Three weeks of on-campus classes.
Monday, February 1 – Greenville, SC to Atlanta, GA
Students fly from Greenville to Atlanta and then on to Johannesburg.
Day 1 – Tuesday, February 2 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Students arrive on international flight Delta #200 from Atlanta with Dr. Boucher around 7 PM and transport to St. Benedict’s to check into accommodations.
Day 2 – Wednesday, February 3 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Mokesti provides us with a home stay preparation for the weekend and Molefi talks to us about his experiences in Soweto during the liberation struggle before heading off on a tour of Soweto. During the tour we visit the Hector Pieterson Museum. In the evening we have a lecture by Dale McKinley, Furman Alumni and political activist for years in South Africa.
Day 3 – Thursday, February 4 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Visit to Orange Farm with talks and tours led by Bricks from the anti-privatization movement. We visit the day care center, recycling plant, skills center and radio station.
Day 4 – Friday, February 5 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Visit to an orphanage called Lambano where one of the current members of the group, Shelley Martin, volunteered the previous summer. We heard a lecture on HIV/AIDS and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). In the afternoon we visit the Apartheid Museum. Students are brought in pairs to their families for their weekend home stays in Soweto.
Day 5-6 – Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Weekend home stays in Soweto.
Day 7 – Monday, February 8 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Visit to Doxa Deo where the Cargo of Dreams project, that many of the trip participants had contributed to when it was on Furman’s campus being converted from an empty cargo container into a class room, was shipped. A local church group hosted us for lunch and we got to visit the future location of the cargo where it will serve as a pre-school. Sarafina and Victor do a presentation on “The Epidemiology of South Africa” and Dr. Maher holds a Sociology Class.
Day 8 – Tuesday, February 9 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Morning visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – one of the largest public hospitals in South Africa. We receive an orientation lecture and tour. Afternoon visit to Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg. Talk from Paul Verryn about the churches role as a shelter and refuge for illegal immigrants. We then had a tour of the facility including the “Doctors Without Borders” offices located in the basement of the church. That evening we went to dinner and saw a show.
Day 9 – Wednesday, February 10 – Johannesburg to Kimberley, South Africa
We drive from Johannesburg to Kimberley. At the hotel, Dr. Boucher holds a history class on what we’ve been seeing and doing in Johannesburg (e.g. Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum) and preparations for our day of programming in Kimberley.
Day 10 – Thursday, February 11 – Kimberley, South Africa
Tour and archival work at the Africana Museum. Lunch at the Kimberley Club followed by a tour of the “Big Hole” Museum and the city. We learned about the siege of Kimberley and saw Cecil Rhode’s office.
Day 11 – Friday, February 12 – Kimberley to Pietermartzburg, South Africa
Spent most of the day driving. Met Dr. Britt at the hotel upon our arrival and checking into the hotel
Day 12 – Saturday, February 13 – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Dr. Boucher holds a final class and debrief regarding our time in Kimberley and in preparation for our experiences in Kwazulu Natal before she departs for the USA. Dr. Britt holds class on Hinduism in South Africa in preparation for our afternoon visit to a Shembe church.
Day 13 – Sunday, February 14 – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Visits to Hindu sites in Pietermaritzburg with Al Diesel. Celebrated Valentine’s Day and an overly decorated Indian Restaurant.
Day 14 – Monday, February 15 – Pietermaritzburg to Giant’s Castle, South Africa
Drive from Pietermaritzburg to Giant’s Castle for some relaxation and hiking.
Day 15 – Tuesday, February 16 – Giant’s Castle, South Africa
A free day for hiking and relaxation.
Day 16 – Wednesday, February 17 – Giant’s Castle to Ulundi, South Africa
Drive from Giant’s Castle to Ulundi. Shelley and Jacob do their presentation on UNAIDS in the official council chambers.
Day 17 – Thursday, February 18 – Ulundi, South Africa
Tour of Ulundi and visit with Mayor. Participated in a “village walk” to a school, health clinic and kraal and the new museum. Dr. Britt holds a class about the Shembe religion and our visits to their religious areas and in preparation for the muthi market tour in Durban.
Day 18 – Friday, February 19 – Ulundi to Durban, South Africa
Drive from Ulundi to Durban. Check into Southern Sun, North Beach hotel.
Day 19 – Saturday, February 20 – Durban, South Africa
Muthi market tour and session with sangoma. Visit to the largest mosque in sub-Saharan Africa with lecture from imam.
Day 20 – Sunday, February 21 – Durban, South Africa
Toxic tour with Des D’Sa exploring environmental justice issues in Durban. Evening lecture with Patrick Bond, Director of the Center for Civil Society.
Day 21 – Monday, February 22 – Durban, South Africa
Visit to Killie Campbell Collection for archival work and tour of the museum. Afternoon visit to Kwa-Muhle Museum.
Day 22 – Tuesday, February 23 – Durban to Cape Town, South Africa
Depart Durban on South African Airways flight #655 at 8:55 AM to Cape Town at 11:05 AM. Check into guest house near Long Street in Cape Town. Meet Center for Global Education (CGE) staff that will be with us through Namibia including our facilitator, Lisanne. Visit to Slave Lodge in afternoon. Renee and Susan do a presentation on HIV/AIDS and Dr. Maher holds class.
Day 23 – Wednesday, February 24 – Cape Town, South Africa
Visit to District 6 Museum. Visit to Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and lecture about their efforts to get the South African government to supply anti-retroviral drugs to its citizens.
Day 24 – Thursday, February 25 – Cape Town, South Africa
Visit to Self-Help Manneburg with lecture and tour by Patsy. Learned about their counseling and training center, visited their clinic, and were served lunch provided by their catering project.
Day 25 – Friday, February 26 – Cape Town, South Africa
Trip to Robben Island in the morning and climb up Table Mountain in the afternoon followed by dinner and the theater in the evening.
Day 26 – Saturday, February 27 – Cape Town, South Africa
Visit to Cape Point and Boulder National Park to see the penguins. Lecture by Bishop Peter Storey in the afternoon about the role of the church in the liberation struggles during Apartheid.
Day 27 – Sunday, February 28 – Cape Town, South Africa
Free day in Cape Town.
Day 28 – Monday, March 1 – Cape Town, South Africa
Visit to Bo-Kaap Museum and tour of the area. Lunch at a Cape Malay restaurant – delicious! Lecture in the afternoon by Laurence Piper, Political Scientist.
Day 29 – Tuesday, March 2 – Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia
Fly Air Namibia flight #745 from Cape Town at 8 AM to Windhoek, Namibia at 10 AM. Check into Penduka and hear a lecture from Herbert Juach regarding an overview of the political and economic situation in Namibia.
Day 30 – Wednesday, March 3 –Windhoek, Namibia
Morning adventure with the Katutura Quest and debrief. Dr. Hahn holds a late morning Psychology class. Afternoon visit to USAID to hear a lecture about HIV/AIDS. Evening Sociology class with presentations from Steven and Lizz on an “Epidemiology of Namibia” and Hannah and Kasey on “TB.”
Day 31 – Thursday, March 4 – Windhoek, Namibia
Lecture and visit to DOT (Direct Observation Treatment) points for the Penduka TB program. Afternoon visit to primary school in Katutura, Al Steenkamp. Late afternoon lecture from the Director of the Penduka TB program, back at Penduka. In the evening, a home stay debrief from the Soweto home stays is held in preparation for the Windhoek home stays this weekend.
Day 32 – Friday, March 5 – Windhoek, Namibia
Morning talk with Ephrian, an activist from an informal settlement. Tour of this settlement. Visit to Sister Namibia, Feminist organization. Afternoon visit to OYO – an arts oriented HIV program which produces a magazine and theatrical presentations around themes related to AIDS. Home stay families pick up students at Penduka for the weekend.
Day 33 and 34 – Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7 – Windhoek, Namibia
Students on home stays all weekend.
Day 35 – Monday, March 8 – Windhoek, Namibia
Visit to Van Rhyn School with lecture and tour by John Titus, Principal. Students brought to local mall for lunch and any supplies they might need before we head north for our rural home stays.
Day 36 – Tuesday, March 9 – Windhoek to Khorixas, Namibia
The long drive north to Khorixas. Students are dropped off in pairs for their rural home stay experiences.
Day 37 and 38 – Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11 – Khorixas, Namibia
Students on rural home stays. Drs. Maher and Hahn visit each of the families to make sure visits are going well.
Day 39 –Friday, March 12 – Khorixas, Namibia
Students are picked up from home stays and check into lodge. After showering and cleaning up (something most of them have not done in a few days!), we hold a rural home stay reflection period led by CGE staff, Lisanne. After lunch visit Red Cross Home Based Care program and learn from volunteers. From here we do a visit to the Khorixas State Hospital do see what rural health care is like. Later that evening Dr. Maher has a Sociology class and Robin and Prenita do a presentation on “The Global Fund” and Ali and Dustin present on “PEPFAR: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.” Dr. Hahn holds a Psychology class comparing and contrasting cultural beliefs about childhood and what the students observed on their home stays.
Day 40 – Saturday, March 13 – Khorixas to Swakopmund, Namibia
Another long hot drive. This time from Khorixas to Swakopmund for a few dates at the coast!
Day 41 – Sunday, March 14 – Swakopmund, Namibia
A free day in Swakopmund - Some students engage in leisure activities such as: going to the beach, shopping, horseback riding, sand boarding and kayaking!
Day 42 – Monday, March 15 – Swakopmund, Namibia
A tour of Mondesa, a formerly black township and the MYO – Mondesa Youth Organization and after school program. Picnic lunch with kids at MYO. Afternoon tour of the Cottage Medi-Clinic so that we can compare the public hospital in Khorixas to this private hospital in Swakopmund.
Day 43 – Tuesday, March 16 – Swakopmund to Windhoek, Namibia
Before departing for Windhoek, Lisanne leads a group debrief allowing students to reflect upon what they “see, feel, and want.” On the drive back we stop at Rossing Uranium Mine for a tour, followed by a picnic lunch. We continue with the debrief we started in the morning upon arrival in Windhoek.
Day 44 – Wednesday, March 17 – Windhoek, Namibia to Ghanzi, Botswana
After only one night back in Windhoek we head to the Botswana border, say goodbye to the CGE staff and meet our new guides for the Botswana leg of the trip with Hemingway Safaris. We head off to Ghanzi for our first night of camping! After a bit of rest and relaxation at the pool at Thakadu campground and dinner we are entertained by Bushmen dancers around the camp fire.
Day 45 – Thursday, March 18 – Ghanzi, Botswana
We take an early morning bush veld walk with the Bushmen learning about medicinal plants and other food items found in gathering. After lunch we have a discussion with Andrea Hardbattle about bushmen healers. In the evening we have a Sociology class with Dr. Maher including a presentation by Drew and Sarah on the “Epidemiology of Botswana.”
Day 46 – Friday, March 19 – Ghanzi to Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
Depart for Tsodilo in the morning with a picnic lunch on the way. Set up camp and learn about Bushman Rock Art.
Day 47 – Saturday, March 20 – Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
Breakfast in camp followed by hike around Rhino trail in small groups exploring rock art. Afternoon to read and study. Optional late afternoon hike up the Male Hill. Follow-up conversation on what we’ve learned about rock art, bushmen healing and the trance dance.
Day 48 – Sunday, March 21 –Tsodilo Hills to Seronga, Botswana
Depart for Sepupa to take boat ride over to Seronga. A bit of a delay in waiting for the boat to come get us. Once we arrive in Seronga we set up camp at Mbiroba and have an evening Sociology class with Dr. Maher and a presentation by Bailey and Lauren on “Malaria” and initial discussion of The Invisible Cure
Day 49 – Monday, March 22 – Seronga, Botswana
Full day excursion out with the Seronga Poler’s Trust on mokoro boats. Lunch on a remote island with a bush walk. Evening entertainment by local female dancers.
Day 50 – Tuesday, March 23 –Seronga, Botswana to Popa Falls, Namibia
Visit to Bana be Metsi a school for wayward boys on the way out of Seronga towards the ferry to cross the delta. We hear from their Director, Steve and take a tour of the facility and are entertained by their marimba band which is very impressive! Sadly we get stuck for a long time waiting for the broken ferry to be fixed so we can cross the delta. It is a long, hot day! Once we make it across the delta, we head over the border into the Caprivi Strip, Namibia to stay at Popa Falls (with the very cool toilets).
Day 51 – Wednesday, March 24 – Chobe, Botswana
Driving through Mahango National Park we head back across the border into Botswana. Arriving at Senyati campground we set up camp and enjoy their bar/lounge area overlooking a watering hole. Dr. Maher holds Sociology class in the evening and we hear from Megan and Jacqueline on the Gates Foundation and continue discuss of The Invisible Cure
Day 52 – Thursday, March 25 – Chobe, Botswana
A day of game viewing at Chobe National Park. We have a boat cruise in the afternoon on the Chobe River Front. In the evening students put on a talent show of singing, dancing and all types of entertainment.
Day 53 – Friday, March 26 – Kasane, Botswana
Depart of day excursion to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Visit the falls, lunch at a local lodge, pop in to see the very colonial Victoria Falls Hotel and shopping at the local market before returning to Botswana and camp.
Day 54 – Saturday, March 27 – Kasane to Nxai Pan, Botswana
Depart for Nxai Pan. We have lunch on the way and arrive and to set up camp. Late afternoon game drive. Evening Sociology class to discuss The Invisible Cure
Day 55 – Sunday, March 28 – Nxai Pan, Botswana
Spend the day doing game drives and visiting Baines Baobabs in Nxai Pan.
Day 56 – Monday, March 29 – Nxai Pan to Maun, Botswana
Depart for Maun mid-morning with lunch at Audi Camp once we set up camp. We have a afternoon presentation by WAR – Women Against Rape.
Day 57 – Tuesday, March 30 –Maun, Botswana
Morning presentation by on HIV/AIDS by Margaret, the District Multisectorial HIV/AIDS Coordinator, at HOORC – Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center. Afternoon for studying and swimming at Audi. Evening boat trip to Dr. Maher’s house for what should have been a star show but was rained out.
Day 58 – Wednesday, March 31 – Maun, Botswana
Visit to Thuso Rehabilitation Center. Lecture by the Director about what they do and a tour of the facility. Final Sociology class to wrap up discussion about The Invisible Cure
and prepare for a quiz.
Day 59 – Thursday, April 1 – Maun, Botswana
Morning Sociology Quiz at Audi Camp. Depart from Maun on Air Botswana flight #211 at 2:30 PM to Johannesburg International Airport (arriving 4:30 PM). Depart for Atlanta on Delta flight #201 at 8:45 PM. Enjoyed a 16 hour and 15 minute direct flight!
Day 60 – Friday, April 2 – Arrive in the USA
Arrive Atlanta at 7 AM. Depart for Greenville at 9:40 AM Delta flight #5172 arrives at 10:41 AM.
Three weeks of class on-campus.