Early Literacy Practices in Varying Educational Contexts
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The study abroad program Early Literacy Practices in Varying Educational Contexts will provide an international opportunity for students to engage with South African educators, K-12 students and inservice teachers at a number of Western Cape Elementary Schools. Participants will be immersed in daily Cape Town culture as well as go on safari at Kruger National Park as well as see other attractions like Robbin Island and Table Mountain. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate with teachers from a variety of schools that serve very socioeconomically and culturally diverse areas. Students will be introduced to the history and literacies of South African people. They will be able to observe literacy practices in South Africa and compare them to practices within the United States. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own literacy and the role literacy plays in their lives.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, single occupancy hotel on the beach in The Strand. The hotel has a restaurant, the Ocean Basket. Rooms have basic cooking facilities and wifi. The rate also includes 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.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the program’s ECEE4700 (undergraduate) or ECEE 8000 (graduate) will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ECEE 4700 and graduate students should register for ECEE 8000.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,500PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• 7 lunches/dinners (students should plan to bring ~$300 for meals not included)
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Non program related local transportation
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
February 15, 2018: $1000 deposit due
March 15, 2018: $2500 payment
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account; study abroad scholarships posted.
Early May 2018: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
June 9 - Depart Atlanta
Day 1: Arrive ORT, Transfer to Ocean Breeze Hotel, Strand
Day 2: Brunch at Square Restaurant, Vineyard Hotel, Visit V & A Waterfront
Day 3: Macassar – Meeting and Observations UCT lecture – Venue TBC (may be Macassar Primary), Drumming at Macassar Primary
Dary 4: Macassar 8 - 11am Lunch Table Mountain (Weather permitting)
Day 5:Umnomquipiso Pre-primary School, in Lwandle Inshaylelo School, Khayalitsha Langa Township, Tour Dinner at Lelapa Restaurant, Langa
Day 6: Forest Village Leadership Academy, Eersteriver Lunch at V & A Waterfront, Robben Island
Day 7: Hermanus Kleinmond - Meet with SA children’s Author Niki Daly, Penguin Colony at Betty’s Bay
Day 8: Kwa Faku Reading Club - Phillippi Lunch/ Cooking class (Cape Malay) 11-1pm, Tour Bo Kaap
Day 9: Free Day
Day 10: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden,s Cape Peninsula Tour, Lunch at Cape Point
Day 11: Macassar Primary, Visit Stellenbosch 2pm Dinner in Stellenbosch
Day 12: Macassar Primary
Day 13: Beaumont Primary, Somerset West Hendrik Louw Primary, Strand Late lunch at Guardian Peak Vineyard Stellenbosch
Day 14: Transport to airport, Flight to ORT, Travel by Road to Kruger National Park, Evening Game drive, Dinner at Cattle Baron
Day 15: Morning Game drive, Breakfast at Cattle Baron Restaurant, Present projects, Sunset Game Drive, Dinner at Cattle Baron
Day 16: Early Morning Game Drive, Breakfast, Return to Jo’burg via Panoramic Route, Arrive at ORT, Flight to US
Day 17: Arrive in US
Program Director Contact Info
K. Journey Swafford, PhD
Office address: 30 Pryor Street, Suite 550