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Education & Culture in South Africa


Students will travel to Durban, South Africa to volunteer in schools for children with special needs, immerse in the culture, and learn about the education and context of South African institutions.  Students will be living with a homestay family and take Zulu language lessons as part of the cultural immersion.


  • Volunteer with primary schools for students with special needs
  • Immerse in South African culture in Durban
  • Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s home in Durban
  • Experience Zulu life in the village of PheZulu


For this program abroad students may choose to take a 1-credit course in Fall 2019 (2nd session) or a 3-credit course in January 2020.  The courses will be listed as Education 3000, Education 5000, or Global Studies 300. 

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Lindiwe Magaya, Ph.D., has taught Special Education courses at GCU for more than 10 years.  Prior to that she taught in Zimbabwe for more than 10 years.  She belongs to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Division of International Special Education Services, organizations founded in the United States that advocate for children with special needs and their families. She has presented numerous research papers, internationally and nationally, comparing the identification of students with special needs and special education service delivery in the United States and in Zimbabwe.  Her understanding of special education service delivery in the US has challenged her research and promote culturally relevant ways of providing special education services to children in developing countries. 

Dr. Mary Ann Smorra, Ed.D., is a Professor of Education at Georgian Court University, New Jersey, USA.  As part of a teaching-learning community that espouses and implements core values of justice, respect, integrity, compassion, and service, she feels fortunate to share her life’s work with her dedicated colleagues and motivated students. Dr. Smorra also serves as a presenter and performer for organizations, school districts and universities located nationally and internationally. Countries in which she has consulted, presented and performed include Bulgaria, Portugal, Denmark, Great Britain, Turkey, Italy, Canada, Brazil, China, Jamaica, and South Africa. Dr. Smorra embraces the roles of teacher-learner, traveler and creative artist!

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