Introducing "Covid Stuck Abroad"

Covid. Stuck. Abroad.

A show about South Africans who found themselves far away from home when Covid-19 became a pandemic. What would you have done? Would you have left your job, studies and life behind to quickly get back to South Africa? Or would you have stayed in your adopted country? Decisions had to be made. And every Thursday, we will hear directly from those who had to make those decisions.

“Covid Stuck Abroad” was created and produced by Zola Zingithwa.

For information on Covid-19, please see links below.
2 Jun 2021 English South Africa Places & Travel · Personal Journals

Other recent episodes


At home with my thoughts…

We have come to the end of season one! In this episode, the host, Zola Zingithwa is alone on the mic. She reflects back not only on the first season of Covid Stuck Abroad, but also on the pandemic itself. It is a ramble through her personal history with novel…
11 Aug 2021 31 min

“I spent over a week in Shenzhen trying to find flights.”

On the final episode of the season, Merissa Naidoo traces her life back to her time living in Suchen, China in December 2019. She had fallen sick, but was convinced it wasn’t this new virus that everyone back home in South Africa seemed to be worrying about. What she didn’t…
4 Aug 2021 44 min

“I’ve found my place here…it’s my home here too.”

Sinenhlanhla Zungu, a PhD candidate at Lehigh University in the US, was giving her first talk at a conference in New Orleans in February 2020, when she first heard about the coronavirus. She didn’t know it then, but the pandemic would come to determine so much in her life, from…
28 Jul 2021 31 min

“But at the same time...I miss my mom.”

The beginning of 2020 marked a year since Gareth Smit had been to South Africa. He was feeling homesick, and planning to travel back home to catch up with family and friends. But in early March, the governor of New York declared a state of emergency, as New York became…
21 Jul 2021 39 min

“I have no desire to leave Vietnam right now.”

Madia Ueckermann had many exciting trips planned for 2020. In January, with schools on a break for the Lunar New Year, she travelled to Thailand for a short vacation. Then in March, her parents travelled all the way from South Africa to visit her in Da Nang, Vietnam. The family…
14 Jul 2021 32 min