Program Alumni

Notable Alumni:


A list of  some many talented and engaged people who have contributed to ESAVANA over the years.

Aaron Johnson

Alex Mashamba

Alzbeta Springer

Amanda Lee House

Ameet Sarapatwari

Amidou Samie

Ana Jemec

Andre Ribeiro

Angela Davis

Anna Teckelnburg

Anne de Castonay

Anne Rasmussen

April Ballard

Aseil Abu-Baker

Ashley Hart

Audrey Raedani

Barbara Ngwenya

Barbara Tapela

Beata Kilonzo

Becca Dillingham

Ben Sutphen

Bennette Mabuda

Benson Gabler

Betsy Graves

Bev Terry

Bhavika Bhikha

Bob Garrity

Bob Petchel

Bob Scholes

Caitlin Burchfield

Caludio Cuarahua

Candace Burton

Caroline Berinyuy

Carolyn Schlicht

Carrie Keefe

Cassie Tran

Catalina Cecchi

Catriona Macfie

Chandapiwa Molefe

Charles Weistroffer

Chillies Eman Ramarumo

Chris Colvin

Christine Devlin

Christine Ribeiro

Christine Steininger

Christy Gillmore

Cindy Patton

Claire Wyatt

Clay Macfarlane

Colleen Cozart

Colleen Farrell

Cornelius Hagenmeier

Courtney Tolmie

Dagney Pruner

Dan Walters

Dana Sparks

David Knight

Diana Cole

Dick Guerrant

Dillon Chapman

Doris Greiner

Dr. Mashudu Maselesele

Dyanna Jaye

Ed Gordon

Edmund Newsome

Edwin Makungo

Elias Ramarumo

Elise Goldsboro

Elizabeth Konover

Emerson Prebil

Emily Grace Frost

Emily Pearce

Eric Harshfield

Erin Jones

Ethan Heil

Eugene Brandon Woods

Evelyn Hall

Flo King


Francisco Vieira Dean

Frank Eckardt

Frederick Mphephu

Garrick louis

Gauri Raval

Gavin Schmidt

George Nkondo

Gitile Naituli

Haliegh Harper

Hallie Eilerts

Hanan Sabea

Hank Shugart

Harold Annegarn

Harrison Wheaton

Heather Maxwell

Hiskia Mbura

Holly Hillyer

Honora (Nora) Wilson

Humbalani Seruli (Styles)

Inacio Maposse

Irdissu Tatah

Irene Beckman

Ivan Remane

Jack McDaniel

James Ngundi

Jan Vermeulen

Jason Hickel

Jean Pierre Hitimana

JeanMary Augborg

Jeffrey Plank

Jenny Fortner

Jessica Rothbart

Jim Heckman

Jim Smith

Joan Leavens

Jocelyn Logan-Friend

Joe Laughton Fields-Johnson

Joh Henschel

John Francis

Jonathan Springer

Joseph Francis

Josh Dugat

Joy Boissevain

Julia Interrante

Juliet Haupt

Kappie Farrington

Karen Firehock

Karen Gordon

Katelyn Mason

Kathleen McDowell

Katie Gogoel

Katie Grover

Katrina Ngo

Kearby Chen

Keir Soderberg

Keitseope Nthomang

Kelebogile Mfudisi

Kelly Caylor

Kelsey Patterson

Kemal Vaz

Kevin Sinusas

Khalial Withen

Khuthalani Curtis Mathoma

Kim Schreiber

Kourtney Maher

Krishna Gurung

Kristin Garrett

Kristine Gade

Laura Beauschesne

Laura Laumont

Lauren Alwine

Lauren Cubas

Lavhelesani Simba

Lebo Nthekeng-Lebotse

Leeto Khoza

Lilay Gebraselassie

Lindsay Powell

Lisanne Frewin

Liz Romwald

Lorenzo Paglinawan

Luaren Bateman

Luisa Santos

Lydia Abebe

Lyndon Estes

Madeline Tolmie

Maggie Kgomo

Maggie Kirkpatrick

Maggie McDaniel

Maggie Williams Trochim

Malaika Merid

Mama Nyama

Marianne Baernholdt

Martha Nalubega

Mary Cearley

Mary Scholes

Masingita Zwane

Matt Baer

Matthew Pawlowicz

Matthew Therrell

Mavis R

Megan Donohue

Michael Burlin

Michael Smith

Michelle Henry

Mike Garstang

Mike Lubash

Mmbangiseni Beauty Mashao

Molly Petchel

Monique White

Mphatheleni Kenneth Mudau

Musa Manganye

Natalie Eller

Natasha Ribeiro, Professor Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Nengwenani Duncan Nkhangweleni

Nick Allen

Nisha Botcheway

Oagomotsa Gabaikanngwe

OGSO Kgosidintsi

Omar Mahmood

Peter Omara-Ojunga

Peter Stapor

Phumudzo Solomon Matshona

Princess Kgagelo

Raban Chanda

Rachel Fried

Rachel Hyde

Rachel Smith

Rhyanne Wheat

Ricky Sahu

Rogerio Utui

Romana Bandeira

Rui Brito

Russell Harrell

Salim Vally

Sam Mugisha

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Culver

Sarah Farrell

Sarah Weisz

Selina Letshabane

Selinah Mbedzi

Shadrack Nkosinathi Ramabulana

Sheffield Hale

Shokoufeh Dianat

Shreya Soni, Biomedical Engineering

Shuaib Lwasa

Solimao Bandeira

Sophie Mahoko

Steve Macko

Stuart Andreason

Stuart Piketh

Susan Ringrose

Tai Ford

Takani Thakalani

Tashi Dekyid

Thomas Kaizer

Thomas Michael Blaser

Tierney Foster-Wittig

Tim Cunningham

Tim Lovelace

Tim McGarry

Tina Brashers

Tshego Sejoe


Tyler Spencer

Varkey George

Veronica Gutierrez

Veronica Yeh

Vhonani Netshandama

Victoria Byrd

Wametsi Obonetse

Wayne Twine

Ya Ma, Commerce

Zach Best

UVA in Southern Africa



For the latest details, deadlines and application information for the Summer UVA in Southern Africa program, please click here.


For information about financial aid for study abroad, please click here.


For an example itinerary with links to sites, please click here.


Focusing on the intersection between peoples, cultures, and environments of southern Africa, the UVA in Southern Africa summer study abroad course details the continuities and contrasts between life on the highveld, lowveld, and coastal regions of South Africa and Mozambique. Students have an opportunity to experience urban and rural settings through a course that emphasizes the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.

They travel through the Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa, and visit the southern portion of Mozambique. In each locale, the SAVANA Partner Universities (WITS, University of Venda, Bushbuckridge, and the University of Eduardo Mondlane) collaborate with the UVA group in the delivery of lectures on their respective campuses and during field visits. Students and faculty from the partner universities also participate actively in lectures and visits, with at least two students accompanying University of Virginia students for the duration of the program.

It is an exciting and significant time in history to visit southern Africa. As apartheid policies and perspectives dissolve, South Africa emerges as a society with renewed vitality and international significance. Its neighbor, Mozambique, continues to present important environmental and cultural continuities with communities in South Africa, while at the same time confronting a very different history. Students will have a unique opportunity to gain insight into linkages between people’s lives and their environments, investigating both people’s impacts upon their surroundings and the ways environment constrains and empowers personal choices. Starting in Johannesburg, the students will study with faculty and peers at the urban University of Witwatersrand (WITS) and experience the dynamic pace of the economic hub of southern Africa.

The program then takes students to the Limpopo province, one of the most underdeveloped provinces in South Africa. Students will interact with members of the University of Venda community, a dynamic educational institution in the heart of a former African homeland. From there, students will travel to southern Mozambique to learn more about life on the Limpopo River floodplain and delta. We return to South Africa to the Bushbuckridge, a field station with a mission of education, research, and community outreach.


GroupUnderTree Courses and Credit Undergraduate students participating in this program will earn a total of 6 UVA credits for EVSC 4060 and ANTH 4060. Graduate students from the Curry School of Education will receive credit for EDLF 5500. Housing Students will be housed at several locations. All accomodations are double occupancy rooms. Please talk to the Program Directors for more information about locations and types of facilities.



Students will have an opportunity to experience first-hand the natural wonders of the great South African environment with numerous field trips and outdoor projects. Between our visits to Limpopo and Mpumalanga, we plan a five-day stay in Mozambique. Barring any last-minute permission problems, students will visit the proposed Transfrontier Peace Park in Mozambique to gain first-hand experience with the international wildlife park’s planning process.

Then, we will travel south to Maputo, capital of Mozambique, where students will learn more about rapid urbanization in southern African environments from professors and students at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. We will reenter South Africa and continue on to Mpumalanga and Bushbuckridge.


Research Associate Professor Bob Swap’s current research is focused on understanding how global change, in its broadest form, helps shape regional environmental systems, especially in the developing world.

Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education, Carol Anne Spreen’s research centers on political and socio-cultural studies of educational change, particularly the influences of globalization on teaching and learning. She has been working on issues of poverty, inequality and schooling in South Africa since 1997.


Ethics, Protocols and Practice of International Research

What are the ethics and protocols of conducting international research? And how faithfully does the actual practice of such research reflect these protocols and standards of ethics? How should students and scholars work to establish research partnerships that bring sustained benefits to the environment and to the people who inhabit the site of a given project? How can international research consortia establish a basis for community service and development? What are the ethical obligations of contemporary researchers and students who visit developing countries, especially in light of the legacy of colonialism?

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Please click to see the  J Term 2011 syllabus  (53.0K)

Through an intense combination of readings, discussions, guest presentations, and group projects, students will address all these questions. The class will be facilitated by the lead instructors with the active participation of a delegation of scholars from southern Africa; in addition, the class will also have distinguished guest instructors from the university and the wider scholarly community. Drawing on all these resources, students, working in autonomous small groups, will design a potential research project of their own and present it to the entire group.