CSUSB Students to Visit South Africa this Summer, and Hope To Do a Little Bit of Good While There

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Fourteen students and a professor from Cal State San Bernardino will embark on a study-abroad trip to South Africa this summer.

As with many study-abroad trips, there will be much to learn. They will explore the history of South Africa, learn about the current political and social environment and what makes the country unique, and attend classes at the University of Cape Town. And there will be visits to sites such as the home of the late Nelson Mandela, Robben Island (where Mandela and others were held as political prisoners) and other points of interest.

But the delegation also hopes to be able to do a little bit of good while there. Led by Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology, the students will visit an orphanage and an HIV/AIDS wellness center.

“Unfortunately, there are many orphans in South Africa due to the high rates of HIV/AIDS that leave children without parents,” Campbell said. And exacerbating the situation is that the orphanage and wellness center are badly underfunded to carry out their work.

The students’ stay will coincide with Mandela Day, officially on July 18, but South Africans celebrate his legacy and calls for action in the weeks before and thereafter. Mandela, who passed away in 2013, regularly celebrated his birthday by giving gifts to underprivileged children.

Last year, CSUSB students, led by Tiffany Jones, professor of history, visited the Othandweni Center, a nonprofit orphanage in Soweto, Gauteng, and donated diapers, wipes and crafts.

This year’s group of students hopes to do something similar.

Those interested in donating to the orphanage or the HIV/AIDS wellness center can contact Kelly Campbell at kelly@csusb.edu.

For more information about the South African study abroad program, contact the study abroad office in the Center for International Studies and Programs, College of Education building, room CE-356, or email goabroad@csusb.edu.

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