Posts Categorized: Democracy & Development

Justice Under a Tree

Upon arriving to Johannesburg, I could feel an immediate difference in the atmosphere of the city. While Cape Town felt more California-esque, Johannesburg felt more like the bustling cities of Chicago and New York City back home in the US. Endless mountains were replaced with a skyline filled with towers – although it has nothing… Read more »

#OPENSTELLENBOSCH… but is it actually closed?

On one of our museum trips, we watched a short documentary about the Soweto Uprising. We had the opportunity to watch real footage of students protesting a mandate from the apartheid government that instruction in Soweto schools be given in Afrikaans — in a community where Afrikaans was not predominantly spoken. Language in this case… Read more »

Feeling Otherness & Other Things

Long time, no blog! I want to apologize for not keeping up with this blog during my actual time on the program. If anything, I suppose we can interpret my failure to post a blog as a testament to South Africa’s ability to keep me busy. So much has happened, and I will try to… Read more »

Finals Are A Real Thing Here?

Rebekah Williams, Public Health in South Africa, Spring 2014 As our quarter winded down to an end our excursions slowed and our finals picked up pace. Yes in fact we did have papers to write and presentations to prepare for. But like everything else in South Africa there was a silver lining! The work we… Read more »

Revelations in the Museum

Rebekah Williams, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2014 We’ve been quite busy here finishing up exams (yes those do in fact actually exist here). But before our exam season started we traveled to Johannesburg for a four-day trip before flying to Kruger. To be quite honest our time in JoBurg wasn’t filled… Read more »

Psychosocial Health in a South African Context

Chance Cim, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 Psychosocial aspects of health have been the most ingrained in me during these past few weeks.  For my Development Perspectives on Health class, I have been volunteering at Hesketh King, an inpatient drug rehabilitation center outside of Stellenbosch. The organization offers two programs for… Read more »