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Re-envisioning the Future: Life after Revolution Cape Town, South Africa

This year’s South Africa Alternative Break, American University’s legacy program, will examine the idea of revolution and what comes next: who have we forgotten in the past, and how do we include them in future deliberations of our future? We will work with a variety of experts, activist groups, and individuals to understand how various social movements have navigated these dilemmas through the intersection of the arts, activism, and restorative justice. Using these partnerships and connections, our main goal is for our group to reaffirm that though we have experienced tremendous setbacks in our fight for freedom and self-sufficiency, we are not helpless. In a way, this year’s AltBreak will be a masterclass of its past variations.

Engagement Dates: March 9-16, 2024 

Estimated Cost: $3,500 USD

*Travel grant available on application.*

Each program includes 6-8 weeks of pre-departure training, discussion, and preparation with your Alternative Break program group facilitated by our student leaders. The time commitment for training is 1-2 hours weekly during that time in preparation for the immersive learning component of the Alt Break.

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Amira Tripp Folsom was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where she was surrounded by role models who taught her the importance of being the change she wants to see in her community. She is currently a rising senior in the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program and is also a Jordan WINGS Scholar. Amira is double majoring in Economics and International Relations with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies. On campus, she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Blackprint and she is an active member in the Black Student Union and the Korean Students Association. Off campus, she serves as a student member of the Emerging Leaders Impact Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation which distributes grants to nonprofits and organizations working to reduce truancy and increase literacy and school participation in the DMV area. Since starting college, Amira has completed 6 internships in the fields of finance, marketing, research, and community organizing, 2 of which took place in Madrid, Spain and Nairobi, Kenya.

Having just completed her internship in Nairobi at AQ Studios, a production company that focuses on amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ people across Africa and the African Diaspora through podcasts, films, and events, Amira is returning to the US with a fresh perspective on community-oriented work and development. On the Alternative Break Leadership Council Amira will be acting as the Evaluation and Impact Chair and is ecstatic to be leading the alternative spring break to Cape Town, South Africa focused on arts, activism, and restorative justice. She is most looking forward to collaborating with her fellow students leaders and introducing student participants to international travel that is centered in learning and community. In her free time, Amira can be found trying new restaurants with her friends and family, traveling, or attempting to learn a new language.

Riley Phoenix is a senior in the School of International Service, studying Global and Comparative Governance and Peace and Conflict Resolution, as well as obtaining a Minor in German. Pursuing her interests in international relations and politics and the arts and popular culture, Riley is excited to demonstrate the importance of the relationship between art and activism through the unique learning experience that the South Africa Alternative Break Offers. She is looking forward to learning more about the role performance and restorative justice continue to play in South Africa following the end of the Apartheid era. Additionally, as a believer in the Transatlantic Relationship, Riley looks forward to reuniting with and collaborating with Alternative Break’s community partners in Cape Town and finding ways to maintain that relationship after the program’s completion.

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Applications due December 18,2023 

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