Education Beyond Borders: South Africa


Emily Karem: I had a feeling in South Africa that I hadn’t felt anywhere else. I’ve traveled all over the world and there’s something special about the spirit of the people of South Africa. Andrew Gordon: One of the things about
diversity is you can study it as much as you want you can read everything you
might want to find, but you really have to experience it you have to feel what it’s like to interact with people from different cultures, beliefs, and self expressions. Brittney Carey: Culture is so broad and complex you can’t just learn everything about a culture It’s a continuum and you’re constantly growing and learning about different cultures Mark Exley: Cultural history plays such a
big part of how we go through the process of our life. Rogelio Tuazon: It’s the
understanding and and trying to interact with other cultural differences no matter
what they are. Mark: What impacted me the most was when we were riding through
Johannesburg and we saw all the squatters’ camps. You can see by the looks
on their faces they’re doing the absolute best that they can. And just
witnessing that was powerful Robert Johnson: I feel like in the in the U.S. we focus on what we don’t have or what we need or what we think we need. When I come here it’s a bit different. There’s a very resilient people. it’s really been a lesson in perspective. Brittney: South Africa is addressing race and culture in a very different way
than back home in the United States. I like that in South Africa it’s
considered rainbow of cultures Andrew: It’s so easy to look at the world through the blinders that we get comfortable with there’s nothing that quite changes your
perspective as much as interaction. Rosalba Estrella: If they really want to learn, they have to go out and see it themselves. It can be a really good place for anybody to grow. Carlotta Roman: This is a multidisciplinary opportunity I don’t see this anywhere else where I
can engage with people with different backgrounds in multiple disciplines. Brittney: Trips such as this that are geared towards studying identity in different contexts in a multidisciplinary way will really help to open our eyes to the
complex issue that is identity. Emily: They’re able to come and really immerse in a new experience and they all come back with their lives changed. Mark: The biggest thing that I’m taking home is that I really need to further my education that way I can participate in doing medical missions where you can actually come and
do something about it. Fancelia Carrillo: This has given me a gift and it has given me hope. I feel the responsibility to take this experience and to share with my community.

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