On 1st June 2011 I fly to South Africa with some very special students for a study abroad experience which will last until 25th June 2011.
The students and I will be keeping this blog up to date. We will record the ups and downs of our trip and some of our photographs.
Why are we going? Last year, with Dr Myhr, I taught about 800 students from St Edward's about the problems of modern slavery and human trafficking. During those workshops we were privileged to interview, by SKYPE, Judy Westwater, founder of the Pegasus Children's Trust (PCT). The PCT supports some 4000 children who, but for it's help, would be living on the streets of South Africa. Many of our students were inspired by her work and we obtained permission to travel to Cape Town to work with one of her partners, the Salesians Institute. In Cape Town PCT partners with the Zip Zap Circus to provide street kids with circus skills to build confidence and self. We are delighted to be doing research for Zip Zap on their methods.
Now, we are about to depart for a trip in which we will be working with PCT through both Zip Zap and the Salesians Institute. Students will be taking two courses during this trip, Communication and Culture and Contemporary Global Issues. We will be making visits to various sites in and around Cape Town which complement our studies.
This our itinerary:
Fly : Austin to London
Arrive London. Fly London to Cape Town. We will have our classes due on 1st June at Heathrow airport today
3 JUNE - Arrive in Cape Town. Travel to Hotel and recover from the journey. Possible visit to Zip Zap Circus
4 JUNE - Visit Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront. Opportunity to catch up on homework
5 JUNE – Botanical Gardens and Rhodes memorial. The Companies Garden and associated features. This includes St Georges Cathedral.
6 JUNE – Salesians and Zip Zap
7 JUNE – Salesians and Cape Talk and Iziko slave museum
8 JUNE – Salesians and Zip Zap
9 JUNE – Salesians and Gold Museum
10 JUNE – Salesians and the District 6 Museum
11 JUNE –Hout Bay Harbour and Seal Island boat trip, Michaelis Collection (Stormers v Bulls Rugby (18.00hrs))
12 JUNE – Table Mountain and Bo Kaap Museum
13 JUNE – Salesians and Zip Zap
14 JUNE – Kersefontein Farm visit and tour and overnight
15 JUNE – Kersefontein Farm and travel back to Cape Town (http://www.kersefontein.co.za/)
16 JUNE – salesians and University of Cape Town - this is a National Holiday so we may have to re-arrange
17 JUNE – salesians and City Hall
18 JUNE – Safari park visit
19 JUNE – Cape of Good Hope, Ostrich farm and Simonstown Boulder beach - penguins
20 JUNE – salesians and Zip Zap
21 JUNE – salesians and SA Museum and National Gallery/Iziko Bertram House Museum
22 JUNE – salesians and Zip Zap
23 JUNE – salesians and Aquarium
24 JUNE – salesians and Castle of Good Hope
25 JUNE – Fly from Cape Town to London. Then our study abroad ends :(
Please join us on this trip of a lifetime...