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At EDU Africa, we believe fundamentally in the power of connecting disciplines, histories, stories, and skills as a powerful movement for student transformation and positive global change.
Our innovative Virtual Exchange programs ensure that physical isolation does not hamper the learning and connection that come from physical study abroad. These customized programs will critically engage students with communities, industry professionals, and service projects in Africa, without ever needing to leave their homes.
Program options include:
- Co-investigation Clusters: Pre-designed, high-impact engagement sessions encouraging the process of co-investigative learning
- Custom Independent Virtual Exchange programs: Delivered entirely remotely
- Hybrid Virtual Exchange programs: Combining remote delivery and a travel component in Africa
- Embedded Virtual Exchange programs: Incorporated into traditional classroom delivery
- Increases reach and accessibility of the program outcomes to a broad number of students
- Enables continued fostering of global collaboration and connectivity between African countries and the world
- Learn to navigate cultural norms, language barriers, time zones and content on online platforms
- Low health and safety risk, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective
- Expert support from local program consultants, facilitators and technical team
Throughout history and across the world, the arts have been a vital tool in shaping responses to social justice issues. South Africa’s cultural diversity and distinctive social and political history has led to the development of a unique brand of artistic responses to the challenges it faces. This Virtual Exchange program allows students to intimately engage with socio-political responses across various art forms, including music, dance, theater, fine art, and street art.
This virtual exchange program introduces students to healthcare, particularly physical therapy, in Tanzania as it pertains to people with disabilities and/or special needs. Students will become acquainted with the various challenges persons with disabilities and/or special needs face with regard to access to healthcare and have the opportunity to engage with various professionals and organizations that work to address these challenges.
This virtual exchange introduces students to social identities, power, privilege, intersectionality, and diversity in post-colonial Kenya. They will gain an understanding of the institutions that governed and shaped identities in pre-colonial Kenya and investigate the ways in which these changed as a result of external colonial forces. Using literary, visual, and/or performing arts, students will explore the ‘big eight’ social identities.
This virtual exchange is an exploration of culture, community, identity politics, and social justice in the context of Zimbabwe. Students will examine the country’s colonial history, investigate the impact(s) it has had, be acquainted with leading social issues, as well as the social justice movements formed in response. They will study concepts such as individualism and collectivism, giving them the tools to comparatively discuss pertinent social issues on a more global scale.
Africa as a continent is constituted by a rich mosaic of ecosystems that range from coastal, desert and semidesert, to savanna grasslands, forests and mountains. Each ecosystem has a specific climate, key conservation issues and its own unique context. This Virtual Exchange program takes students on a journey from South Africa, through Zimbabwe to Kenya, engaging them with local experts as they learn about the ecology and sustainable conservation strategies along the way.