields of street art, music, city design, and film, students will gain first-hand knowledge of the transformative and connective capacity of the arts, and how they shape our own culture and identity.

This program has a strong Service Learning component where students collaborate with local community partners to analyze and ethically support some of the community’s immediate needs. Integral to this process is an exploration of social justice and ethical service learning issues. Students receive a contextual overview of the country, orientation of cultural norms, as well as an introduction to South Africa’s socio-economic and political backdrop.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Relate key events in the socio-political history of South Africa
  2. Think critically on connections between artistic expression, culture, and identity
  3. Examine the role that art plays in political activism and social transformation
  4. Articulate the value of interdisciplinarity in addressing global issues
  5. Reflect on transcontinental issues and manifestations of race, privilege, heritage, and identity
  6. Compare and contrast the impact of social struggles and social justice policies on communities in South Africa with those of your home country
  7. Apply theoretical knowledge of ethical service learning practices into a practical community service project
  8. Demonstrate intercultural communication skills, attitudes and values in daily interactions
  9. Develop a community partner needs assessment and strategize towards an action plan, as both individuals and as part of a team
  10. Critically reflect on individual growth and transformation

This program is guided by EDU Africa’s five transformative learning goals: Intercultural Competence, Global Citizenship, Personal Growth, Intellectual Growth, and Professional Development. As such, students will be encouraged towards holistic growth in line with these goal areas throughout the program.

Virtual Inclusions

Through both synchronous and asynchronous methods, students will explore, experience, and engage with the following:

  • Johannesburg inner city graffiti virtual experience
  • Critical viewing of gentrification & city design in Cape Town
  • Hip Hop in Cape Town, including interviews with local artists
  • Conversations with local South African students & student activists
  • Robben Island with a former political prisoner
  • Panel discussions tailored to current affairs
  • Interactive workshops

Service Learning Activities

Students are guided through an overview of the organization, a virtual site visit of the projects, and a Q&A session to establish a needs assessment. From here, students are encouraged to collaborate with the project team and their peers to problem solve and assist in practical tasks that ultimately benefit the community where they need it most. Based on the outcomes, students may be involved in practical activities that include, but are not limited to:

  • Online classes for Early Childhood Development
  • Online classes for the upskilling and job-readiness of young adults
  • Development & support of fundraising campaigns
  • Assistance with social media campaigns
  • Database research & population
  • Development of healthcare workshops

Facilitation

Our team works collaboratively with faculty to curate and deliver quality programs. Your dedicated Program Designer will assist with program development and arrangements, supporting and advising you along the way. Your assigned Program Facilitator will be able to assist with session facilitation, lead reflections, and support participants on their learning journey. Finally, our Technical Support Team is available to set up and ensure the smooth running of virtual sessions.

Let's Collaborate

We thrive on innovation and collaboration with our team members, local partners, and global clients. All our Virtual Exchange programs can be customized according to specific learning outcomes, the preferred time commitment, and accessible platforms. We believe every virtual journey with us to Africa gives students the opportunity to learn and transform. Request a proposal to start the collaborative journey.


Featured Experiences

Dinner and Djembe Drumming

Gold Restaurant is an experience of the opulent heartbeat of African cuisine and culture. Tailoring its menu to the diversity found across the African continent, Gold Restaurant offers a gourmet selection seasonally adapted from Northern, Sub-Saharan, and Southern Africa. Guests will have the opportunity to join in a djembe drumming session. Feel the pulse of Africa as you drum and dine.

Cape Point

As the most southwestern outcrop of the African continent, Cape Point rises above the cobalt and turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With the sound of the sea rushing below you, climb up to the lighthouse for a view of misty mountains in the distance at one of Cape Town’s most scenic and significant vantage points.

Cape Malay Cooking Class

Jasmina’s house is part of the colorful and immensely cultural tapestry that is found in the Bo Kaap district of Cape Town. The Malayan cuisine that she imparts is also a part of the rich heritage of the area, seasoned with distinct spices, and created from recipes that have been handed down many generations. You can learn how to make a mouth-watering Malayan meal in the warmth of her kitchen, from traditional samosa starters to rich chicken curry. Afterward, you can enjoy the living dish of history you helped to spice.

Robben Island Overnight

Step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela for a night by staying in prison accommodation, along with a private tour of the prison and island. Get a feel of the isolation and challenges that the prisoners faced for decades in one of the world's most famous prisons on Robben Island. This is a unique experience that will bring you closer to understanding the challenges that Mandela and many other historical figures faced in their fight for freedom and equality.

Monks Cowl Drakensberg Hike

Located in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, the trails of Monks Cowl showcase the incredible scenery of Drakensberg in the midst of mountains and valleys. Experience the beauty of South Africa as you explore these picturesque landscapes.

Chokka Trail

Hiking the Chokka trail is a 14-kilometer adventure, taking you through the Coastal Cradle of Humankind. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to see the second-largest blowhole in Southern Africa and the remains of the Osprey and Cape Recife. After the hike, there is an included tour of the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Center. Continuing via Shark Point, there is calamari tasting at Port St. Francis, then a canal cruise in the late afternoon. The day ends with dinner at Joe Fish Restaurant or a local boma for braai.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space, and landscape. It offers the international community a unique South African experience. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells the story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels, and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that contribute to the saga of Apartheid.

Pilanesberg Safari

Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. It exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet vegetation of the Lowveld region. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora, and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the “big five", wild dog, roan, tsessebe, sable antelope, and more than 360 bird species.

AWOL Bicycle Tour

This international, award-winning, socially responsible bicycle tour in Masiphumelele, Kommetjie is a new take on township tours, providing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. A qualified local guide will escort guests around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. The tour includes lunch at a local township restaurant that serves delicious authentic African food.

Boulders Beach

Step through the entryway to this beach and find yourself face to face with one of Africa’s quirkier inhabitants - penguins. A colony of African penguins resides on Boulders Beach - a stretch of sand dominated by giant seaside rocks and penguin nests.

Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

This tour winds its way through jewel-toned houses and mosques, providing commentary on the history and tradition behind the iconic architecture of the Bo-Kaap district. As you follow your guide through this segment of Cape Town, we invite you to explore a side of South African history defined by cultural fusion and crossover. Watch tradition unfold into a modern landscape of vibrancy as East meets West at the southern point of Africa.

Soweto Tour

The Soweto Day Tour takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson Museum. You will get close to Soweto Culture, meet the people, try local foods, and maybe even some Omqombothi (traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind. It takes you through the smell of pavement-cooked meals and the buzz of people going about their daily chores in the streets. Come and experience the humanity, hospitality, and warmth of township life - the "ubuntu" of South Africa.

Abseiling Table Mountain

Abseiling is one of the best ways to explore the rocky crags of Table Mountain. This thrilling activity includes a relatively technical hike, so a moderate fitness level is required to experience this adventure!

Table Mountain

Find out why Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world as you climb to the top. The mountain stretches gloriously on the Cape Town horizon, rising effortlessly from the lights and bustle of the city. As you ascend, the rugged terrain becomes a world in and of itself, with age-old rocks, grasses, and shrubs covering the mountainside. The top of Table Mountain provides astounding views of the city on one side and the sea on the other, with rolling clouds over rocky peaks. A cable car provides a scenic descent, suspended gracefully over jagged rock and the famous flora of the mountain.

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center

This center provides a sanctuary for many wild animals such as leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and vultures that are the victims of habitat loss. While Moholoholo is directly involved in research, breeding programs, and rehabilitation, it also helps tribal communities and farms by adopting and relocating 'problem animals’ that would otherwise be poisoned or injured if left at the mercy of people. The aim of this rehabilitation facility is to promote awareness about environmental upheaval and to support endangered wildlife.

Class in the Clouds

Did you know that Table Mountain is believed to have more plant diversity than the British Isles put together? Class in the Clouds gives learners the chance to learn all about the amazing fauna and flora found in the Cape Floral Kingdom while enjoying the view from the top of Table Mountain.

Induna Adventures

Induna offers a wide variety of adrenaline-racing activities such as white water rafting, ziplining, and quad biking. Only twenty minutes away from Kruger National Park, Induna’s pristine location provides an unforgettable setting for adventure sports and outdoor team activities.


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