In May 2011, I went on a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa, along with another UAlbany Student, Tiffanie Perea. We went there to volunteer in the the townships. While there, I volunteered with a non-profit organization, the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP).
During my time there, I taught environmental responsibility, computer literacy, and mentored kids in the township of Philippi. This kids I worked with ranged from grades 8 to 12. I also worked with tertiary students (students in college). In the photo, I was visiting a local Crèche [pronounced "kresh"]. A Crèche is their equivalent of our daycare system in the U.S. This is where young kids learn basic things like counting.
This trip was of personal significance because I am of African descent and this was my first time back on the continent since I was 2 years old. My view of the world has totally changed due to witnessing how other people in another part of the world live. Volunteering in South Africa has helped me to grow as a person.
Chris was a participant on the AIDE Abroad Study Abroad option sponsored by the University at Albany's Office of Study Abroad & Exchanges.