GW Art Therapy in South Africa

An Art Therapy student sits on the ground with a group of children coloring with crayons
Art Therapy students made art projects with local children.
September 15, 2015

This summer GW Art Therapy students and faculty traveled to South Africa for the Social & Cultural Diversity course. The trip was three weeks and we visited Cape Town, Johannesburg and then worked for two weeks in Winterveld, a tiny town in the north, at a youth center, Bokamoso, and with children in a day care center. The trip then ended with a weekend safari in Pilanesberg. The landscape is breathtaking, the people are some of the friendliest I have ever met, and the art therapy was warmly welcomed by everyone.

Quote from student: “After this trip, I am much more self-aware! Of both my biases and my own cultural identity. I have worked with clients from a culture different than my own and know better how to be adaptable and flexible.  I made amazing connections within the community that have guided my understanding of being a culturally competent therapist.”

 

Zebras out in the wild

 

The South Africa trip group of faculty and students standing together with mountains in the background

 

Elephants in the wild