SFA and the Swaziland Life Giving Project
The purpose of this program is to do HIV / AIDS prevention and treatment education among the students of Zamani High School, Swaziland, and build a sustainable agricultural garden as the basis of a microbusiness that can provide both food and a source of income to Zamani students orphaned or made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS affecting their families. SFA students will be doing service learning projects related to their academic areas, as well as writing about their experience. This program includes a tour of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, and a 3-day excursion to Kruger National Park to see lions, hippos, and other big game in their natural habitat.
The courses offered through this program for undergraduate students are AGN 110 (Crop Science), which will count as 3 hours of science in the Core Curriculum; ENG 132 (second semester-composition) or ENG 273 (Technical Writing)–whichever fits your degree plan better; and SWK 495 (Independent Study–Swaziland Study Abroad). This program also offers a course for students pursuing the Masters in Social Work: SWK 531 (International Social Work).
This trip will take you to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Here you will see how different cultures live together, different languages are spoken, and different customs are practiced. Swazilland has one million residents and is a small country bordering South Africa and Mozambique. South Africa was originally a Dutch and English colony and Mozambique a Portugese colony. Swaziland, however, always stayed a kingdom and many of its tribal traditions are well preserved.
The program features a service learning project providing you with opportunities to work with families and children, many of them living in rural areas. The service learning project will be in collaboration with Zamani High School. Many individuals in Swaziland are HIV+ and this impacts their quality of life. At Zamani High School, most of the children are affected by the HIV+ pandemic due to one or both parents being sick or having died from HIV/AIDS.
Social work students will have an opportunity to (1) work with children and youth as part of an empowerment program; (2) interview families including grandparents, single parents, and child-headed families about their life circumstances and quality of life; (3) interact with social workers, social policy developers, aid workers, and professionals from other disciplines on how they address poverty, HIV/AIDS, and unemployment; and (4) learn how international policies are used to enhance quality of life. You will actually work with the children, parents, and grandparents of HIV/AIDS affected families!