SERVICE AND CUTLURE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
The landscape of Southern Africa is as diverse as its people: desert plains become rolling hills, mountain ranges reach to rocky coastlines. The beautiful faces and voices of the Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati, and Tsonga peoples radiate an exuberance and passion for life that is awe-inspiring. Rising from the State-sanctioned racial segregation and harsh repression of Apartheid, the people of South Africa are on a difficult path. Rebuilding their country upon concepts of kindness and understanding, choosing forgiveness over retribution, preferring truth and reconciliation to revenge and anger, South Africa is bravely attempting to lead the world into the twenty-first century. Guided by one of the most progressive constitutions ever written, South Africa copes not only with an oppressive recent past, but also with immediate infrastructure challenges and significant public health issues.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
This program is designed for students interested in traveling to an exciting destination to share in cross-cultural experiences, community service learning, language opportunities, and leadership development. Students should join this travel program eager to experience Southern Africa’s many cultures as they interact with activists, artists, and teachers. We are looking for students who are interested in working with younger children and are eager to share with them new sports, games, theater, dance, arts and crafts, music and other creative activities. Students should arrive with an open mind, and be prepared to meet new people, experience new cultures, try new foods, and have the experience of a lifetime.
Discover, explore, and enhance leadership and teaching skills by designing and leading a Windsor Mountain Friendship Camp for young children.
Work with activists and artists to learn about the ongoing struggle for freedom in Soweto.
Volunteer at the SOS Red Cross Children’s Village in Swaziland.
Develop a deeper understanding of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Africa.
Expand language skills, learning phrases in isiZulu, Siswati, and more.
Learn first-hand about grassroots efforts to battle the devastating effects of poverty.
Make lasting connections and have FUN while traveling throughout Southern Africa!
SOUTHERN AFRICA HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Dates: June 29- July 28
Starting/Ending Point: Begins and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa. Group flight JFK-JNB. Airfare to/from Johannesburg not included. Students encouraged to take Group Flight.
Program Fee: $5775
Group Size: Maximum 18 students and 2 professional leaders
Service Component: approx. 50-80 hours
Language Requirement: None
Accommodations: Group Living, Youth Hostels, Dorms and Camping