With one of Africa’s most vital health care systems, Botswana is an engaging place to explore regional social and scientific health issues. Learn from successes and failures as you visit and assist at clinics. You will also have an opportunity to visit public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals to further learn about the country’s health delivery system. Engaging coursework, community outreach, language learning, homestays, and more will open this inspirational country to you, and stay with you long past summer.
SHADOW HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
to experience how healthcare is delivered in and around Gaborone.
STAY IN A RURAL VILLAGE
and gain insight into the resident's public health challenges there.
VISIT MOKOLODI NATURE RESERVE
full of celebrated African wildlife, like giraffes, rhinos, and big cats.
Run by a multiparty democracy, Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries. Most of its people belong to a single ethnic group, the Tswana, and the country is well known for its rich biodiversity and diverse landscapes. The capital Gaborone is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, located in the south, close to the South African border. Gaborone hosts the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty relief.
Excursions & Activities
- Visit a village to discover public health challenges faced in rural settings.
- Practice your skills in Setswana language as you explore historical and cultural sites.
- Get out of the classroom with community-based learning projects.
- Explore Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Bahurutshe Cultural Village, and Mokolodi Nature Reserve – always highlights.
Practicum. Shadow healthcare service providers in government-sponsored clinics and the like, learning about scientific and social health issues, and Botswana's healthcare system.
Volunteering. Make a tangible difference by donating time and energy at an environmental organization, orphanage, hospice group, soup kitchen, game reserve, or women's shelter.
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- Field trips and cultural activities
- Overnight excursions
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