Shannon Dowdall has worked in education for over thirty years mainly in the areas of life- skills, counselling and career choice. She worked closely with UCT in her role as career counsellor. In 2014, she started working for IDACA. Her interests include music, literature, theatre, education, hiking and generally exploring all that Cape Town has to offer culturally. As a Capetonian, she is passionate about the city and its development and will be overseeing the talks, events and outings offered to the students by IDACA as well as with the orientation period.
Is in her final year of a law degree at UCt. She involves herself as much as possible in extra-curricular activities at UCT including serving as President of Lean In UCT .
Her You Tube channel Miss Madeline is based on Lifestyle, Beauty and Christian videos. She enjoys a night out on the town but prefers hearty engagement over good food and in great company. She looks forward to meeting and connecting with new SSA students and showing them the city she loves and knows well. She has lives in Woolsack , a UCT student residence on campus and is the IDACA student associate for those students who request to live there for the semester.
Menzi has an undergraduate degree in PPE from UCT as well as post-graduate study in economics and transitional justice. Currently he is working as a junior security analyst and fitness consultant before starting a masters. He has a passion for learning, travelling, eating and philosophizing. He also has an enthusiasm for sports and love of the outdoors. Most importantly, he is a firm advocate of economic justice, contributing his research to solving the various inequalities that plague society. He is an avid admirer of versifiers like Wocka-Flocka Flame and Fetty-Wap and Steve Harvey is his favourite athlete. He looks forward to welcoming semester abroad students and ensuring that their stay is thoroughly enriching.
Mufudzi is currently is currently in his final year of a Commerce degree in Information Systems. He has lived in Cape Town for 10 years. He is well integrated into the UCT community and has first- hand knowledge of how to move around the city and explore Cape Town to the fullest. He enjoys keeping fit and leading expeditions up, down and around the slopes of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. He is sociable and especially enjoys meeting new people and experiencing Cape Town with them as if it is his first time all over again.
Tessa graduated with a PPE degree from UCT and continues with post-graduate studies in Politics. She is currently involved with Phasama Sedi, an NPO connecting local entrepreneurs with Business Consultancy students at UCT. She has lived in Cape Town her whole life, and so enjoys showing new people the many hidden treasures that the city has to offer. She enjoys staying fit and being in the outdoors, especially on the mountains and in the ocean. She also has a great interest in the cultural scene in Cape Town, ranging from visual art to theatre. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Cape Town with semester abroad students.
Jarrod is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics, with the intention of teaching. He enjoys connecting with people, places and nature, and with that comes the keenness of sharing such experiences, especially with international students. He has made many study-abroad friends over the past few years through the UCT Choir which they have all expressed was their absolute favorite way to assimilate into the culture of Cape Town, and South Africa as a whole. He looks forward to a great year with positive and really good experiences.