Study abroad in South Africa


South Africa

Tembaletu was founded on March 1st, 1970 in the township of Guguletu, as a school for learners with special educational needs (LSEN).  It is a government-funded school that specializes in educating black children who are physically disabled from grades 1 through 9.  Tembaletu is a commuter school that has students bused in everyday from various townships throughout Cape Town.  The learners themselves face both economic and physical disadvantages so the aim for Tembaletu is dually difficult.  Educational and youth development are Tembaletu’s main priorities in preparing students to one day become self-sufficient.  The senior phase learners are equipped with practical knowledge of career paths and specific options in higher education that students can pursue after graduation.


Kate Prebelski
Fall 2010

Tembaletu LSEN is a school in the township of Guguletu for physically handicapped black children. My experience at Tembaletu over the semester has been a very rewarding one. I work with the intermediate phase (5th and 6th grade learners) teaching them in the subject of Math. I spend the day teaching and working with the students on the material we have covered as well as assisting the other teachers with their students. The community at Tembaletu is a very welcoming one and the relationships that you develop with the staff and the children are a critical part of your experience there.

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Charles Birts
Fall 2009

While at Tembaletu the majority of my time was spent with senior phase learners (7th, 8th, & 9th grade) teaching them in the subjects of Math (Algebra & Geometry) and EMS.  During time in between teaching I was also involved in assisting faculty and staff members with various technological assignments concerning: computers, fax machines, scanners, printers, digital cameras, software programs, etc.  I have begun to enhance Tembaletu’s technology resources throughout the school.  There is a continued need to help with technology as resources are not being used effectively.

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