Wow! Getting to do a custom internship in South Africa was a dream come true. The team at GEI worked so hard to find me a unique opportunity connecting my love for educational development and social justice, and the placement at Rainbow Academy was perfect! I had been overwhelmed by trying to choose an internship, but GEI was so accommodating about my internship that I really felt like I was in good hands. I also was able to earn transfer credits for my university program!
I was so excited to work with students and teachers in such a cool program. The combination of performing arts and entrepreneurship really opened my eyes to sustainable educational development. I got to work closely with educators and community partners to see how the school managed to develop its programs. I definitely cried when I left my students and I hope I can see them again.
The students were incredible! I fell in love with the music and dance and performance classes here. South Africa really is a Rainbow country, and the music is out of this world. I loved the food and the ambiance of Cape Town and the excursions I went on were amazing. Taking the aerial cableway to Table Mountain will remain as one of my top experiences.
I wish I had thought to stay longer and visit some of the places around South Africa! I’ve always wanted to see Namibia or Botswana but I will definitely be back. I also desperately want to stay in Addo Elephant Park—how magical!! Cape Town is such an incredible city.