Abigail Klaire Walker, Maymester 2017 Participant
Ever since returning to Athens from this trip I have felt even more passionate about my career plans and more pointed on what I want to do. The experience was priceless and while it will certainly look good on my resume, it also has an immense amount of intrinsic value to my college experience.
Maymester 2018 Participant
The program exceeded my expectations in numerable ways, but what stood out most was the learning opportunities in everyday life in Stellenbosch. I was beyond excited about the opportunities to meet someone new or gain knowledge at every street corner.
Mary Micayla Davidson, Maymester 2017 Participant
The program encompasses endless adventures, first-hand experiences, and wholesome understandings. The in-class teaching paired with the after-school program allowed us to witness the disparities through personal stories and conversations. From riding elephants, to bungee jumping, to spending afternoons tutoring, I wish I could relive this month over and over again.
Maya Neel, Maymester 2016 Participant
When we sit in classrooms studying the Cold War, Iraq War, or current events, we learn from textbook readings, lectures, or documentaries, but are unable to go back in time or travel across the world to truly experience what we are attempting to comprehend. However, living and studying the history and culture of South Africa while in Stellenbosch, South Africa allowed us to take everything Dr. Crepaz and Dr. Finlay were teaching us and apply it to the society. The ability to spend several hours in a classroom setting and then drive 10 minutes to a township inhabited by a population affected by the apartheid history and failing educational system was an incredible experience. Rather than looking at pictures in a textbook or documentaries, we had the opportunity to experience what we were learning in the classroom. I highly recommend this program to students interested in a unique opportunity to interact with different cultures and idea and learn both intellectual and life lessons.
Haley Michelle Folmar, Maymester 2016 Participant
This experience completely changed the way I think about poverty and other challenges different societies face. I got a unique and in depth view of South Africa and its citizens that I will never forget or take for granted. The South African people are so willing to tell you their stories, most of which are emotional and heart wrenching, but getting to hear about their struggle as a nation was such a privilege.
Ashlyn Tara Kloda, Maymester 2018 Participant
The Stellenbosch maymester is one of the very few study abroad programs that offers such a large amount of quality and variety in the places that you can go and the things that you can do. We were able to fully engage with the Kayamandi township through our service learning with VisionAfrika, fully immerse ourselves in the culture that we were learning about in the classroom, and view incredible wildlife in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Stellenbosch program was a life changing experience for me, and I truly hope that many more students take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
Maymester 2018 Participant
This program is really fantastic. I would honestly recommend this program to anyone wishing to interact with people from other cultures and those wishing to travel to a region that is different from the US.
Jade Marie Fortiner, Maymester 2017 Participant
Go! Step out of your comfort zone and go to Africa, you won't regret it. The experience is so rewarding and there are so many stories to share with your family and friends when you return. This program truly has the ability to change your life if you'll let it.
Jessica Jonel Sagastume, Maymester 2016 Participant
Studying abroad in South Africa changed my life; it sounds like an exaggeration, but its not. Everyone says that studying abroad is amazing, but you won't understand that unless you actually go, and the Stellenbosch program definitely receives 5 starts from me.
Taylor Alene Ogden, Maymester 2018 Participant
This experience allowed me to get a real-life look into how development should occur while allowing me to actually feel like I made a positive impact, too. I got to see so many different components of a complex history, and had a truly immersive experience. The professors combined education, community engagement, and adventure all into one program that taught me more than a regular classroom could.