South Africa Alumni Testimonials

Name: Andrew Sandefur
Major: Media Studies and Production
Minor: Geography and Urban Studies
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Program: South Africa Summer 2013

My name is Andrew Sandefur and I’m looking to major in Media Studies and Production and minor in Geography and Urban Studies. I have lived in New England for the majority of my life, first in New Hampshire and then Connecticut. I graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School of Burlington, CT in 2011 and decided to attend Temple University.


I am always looking for something different and Temple met my expectations since it was a city school and offered diversity. This desire for something new led me to want to study abroad and in the summer of 2013 I studied away in Johannesburg, South Africa as a production student. I produced and co-produced two stories while abroad for Philadelphia Neighborhoods, a blog site run by the Temple University. While abroad I traveled not only to Johannesburg, but also to Pretoria, Durban, and Cape Town to make the most of this five week experience.

Name: Kelsey Dubinsky
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: South Africa Summer 2013
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Twitter: @kelseydubinsky


I studied abroad in South Africa summer of 2013. I currently work as a photographer for the Temple News, and when I am not running around Philly with my camera you can find me with my sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma, with the gymnastics club, or around the gym.

My summer session in South Africa was a life changing opportunity. It was not necessarily an easy walk on the beach (although the walk on the beach of Durban was amazing). The program itself put me through obstacles I never imagined, and left me with a great body of photography to come home with. The program taught me to become more confident in my photography, and my passion for documenting different types of cultures.
The program not only left me with amazing photographs, but allowed me to come home with great new friends from around the world including Temple. I have so many memories from the program, some good, some bad, and some just outright crazy, but no matter what, they are stories I will never forget. While on the trip many of us questioned ourselves on why we put ourselves through the things we did, but looking back on it I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Name: Nicholas Cutrona
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: South Africa Summer 2013
Facebook: Nic Cutrona
Twitter: @nicholascutrona
Skype: nicholas.cutrona


I am a Temple Journalism and Political Science major. I like to focus on broadcast production and my career goals include becoming the producer for a major network. I enjoy working with others to create stories that give a voice to people who may not have the time or resources to tell it themselves. I consider myself politically active and enjoy following national and international news. I used my time in South Africa as a chance to capture a new perspective on the kinds of stories that I like to produce.

Shanell Simmons
Program: South Africa Summer 2011


Hey Everyone! My name is Shanell Simmons and I’m a Journalism major. YAY Journalism. I’m from the one and only New York City and I love to read books, write reviews and blog about a range of relevant topics.

I studied abroad in South Africa in summer 2011, which was not only the best experience of my 20 living years, but also the biggest accomplishment of my life. After coming back from South Africa, my worldview both shifted and expanded. It was a chance for me to both gain experience in my field and to inflict change as well. We didn’t just stay in the suburban community where we laid our head to rest; we went out and tried to make a difference in South African children’s lives that are underprivileged, yet aspire to be more than what society’s expectations are.

In closing, my advice to you all who may be considering studying away is to stop considering it and JUST DO IT. It won’t be like when you had to pick a college to attend, where it could either be a good decision or the worst decision you’ve ever made. There is only one outcome from studying abroad: you will absolutely love it.

If you have any questions, concerns/fears, please feel free to contact me at ANY TIME. I am so willing and excited to speak to those of you who are interested and even those who may not be all that interested at all.

Nicholas Centore
Program: South Africa Summer 2011


Born in the ‘burbs of North Jersey, I have chosen to embark on a quest for wisdom and experience to take advantage of this crazy thing called life to the fullest extent I possibly can. There are too many places in this world to visit, a plethora of extraordinary people to meet, and certainly not enough time to witness it all. However, I have chosen to dedicate the rest of his life to complete as much of it as I possibly can and to not regret anything along the way. Education is IMPERATIVE to accomplish this rewarding existence and I have no issues with the thought of it. I am now well on my way to gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Business. What I plan to do after…who knows!

Nick Peterson
Program: South Africa Summer 2011


I’m an Advertising major and Pittsburgh native. I studied in Johannesburg, South Africa during July 2011.

Learning to be a foreign correspondent was the most enriching learning experience I’ve ever been a part of. I think that studying away is important because it makes you more globally conscious. The South African program has an emphasis on cultural learning. We weren’t sitting in classrooms we were out in the field looking for people to meet with stories to tell. For fun we went bungee jumping, scuba diving in the Indian Ocean and chilled with lots of cool Africans.