In the months prior to their trip, students studied the history of apartheid, and delved deeply into the politics of the democratic transition by playing a “Reacting to the Past” game about the negotiations that created a new constitution for a free South Africa.
After this immersion in South African politics, the group traveled to see the country for themselves, and to understand what has and has not changed 23 years after the first free, democratic elections in the country’s history.
The group visited a number of cities and sites throughout the trip including Johannesburg’s arts district Maboneng; Soweto, a township that was a cradle of anti-apartheid struggle; the Apartheid Museum; The Orbit Jazz Club; and the University of the Witswatersrand for a panel with student activists.
In Cape Town, students climbed Table Mountain, visited District 6 Museum, sat in on Professor Musa Ndlovu’s Political Communication class at the University of Cape Town, took a tour of Robben Island, visited Chapman’s Peak Drive, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, and Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony.
The trip concluded at Kruger National Park for a 1.5-day safari.