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South Africa Child Life

Summer June 2020 - Cape Town, South Africa

Directed by Jenny Chabot, PhD (Child Life)

Applications open soon!

Students will have the opportunity to spend four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa shadowing, volunteering and participating in service learning projects at various locations.

The group will work with  Connect-123, an organization that develops and manages volunteer, internship and study abroad programs in a variety of cities, including Cape Town. Child life students will work with the child life staff and the pain management team in a variety of inpatient wards throughout Red Cross Children's Hospital. In addition, students will have the chance to participate in four to five children’s health service-learning projects. For child and family studies, students following the child life concentration gain hands-on, structured experience in children’s hospitals that are critical in securing competitive internship placements required for their national certification exam.

Child LIfe Students at dinner in Cape Town Eligibility

 Students in the child life specialty, and students interested  in working with children and families in healthcare settings  are eligible. Child life students must be enrolled in child and  family studies and following the child life concentration.  Other undergraduate students must have completed  Introduction to Child Life (CFS 2980) and graduate  students must have completed Foundations and Theory in  Child Life (CFS 6280). In addition, students must be in  good academic and judicial standing. For more information on the judicial policy go to  GoGlobal Judicial Policy

OHIO Students on Safari Truck  in South Africa Living Arrangements

 Connect-123 will provide housing accommodations in  furnished apartments for participating students. The  apartment building is a 24-hour secured building and each  apartment is fully furnished with a kitchen. Students will  provide meals for themselves and grocery/produce stores  are within walking distance to the apartment building. There  is also a coffee shop that serves breakfast, lunch and  dinner on the first floor of the building as well as a number  of restaurants within walking distance.

Child Life Students July 4 at Beach in Cape Town Excursions

Connect-123 plans various optional excursions in and  around Cape Town, including a safari (included in program  price), site seeing trips along the coast and adventure  excursions. All costs involved are shared upfront and  students can voluntarily participate. Please note these  costs are not a required part of the program and therefore  are not listed in the student budget worksheet.


Courses & Credits

CFS 4590: CFS in International Service (3 OHIO credits)
CFS 5590: CFS in International Service (3 OHIO credits)

Costs (2019 Budgets Coming Soon)

2018 Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet (PDF)

2018 Graduate Student Budget Worksheet (PDF)

Application Process

OHIO University Students:  Complete the  GOIS Online Program Application

Academic and Judicial Checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:  follow the  Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions  to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Botswana Healthcare Program.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist  for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Funding Opportunities

Information on South Africa

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  US State Department  site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport now.

It is each student's individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most U.S. passport holders. U.S. citizens may need  a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Jenny Chabot