African Studies Center

University of Pennsylvania
Africa orientation


This orientation seeks to bring together any and all undergraduate, graduate, and soon to be post-graduate students traveling to Africa for research, internships, study abroad or other programs throughout the year. Knowledgeable speakers will discuss the featured topics below, followed by breakout sessions that will discuss issues ranging from cultural differences in terms of gender, religion, sexual preferences and disability, plus region specific logistics, what (not) to bring, local customs, and more. Faculty and administrators accompanying students on travels to Africa are also encouraged to attend. Don't forget to register your travel with Penn's Global Activities Registry

Must Read Articles:

* Include: "Positive Africa Stories, Top Reasons to vist Africa, Writing and Teaching About Africa, Volunteering and Good Intentions?", and more..
* Getting Research Permission
* We learn from them

* 7 worst international aid ideas
* How to be an expert in Africa
* Rebranding Africa
 * Getting Research Permission in Africa

Slide Show
* 2012 Africa Orientation Health & Safety Webinar
* Cultural Considerations
* Health, Safety & Security
* Mental Health Tips

* Ghana IDSI 2012 Handbook
* Ethiopia Fulbright-Hays GPA Handbook

Youtube Links
* Confronting Stereotypes of African Men
* International Aid Worker Meets African Villager
* I want to be an aid worker
* So You Want to Join Peace Corps



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