South Africa Alumni Testimonials

Videos, Blogs, and Awards
Program Testimonials

Videos, Blogs, and Awards


  • 2014 Student Cambriae Bates was awarded an EPPY for Best College/University News or Event Feature Video for her piece, “Mother Told Me, Speak.” Check it out below and read more about Cambriae and her study away experience here.
  • Students in the photography track from the Summer 2013 program showed their work at an exhibit at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg in August 2013 and again in November at the Photography Department Triangle Gallery within Tyler School of Art. Read the full story about Temple Update‘s coverage of the exhibit and its closing reception.

Blogs and News

  • TU South Africa students maintain the TU South Africa Tumblr each summer
  • Through a special edition of the Philadelphia Daily News, nine Temple University students had articles published in the August 16, 2014 print and online editions of the newspaper. Read about this opportunity afforded to the TU South Africa Summer 2014 students and find links to their stories here.
  • NBC 10 reported on our students breaking the stereotype of where to study abroad.NBC 10 writes a follow-up to their piece from August 2013 on the TU South Africa program, this time covering their big win at the 2013 EPPY’s for Best Use of Social Media for News Services with Under 1 Million Unique Month Visitors for their innovative TU South Africa Tumblr. The other social media platforms where content was produced for the program can be found on a variety of TU South Africa sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Global Philadelphia Association covered the Summer 2013 TU South Africa program with an article written by an SMC alumnae.
  • TU South Africa students in the photography track present their work during a weeklong photo exhibit culminating in a reception following the Global Temple Conference, where students and faculty from the 2013 program also presented their work. Read the story about their photo exhibit and learn more about the Global Temple Conference presentation (.PDF).
  • Read insights on his time in South Africa from Linn Washington, Jr., Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Summer 2013 and 2014 South Africa Faculty Director, that were published in the Philadelphia Tribune.  His stories include a profile of resident of Kliptown and participant in the Kliptown Youth Program, an inside look at the man who brought the home of Nelson Mandela to the masses, a story about the many people, even Philadelphians, that played a role in the anti-apartheid movement, an uplifting story on, Lesedi la Batho, a community center doing good in South Africa and a profile of legendary soccer star and anti-apartheid activist, Nkosi Molala, who introduced the Study Away group to Lesedi la Batho. Student stories from the South Africa Study Away program are published on the Department of Journalism’s news website as well.
  • TUTV aired the stories produced by the Summer 2011 program participants and all stories are available online.

Awards and Nominations

EPPYs (Editor and Publisher)
Finalist for Best News or Event Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors 2015:

Finalist for Best News or Event Video with under 1 million unique monthly visitors 2015:

Finalist for Best College/University Newspaper Website 2015:

Finalist for Best College/University News or Event Feature 2015:

Finalist for Best College/University News or Event Feature 2015:

Best College/University News or Event Feature Video 2014:

Best Use of Social Media for News Services with under 1 million unique monthly visitors 2013:

Finalist for Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report 2012:

Society of Professional Journalists – Region 1
Second Place: In-Depth Reporting for coverage of South Africa, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Emmys
College Student Production – Long Form: Fiction/Non-Fiction 2011

Nomination: College Student Production – Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs: 2014

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
Facebook: Search “Kelsey Dubinsky”
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.