Prof. Teboho Moja Expands Study Abroad Opportunities in South Africa
Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, lead the sixteenth iteration of the Education and Social Reform study abroad program in South Africa this past summer. Twenty students from multiple disciplines joined the course, and half of these participants opted to participate in short-term internships as part of their study abroad experience. Moja is originally from South Africa and was highly instrumental in creating a framework for higher education reform following Apartheid. In this course Moja, leverages her invaluable local knowledge and connections to create rich opportunities for student learning and research.
Internship participants were placed in one of three sites: the Department of Basic Education, The University of Pretoria, and Altus Sport, a local NGO. The students participated in 3-week internships and engaged in a variety of tasks and projects unique to their host organizations. They were immersed in the work culture of host sites, joining meetings with policy-makers, designing and presenting student programing, and experiencing first-hand how sports can be used for development in South African townships.
Participants shared their experiences in daily reflection sessions with Moja and peers, providing students an opportunity to draw connections between their academic study and experiential learning. Students also developed a wealth of local contacts. Site supervisors and other colleagues opened their doors, professional networks, and expertise to participants in their mentorship roles. Marisa Silva, M.A. International Education student stated, “Interning for Altus Sport was a very insightful experience and gave me a better understanding of what type of organization I’d like to work for when I finish my program.” The Education and Social Reform program will run again in July of summer 2017.