As anyone who has participated in this program will attest, there are no words or pictures that can begin to adequately capture the beauty of the scenery or hospitality of the people in Cape Town. Therefore, this blog is merely intended to provide an overview of the program and a glimpse at some amazing adventures and life-changing experiences had by the students and staff of this program who have traveled together as co-educators and companions on the journey. As Resident Director and Faculty Advisor since 2008 it has been a privilege and honor to accompany an incredible variety of wonderful UConn students to a place we have all come to know and love.

In peace, with hope,
Marita McComiskey, PhD,
Assistant Professor in Residence
Women’s Studies and Cape Town Study Abroad
University of Connecticut

Links to Previous Internships

Since this program is open to those from throughout the university, internships are selected to best address the needs and interests of each student from any major.  Below is a partial listing of previous field placements.  However,  future possibilities are nearly endless as the program expands to attract students from every school and major with interests  from  arts to zoology, and everything in between.  Click on the name of any organization to be taken to their website to obtain further information.

Africa Unite: a human rights and youth empowerment organization that works with citizens, refugees and migrants to prevent conflicts, enhance social cohesion and promote socio-economic development. 
Beautiful Gate: a community based ministry that aims to restore the capacity of the community and of families in addressing issues of HIV/AIDS and its impact on children, families and the community.
Black Sash: an independent, non-governmental Human Rights organization that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for more than 55 years.
Cape Argus: a daily newspaper founded in 1857 and has a daily readership of about 374,000 and a circulation of nearly  76,000.
Cape Nature Conservation: a public institution with responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape with a mandate to promote and ensure nature conservation while rendering services and providing facilities for research and training. 
Cape Town Refugee Centre: a South African NPO that works with vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape.
Cape Town Urban Renewal: focuses on investment in economic and social infrastructure, human resource development, enterprise development, poverty alleviation and the strengthening of the criminal justice system.
Catholic Welfare & Development: aims to empower people to rise out of poverty, with the major focus on development work through nine community development centres.
Children’s Resource Centre: assists children to organize themselves into a children's movement by creating conditions for the growth in South Africa where they help build a better world.
Christel House School: endeavors to break the cycle of poverty by providing a holistic learning experience for each child.
City of Cape Town: Social Development: creates opportunities for individuals and communities to meet their developmental needs so that they can become resilient and self-reliant.
City of Cape Town: The Arts: enriches community life by encouraging, integrating and supporting the development of arts and culture.
City Mission Educational Services: located in the Cape Flats serves the surrounding disadvantaged communities to equip learners with relevant training and capacity building
Economic Justice Network: harnesses the resources of the southern African region for all its people with a view to bringing about economic justice
Gender Dynamix: a Human Rights organization promoting freedom of expression of gender identity & advocating for the rights of transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming people.
Gender Equity Unit –UWC: forms an integral part of making sure that the university's rules, regulations, principles and policies are upheld as well as doing campus and community outreach to help ensure gender equity.
Hope Worldwide: brings hope and change to the lives of the world's most poor, sick and suffering.
Independent Electoral Commission: manages free and fair elections in South Africa at all levels of government.
Maitland Cottage Hospital: a dynamic pediatric orthopedic hospital that treats indigent patients from all over South Africa.
Molo Songololo: founded in 1979 to advance the rights, care development, protection & participation of children through education, training, advocacy, lobbying & provision of social services.
Network on Violence Against Women: a strong united body which coordinates and integrates organizations and individuals through advocacy, public awareness, training and support with a developmental approach to progressively realize women’s rights to a life free from all forms of violence.
Olive Leaf Foundation: helps build a world that: meets the fundamental human needs of all people; gives voice to the unheard; constitutes strong, economically prosperous and self-reliant communities; and manages its limited ecological resources responsibly.
Operation Hope: expands economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education & empowerment; committed to teaching financial literacy education to youth in South Africa.
Place of Hope: Shelter for Women in Crisis: a safe, confidential shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: provides a bridge between survivors and the system so that more survivors report rape, rape incidents decrease, survivors experience reduced secondary trauma within the system and the conviction rate of rapists improves.
Red Cross Children’s Hospital: South Africa's only dedicated child health institution that offers a comprehensive range of specialist pediatric services to children. It is a centre of excellence for the training of all categories of child health professionals.
Saartjie Baartman Women & Children’s Centre: a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse.to provide a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.
Sonke Gender Justice Network: works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS
South African Environmental Education Project: serves children, youth and education providers in Cape Town's impoverished areas through academic, enrichment and personal development programs.
State Attorney’s Office: creations an effective legal process by promoting co-operation between RSA and other countries with a view of enhancement of reciprocal Legislation, to promote uniformity in the administration of justice.
Tafelsig Community Clinic: operates in Mitchells Plain to provide an integrated delivery system that offers one-stop services to residents of the community for primary health care, mental health and substance abuse problems.
Thandokhulu Senior Secondary School: located in Mowbray specializes in Maths, Science & Technology where learners use public transport from townships to reach a school that offers a more stable learning environment than in many of their local schools.
Treatment Action Campaign: a unified quality health care system which provides equal access to HIV prevention and treatment services to ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life.
Vera School for Learners with Autism: a resource centre for Autism Spectrum Difference that delivers a specialized service to enrolled learners & performs a variety of functions to enlighten and support the community about ASD.

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