Public Health, Nutrition and Physical Therapy in Cape Town

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ELI Abroad is currently filling positions in education, research and treatment of diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV in Cape Town, South Africa. These programs require a minimum two month time commitment. In an effort to prevent the spread of HIV (especially in young female populations) and to counter misinformation and discrimination, HIV outreach volunteers work in teams with professionals who conduct health education campaigns at local schools, focusing on lower economic areas of Cape Town. Volunteers work in teams to create and present material, answer students' questions, spend time with the children, research, and assist with administrative aspects of the campaign. Volunteers with a background in public health research can assist at the university, where numerous studies are underway to better understand the correlation between tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

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Dorothy
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Yes, I recommend this program

Public Health internship in Cape Town

My internship through ELI was not only academically rewarding, it was also a great adventure. I worked with a well known professor, helping with her research, digitizing some of her data and writing parts of her paper. Because the work went so well, I will be listed as a co-author when it's submitted for publication. The research exposed me to an exciting area of public health I hadn't considered before. I will use some of the materials I came across in South Africa as part of my own work in the US. During my internship I lived in a group home with other interns and volunteers from around the world. It was comforting and fun to live with others doing similar things in Cape Town. We'd hang out on weekends together, and travel. I also found the time to go to Victoria Falls and on a safari. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime (so far!) I recommend ELI to anyone thinking of interning in public health. Their connections in South Africa are amazing!

What would you improve about this program?
I don't know -- I had a very good experience!