Students travel to South Africa to work on housing project

A group of Niagara College Pre-Health Sciences students, along with their professor, will travel to South Africa on Monday to participate in an applied research housing project.The research housing project is sponsored by the Eastern Cape Department of Housing and the Ikhwezi H.I.V./A.I.D.S. Wellness Center in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa and will examine the housing circumstances of individuals infected and affected by the H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. pandemic in the informal settlements and township of the Eastern Cape. The Niagara College International Education and Development Division, who are partners with the Ikhwezi H.I.V./A.I.D.S. Wellness Center on the project, have facilitated the students’ trip. The students will stay in South Africa for three weeks, returning May 26.

The students travelling to South Africa on Monday to take part in the project are Rebecca Cosby of Port Dover, Carly Frayne of Hannon, Brad James of Portland, ON, Courtney Laschelle-Nancekivell of Brantford, Kayli Pfab of St. Catharines, Stephanie Wozny of Caledonia and Elizabeth Edwards of Smithville – all of whom are Pre-Health Sciences program, and They will be accompanied by Lora Miani, a professor in the Pre-Health Sciences program, and Kelano Forbes and Samantha Hunter, students in the College’s International Commerce and Global Development Bachelor’s Degree program. Forbes and Hunter will complete a three-month internship in the area.

“This is a great international opportunity for our students, and promises to provide a unique learning experience that will add tremendous value to their educational experience,” said Miani. “We’re fortunate at Niagara College to have significant involvement in international projects across the globe that provide international opportunities for students in a wide range of programs.”

Pre-Health Sciences is offered through Niagara College as a one-year certificate program preparing students for higher learning in both the College and University level, or as a bridge for entering the health field. Students are required to participate in 135 hours of hands-on lab experience. For more information on the Pre-Health Sciences program visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: The students, along with Lora Miani, will be available for photos/interviews on Friday, May 1 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, where they will be involved in pre-trip information sessions. Please contact Michael Wales, Senior Communications Officer at 905 735-2211 ext. 7773 or at to arrange for interviews/photos.


For more information, contact:

Lora Miani
Niagara College
905-641-2252 ext. 4021

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