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January - 3 weeks of on campus classes

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 1 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Students arrive on international flight Delta #200 from Atlanta with Dr. Boucher around 6 PM and transport to St. Peter’s to check into accommodations in the pouring rain.


Day 2 – Wednesday, February 2 – Johannesburg, South Africa

The day begins with an orientation meeting and Sociology class with Dr. Maher. Students Hillary and Charlee present on the epidemiology of South Africa providing others with a health profile of the country. Lunch is at a local mall where students can exchange money, e-mail home and update their Facebook status. The afternoon is spent at the Apartheid Museum. Dinner is on their own at Sandton. 

Day 3 – Thursday, February 3 – Johannesburg, South Africa

A full day of programming at Orange Farm with Bricks and his comrades learning about various community activist projects (e.g. gardening, day care center, youth soccer program, radio station) and the anti-privatization movement. Dr. Boucher holds history class in preparation for our Soweto bicycle tour and a Center for Global Education (CGE) staff member prepares the students for their first home stay.


Day 4 – Friday, February 4 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Soweto bicycle tour in the morning with a “health lunch” (consisting of a half a loaf of white bread hollowed out and filled with a fried egg, cheese, French fries, polony and other artery hardening materials). An afternoon at the Hector Pieterson Museum before home stay drop off for the weekend. 

Day 5-6 – Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Home stays with families in Soweto for three nights and two days.  

Day 7 – Monday, February 7 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Return to St. Peter’s from home stays. We have our first Student Led Discussion (SLD) by Emily and Ana which serves as a home stay debrief followed by a Sociology class with Dr. Maher where Josh and Alicia inform the group about Obama’s new Global Health Initiative. We have a meeting before lunch with Dr. Ben-Erick van Wyk on Ethnomedicine and after lunch a visit to Wit Medical School for a medical museum tour and discussion of outreach programs to poor and underserved communities. Dinner is at St. Peter’s followed by a lecture with Dale McKinley, Furman alumni and activist, in the evening. 

Day 8 – Tuesday, February 8 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Morning visit to BizAIDS including presentation by the CEO (with muffins and coffee) and visit to a training session at a shebeen to teach participants about AIDS and how to run a small business. The afternoon takes us to Pretoria and the Vortrekker Monument. Dinner is pancakes at Harry’s. 

Day 9 – Wednesday, February 9 – Johannesburg, South Africa

History Class with Dr. Boucher. Then Sociology class with Dr. Maher followed by a visit to Central Methodist Church where we heard from Paul Verryn about his work with refuges and we spoke with mothers with their babies about the challenges of trying to survive as new arrivals to South Africa. Dinner and a show at Lesedi Cultural Village.  

Day 10 – Thursday, February 10 – Johannesburg to Kimberley, South Africa

Full day drive to Kimberley in “Clifford” our big red Avis bus. Check in at Gum-Tree Lodge (an old miners quarters converted into a back packers). Sophie and Katie lead an emotionally charged second SLD.

Day 11 – Friday, February 11 – Kimberley, South Africa

A full day of programming in Kimberley including a half day of archival work at the Africana Library, lunch at the Kimberley Club and a visit to the Big Hole Museum. In the evening we go to Tarentaalrand Safari Lodge for a game drive and dinner.

Day 12 – Saturday, February 12 – Kimberley to Giant’s Castle, South Africa

A long day’s drive to Giant’s Castle arriving in the dark and the rain to check into our mountain side chalets (the students are stunned by the beautiful views when they wake up in the morning). Dr. Boucher holds a history class after dinner.

Day 13 – Sunday, February 13 – Giant’s Castle, South Africa

A free day for hiking and relaxing. SLD3 is lead by Cameron and Laura.

Day 14 – Monday, February 14 – Giant’s Castle to Durban, South Africa

Morning drive from Giant’s Castle to Durban. Dr. Boucher heads back to the States. Students have a free afternoon followed by a pre-dinner Sociology class discussing Sickness and Wealth.

Day 15 – Tuesday, February 15 – Durban, South Africa

Morning visit to Ghandi’s Phoenix Settlement. On the way back we see an informal game of soccer played by the gogos (grannies). Free afternoon followed by pre-dinner Sociology class and post-dinner lecture by Patrick Bond on everything from climate change to water privatization.

Day 16 – Wednesday, February 16 – Durban, South Africa

Killie Campbell Archive work and Museum visit in morning followed by tour of KwaMuhle Museum, talk with Faith and muthi market tour in downtown Durban. Shopping time at the Indian Market and free time at Ushaka Marine Land and Aquarium for dinner.

Day 17 – Thursday, February 17 – Durban, South Africa

Toxic Tour with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in the morning. Free afternoon with later afternoon Sociology class with Dr. Maher. Kristen and Courtney do a presentation on HIV/AIDS for the group.

Day 18 – Friday, February 18 – Durban to Cape Town, South Africa

Sociology exam before departure to airport to catch flight to Cape Town (half of us almost miss the flight because it is oversold). Upon arrival in Cape Town we check in to the Riverview Backpackers Lodge and over half the group attends the U2 concert at the World Cup Soccer Stadium with Dr. Maher.

Day 19 – Saturday, February 19 – Cape Town, South Africa

A visit to Cape Point (where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean) and Boulder National Park and its resident penguins in the morning. A picnic lunch and celebration of Liz’s birthday followed by a talk by Bishop Storey.

Day 20 – Sunday, February 20 – Cape Town, South Africa

Free day in Cape Town to shop, explore the wine country or relax and catch up. Dr. Cook arrives in the late evening.

Day 21 – Monday, February 21 – Cape Town, South Africa

Visit to Treatment Action Campaign in the Khayelisha Township followed by a tour of the area and lunch at a local Bed and Breakfast called Kopanong. SLD4 with Munazza and Catherine follows lunch before a visit to the Slave Lodge and a tour with Lucy Campbell.

Day 22 – Tuesday, February 22 – Cape Town, South Africa

Visit to Self-Help Manneberg with Patsy Daniels including tour of area and lunch at the Community Center. Afternoon visit to the District 6 Museum and a talk with Noor.

Day 23 – Wednesday, February 23 – Cape Town, South Africa

Morning excursion to Robben Island, infamous prison during the apartheid years where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Unfortunately foggy weather obscures the views from the ferry ride back on Cape Town and Table Mountain. Climb up Table Mountain postponed due to bad weather. Lunch at the waterfront followed by Economics class with Dr. Cook in the afternoon . Dinner is a Hussar Grill prior to a comedy show at the Baxter Theater. 

Day 24 – Thursday, February 24 – Cape Town, South Africa

Morning visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum and tour of area with Shireen Narkedien. Lunch to follow at Biesmiellah Restaurant. Nespect leads CGE Cape Town Reflection. Second attempt to climb Table Mountain fails due to bad weather (the cable car isn’t even running due to high winds). Final dinner as a group in Cape Town.

Day 25 – Friday, February 25 – Cape Town, South Africa to Walvis Bay, Namibia

Fly to Walvis Bay, Namibia then drive to Swakopmund and check into Municipal Bungalows. Lunch and SLD5 with Charlee and Mallory.

Day 26 – Saturday, February 26 – Swakopmund, Namibia

Economics class with Dr. Cook followed by a tour of Swakopmund, Mondessa and the “DRC” – Democratic Resettlement Community. After lunch, climb Dune 7. For dinner, braai with the CGE semester students.

Day 27 – Sunday, February 27 – Swakopmund, Namibia

Free day at the coast. Shopping, kayaking with the seals, sand boarding down the dunes, etc.

Day 28 – Monday, February 28 – Swakopmund, Namibia

Full day of programming for Economics class. Visit Walvis Bay, EPZ, Merlus Fish Factory (including wearing of protective outfits and masks!) and Port.

Day 29 – Tuesday, March 1 – Swakopmund, Namibia

Sociology class with Dr. Maher. Student presentations by Liz and Ana on the epidemiology of Namibia and TB by Sophie and Sarah Prickett. Tour of Mondessa Youth Organization and picnic lunch with kids. Afternoon visit to Cottage Medi-Clinic with Peter Sander. Basic Income Grant Lecture with Herbert and dinner to follow at The Tug.

Day 30 – Wednesday, March 2 – Swakopmund to Windhoek, Namibia

Departure to Rossing Uranium Mine for lecture and tour. Drive to Windhoek and check in at Penduka. Josh and Kristen lead SLD6 after dinner.

Day 31 – Thursday, March 3 – Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek tour in morning followed by lunch at mall and afternoon USAID lecture on HIV/AIDS in Namibia. Evening home stay preparations with Sarah from CGE.

Day 32 – Friday, March 4 – Windhoek, Namibia

Free morning to complete assignments due to go back to the States with Dr. Cook when he departs on Saturday. Sister Namibia, Feminist Women’s Rights Organization, visit followed by lunch and discussion of Penduka TB Program. Pick up for home stays.


Day 33 and 34 – Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6 – Windhoek, Namibia

Students on home stays in Katutura. Dr. Cook departs on Saturday. Dr. Hahn arrives on Sunday.


Day 35 – Monday, March 7 – Windhoek, Namibia

Students return from home stays. Depart for CGE House to meet guides to take on Katutura Quest. Quest and home stay debriefing at Penduka. SLD7 with Hillary and Matt.


Day 36 – Tuesday, March 8 – Windhoek, Namibia

Visit OYO – nonprofit organization that uses the arts to teach about HIV/AIDS. Lectures by Harald Schutty (was supposed to be on land tenure but was really more on global carbon use, electrical management and distribution to rural areas, etc.) and a lecturer from the University of Namibia named Uzera on economic development in Namibia. The afternoon was spent doing service learning at Megameno Orphanage. Group dinner out at La Marmite.

Day 37 – Wednesday, March 9 – Windhoek to Khorixas, Namibia

Drive north to Khorixas for rural home stay. Lunch at a German bakery in Outjo. Drop students off at home stay families.


Day 38 and 39 – Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 – Khorixas, Namibia

Faculty check on students at home stays. Students milk and herd goats and cows, ride horses and go on donkey cart rides. Learn how to make fat cakes and do beadwork. They experience firsthand what it is like to live in rural Namibia.

Day 40 – Saturday, March 12 – Khorixas, Namibia

Students return from homestays to iGowati Lodge in Khorixas. After a morning reflection session, the group visits the Red Cross Home Based Care program and speaks to volunteers. Following lunch at the lodge, the students tour the Khorixas State Hospital and prior to dinner have a Sociology Class learning about PEPFAR and the Global Fund.

Day 41 – Sunday, March 13 – Khorixas to Windhoek, Namibia

The group departs for Windhoek with a picnic lunch on the road. Upon arrive to the Lutheran Guest House, Dr. Hahn holds a Psychology class. After dinner SLD8 is led by  Courtney and Melinda.

Day 42 – Monday, March 14 – Windhoek, Namibia

In the morning we visit the government run Namibian Children’s Home. There is free time in the late morning to shop and use the internet. After lunch we go to Megameno Children’s Home to gather some data for Psychology class with Dr. Hahn.

Day 43 – Tuesday, March 15 – Windhoek, Namibia

A morning visit to “Young Achievers” is followed by our final afternoon with the kids at Megameno. Some student stay back with the younger kids while the majority of group goes off for an afternoon at the pool with the older kids. Our final dinner and reflection time is held at a boutique hotel called Vertigo and led by Nespect.

Day 44 – Wednesday, March 16 – Windhoek, Namibia to Ghanzi, Botswana

Leave Windhoek for the Botswana-Namibia Border where we are collected by Kalahari Skies Safari Company and transported to Thakadu Camp. Dr. Maher has a Sociology class where learn about the epidemiology of Botswana and a bit about different etiologies of health and illness and the bushmen trance dance. After dinner we observe a bushmen dance.

Day 45 – Thursday, March 17 – Ghanzi, Botswana

After breakfast we have an orientation talk followed by a veld walk led by Bushmen identifying medicinal plants. In the afternoon we  have a lecture by Andrea who is part-Bushmen regarding her efforts to recruit traditional healers before the knowledge is lost.

Day 46 – Friday, March 18 – Ghanzi to Tsodilo Hills, Botswana

We depart for Tsodilo Hills with a slight delay due to a broken trailer (that is holding all our luggage!). We stop at Kuru Trust for a brief visit to the museum and their local bushmen art gallery.  Arrive at camp just as it is getting dark and set up camp.

Day 47 – Saturday, March 19 – Tsodilo Hills, Botswana

Day hikes up the Rhino Trail to explore Bushmen art with guides. Debrief to discuss significance of art work and its relation to healing trance dances. Hike up the male hill to watch the sunset and the full moon rise.

Day 48 – Sunday, March 20 – Tsodilo Hills to Maun, Botswana

Pack up camp and drive to Maun. Arrive in afternoon and set up camp at Audi. Psychology class held with Dr. Hahn. Dinner is at Audi Camp with several doctors from Cuba currently practicing as part of the Cuban International Program at the Maun hospital.

Day 49 – Monday, March 21 – Maun, Botswana

Visit Thuso Rehabilitation Center. Presentation and tour with Ross, Peace Corp Volunteer. Lunch back at Audi. Final Student Led Discussion. Boat ride and star show postponed due to bad weather.

Day 50 – Tuesday, March 22 – Maun, Botswana

Dr. Hahn departs for the States. The group does a tour of the Maun hospital. After lunch the students have a free afternoon with a Sociology class with Dr. Maher to follow at 5:30 PM. Dinner and a star show follow.

Day 51 – Wednesday, March 23 – Maun, Botswana

Morning lecture with Remigio from Thuso Rehabilitation to talk about HIV/AIDs in Botswana and the government sponsored programs. Mid-morning presentation by Alison Brown, a nurse from Scotland who coordinates emergency medical evacuations for tourists and workers in the tourism industry. Late-morning presentation by two women from WoMen Against Rape (WAR) to talk about gender and domestic violence issues. Students are brought into town to shop and have access to the internet. At 4:30 PM we depart for a boat ride down the Thamalakane River to visit the ostrich farm where Dr. Maher lives. After dinner we go across the street from Audi to the new arts center to watch the movie “Chicago.”

Day 52 – Thursday, March 24 – Maun, Botswana

Early breakfast and depart for day trip out at a remote village called Marutsa. We traverse many water crossings made more difficult by the recent rains. Upon arrival we board mokoro boats (dugout canoes) and are propelled through the delta by polers who stand in the back of the two-person boat and guide you through the water with a long pole. We do a walk on a remote island and see elephants, hippos, and giraffe. After poling back and having lunch we spend the day in the village doing a walking tour.

Day 53 – Friday, March 25 – Maun, Botswana

In the morning the students visit a local cultural village in Maun and learn about Batswana traditions and have a chance to pound grains and carry water vessels on their heads. Lunch is at a local French Restaurant called “The French Connection” and the afternoon is spent on a game drive out to Mgothlo where we see springbok, hippo, elephant, and lots of bird life.


Day 54 – Saturday, March 26 – Maun to Nxai Pan, Botswana

Break down camp and depart for Nxai Pan. After setting up camp we have Sociology class with Dr. Maher and do a late afternoon game drive and walk across the very wet pans to go visit Baines Baobabs.

Day 55 – Sunday, March 27 – Nxai Pan, Botswana

Morning game drive up to Nxai Pan with picnic lunch in the park. After free time for rest, relaxation and reading.

Day 56 – Monday, March 28 – Nxai Pan to Senyati, Botswana

Break down camp at Nxai Pan and drive first east toward Nata, then north toward Kasane. Set up camp at Senyati and enjoy the bar area that overlooks a watering hole which had lots and lots of elephants.

Day 57 – Tuesday, March 29 – Senyati, Botswana

Full day of game drives at Chobe National Park. Lots of Cape Buffalo, impala, elephants, a lion sight on an impala kills, banded mongeese, kudu, and lots of birds (including fish eagles, lilac breasted rollers, horn bills of varying beak colors, etc.). We snuck in a Sociology class with Dr. Maher in between morning and late afternoon activities.

Day 58 – Wednesday, March 30 – Senyati, Botswana

Depart for Victoria Falls day trip in Zimbabwe. Visit the falls, have lunch at a back packer’s place, stop by the Victoria Falls Hotel, visit a craft market. Then back to camp for dinner.

Day 59 – Thursday, March 31 – Senyati, Botswana

Late morning Sociology exam followed by lunch and then an afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River front (more elephants, hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards and birds). Final dinner at the Old House Restaurant where Kalahari Skies surprises us with t-shirts to commemorate our trip. Our final night we stay in Thebe River Safari Lodge.

Day 60 – Friday, April 1 – Return flight to the USA

Our final morning some of us sleep in while others go for one last game drive in Chobe National Park. We eat our final lunch at the luxurious Chobe Safari Lodge. From here it is to the Kasane Airport where Air Botswana hand writes all of our boarding passes. TIA – This is Africa! We have smooth flights from Kasane to Johannesburg, South Africa. Then onto Atlanta, Georgia on a 17 hour non-stop flight with Delta and finally to GSP and back to campus!

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