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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Dates of Program:      July 27 – August 17

Credit Units:         3

Sponsor(s) of Program: Counseling and Psychological Services Department

This Clinical Outreach program provides an opportunity for counseling students to engage with African clinicians, paraprofessionals, educators, and students in clinical settings (i.e. orphanage, grass roots agencies, domestic violence shelter, schools, etc.).  Participants will first immerse in South Africa with visits to the Apartheid Museum, SOWETO Township, and Safari in Kruger Park.  Immersing in urban Johannesburg provides first-hand knowledge on the institutionalized racism and history of South Africa.  This is uniquely juxtaposed with continued immersion in Gaborone, the rural capital of Botswana, a country that has never had a civil war, and prioritizes relationships and belongingness.  Participants will exchange knowledge with faculty and students at the University of Botswana, as well as provide clinical outreach, receive live supervision, peer mentoring, and consultation through daily process groups.  Participants will learn the strengths and challenges of Professional Counseling in another cultural context, along with trauma issues related to illness (HIV/AIDS), role of religion and spirituality in a disaster impacted area (drought) and complex trauma due to sociopolitical issues (i.e. marginalization and historical oppression).  Participants will also participate in two research studies while deployed: developing cultural humility as a Professional Counselor, and (b) skipped generation study due to loss of cohort with HIV/AIDS. 
Participants will stay in a range of accommodations during the course of the experience.  While in cosmopolitan Johannesburg, lodgings will be in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel similar to those in the United States.  While on Safari in Kruger Park, participants will stay in rustic round hut chalets.  Finally, during the time in Botswana, participants will stay in a guesthouse, similar to a budget bed and breakfast. 
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
Program size is limited due to the supervision required for the clinical components of the trip.  The program is open to graduate counseling and psychology students who have had a counseling skills course. Participation is contingent upon successful completion of application materials by student and review/acceptance of those materials by the Program Director(s).  Because this is essentially a clinical experience (similar in some ways to practicum/internship), the directors reserve the right to select participants due to (a) strength of application materials, and (b) considering the best interest of the clinical team.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s CPS 8970 course will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3700, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
List here what the price of the program includes. Such as:
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• (number and type of) meals
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
This package includes transportation and lodging (with taxes/fees), some meals, language interpreter, and several excursions. Transportation: Round-trip airfare via South African Airways (SAA) from Atlanta Hartsfield to Johannesburg, flights between Johannesburg and Gaborone, ground transportation to excursions and clinical sites. Lodging provided as described above (hotel, safari hut, guesthouse).  Some meals provided in South Africa, but many meals will be on your own. English speaking guides will be available during official activities.  Excursions included: Apartheid museum, 3-day safari, and tour of SOWETO.
Students will be expected to transport several books (5-10 pounds) in their luggage for the University of Botswana Counseling program, as part of prolonged engagement of building their library.
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
Date: Feb 15th, 2017       $700       Deposit with application (refunded if application denied)
Date: Mar 15th, 1017       $2000     First Payment (To the Program Director: first payment is not required, but recommended)
Date: Apr 2st, 2017          $1000     Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students interested in applying should select apply now and begin an online application. Students must also complete the form found at

Transient Students: please see the How to Apply section under the Prospective Student page.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
TBA between June 5-July 29, 2017
10.5 hrs.
Pre-immersion training for seven weeks (June 5th -July 29th). 
Classroom 915 in COEHD

August 1st
Atlanta ® Johannesburg
Leave Atlanta @ 7:22pm (Delta)
Travel Day
August 2nd
Land in Johannesburg @ 4:35pm (Jackie @ 10pm)
Premier Hotel OR Tambo

August 3rd
1 hr.
Mtg. w/ Centre for sexualities, AIDS, & Gender: (Sydney & Robyn)- meet @10:30am
Premier Hotel OR Tambo

August 4th
Johannesburg ® Kruger
(picked up between 6:30am & 8am- will get a call the day before to confirm)
Travel/ safari
Kruger National Park or optional extended time in Johannesburg

August 5th
Kruger National Park or optional extended time in Johannesburg

August 6th
Kruger ® Johannesburg
Travel (back in Johannesburg between 5pm and 6pm- ride from Kruger)
Premier Hotel OR Tambo

August 7th
5 hrs.
SOWETO Township
Apartheid Museum
Premier Hotel OR Tambo

August 8th
Johannesburg ® Gaboronne, Botswana
Travel- Lilly picking us up from airport
Rest Day
Testimony Guest House

August 9th
3 hrs.
Orientation to Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 10th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 11th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 12th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 13th
Rest Day/ Personal Activities (Mokalodi Nature Reserve, etc.)
Testimony Guest House

August 14th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 15th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 16th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 17th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach
Testimony Guest House

August 18th
4 hrs.
Clinical Outreach/ Clinical Termination
Testimony Guest House

August 19th
Botswana ® Johannesburg ® Atlanta
(flight departs Gaborone)
Travel Day
Land in Atlanta @ 6:43am (Delta)
Program Director:  Laura Shannonhouse and Melissa Zeligman
Office address: 902 College of Education
Telephone: 404.413.8010
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.


This program is currently not accepting applications.