Parks and People 2012, The Wild Coast: South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province
The program involves:
- A 10-week spring semester project.
- Living in a nature reserve in South Africa.
- Collaborating with African partners.
- Conservation and ecosystem management.
- Community livelihoods.
- Interactions between nature and society.
All in the context of changing environmental, social and political conditions.
A primary objective is to work within the communities to promote science education, particularly in areas of climate and environmental change.
Students will spend ten weeks in South Africa with Penn State faculty, joined at different times by researchers and students from several South African universities and government and non-governmental agencies.
The project carries 15 credits at the 400-level that can be used to satisfy general education or departmental electives. For Penn State students, this will also satisfy 15 of the 18 credits needed for the minor in Science, Society and the Environment of Africa.
The program varies from year-to-year and changes within the year to adapt to local circumstances and new opportunities as they arise. The program is open to all majors and any semester standing. Admission is competitive. We consider academic achievement, but we also need students who work well in teams and are willing to take on leadership roles in those teams—much of the program is project based and there is a heavy emphasis on multidisciplinary team work. The program is challenging and we are looking for those exceptional students who can thrive in this environment.
Participants in this program must also be good ambassadors for the U.S., Penn State, and their home institution.