UK Student Share South African Trip

Jul 31, 2011

The University of Kentucky has recently partnered with the nation of South Africa on an academic program titled "Kentucky and South Africa, Different Lands, Common Ground". The collaboration provides an opportunity for UK students to travel and learn more about the people and issues facing the once-segregated country.

International Studies student Corinne Price is back from an internship at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Cape Town, and she recently shared her experiences with Alan Lytle.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop center in Cape Town, South Africa for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Their vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

Price says during her six week internship she created a relaxation therapy program for clients and encouraged them to express their pain through creative writing exercises.

"Ultimately my goal was to provide empowerment for these women so that they would feel worthy enough to get a good job or expand their education."

In summing up her experience in South Africa, Price said experiencing a different culture "leaves something with you, and takes something away from you". Her most powerful take-away from the trip was the realization that people, generally want the same things out of life.

"Everybody wants the best for their children; they want the best for themselves. It just manifests, and is realized, in different ways."

Corinne Price will be hosting a presentation on her South Africa experience Tuesday night at 6 pm at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. An information booth will be set up for attendees who wish to support the Saartjie Baartman Centre.