ARSA cycles annually to raise funds and awareness about HIV & AIDS, embracing a variety of sex-positive, LGBT-friendly, HIV-prevention strategies including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), serosorting, and condoms, in South Africa and globally.
By cycling we are able to take our message of healthy-living and sex-positivity into townships and rural areas, as well as big cities, all the places which are fighting HIV & AIDS on a daily basis.
Through our films and other media, we attempt to tell our own stories, the stories of Africa, the stories of those who are no longer here to tell them themselves, and of the world.
HIV & AIDS are sometimes the protagonist, other times the back story, or side characters. When we tell our stories, we help others gain awareness of who we are while understanding ourselves anew.
We accept donations of funds, food, cycling equipment, gear, and repair, lodging, petrol, rental vans, plane tickets as well as the generosity of your time and enthusiasm.
AIDS Ride South Africa Ltd is a not-for-profit organization registered with New York State, USA. AIDS Ride South Africa Ltd is a 501(c)3 organization all donations are tax-deductible: 46-4004246
ARSA offers a unique research opportunity for field work in the epicenter of the HIV & AIDS pandemic while cycling South Africa over a 2 week period.
Through ethnographic and journalistic documentation using video, photography, social, and multi-media, students can earn variable undergraduate or graduate credit toward independent study or study abroad field work internship credit at their home institution.
Majors in African Studies, Communication, Culture Studies, Filmmaking, International Education, Media Studies, Public Health, Reconciliation Studies, Service Learning, Social Justice Education, and Video Ethnography will be most interested.
Examples of the types of films that we make and the work that we do can be found on the HIV/AIDS, LGBT, and Africa tabs of this site.
ARSA is comprised of students and non-students, South Africans, and international participants. Long-distance cycling experience recommended, but not required.