Day 1 – Tuesday,January 29 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Students arrive on international flight Delta #200 from Atlanta with Dr. Hahn around 5 PM and transport to St. Benedict’s to check into accommodations and have some dinner. We have an orientation meeting after dinner.
Day 2 – Wednesday, January 30 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Despite the jet lag, the day begins with a Sociology class with Dr. Maher followed by a trip to the Apartheid Museum. We have lunch at the “Truth Café” and on the way home stop at a local mall where students can exchange money, e-mail home and update their Facebook status. Dinner is back at St. Benedict’s followed by a lecture by Dr. Dale McKinley, Furman alumni and South African activist.
Day 3 – Thursday, January 31 – 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. Dinner provides a shocking contrast and perfect illustration of the gap between the rich and the poor at Montecasino.
Day 4 – Friday, February 1 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Soweto bicycle tour in the morning with a stop at the Hector Pieterson Museum along the way. We eat lunch at Lebo’s (who runs the bike tour) and then return to St. Benedict’s where Moketsi, a staff member of the Center for Global Education (CGE) prepares the students for their first home stay before he drops them off for the weekend.
Day 5-6 – Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Home stays with families in Soweto for three nights and two days.
Day 7 – Monday, February 4 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Students return to St. Benedict’s from home stays. We start the day with a Sociology class with Dr. Maher. Next, we visit to Wit Medical School for a medical museum tour. After lunch we have a meeting with Dr. Ben-Erick van Wyk on Ethnomedicine. Dinner is at St. Benedict’s followed our first Student Led Discussion (SLD) which serves as a home stay debrief.
Day 8 – Tuesday, February 5 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Morning visit to Market Photography Workship for Dr. Bright’s class and afternoon visit to Market Theater Lab for Dr. Olaiya’s class. Lunch at the House of Beers. Dinner and a show at Umoja!
Day 9 – Wednesday, February 6 – Johannesburg to Giant’s Castle, South Africa
A long day’s drive to Giant’s Castle. Upon arrival, check into our mountain side chalets. Dr. Maher holds a Sociology class after dinner.
Day 10 – Thursday, February 7 – Giant’s Castle, South Africa
A free day for hiking and relaxing.
Day 11 – Friday, February 8 – Giant’s Castle to Durban, South Africa
Morning drive from Giant’s Castle to Durban. Students have a free afternoon to settle in and check out the town. Dinner is on their own. We stay at Elangeni Hotel.
Day 12 – Saturday, February 9 – Durban, South Africa
Toxic Tour with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in the morning followed by a visit to Ghandi’s Phoenix Settlement. We have lunch at Ushaka! The students are on their own for dinner.
Day 13 – Sunday, February 10 – Durban, South Africa
Visit by Furman alumnae Hillary Taylor in the morning. Free day followed by post-dinner lecture by Professor Patrick Bond on everything from a human rights critique to water privatization to the activities of the TAC. Dr. Olaiya arrives in the evening.
Day 14 – Monday, February 11 – Durban, South Africa
Lecture by Professor Linda Richter for Dr. Hahn’s Psychology class followed by a lunch time lecture at the Center for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal by Faith la Manzi on her experiences being HIV+. After her talk we visit the muthi market tour in downtown Durban. Later with have a Sociology class with Dr. Maher and hold our second SLD – Student Led Discussion after dinner.
Day 15 – Tuesday, February 12 – Durban to Mthatha, South Africa
We begin the long drive from Durban to Cape Town. Our first stop, Mthatha. Dr. Olaiya holds and English class after dinner.
Day 16 – Wednesday, February 13 – Mthatha to Grahamstown, South Africa
Another long day driving. Our second stop, Grahamstown. We arrive in time to check into the Graham Hotel and head off to the National English Literacy Museum for some archival work for Dr. Olaiya’s class.
Day 17 – Thursday, February 14 – Grahamstown, South Africa
The day begins with a return to the Literacy Museum to watch Master Harold and the Boys. We also visit with Andrew Stacy of Rhodes University who entertains us with musical instruments from all over Africa. This is followed by a full day of programming with the Theater Department at Rhodes University for Dr. Olaiya’s class which includes one act plays, a protest and dance related to the “One Billion Rising” campaign and even some pole dancing!
Day 18 – Friday, February 15 – Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The day begins with a tour of Grahamstown and then we leave for Port Elizabeth with a stop along the way for lunch. Upon arrival we check into the hotel and have a discussion with Winston Ntshona for Dr. Olaiya’s English class.
Day 19 – Saturday, February 16 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa
An all-day driving tour of Port Elizabeth followed by an evening with the Isithate Theater Workshop group who performs several selections from Athol Fugard for Dr. Olaiya’s class.
Day 20 – Sunday, February 17 – Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay, South Africa
Continue our drive down the Garden Route with a stop for a water front lunch and some shopping before arriving at beautiful Mossel Bay. Just enough time for a quick dip in the ocean before dinner at the Point Hotel. Dr. Bright flies into Cape Town.
Day 21 – Monday, February 18 – Mossel Bay to Cape Town, South Africa
We hold our third SLD in the morning before we depart for Cape Town. Sadly, the bus (finally) dies along the highway on our way into town but we are rescued by CGE coordinated transport. After checking into the Lady Hamilton Hotel, we are handed over to the Center for Global Education (CGE) staff Romanus who leads our orientation session.
Day 22 – Tuesday, February 19 – Cape Town, South Africa
Visit to Self-Help Mannenberg with Patsy Daniels and tour with community members in the morning. Lunch at the Mannenberg Community Center. In the afternoon we go to the District 6 Museum.
Day 23 – Wednesday, February 20 – Cape Town, South Africa
Our morning is spent visiting art galleries for Dr. Bright’s class including the Stevenson and Goodman Galleries. We have lunch at Kopanong and do a walking tour of the area. In the afternoon, we take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for a quick look. In the evening we have dinner at the waterfront and attend a show at the Athol Fugard theatre for Dr. Olaiya’s class.
Day 24 – Thursday, February 21 – Cape Town, South Africa
Met with Mandla Majola at Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an HIV/AIDS activism organization for Dr. Maher’s class, followed by a visit to the Center for Child Development to hear about their efforts with early childhood development centers for Dr. Hahn’s class. Over lunch we hold our 4th SLD. In the afternoon we go to the Bo-Kaap Museum and do a walking tour with Shireen Narkedien. We have a fabulous group dinner at the African Café that night.
Day 25 – Friday, February 22 – Cape Town, South Africa
We take an early morning trip to Robben Island, the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was held during the apartheid years. We have lunch on our own at the Waterfront and spend our afternoon at Brundyn & Gonsalves and the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery for Dr. Bright’s class. Dr. Olaiya holds an English class before dinner.
Day 26 – Saturday, February 23 – Cape Town, South Africa
Free day to rest, shop, bike & wine, and other exciting activities! Dr. Olaiya heads back to the states.
Day 27 – Sunday, February 24 – Cape Town, South Africa
In the morning we head for Cape Point to see where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. We visit Boulder National Park to see the penguins and enjoy a picnic lunch by the ocean. After lunch we make a brief stop in Simon’s Town for a photo opportunity before meeting Bishop Storey who talks to us about the role of the church during the Apartheid era.
Day 28 – Monday, February 25 – Cape Town to Sosussvlei, Namibia
We take a flight from Cape Town to Walvis Bay, Namibia where we load into combis (vans) for the drive to beautiful but hot Sosussvlei Dune Lodge. We eat at the lodge while watching springbok and gemsbok at the watering hole.
Day 29 – Tuesday, February 26 – Sosussvlei, Namibia
We wake up before the crack of dawn to take 4x4 vehicles to the dunes for sunrise photography. Midday we have an Art class with Dr. Bright, a Sociology class with Dr. Maher and another Student Led Discussion. By late afternoon we head back to the dunes for sunset photo opportunities.
Day 30 – Wednesday, February 27– Sosussvlei to Swakopmund, Namibia
We drive from Sosussvlei to Swakopmund with a stop in Walvis Bay for lunch. In the afternoon we make a visit to the Medi-Clinic for a talk and tour by Peter Sanders. Late afternoon we check into the Municiple Bungalows and have dinner on our own in town.
Day 31 – Thursday, February 28 – Swakopmund, Namibia
In the morning we have a midterm exam for Sociology class after which we take a tour of the town, particularly the informal settlements of Mondesa and the DRC. We have a picnic lunch at MYO – and learn about the after school opportunities for youth in their program. In the late afternoon we have a photography class with Dr. Bright. We enjoy dinner at the Tug restaurant.
March - information coming soon.