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.

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ryan Could See Himself Settling Down Here One Day

So we’ve been in Cape Town for almost 2 weeks now and I’m finally starting to settle in and feel at home. I can honestly say that I can see myself settling down here permanently one day. This place is so amazing and beautiful that it’s indescribable in a single blog post, and the pictures… continue reading
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Theresa’s Insights into Two Cities that are Cape Town

Orientation wrapped up today, in the last two weeks our group of 21 has said our tearful and excited goodbyes to friends and family, flown eight thousand miles, spent copious amounts of time hazed by jetlag, listened to dynamic jazz, experienced poignant gospel music, and lived through some of the most profound and bewildering experiences… continue reading
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Rina on Visiting Placement Sites

Today we visited the various internship placements where our peers will be working. We started at the State Attorney‘s office, Brittany‘s placement. Everyone introduced himself or herself, briefly stated what they were studying and where they would be interning during our three month stay here. (This became a monotonous task, as we had to repeat… continue reading
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Sammie Reflects on her First 11 Amazing Days in Cape Town

I can’t believe that our orientation is almost over. I feel like I’ve been in Cape Town a lot longer than 11 days. However, all of those days have been amazing and it still seems a little unreal at times. I feel so lucky to be able to spend an entire semester here getting to… continue reading
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Nellie is to Directions as Superman is to Kryptonite

Superman is to kryptonite as I am to directions. Through the years I’ve gotten a bit better, but I’m pretty sure that GPS systems were a gift from a future version of myself. Regardless, one of my favorite activities is getting horribly lost then somehow figuring out my way back – so today’s activity was… continue reading
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Rebecca: Understanding Meanings and Feelings Beyond Words

One of the experiences that has stuck out most in my mind since arriving in Cape Town was participating in a Baptist service at a Church in the township of Guguletu. A township is an area of Cape Town that was designated as a Coloured or Black neighborhood during Apartheid, an era of racial segregation… continue reading
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Nicole’s Realization: She is Right Where She is Supposed to Be

Cape Town We Have Finally Arrived So far we have seen what any tourist would see when they have come to Cape Town. We have heard the stories and witnessed poverty, and these are things that make us feel grateful for what we have. Today, however, went a step further. Today my friends and I… continue reading
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Meika Comfortably Settling Into Cape Town

It’s hard to believe I have only been in Cape Town for a little over a week. I feel like I have already seen so much. This orientation has definitely showed me how much Cape Town has to offer. In addition, I feel so comfortable here with the people on this program, our new home,… continue reading
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Maria: Confronting Oppression, Displacement, and its Lasting Effects

  At the District Six Museum, our tour guide (and fabulous jazz singer) Joe told us how the building itself used to be a church designated for the black community under apartheid. The whole museum is dedicated to one of the areas of the city where people were forced out of their homes and neighborhoods…. continue reading
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Kristin on Her First Week in Cape Town

This first week in Cape Town has been incredible. It feels like we have been here even longer because of all the things we have done so far. I have definitely felt the pains of being a bit homesick, missing friends and family, along with a bunch of the other students I’m living with. Although… continue reading
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