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  • Herd of Zebra

  • As exotic and exceptional as this zebra photo may seem it was truly mundane. Zebras are, for the most part, abundant in South Africa, especially up north in Kruger National Park. Nonetheless, their were always captivating and an emblem of the beauty found uniquely within Southern Africa.

  • Credit: Audra Bass
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Cape Gannets

  • South Africa is a wealth of history, culture, and of course, wildlife. Waking up at 5 am daily to go into the field was a pure privilege, especially when you get to have National Geographic-esque moments like seeing a colony of the threatened Cape Gannets. To have the rare opportunity to study…

  • Credit: Suzanne Ou
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Race you there

  • South Africa is a wealth of history, culture, and of course, wildlife. Waking up at 5 am daily to go into the field was a pure privilege, especially when you get to have National Geographic-esque moments like racing down ever-shifting sand dunes after a day of hard work. To have the rare…

  • Credit: Suzanne Ou
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Portrait of a Lion

  • South Africa is a wealth of history, culture, and of course, wildlife. Waking up at 5 am daily to go into the field was a pure privilege, especially when you get to have National Geographic-esque moments like staring straight into the yellow eyes of a male lion. To have the rare opportunity…

  • Credit: Suzanne Ou
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Breakfast Time

  • South Africa is a wealth of history, culture, and of course, wildlife. Waking up at 5 am daily to go into the field was a pure privilege, especially when you get to have National Geographic-esque moments like watching a leopard leap towards it's impala breakfast hung on a tree. To have the…

  • Credit: Suzanne Ou
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Colored//Coloured

  • When you walk the streets of Cape Town, it’s hard to miss the incredible, colorful sight of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Though I lived with my homestay family in a flat near the top of a large hill, my daily commute to class took me right past this stunning row of houses.…

  • Credit: Lizzy Knippler
  • Tags: South Africa
  • Tug o' war

  • During our time in South Africa with OTS, we had the opportunity to do a home stay in HaMakuya. The experience allowed students to live in a rural village and connect with our host families, immersing ourselves in a new culture. Though we didn't speak venda, our translators helped us communicate…

  • Credit: Austin Peer
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Through the Fence

  • The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful but they’re not quite like the Lion King. The sun slips beneath the highway in the city, daring the hues of red and orange to chase it into darkness. In Bushbuckridge, the mountains swallow the sun in one bite and the colors bleed into the…

  • Credit: Marlee Szabo
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Shadow

  • We were shadowing social workers to different homes, where we saw more shadows, shadows of disease brought to these rural areas by the inadequacy of the South African health system. HIV, tuberculosis, we saw these shadows plague the homes, but the people fighting them lived on. These social workers provided them…

  • Credit: Nisakorn Valyasevi
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • I Was Born Poor

  • During our homestay in HaMakuya, South Africa we experienced what it was like to live a completely different life. During this time, we were doing our fieldwork learning about the knowledge, attitudes, and perception of tuberculosis in this small village. We soon came to realize that most residents believed that TB…

  • Credit: Priyanka Kanal
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • The Big 5 - Rhino = The Big 4

  • Most of my time in South Africa was spent in Kruger National Park. Every time we left our campsite to explore Kruger we were sure to encounter one amazing animal after the next. The white rhino, and even more elusive back rhino, were a rare sight as one might expect based…

  • Credit: Alexandra Bennett
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Agama (Not Iguana)

  • Most of my time in South Africa was spent in Kruger National Park. Every time we left our campsite to explore Kruger we were sure to encounter one amazing animal after the next. However, one of the South African students on my program quickly taught me not to limit my excitement…

  • Credit: Alexandra Bennett
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Always be Game Driving

  • Most of my time in South Africa was spent in Kruger National Park, in which our only mode of transportation was know as a Game Drive Vehicle (GDV), but was akin to sitting in the back of a rickety, dusty, pick-up truck. However, throughout the semester we grew to love our…

  • Credit: Alexandra Bennett
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • A luxury meal

  • This is an atypical meal of a Venda family in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The starch is called pap, made of corn powder and water. Since we were guests, the family was financially assisted to have chickens for us one meal per day. Normally, the people eat cooked worms and pumpkin flowers…

  • Credit: Chi Trinh
  • Tags: South Africa
  • Leader

  • A young Venda girl named Mulisa from Hamakuya South Africa. Her village is a contemporary reminder of the horrible oppression faced by many black South Africans under apartheid. Native Africans were often forcibly relocated to less favorable areas to help further white economic control and ultimately white supremacy. It is likely that…

  • Credit: Joseph Milone
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • OTS Takes South Africa

    Dear Global Education Office,

    Since the beginning of my college career I knew that I wanted to find a way to study abroad, and this summer in South Africa provided the perfect opportunity. 

    From the time I arrived in Joburg to the end of the 4 weeks…

  • Credit: Sarah Thornburgh
  • Major: Global Health and Biology
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain