Next Generation Inspiration


While I always feel young at heart, I’m beginning to see the world from a slightly different angle. Yes, I know I’m not old yet, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get a little bit of perspective when you take a step back. I did just this on Tuesday. I’ve always been the overachieving type, who…

International Women’s Day


As I continue to acclimate myself to the the work of CHOSA, learning as I go on visits to our 8 different partners about the projects which they run, I cannot help but have a smile on my face when I meet the amazing women who run and work in these organisations. Each of them…

Molweni Zonke (Hello All)


Greetings from South Africa! After a brief hiatus of posting, we are back to keep you updated about what is happening in the field with CHOSA. As February has already come and gone, CHOSA is now in full swing for 2017, working with our 8 partner organisations in and around the Cape Flats. All of…

After-School Program: A new year brings new opportunities!


The new “varsity” semester is well underway in South Africa, and with it a new cohort of study-abroad students have arrived to volunteer with CHOSA’s After-School Program! This term, volunteers continue to tutor the children at Emasithandane and Baphumelele Children’s Homes, which have hosted our after-school program for years. We also have now expanded to…

Memories of South Africa: An alum’s experience


By: Christina Grayson It’s been almost four years since I left home on my first trip to South Africa. The trip changed me and opened my eyes to so much that we cannot fathom independently here in the United States. Since returning, I know I can speak for a lot of former CHOSA volunteers when…

CHOSA alumnus named new Fundraising Coordinator


Hello CHOSA family! I am excited to be joining the CHOSA staff as the new Fundraising Coordinator. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I studied Sociology & Social Justice at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Upon graduating in 2010, I spent a year volunteering with Hands at Work, an NGO supporting community-based efforts to serve orphans and…

Introducing CHOSA’s Newest Family Members!


As CHOSA Regional Director Rob Rosenbaum progresses toward the date of his departure, part of his handover process includes training and transitioning two new CHOSA team members to take up his role. Abbie Heffelfinger and Solitude Dasie officially began work on January 24, 2011 and have spent the past few weeks soaking up all they…

From the Desk of the Regional Director


Dear CHOSA Friends and Supporters,  As we open the New Year of 2011  – I’d like to look back on our work in 2010 – a historic year for both CHOSA and South Africa – and look ahead to CHOSA in the coming year and beyond. Before I begin, I want to welcome our new…

One More Day to Support the Children in 2010!


Dear CHOSA Supporters & Family Members! Warm Festive Greetings! It’s that time of year again when we are all celebrating important family holidays and working hard to finish whatever the current year still requires of us, while preparing our hopes, dreams and plans for the coming New Year. A few months ago we wrote to…

On Connecting and Re-Connecting with Our Hopes for South Africa


Dear CHOSA Volunteers and Graduate Volunteers; We have not yet met, but I already know that we have something very important in common: we all went to South Africa at some point intending to spend a limited time learning as much as we could about a country in the throes of an exciting political and…

Molweni iitshomi! (hi friends!) –> CHOSA Fundraiser


Accessed from a CHOSA Volunteer’s Blog: LX in Africa Molweni iitshomi! (hi friends!) I miss you all, but am absolutely loving my semester in Cape Town. A very special part of my experience is my volunteer work with an organization called Children of South Africa (CHOSA), which was started by American semester abroad students. I…