ESJ's Study Aboard program begins in summer quarter with a pre-travel course on South African history, culture, language and customs. The four-week study abroad happens from mid-August to mid September, between Summer and Fall Quarters. Upon their return to Seattle, students participate in a follow-up program to reflect upon their experiences and to share them with others.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
South Africa 2008
We spent over a week visiting cultural and historical sites between Cape Town and Kwa-Zulu province. We saw the Nelson Mandela Museum and former parliament center in Mthatha. we made friends with our upcountry guide Fumlani, a nephew of Nelson Mandela's. We visited Mandela's birth place (Mvezo), home-village and eventual burial ground(Qunu). We were invited to stay at the Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Center while in Qunu. We visited the Steve Biko cultural center in Port Elizabeth, spent the night in a village in the homelands, and saw the burial site and educational center for Xhosa royalty outside of King William's Town. We video taped and wrote about all of these experiences and created a video and audio production of our Study Abroad experience as our final project upon our return to Seattle.