• South Africa
    • Cape Town
    • Durban
4 to 10 weeks
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Program Details

Academic Year Fall J-Term Maymester Spring Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
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What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals
Sep 12, 2022
Aug 26, 2019
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About Program

Let the World Change You in South Africa. Witness South Africa’s healthcare system firsthand and work along medical professionals that administer care to those affected by HIV/AIDS through CFHI’s programs:

Global Health in South Africa, Cape Town: Experience the daily challenges South Africa faces with its recently created healthcare system, where participants will work alongside local healthcare personnel in public district hospitals providing care for the underserved.
Global Health in South Africa, Durban: Join local healthcare teams at various sites in Durban, providing comprehensive care for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Adding to the cultural language immersion, participants located in the Cape Town area will live with local families in the Cape Flats area and may also organize weekend trips. Participants staying in Durban, will live with local homestay families and learn more about the vibrant Zulu culture.

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Program Highlights

  • This program offers students a unique educational experience as they follow patients through their treatments and observe the entire healthcare team during the program month.
  • Participants will get an opportunity to understand how the health care system has dealt with a public health crisis that has fundamentally altered the state's social and economic fabric.
  • CFHI's program in Cape Town, South Africa offers students a unique opportunity to observe alongside healthcare professionals in an idyllic setting surrounded by Table Mountain in one of South Africa's most beautiful cities.
  • CFHI's rotations are designed to offer you clinical experience relevant to your level of medical education, much like what you would experience during a rotation in the United States.

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 5
  • Support 4.25
  • Fun 3.75
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4
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HIV/ Aids and healthcare in Durban South Africa Internship

The internship provided me with a very enriching opportunity to explore the complexity of HIV management in the South African context. With a variety of healthcare environments such as hospices, hospitals and clinics, I got to experience first hand the operation of the three-tier healthcare system of South Africa in a ver populous and predominantly Zulu province. The culture of the Kwa-Zulu Natal was fascinating from their marital parches to their language via their colourful fashion, I absolutely loved being immersed in this dynamic environment. I even learnt some Zulu! The South African country is also incredibly beautiful and I was lucky enough to explore some highlights like Cape Town or Kruger National Park. Overall, the internship was the most defining experience in my public health career thus far.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was made to do chest compressions on a 3 months old baby during CPR. I have no medical experience!
45 people found this review helpful.
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Wholeheartedly Recommend

The Healthcare Challenges program in Cape Town and HIV/AIDS & Healthcare Challenges program in Durban were amazing experiences that taught me much about the field of medicine. We were able to shadow in a variety of healthcare settings, including large hospitals, small community clinics, and hospices, and in many different medical specialties, including general surgery, pediatrics, primary care, and obstetrics. We had fantastic support in South Africa and were given the opportunity to travel throughout the country, from the Garden Route of the Western Cape, to safaris of KwaZulu-Natal, and the mountains of Lesotho. South Africa is a beautiful country with a vibrant culture and rich history. I cannot wait until I get a chance to visit South Africa again!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of the opportunity to live with a host family. It is an excellent way to become immersed in a culture and hear a local's perspective.
41 people found this review helpful.
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Fell in love with South Africa

The best part of this experience was the ability to communicate with people since English is a required language for people who attended school there . The country and its people welcomed us with open hearts and open arms and it changed me so much as a person. I am even considering grad school in South Africa. It's interesting that the people I met in Cape Town were more welcoming, accepting, and treated me so much more kindly than the people that were in the program. Still, I would not take back any of it because I made life-long friendships and connections that I will always cherish.

What would you improve about this program?
Variety in the people involved in the program. For example, there were 10 people from the same school and I was the only one from a different school. I felt very left out most of the time and not included. More people from different schools would have been a much better scenario.
46 people found this review helpful.
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Healthcare Challenges South Africa

Enjoyed my time in Cape Town. The program was well organized with plenty of opportunities to explore my medical interests. The program coordinators were always accessible and eager to get you acclimated. The housing was colder than I'm accustomed to but there's a lack of indoor heating and it was winter at the time. It felt like fall so still not much of a complaint. I worked at Red Cross war memorial children's hospital and found the experience amazing. Great doctors, access to seminars, tutorials, and plenty of patients. The only true negative is the safety in Cape Town. Although I never encountered a problem, I have heard stories of people being robbed so I kept my guard up. Other than that, a great all around program that also teaches you a great deal about South African history and culture.

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