A South African Student Charity Becomes a Study-Abroad Destination

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Eric Miller for The Chronicle

American students help run programs for young people at a community center in Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town, as part of their study-abroad arrangement with the U. of Cape Town's Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation. The charity group is capitalizing on the growing study-abroad movement to staff its centers when South African students are on vacation.

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Eric Miller for The Chronicle

American students help run programs for young people at a community center in Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town, as part of their study-abroad arrangement with the U. of Cape Town's Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation. The charity group is capitalizing on the growing study-abroad movement to staff its centers when South African students are on vacation.

The community center in this scruffy township on the edge of Cape Town echoes with the sounds of clapping, singing, and the stomping of feet on a concrete floor. Interspersed in a noisy human daisy chain of adolescent schoolchildren are 16 American college students.

Part of a summer service-learning and study program offered through Arcadia University, in Pennsylvania, the students have spent the past five weeks in South Africa. They divide their time among academic field trips,