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Child Life Experiential Learning Program

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Sessions Offered:



Cape Town, South Africa




Must be in good standing

Application Due:

Program Cost:

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This program is a 3 week faculty led course based in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Maitland Cottage Home, and the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital. Students interested in health and child life are welcome to participate, regardless of major or skill level. Excursions will include a trip to Cape Point, Table Mountain, Robben Island, a Township Tour, and a Garden Route Game Safari.

Objectives and Goals

• Understanding the scope of practice to when and where Child Life Professionals work and provide services. Discussing the development of the profession internationally.

• To prepare students to work with children and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. And to prepare students to understand the impact of illness, injury, trauma, and healthcare environments on patients and families in South Africa and to help them develop appropriate coping strategies.

• To examine psychosocial and developmental issues and how they are impacted by childhood illness and hospitalization in South Africa. And to begin to understand how that effects communication, preparation, bereavement, and support for children and families coping with stressful situations.

• To explore how the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Maitland Cottage Home and Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital operates on a daily basis and the activities these organizations provide to families.

• To allow students a hands on opportunity to assist with a variety of tasks involved with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Maitland Cottage Home and Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital

Program Dates

This program is not running in Summer 2014, it will run again in Summer 2015. Please check back in Fall 2014 for more details.

For More Information

For more details about academic content, contact Faculty Director Bri For more information about study abroad, contact the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 and schedule an appointment to meet with the advisor for this program.


In Cape Town, students stay in apartments in a large, centrally located residential building with 24-hour security, roof-top gym, pool, wireless internet access, and twice-per-month housekeeping service. Depending on the apartment configuration, students share each apartment with up to three other students. For pictures of the building, please see: Cape Town Housing.

Cape Town Information

For more information about Cape Town, please visit Connect 123's website.

Included Excursions

Robben Island
Table Mountain
Cape Point
Lion's Head
• Garden Route Safari
• Township Tour

Sample Program Calendar

This calendar is provided as a sample, you will be provided with a more current calendar prior to departure. Sample Calendardoc

Travel Arrangements

Students will receive instructions on making travel arrangements during a program-specific orientation session. There will be a suggested group itinerary, however, students will arrange their own flights to Cape Town. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the same flights as the program director.


Students must be in good academic standing in order to participate in this program.


The program fee for Summer 2013 was $4,400 and the price for 2014 will be set in the Fall. This fee includes instruction, lodging, some meals, CISI health insurance, and excursions to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, the Township Tour, and the Garden Route Safari. It does not include round trip airfare, passport, immunizations, or any personal expenses.

Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the program cost. In addition, eligible program participants are encourage to apply for merit, need-based and Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. More information is available at:

For information on CISI health insurance, please visit this web site:

How to Apply

Applications are currently NOT being accepted, please check back in Fall 2014

After you submit your application, Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation materials and other preparations. Please contact program advisor Amy Bowes if you have questions.

Pre-departure Materials

• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic:

• Sample Syllabus (subject to change) Child Life SyllabusPDF

Vaccincations and Health/Safety

We'll address many of the issues related to health and safety during the information sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website for South Africa-specific health information and visit your doctor or the Travel Nurse at Student Health for any vaccinations you might need.