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Course Schedule & Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Los Angeles International Airport

Day 2

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa



Overnight: Dale Court self catering apartments Cape Town – Greenpoint

Day 3

Late morning:

Fieldtrip: City Tour and District 6 Museum

THE CITY TOUR

During our orientation tour of the Mother City, we venture through streets crowded with history--from the City Hall where Nelson Mandela gave his liberation speech to the townships outside of Cape Town where the majority lived under apartheid.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Castle of Good Hope
  • The Company Gardens
  • Parliament buildings
  • City Hall
  • Malay Quarter/ Bo-Kaap
  • Noon Gun
  • District Six Museum
  • Green Market Square
  • Signal Hill
  • Langa

Discover the multicultural history of Cape Town -- from the first European military stronghold in South Africa, to District Six where forced removals tore apart a multiethnic community, to informal settlements where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life.

We call this tour the Rainbow Curtain Tour because our tour is a cross cultural voyage of discovery into the many facets of South African society. This tour encompasses the history of the lives and development of the disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, starting in 1652.

District Six-Was once the home of thousands of Capetonians of all hues and cultures. In the 1960’s all were forcibly removed from their homes due to the separate development policy of the apartheid government. District Six residents were then scattered all over the Cape Peninsula (as far from the city center as possible) to areas known as the Cape Flats. On our tour we visit the original site of District Six (now a barren wasteland) as well as the District Museum.

Langa-The oldest formal township in Cape Town. In Langa you learn about the hostel system that was initiated by the former government to house migrant workers (men) who came to the city to work but were not allowed to live in the city under apartheid.

Now the homes of families, the hostels provide a first view of what township life is like.

On our tour you learn the history of Langa and see the living conditions of thousands of Capetonians who were previously disenfranchised. You also get the sense of the spirit of the ‘New South Africa” that exists here.

If we have time, we will also visit a sangoma (a native healer) in Langa.

Evening: Welcome dinner at a Cape Town home

Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 4

Discussion: Logistics

Lecture 1: Development: Lifespan understandings of death

Lecture 2: Working with Children, Special Considerations in South Africa

Evening:  Mama Africa’s and other clubs (own account) (http://www.mamaafricarest.net/index.htm)

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 5

Table Mountain or Lion’s Head hike

Overnight: Dale Court self catering apartments 

Cape Town – Greenpoint

Day 6

Church service, shopping

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 7

Morning: Lecture: Western Cultural and Historical Perspectives

Afternoon: Fieldwork-- Thembani Primary School, Langa  

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town – Greenpoint

Day 8

Morning:  Guest lecture—Xhosa Perspectives

Lunch:   Vicky’s B&B (Khayelitsha township) 

Afternoon: Fieldwork-- Thembani School

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Optional Overnight Stay at Vicky’s B&B(maximum = 1/2 the class)(http://www.vickys-bed-and-breakfast.com/)

Day 9

Morning: Lecture-- Afterlife and the Paranormal

Afternoon:  Fieldwork-- Thembani School

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Optional Overnight Stay at Vicky’s B&B

Day 10

Morning:  Fieldwork-- Rehoboth Age Exchange & G.H. Stark Centres,

Hanover Park

Afternoon:  Fieldtrip-- Robben Island

Rehoboth is a center for the aged in Hanover Park, a low income formerly 'coloured' area on the outskirts of Cape Town.  Rehoboth provides senior housing, Alzheimer's daycare and hospice care for the elderly.  HDEV 300I students will learn about facility and residents through discussions with staff, visiting residents and helping with sports day activities.

Robben Island Ferry Service is the official transport facility to Robben Island for a tour never to be forgotten. These are the state of the art catamarans, fully air conditioned with television sets and a public address system. The Robben Island's tour includes a visit to the lime quarry, a place where prisoners were forced to work in extremely difficult conditions and which led most prisoners to have a lifelong sensitivity to bright lights.  However, the quarry has it's positive aspects; as the only place where prisoners could discuss their plans for the new South Africa, many call it the first South African Parliament.  A visit to the maximum-security prison, home to Nelson Mandela for many years, is one of the important highlights of the tour on Robben Island.  This section includes the single cells in which Nelson Mandela and other prisoners spent their prison time.  

Other highlights include the tour guides themselves, all of whom were political prisoners at Robben Island, and seeing the house in which Robert Sobukwe, the first President of the Pan Africanist Congress, was held.

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 11

Morning: Fieldwork-- Rehoboth Age Exchange & G.H. Stark Centres

Guest Lecture: Hospice work

Afternoon: Lecture-- Caring for the Dying

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town – Greenpoint

Day 12

All day:  Cape Peninsula tour  

View the golden beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, home of South Africa’s elite.We stop at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay where local fisherman still go out everyday in little fishing boats to feed their families hoping for a big catch.  From there we go via Chapman’s Peak sandwiched between the ravaging ocean and looming mountain cliffs via the scenic artist village called Noordhoek en route to the Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve – home to a rich diversity of plant and animal life, including baboons and wild ostriches.

We spend some time at Cape Point - There is some debate as to whether or not this is where the two oceans meet.  Some people believe the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the southern most point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, about 200km East of Cape Town, while others think it is here at Cape Point on the Cape Peninsula.

We then proceed via enchanting False Bay Coast line paying a visit to some penguins and land based Penguin Colony and then onto historical Simonstown and Kalk Bay. Walk about in this multicultural fishing village interacting with the fisherman and learning more about the lives of the fishermen and their families, their history and culture.  

Overnight: Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town – Greenpoint

Day 13

Free day  

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 14

Morning: Lecture

Late Morning: Fieldtrip

Afternoon: Fieldwork—Thembani School (last day)

Overnight:  Dale Court self catering apartments, Cape Town - Greenpoint

Day 15

Early morning:  Leave for Johannesburg  (JHB)

Afternoon:  Apartheid Museum

Late Afternoon:  Discussion of fieldtrip

Apartheid Museum

At times you feel overwhelmed by the screens and the sound and the powerful images they are projecting. The Museum leads you through room after room in a zigzag of shapes, some with tall roofs, some dark and gloomy, some looking through to other images behind bars or cages that make it clear that apartheid was not only immoral, but evil.

AFTER a few hours at the Apartheid Museum you will feel that you were in the townships in the 70s and 80s, dodging police bullets or teargas canisters, or marching and toy-toying with thousands of school children, or carrying the body of a comrade into a nearby house. And just when you feel you can't tolerate the bombardment of your senses any longer, you reach a quiet space, with a glass case which contains a book of the new Constitution of South Africa, and pebbles on the floor. You can express your solidarity with the victims of apartheid by placing your own pebble on a pile, and take a book. You'll then walk out into grassland with paths which take you to a small lake - you'll need this reflective time.

Overnight:  Africa Centre (http://www.africacentrelodge.co.za)

Day 16

All day: Fieldtrip-- Soweto  (including Hector Pieterson Museum,

Walter Sissulu Square, Regina Mundi

Catholic Church, Avalon cemetery)

Late Lunch at Wandies - Soweto

Pieterson Museum

The Hector Pieterson Museum opened on Youth Day, 16 June, but don't expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like - the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son. Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 16 June, 1976, when over 500 children were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. A news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student was published around the world.

The museum named after Hector commemorates the youth movement that led to the loss of so many young lives and that finally focused the attention of the world on the evils of apartheid.  This museum represents a relatively recent community struggle and ultimate victory, a message made more poignant by the fact that Antoinette Sithole, Hector's sister who is seen crying by his side in the famous photograph, often works at the museum herself.

You will also visit Regina Mundi Catholic Church, the safe haven for many of the protestors in the Soweto uprisings, and Walter Sissulu Square, the site where the Freedom Charter (which outlined core principles underlying the current South African constitution) was adopted in 1955.

Overnight:  Africa Centre   

Day 16

Morning:  Fieldtrip-- Constitution Hill

Afternoon:  Leave Johannesburg for Kwandebele village

Evening: Discussion-- Government policy

Constitution Hill

Once the site of infamous men's and women's prisons, the tour of Constitution Hill incorporates the old and the new, detailing the treatment of prisoners under apartheid and the Constitutional Court which ensures that those brutalities will never happen again.

Kwandebele village

In present day South Africa, the Ndebele people are well known for their elaborately painted houses, intricate bead work and, when they choose to wear it, the colorful traditional dress of Ndebele women.   As your first venture into the countryside, you will spend the afternoon and evening at an Ndebele village.

Dinner and Overnight:  Kwandebele village

Day 17

Depart for Kruger Park 

Depart early morning to drive in an air-conditioned vehicle to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule section of the Kruger National Park. After a short break, during which you can unwind and enjoy a quick swim, we board an open Land cruiser for a Sunset Drive.  After dark, your ranger will use a powerful spotlight to identify nocturnal animals. Dinner in the Boma will be a traditional South African meal. Overnight in comfortable, en suite thatch-roofed chalets.

Overnight:  Tremisana Game Lodge  

Day 18

Safari all day

After breakfast, we depart for the Orpen Gate of Kruger Park. From your open Game viewer you are afforded an outstanding opportunity to fully experience Africa's wild animals. The elevated vantage position and absence of glass windows allow for truly unforgettable sight, sound and scent experiences and brilliant photographic opportunities. Spend the full day game-viewing and bird-watching in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Spend the evening in your thatched cottage with the sounds of the African night to lull you to sleep.

Overnight:  Tremisana Game Lodge, Viva Safaris

Day 19

Morning to Early Afternoon: 

Fieldwork with Funjwa Primary School (grades 1-4)

Late Afternoon:  short safari

Early Evening:  Discussion

Evening: Final class discussion and dinner

Overnight:  Tremisana Game Lodge, Viva Safaris

Day 20

If time, early morning walking safari

After breakfast, we drive to the Blyde Canyon where you view the breathtaking Three Rondawels. We return to Gauteng, arriving by 16h00. Airport drop off.

Late Afternoon:  Flight from Johannesburg to USA

Day 21

Arrive USA

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Headmistress Mhaule in front of vegetable garden

Letter of Appeal from Headmistress Mhaule

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Between the 1st and 5th centuries AD, Bantu-speaking peoples migrated from farther north and west. Swahili, and later also Arab, commercial ports existed along the coasts until the arrival of Europeans. The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975, and became the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. It was the scene of an intense civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992.

Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country's economy is based largely on agriculture, but with industry, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing, aluminium and petroleum production, is growing fast. The country's tourism sector is also growing. South Africa is Mozambique's main trading partner and source of foreign direct investment. Portugal, Spain, and Belgium are also among the country's most important partners. Since 2001 Mozambique is one of the world's top ten for annual average GDP growth. However, Mozambique still has one of the lowest GDP per capita, one of the worst human development index and one of the highest inequality in the world, as well as having the world's lowest life expectancy.
The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, with roughly half of the population speaking it as a second language and few as a first language. Languages widely spoken natively include Swahili, Makhuwa, and Sena. The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, with significant Muslim and African traditional religious minorities. Mozambique is a member of the African Union, Commonwealth of Nations, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Latin Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Southern African Development Community.

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INCLUSIVE:

  • Qualified Guide with you full time while in Johannesburg
  • Airport transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town Airports
  • Transfer from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park Return
  • Bus hire with driver in Johannesburg.
  • Soweto Tour
  • Johannesburg City Tour and Apartheid Museum
  • Cape Town City Tour
  • All Tours in Cape Town will be done on a air-conditioned bus with qualified guide and driver
  • 3 x nights at the African Centre in Johannesburg Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 4 x nights on Safari at Marc’s Camp Suites on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis including an intensive Rural Volunteer Project.
  • 18 x nights at the University of Cape Town on a Dinner, Lunch Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Volunteer Humanitarian project at Olive Leaf Foundation
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Township Tour
  • Volunteer project at BUSH Radio
  • Robben Island
  • Guided hike up Table Mountain
  • Travel consultant on call 24hrs a day
  • Meet and assist at the airport
  • Personal Travel Journal

DAILY BREAKDOWN:

Day 1 - Depart for South Africa

  • Depart from USA to Johannesburg (via JFK New York)

Day 2 - Flight connection to Johannesburg

  • Arrive in New York and connect to your flight to Johannesburg

Day 3 - Arrive in Johannesburg and welcome dinner in Mandela Square

  • Arrive in Johannesburg
  • Meet & Greet and Transfer to Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight at the Africa Centre

Day 4 - Apartheid Museum and Soweto Tour

  • Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour
  • Overnight at the Africa Centre

Day 5 – Visit to Maropeng, the Cradle of Mankind and Lesedi Cultural Village

  • Depart for Cradle of Mankind and after lunch Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Overnight at the Africa Centre

Day 6 -Transfer to Kruger National Park

  • Transfer to Kruger National Park
  • Overnight at the Marc’s Camp

Day 7 - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive

  • Full day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Overnight at the Marc’s Camp

Day 8 - Half Day 4x4 Game Drive Volunteer Student Program in local school

  • Half day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Overnight at the Marc’s Camp

Day 9 – Volunteer Student Program in local school

  • Volunteer Student Program  at Funjwa Primary School
  • Overnight at the Marc’s Camp

Day 9 - Transfer to Johannesburg Airport for the flight to Cape Town

  • Transfer to Johannesburg Airport for the flight to Cape Town
  • Meet & Greet and Transfer to the Hotel
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 10 - Cape Town City Tour

  • Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 11 – Lectures at the University of Cape Town

  • Opening lecture at UCT
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 12 - Cape Peninsula Tour and Cape of Good Hope

  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 13 - District Six and Township Tour

  • Rainbow Curtain Tour
  • District Tour
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 14 – City Bowl

  • Green Point Open air market
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 15 – Volunteer Program

  • Morning Lecture at UCT
  • Afternoon – Olive Leaf Volunteer Program
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 16 – Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour

  • Morning Lectures/Classes
  • Afternoon – Olive Leaf Volunteer Program

Day 17 - Volunteer Program

  • Morning Lectures/Classes
  • Afternoon – Bush Radio Volunteer Program
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 18 - Robben Island Tour

  • Morning Lectures
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 19 - Volunteer Program

  • Morning Lectures/Classes
  • Afternoon – Olive Leaf Volunteer Program

Day 20 – Hike up Table Mountain

  • Guided hike up Table Mountain
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 21 – Volunteer Program

  • Morning Lectures/Classes
  • Afternoon – Olive Leaf Volunteer Program
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 22 - Volunteer Program

  • Morning Lectures/Classes
  • Afternoon – Olive Leaf Volunteer Program
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 23 - Last minute shopping and transfer to airport and flight back home

  • Morning lectures/Classes, Afternoon Tour of BUSH Community Radio Station
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 24 - Arrive in the USA

  • Morning Lectures/Classes, Afternoon Free time for Final Exam Study
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 25 – Study Program

  • Final Presentations
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 26 – Day at Liesure

  • Free Day
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 27 – Cape Town City Bowl

  • Green Market Square open air market
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 28 – Hiking and last minute shopping

  • Lions Head guided hike
  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 28 - Last minute Packing

  • Overnight University of Cape Town

Day 29- Final Dinner

  • Packing, Farewells
  • Closing Dinner

Day 30- Airport Transfer

  • Transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Flight to Los Angeles

Day 31

  • Arrive back in the USA

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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* PRICES and AVAILABILITY are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
* Quote is valid for 14 days only from above shown date.
* Prices quoted are on a per person sharing basis
* Prices quoted are only valid for the number of people quoted for - any increase or decrease in numbers will affect the price.
* All items of a personal nature, meals and drinks (unless stipulated), flights, airport taxes, fuel (unless stipulated), sightseeing entrance fees, caddies, carts, golf accessories and all other unstipulated items are excluded.
* No booking can be guaranteed unless a 20% non-refundable deposit has been received
* Only once the deposit has been received will a booking be confirmed
* As availability is always checked before quoting, we can in no way be held responsible when it is no longer available due to the time taken to confirm the quote
*Payments to be made in South African Rands subject to the Rand-Dollar exchange rate

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