Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Various
When Offered: May

Faculty Leaders: Professor LaJerne Cornish and Rick Southerland

This course introduces all students to primary and secondary education in the township and rural schools of Grahamstown, South Africa. The program aims to have students analyze personal cross-cultural competence and understanding to effectively teach learners from diverse backgrounds. While designed for education majors, this internship is open to other students as well. Non-majors will be paired with education majors for all classroom experiences.

Participants will complete a course (in Spring 2014) that focuses on the history of South Africa, culture and customs unique to the Eastern Cape region, and rural education in South Africa; design and implement lesson plans focused on basic reading and English concepts for South African learners, grades 5-8; complete in an intensive field placement in a township and rural school, teaching 20 hours per week; and attend weekly lectures on Xhosa culture and languages specific to the Eastern Cape region at Rhodes University. 

Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit:

Applicants should have sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Pre-requisites include ED 101 or ED 103, and SPE 100 or ED 207, or permission of the program director. Applicants are encouraged to speak with Professor Cornish before applying.

Program Costs:

The tentative cost of the program is $5200. This fee includes lodging, most meals, transportation within South Africa, seminars, entrance fees, insurance, and round trip airfare from the Baltimore area.
Note: Information is accurate at the time of publication, but is based on conditions over which Goucher has no control, including rates of exchange, airline fares, student enrollment, and the availability of facilities. Therefore, this information is subject to change without notice. 

Financial Aid:

All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships.  There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet.  Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. 

Application and advising information can be found on the General ICA website.