South Africa

Description of Program:

Students at the High School have the unique opportunity to travel to South Africa to experience a true cultural exchange that will confront stereotypes, dispel misconceptions, and build relationships that can last a lifetime.

In preparation for our trip, students will engage in several culturally immersive workshops designed to familiarize them with South African history and culture as well as responsible travel habits. Students will also begin a one-on-one relationship with South African students their own age by writing to a pen pal arranged through a partnership with the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) in Soweto, South Africa. Additionally, the entire group will engage in a variety of team building activities to create a sense of community and friendship long before we actually begin to travel together.

Our exploration of South Africa will begin in Johannesburg where students will meet their pen pals, spend ample time at KYP learning about life in a township, and explore the history of post-Apartheid South Africa. Our group will then travel to Pilanesberg National Park and Game Preserve to see the spectacular array of wild game protected there. After another short stint in Johannesburg to bid our friends at KYP farewell, we will be off to Cape Town where we will explore the Cape of Good Hope, visit the island prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and take in the view from the crest of Tabletop mountain. Each and every day is filled with experiences of a lifetime.

Eligibility: This trip is offered every other year and is open to all HS students. 

2017: Not offered

Max students : 20/Chaperone ratio 6:1

Travel Company: Walking Tree

Estimated Cost: $ 4,500 

Other key information:


November 2018