Lauren Mobertz participated in a SIT Study Abroad program in Durban, South Africa and studied the social and economic impacts of the World Cup there. In between lectures from government officials and leaders of NGO’s Lauren helped run a series of three skills camps to promote healthy living among youth in Durban. In the first camp, hosted by WhizzKidz United, Lauren coached 10 middle-school-aged children from the township Umlazi. Though Umlazi is known for high crime rates Lauren found her kids loving and energetic, and discovered that the long days of teaching HIV/AIDS lessons through soccer were rewarding. Outside of camp she also helped bring the children to something they would not have had access to without WhizzKidz Untied by chaperoning campers to World Cup games in Durban. At the second camp Lauren worked on a team with high school boys and helped lead a roundtable discussion on cultural differences in sports education, dating, and family structures between South Africa and the United States. At the third camp Lauren traveled to a rural area near Durban and helped design and implement a camp for high school students. There she discussed the benefits of attending university to help promote smart education and health decisions in the students’ lives. In the evenings Lauren would go out to watch World Cup games with locals, discussing their opinions of social and urban issues in Durban as they cheered for Bafana Bafana and Ghana. Since returning, Lauren has been inspired to pursue work in urban planning and will be interning with an urban organization in Pittsburgh this semester.
CEE Title: Getting Real: How do I achieve my goals after high school?