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The countdown is over…it is HERE!

And we have lift-off! Cape Town is awash with colour today, the first day of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa! Cars are covered in flags, driving around honking their horns, the sound of vuvuzuelas provides a constant background noise and the excitement is absolutely at fever pitch! Last night’s Cape Town Welcomes […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Culture
Child Life Series: Red Cross Treatment Room Gets a New Look Thanks to Child Life!

In celebration of the US nationally recognized Child Life Month, myself and Caroline (my predecessor) along with oncology unit child life volunteer, Lisa, painted the treatment room on the burn unit at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The mural includes a 6 foot giraffe, a giant elephant whose trunk became the base of […]

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Danielle Surprenant posted in: Cape Town, Health Care, Social Impact
Table Mountain: Wonder of the World

The Connect-123 office and many of our international interns’ apartments boast some of the best views of Table Mountain, that magical towering presence that presides over this beautiful city of Cape Town. The New 7 Wonders Foundation is taking international votes to nominate the New 7 Wonders of the World with the philosophy that “Our […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town
Happy Thanksgiving from Cape Town

The Connect-123 team tackled turkey stuffing and roasting in the name of Thanksgiving yesterday.  Two South Africans, one Irish, one English, & two turkeys! We filled the Perspectives apartment building, where the majority of our interns and volunteers stay, with smells of delicious roast turkey, attracting some curious interns who sniffed us out! We then […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, What We're Up To
The Mother City’s Diversity

Cape Town with a population of over 4 million people has a cosmopolitan cultural mix which has been influenced over the years by the Dutch, French and British along with a significant influence coming from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Originally established as a refreshment station by the Dutch East India Company in the […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, Culture
UCT Only African University in Times Top 150

This week saw the publication of a list of the top 200 universities in the world according to the Higher Education Supplement of London-based newspaper The Times. The University of Cape Town (UCT) has moved up 33 places from its 2008 ranking to join the 150 best universities in the world. The four main criteria […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Social Entrepreneurship
Child Life Program Update

Since May 2008, great strides have been made in the effort to pilot child life services at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCCH) in Cape Town, South Africa.  Caroline Hargrave, Child Life Program Director appointed through Connect-123, has been at RCCH since February 2009 leading the pilot program. Additionally, four child life specialists […]

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Lea Levy posted in: Health Care
Child Life Series: Healthcare Project Established in Cape Town

Connect-123 is assisting the largest paediatric hospital in South Africa to institute a Child Life Specialist program, an integrated child health delivery system which has the potential to greatly enhance the paediatric health care services offered at the hospital. Child Life Specialists use therapeutic and recreational play in order to reduce the fears and fantasies […]

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