WTAMU Students Traveling to South Africa in March

Feb. 21, 2018

CONTACT:    Hannah Ellis, heellis1@buffs.wtamu.edu

WTAMU Students Traveling to South Africa in March


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Global Media and Social Change course, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa for two weeks in early March. The students will work with three local organizations to create media projects including short videos, websites and advertising campaigns for local organizations.

This study abroad class is led by Dr. Enyonam Osei-Hwere, associate professor of communication, and assisted by Johnny Story, broadcast engineer, who will document the entire experience on video and produce a short documentary with the help of students in the class.

Once students arrive in Cape Town, they will begin their work with Aspire Youth, Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and Big Issue developing media projects while learning about the role of media in bringing change and development through these organizations and the communities they serve. The students have been divided into three working groups and will be partnered with an organization.

The first group is the Big Issue project, where students will participate along with locals to write, edit and create news articles for the Big Issue magazine. The second organization is Aspire Youth, where WTAMU students will meet with young entrepreneurs. The third group will be partnered with the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum to assist with website re-design and creating videos to feature on the museum’s social media platforms and website.

“Our group is excited and has brainstormed some ideas that will help revamp their media platforms,” Hannah Ellis, a producer of the group, said.

Students will work closely with their assigned organizations for a majority of the time in Cape Town, but time has been allotted for excursions to local attractions and iconic sites. WTAMU students will participate in a safari at the Aquila Private Game Reserve, visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, take the cable car to Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and visit the Cape of Good Hope. Students also will tour Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years during apartheid.

For more information about Study Abroad opportunities at WTAMU, visit wtamu.edu/academics/study-abroad.



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on 3.11.2018

Very fascinating article and looking forward to a recap of all of work the students accomplished.