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Returning in 2018

6 Credits


During this adventure across two thousand miles of South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho lands, you will learn about the social, psychological, and cultural aspects of physical activity and health in these countries as you explore, hike, climb, bike, and participate in service projects to support local initiatives. South Africa is an absorbing blend of Western amenities and traditional African cultures that swirl together to create a vivacious and progressive nation that continues to reconceptualize itself in the post-apartheid era. The country boasts a strong custom of environmental protection and activism, as well as political and community engagement, which offer numerous educational and service opportunities for WVU students.

Within the context of these countries’ socio-political and cultural backgrounds, the program will explore the region’s most pressing healthcare matters. Students will be exposed to innovative programs that use sports to address HIV and other health conditions in southern Africa. Students will also have a chance to actively engage in challenging and fun excursions by foot, boat, bicycle, and even horseback. The varied terrain of the miles covered on this program will give students the chance to see a wide-range of this region’s terrain and scenic outposts. The diversity of the land and activities will leave students with a deepened understanding of issues, policies and reform related to physical activity and health in contemporary South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho.

This program’s adventure activities will strengthen students’ outdoor skills and give students a true grassroots experience of life and sport in southern Africa. The communities and organizations that benefit from the volunteer work of this program will see firsthand what makes WVU so special, while students will take away meaningful service learning and leadership experience. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a special group of Mountaineers to “Go First.”

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Service work and cultural exposure in the kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho
  • Safari in the oldest nature reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
  • Hiking, Fly Fishing, and Abseiling Adventures in the Drakensburg Mountains
  • Biking, Backpacking, and Paddling in the Garden Route, including beautiful Knysna and Tsitsikamma National Park with optional activities such as the world’s highest bungee jump, canopy tours, and kloofing
  • Exploration of Cape Town, the crown city of ZA, and its many jewels including Table Mountain, Kirstenbosh Gardens, Cape Point, Robben Island, and Chapmans Peak Academics
  • Special Topics: Physical Activity and Public Health in South Africa – 3 credits Special Topics: History, Culture and Development in South Africa- 3 credits Program Costs: $5,800 Includes:
  • 6 WVU Course Credits
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Lodging and Transportation Abroad
  • Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
  • Programmatic Activities and Excursion