Chris Chang

SIT Durban, South Africa
Science & Management

Describe your typical day: We would wake up early and take public transportation to the school center where we would spend the day. The program frequently brought in really cool guest speakers and sometimes we would go on field trips.

Favorite food discovered while abroad: Bunny Chow—Despite the name there were no bunnies in it but it was like a curry served in a square steamed bread bowl.  

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?  The beach was really beautiful. We also spent a week out in rural parts of South Africa which was amazing. 

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? We went to a village that hosted the program students and I. When we arrived they had a big party with a barbeque and they sang and danced and dressed us up in traditional clothes. It was so welcoming. 

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus? The program was small so you had to make fast friends with everyone else. 

Advice: Don’t let concerns over safety deter you from the program. You can take precautions but you will get comfortable and won’t worry about it as much. Put yourself out there and be open-minded; it’s a different culture.