Customize Your Program
Designing Your Custom Program
We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.
A Personal Partner
Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.
Meet our VP of Program Development
Jennifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.
To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.
Topics to Explore
In South Africa, you might explore some of the following topics:
The Savanna is home to a dizzying array of animals and an ecosystem unique to Africa (and totally unknown to most students from outside the region)! Encounter rhino, elephants, cougars, zebra, lions and more as you learn about the efforts to preserve these habitats and manage game in the region.
The mining industry has been a driving force in South Africa’s economy for many decades. Study the technical expertise involved in mining resources including manganese and platinum group metals, gold, and diamonds and learn how this vital industry has helped shape the face of business in South Africa.
The African Experience
Follow the arc of South Africa’s turbulent history, from the once powerful state of the Zulu tribes through the advent and eventual overthrow of apartheid. Visits sites central to the experience of the indigenous Africans, the Dutch colonialists, and the civil rights movement led by Nelson Mandela. Explore the complicated role of legacy as you speak with modern South Africans about the melting pot their country is today.
Once nearly unheard of in wine circles, South Africa now ranks in the top 10 for wine production in the world. Consider the evolution of agriculture as it relates to this growing industry. Explore challenges such as rising energy costs and the elasticity of demand by visiting vineyards in the beautiful wine region, and of course, taste the wine that has put it on the map.
South Africa has emerged from apartheid to become a major player on the world stage in this century. Rapid economic growth and an increasingly democratic culture earned it a role as a leader on the continent of Africa, a member of the BRIC economic group, and even host to world events such as the World Cup. Unfortunately, a recent downtown has introduced questions about South Africa’s next economic chapter. Unemployment and inequality still plague many townships, and there is pressure to address these issues more evenly across the country. But many economists believe South Africa is well integrated into the world economy in a way that ensures future success. This post-Mandela era is a crucial time for a nation on the brink, and a fascinating place for study for any student of the world.