Posts Tagged: disparity

Living in a Vibrant Country

If there’s one word I can use to describe South Africa, it is”vibrant”. Even though we’ve only been been here for 2.5 weeks, there’s so much history, culture, and life that brings so much color and vibrancy to this fine country. On the surface, you see breathtaking views of the mountains, ocean, and vineyards. At night when the… Read more »

Seeing the Invisible

As I write this, we are ending our second week in South Africa and our first week of classes. I’ve tried to formulate my thoughts about my experience in South Africa so far, but it’s nearly impossible to put into words. We have gone from being amazed at the beauty of Cape Town from the top… Read more »

Give Me My Pen

On the second night of our homestay in HaMakuya, a rural village in northern Limpopo Province, Kaley, Duncan and I donned the traditional clothing lent to us by our host family. As the sun sunk low in the sky, we waited outside as other women and children from the village gathered. After a bit of… Read more »

Goeie Dag, Molweni, Hello

I think I’ve always taken language for granted, living in a country and a community where pretty much everyone I’ve ever needed to communicate with speaks English. I studied French in junior high and high school, but the possibility of ever needing to use French to communicate seemed so distant. In South Africa, though, the… Read more »

The Public Sector is a Public Affair

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 South Africa’s health care system is quite simple to explain but emotionally difficult to observe. To give some background information to our excursions, the healthcare system is two-tiered: the public sector is basic, state-funded health care that is free to those who qualify, while… Read more »

A Black and White Divide

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 “What are the stereotypes about Americans?” we asked our tour guide. “You stereotype Africa as a homogeneous place,” he laughed, “you think it is a country.” As embarrassing as this accusation was, it’s true in varying gradients. Some of my friends from home have… Read more »

Molo, Goeie dag, Hello from South Africa!

Mariah Wood, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 Our first month here in South Africa has been absolutely awesome. Stellenbosch is a beautiful town nestled in between mountains and in the heart of wine country. The rolling hills are covered in vineyards. We were at Stellenbosch University for two and a half… Read more »