Letters from Cape Town

By Students Studying Abroad

Join UConn students in Cape Town, South Africa, as they experience a new culture and learn about global citizenship in theory and in practice.

Maria on Some of the Amazing Things She’s Done

As the trip is winding down, I’m thinking about what I’m going to say about my trip when I get home. I’ll just start with “It was great!” and see where it goes from there. Maybe to make it all easier, I’ll just refer them to this list that I’ve made. I make lists of… continue reading
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Sam Knows She’ll Be Back One Day

Wow. I actually have to leave Cape Town tomorrow. I was kind of hoping this day just wouldn’t actually come. But looking back at everything we have done and learned over the past three and a half months makes me happy and grateful that I had this opportunity. I have met some really awesome people… continue reading
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Kimmi on Her Final Day

For two days now we have been trying to go to one of the black townships called Nyanga. We have waited for buses to come time and time again but nothing. Every time the bus never came and we weren’t able to go I felt relieved. I wanted to go visit and walk around a… continue reading
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Nellie’s Photo Blog

‘They’ say a photo is worth a thousand words, so get ready for this 18,000 word blog post!   continue reading
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Nellie on the Principles of Praxis

  Through working with Firefighters Football Club I had the amazing opportunity to experience first-hand the process of an organization developing into a full-fledged NGO. I learned about a lot of the legal hoops that need to be leapt through and how much time and effort goes into making every minute decision. I learned that… continue reading
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Rebecca Reflecting on How Much She Has Learned

Today was the second to last day of my internship. My teacher is actually going away with about half the students to a leadership camp, so it was the last day I was able to see all my students and be in the classroom with my teacher. I’m actually writing this blog as we all… continue reading
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Maria Passionate About Helping People Help Themselves

I had two different activist projects that essentially addressed the same problem that I was interested in. I am passionate about helping people believe in themselves. I truly believe in the saying, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” when it comes to certain things. Of course there are many instances in… continue reading
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Ryan’s Already Anticipating His Return

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about leaving Cape Town to head back to my routine life in the States. Hearing everyone’s sad feelings about leaving and happy ones of returning to friends and family really made me reflect on my own. Right now, with seven days left until the end of our program, I… continue reading
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Ryan Contemplates His Family History

Many of those whom I told in Cape Town about my family history are quite surprised to hear that my parents are 3rd generation South Africans. Coming to South Africa, I didn’t know much about our history and family roots, except that both my parents were born and raised in Johannesburg. After traveling there for… continue reading
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Theresa’s 21st Birthday

I had the fortune of celebrating my 21st birthday in South Africa. In South Africa, 21st birthdays are a big deal, because it is considered your coming of age, your welcoming into adulthood, and as part of this tradition you are given a key, symbolically showing that you are responsible enough and grown up enough… continue reading
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