South Africa – Summer 2019

We explore and help stakeholder groups from the public, private, and civil society sectors advance innovative and collaborative ecological infrastructure initiatives to improve water quality and access in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. As the wealthiest nation on the African continent, South Africa boasts modern cities, beautiful landscapes, and incredibly rich ecosystems; at the same time it struggles with crippling inequities as a relic of the apartheid era, and a dire water future.  But through promising cross-sector partnerships, the water future of South Africa is looking brighter.  Taking a holistic approach and considering South Africa’s social and economic inequities, many water initiatives are both addressing environmental conditions, as well as improving quality of life by advancing access to clean water and creating job and market opportunities for people who need it.

Virginia Tech semester:  Summer 2019
IFE Dates:  July 8-17, 2019
Faculty Lead:  Holly Wise
Program Fee:  $3,300 (does not include graduate tuition or international airfare)
Registration Deadline:  April 15, 2019 (as part of NR 5114 or NR 5954)

CLiGS International Field Experiences provide opportunities for graduate students and professionals to travel and gain international sustainability experience in rapidly developing regions of the world.  Offered as part of a graduate level course through Virginia Tech’s Master of Natural Resources degree program (NR 5114 – Global Issues in Natural Resources), participants earn three graduate credits from Virginia Tech for their participation in the course and project.  The course is conducted online, except for the ten-day fieldwork element conducted in China.  Graduate credits earned through this project can be applied to the Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability, and the online and global formats of the Master of Natural Resources degree.