The Honors Service Learning Experience in South Africa

This month-long, study abroad program focuses on service-learning projects that have been developed with our international partners in South Africa.  Students from all majors are encouraged to apply and will collaborate on several service-learning projects.  In addition, students are required to participate in UCF's Annual Service-Learning Showcase that is typically held in April.  Our projects will include:

  • Upgrading the sustainable energy platform for Pomolong/Intabazwe Township.
  • Working with the Pomolong/Intabazwe Township orphanage.
  • Nambiti Game Preserve animal tracking and cheetah project.      

About the Instructors

Dr. Martin Dupuis is the Associate Dean of The Burnett Honors College and Associate Professor of Political Science. He has been involved with service-learning, student abroad programs including the President’s Scholars Program which since 2006 has been located on the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.  Dr. Dupuis has been to South Africa three times including the inaugural TBHC service-learning trip in May 2013 and the trip in 2014.

Ms. Lesanne Brunswick is the Director of Budget and Personnel for The Burnett Honors College.  She has been involved with Honors Abroad service-learning programs since 2014 including the St. Kitts/Nevis, Nicaragua, and South Africa programs.

Mr. Michael T. Callahan is the Director of Information Systems for The Burnett Honors College.  He is an Honors alumnus ('05) and graduate of UCF's MBA program ('09).  Michael served as the project leader for the renewable energy plant and the IT upgrade projects that were completed during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Honors abroad program in South Africa.   

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The typical “service-learning week” will occur during the 6 day trip to Harrismith (where Pomolong Township is located) and the 7 day visit to the Nambiti Game Preserve.  Tours and field trips will include excursions to Johannesburg, Golden Gate National Park, and the Harrismith/Ladysmith region.