Professor Ernest B. Johnson
Actual Flight Itinerary to
Arrive Jo-Burg Wednesday August 23 – 8:25 am
Depart Jo-Burg (SAA) –Wednesday August 23 – 10:00 am
Arrive Jo-Burg, Monday, September 18 – 4:40 pm
Depart Jo-Burg for
Arrive SeaTac International: Tuesday, September 19 – 11:05 am
The program will be divided into three parts,
pre-program preparation, the actual on-site program, and the follow up
post-program. The pre-program will involve instruction in South African history
and culture, journaling, interactive collaborative activities, and
cross-cultural training for all participants. Once on site, students will
attend lectures facilitated by scholars and community leaders, and travel
throughout the city of
The educational program will begin with a pre-travel course on South African history, culture, language and customs, journaling, and webpage development. All participants should enroll in Dr; J's African Culture 210 Class Spring 2006 or make special arrangements to access course content. Pre-travel email contact with participants in the home-stay experience will also be established.
Students will have a chance to collaborate with students
from the UW in facilitating Theater of the Oppressed dramatic performances
between a group of students from
Participants will learn to appreciate and interact with diverse cultures appropriately
Participants will learn to respect the strength, durability, and integrity of South African cultures
Participants will examine the impact of Apartheid on Black, White and Colored South Africans
Participants will examine how race is constructed in South African society
Participants will interact with South Africans from a cross-section of society in authentic socio-cultural situations
First Phase (with a slow start for the jet-lagged)
Our first week in
In Cape Town, we will explore the modern urban
setting, have lectures on the history of the area, and we'll travel to
historical sites, including Cape Castle, the Cape Peninsula, which by
train brings you to the very edge of the majestic African continent where
fantastic cliffs split the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This southern-most
tip of the continent is also the home of the famous South African
www.bouldersPenguins.html Highlights also include a cable
car to the top of
For 15 nights we will be accommodated at the Riverview Guest Lodge, which is conveniently located near the train station, several shops, restaurants, and a supermarket. (See link below)
Second Segment: Visiting the village where His Excellency Nelson Mandela was raised.
During the second week will be traveling along the scenic Garden Route from Cape Town to Qunu, the village in which Mandela was raised, stopping at cultural and historical sites in between. We will be visiting the scenic and historically segregated cities of Mossel Bay, Knysna, Jeffery’s Bay, Port Elizabeth (the city where Steve Biko was imprisoned and tortured), East London (our point of departure for Qunu), and by contrast the distinctively Black town of Umtata. Once in Qunu we will investigate the HIV/AIDS center that was under construction when we last visited in 2003, and hopefully have a chance to interact with the remarkable residents of this African village. We will also make a short pilgrimage to Mandela's birth village and his presidential residence. This entire journey should take eight days and seven nights.
Qunu and Mvezo Website
Once arriving back in Cape Town we will resume our relation with the residents of the townships, attend cultural lectures about the history and contemporary realities of life in and around the townships in preparation for our home-stay. This phase of the onsite program will entail a visit to a high school in historic Langa township, a two-night home-stay in one or more of the townships, an opportunity to investigate projects first hand e.g. the HIV/AIDS pandemic, cultural/political responses to Apartheid, and current state of reconciliation.
We'll also explore several historic townships (Cape Flats), where we will experience the stark contrast between the lives of the materially wealthy city dwellers and the culturally wealthy, yet materially deprived, masses of "Black" and "Colored" South Africans. This is where millions of people struggle to survive and yet manage to maintain a light-hearted outlook often thriving through the sheer richness of their cultures and their creative initiatives. We will have the opportunity of meeting with, attending lectures by, and interacting with former freedom fighters who are members of fantastic organization called WECAT.
Students will also collect oral histories, personal interviews, and images to be part of their post-program project. These records will be acquired in a manner that is respectful of and true to the cultural ethos and values of the persons interviewed or otherwise recorded. This aspect of the educational program requires awareness, knowledge, and skills that will allow you as a quest in someone’s community, to avoid appropriating their culture for your own academic purposes. Selective and appropriate onsite experiences will be recorded in collaboration with our hosts. Those collective images and records should be properly stored and protected in order to have them produced and when appropriate exhibited upon our return. Before departing we expect to have a closing celebration and then prepare for the long journey back to Seattle.
Upon returning to SCC, students will have a chance to compile and organize their recorded explorations of their specific areas of interests. The final component will be a visual and/or audio-visual production of the study abroad experience to be exhibited for the campus.
Lying at the southwestern tip of
in the south a distance of approximately 60 km. The narrow finger of land with its many beautiful
valleys, bays and beaches is bound by waters of the
rich, diverse and unique flora and fauna, this singular land formation - with its rugged cliffs, steep
slopes and sandy flats - is a truly remarkable natural, scenic historical, cultural and recreational
asset both locally and internationally.
natural feature in
a popular alternative to reach the Western Table from where a host of footpaths can be followed for
further exploration. The Western Table also offers various visitor facilities including a curio shop
and a restaurant.
Boulders is home to 570 pairs of the endangered African penguins. Visitors have the rare
opportunity to interact (even swim), with these birds in their natural habitat. Cape Point is the
southern most tip of the peninsula and is in the region famous as
Signal Hill, Noon Gun, a popular look out point above
where early colonials received their signal when ships were entering the bay. Every day, at noon, a
canon is fired as a reminder of this old colonial tradition.
Your stay will provide plenty of discussions around the Park s approaches and strategies to a variety
of conservation issues, e.g. fire and invasive vegetation management, contractor development,
medicinal plant stripping (illegal) vs. resource use rights, cultural heritage management as well as
The National Botanical Institute (NBI) manages
eight Botanical Gardens in
Kirstenbosch. Through these gardens and their research and educational programs, NBI strive to
encourage appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of
flora. Though your visit to
conservation issues, other places of interest here are the Environmental Education Centre, the
National Botanical Institutes reference library, the great glass house and the visitor complex.
Several days of your time in
will visit the townships of
experience first hand the day-to-day activities of ordinary people, and have an opportunity to
visit the Love Life center in Langa.
The Tsoga Environmental Resource Center is a community based organization, with varied
educational programs that include food gardening, recycling and literacy. Tsoga also promotes a
new perspective on the concept of tourism in disadvantaged communities, by offering a host of
cultural tours, including a walking tour around Langa.
The history of this island goes back thousands of years. In the past few centuries it has been used as
a pantry and source of raw materials by seafarers, and colonists and as whaling station, hospital,
mental asylum and leper colony. However,
banishment. It is the location of the famous prison where Nelson Mandela and many other
members of the struggle against apartheid were held.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in
could wish for), movie houses, restaurants and pubs, a host of harbor activities, including
boat/yacht charters, craft markets and of course the Two Oceans Aquarium. At the Two Oceans
Aquarium (TOA) visitors are astounded by live displays of marine life from the oceans and
coastline of southern
also offers educational programs for schools and other groups.