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Students who work through Connect 123 can be involved in a structured program and earn academic credit, enroll in a study abroad program, or just volunteer, says program coordinator Jackie Palmer. Connect 123 recommends students spend at least two months with an organization. That way, “the student gains valuable learning experience and the organization gains from them,” Palmer says. At the Cape Town Refugee Centre, Lucey, a fifthyear student who will graduate in December with a major in human services and a minor in international affairs, served as a social work assistant. At the center, many of the clients are from Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lucey spent four months working at the center, and her time there counts toward experiential educational credits. One of her key projects was taking part in an advocacy program in primary schools aimed at surmounting xenophobia in schools marked by racial tension and violence. Tensions “between blacks, whites, and coloureds are still underlying issues,” she says. [The term “coloured” in South Africa refers to an ethnic group of mixed European and African ancestry; This group makes up 9 percent of South Africa’s population.] Lucey used educational games from Peace through Play, a student organization at Northeastern University that strives to counter youth violence on campus, locally and internationally. The games are designed to promote peace, cooperation, and teamwork. The youngsters were divided into interracial groups, and each group was made up of “aliens” from another planet who had to develop their own language, culture, and flag. After presenting their “planet”

to the rest of the students, the youngsters talked about each group’s differences. The goal, Lucey says, “is to respect cultural differences. Everyone’s unique.” She found that in Cape Town, there was a fear that the refugees from other parts of Africa would come and steal the local residents’ jobs. The situation was tense between refugees and locals, and Lucey found the refugees “weren’t even welcome by the poorest of poor.” Alex Mandel, who graduated this spring with a degree in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C., encountered a similar experience in Israel, where she spent 15 months in a study abroad program at Tel Aviv University. Although Mandel had spent much time in Israel over the years, she hadn’t expected to encounter African refugees. “When I got there I knew nothing about African refugees. The south part of the city is almost like another country.” Since 2005, about 60,000 African refugees have poured into Israel, many from Eritrea and Sudan. She quickly learned “Israel is unprepared to deal with it.” Tel Aviv has been rocked by race riots, and African refugees and their property have been attacked. Many are homeless. During her time studying in Tel Aviv, Mandel served as an intern assisting with asylum applications at the African Refugee Development Center. She collected testimony and information from refugees because many have no identity papers. Mandel, whose father is from Israel, says of the refugee situation, “to me it feels personal.” Mandel was so impacted by the experience, when she returned to the United States she and her room-

Child refugees participate in Northeastern University's Peace through Play Program in Cape Town, South Africa.

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