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  • Locations: Cape Town , South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: June 7 - 19, 2018


In this course, we will focus on understanding the strengths and challenges that exist among those individuals and families living in South African societies – Students will become acquainted with the theoretical framework of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as well as be introduced to Bronfenbrenner’s Human Ecological theory.  Through these theoretical lenses, students will examine how individuals and children interact with their peers, family members and other community members.  Students will also examine how issues such as poverty, using their resources, and aging impact daily living and well-being among individuals and families in South Africa.  Students will spend significant time on this tour focusing on the life and vision of Nelson Mandela, as we will visit his home, prison and places where he made positive impacts on how societies changed and adapted within South Africa.

Students will have multiple opportunities to be immersed in both the modern and historical cultures to gain understanding about how individuals and families have lived in the past and will continue to in a modern society. For example, we plan to visit a the Shangaan cultural village to learn about how children, adolescents adults and families function in their small living community.  Students will also gain a better understanding of how slavery throughout Africa impacted the people living in the southern port town of Capetown.

Finally, students will examine how various community components such as the natural environments,  housing, markets, schools, and/or health facilities impact families//relationships -  and then determine how these might be similar or different from their experiences in the U.S. The course fosters personal reflection and critical thinking.   

Cost: $6,250 ($3,850+flights)

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • airfare
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • excursions
  • most meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

HDFS 4100  An Exploration of Cultures in Human & Natural Environments: Italy, France & Spain (3 credits experience, 3 credits writing)

Graduate Courses:

HDFS 6100  An Exploration of Cultures in Human & Natural Environments: Italy, France & Spain (3 credits experience, 3 credits writing)

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms.  The majority of meals are included in the program.


  • Visit the home, prison, and areas connected to Nelson Mandela
  • Learn about the impact of South Africa's apartheid on modern society
  • Visit Shangaan Cultural Village

Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.25 GPA
If a student has a GPA between 2.0 and 2.25, faculty leaders will interview the student to determine if they can attend.  
Students from other universities may participate if they contact Dr. Taylor or Dr. Rupp before enrolling and complete the necessary paperwork in order to receive credit from ECU.

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Alan Taylor
  • Mrs. Kelly Taylor

This program is currently not accepting applications.