Friday, May 27, 2011

Introducing St. Edward's University Study Abroad Trip to Cape Town, SA 2011

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 (

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...


  1. Best of luck with the trip Kay. The students are going to enjoy a fantastic, eye-opening experience. All best wishes, Innes

  2. What a wonderful agenda. Sending you all great travel energy and wishing you safe travels!

  3. Have a fab trip K. Will keep abreast through your blog. Amy:)

  4. Your itinerary looks wonderful--lots of very interesting excursions. Best of luck as your journey begins. If you are interested in keeping up with our student blog for the Angers summer program, check out:

    It Might be interesting to have our students comment on each others blogs as a way to reflect on their unique cultural experiences.

    Cheers--Shannan & Corinne