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2012 traveler Megan Colins visits with Kalimbwera Primary School learners
Kalimbwera Primary School, August 2012

In August 2013 ACC supporters and board members took a trip to South Africa and Malawi to visit school building sites (http://www.africaclassroomconnection.org/) and Books for Africa (http://www.booksforafrica.org/) recipients. Our travellers regularly posted stories, pictures and videos to our Facebook page

Learning Tours to South Africa and Malawi are planned for late summer/early fall of 2014. We invite you to join one of two 2014 group Learning Tours to travel to South Africa and Malawi The two tours, led by Henry Bromelkamp, will repeat the same itinerary–2014 Aug 2-19 (perfect for families!); or Aug 21-Sep 7 (second group).

The cost/person starts at $4900 (including airfare) plus a $1000 tax-deductible contribution. (Our tours will result in building new classrooms. We can give tips and a web site to help you raise funds.)

Accommodations range from clean, safe, and simple to very nice. The itinerary includes some flights within Africa, and a few drives of several hours in large passenger vans. The itinerary includes:
     o Four days in the region of Zululand near Eshowe, South Africa to visit schools, meet and teach classes
     o Four days on safari in two wildlife parks: St. Lucia wetlands, and Hluhluwe large game park
     o Two days in Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
     o (recommended) Four days in Malawi, including the capital Lilongwe, Lake Malawi, Mua Mission and Museum, and perhaps Zomba the original capital
     o (not included but a worthwhile add-on: Cape Town)

This will not be a conventional package tour of Africa. While we will see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!) most of the tour will be philanthropic and cultural. Seeing the need first-hand has a significant impact on those who join us. You will meet wonderful people and learn about the promise and challenges of education. Imagine 300 Zulu school children putting on a dance and music performance for their American visitors! Imagine trying to explain ice fishing or snow to high school students who have never experienced freezing weather. You will be surprised. You will have fun. You will see the world in a new way.

The tour will be preceded by some cultural, historical, and language learning opportunities. (Most people speak English, but it is respectful and interesting to know some of the local language, especially when we meet young children.) We want to visit with an understanding of the health, political, and economic issues that challenge our African neighbors.

Here are some video links from Facebook of our 2012 Tours:

Students at Jevu Secondary School sing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
Ngqekwane Primary School Zulu Dance
"Happy to See You" at Bisa Primary School

Is this enough to pique your interest?
               
Please contact us to let us know your level of interest in order to for us to make planning decisions: for example, are you 50% likely to go, or 80% likely to go? Tell us 0% and we’ll remove you from future informational mailings. View our 2014 travel agreement for more details about the trip. 

We look forward to sharing with you the places and people we cherish.

school under a tree
A class outdoors needs a school so it can meet in all weather, and keep educational materials safe from the elements.

Member Aid For Africa
Africa Classroom Connection is a participating member of Aid for Africa, a unique partnership of nonprofit organizations serving families and communities throughout Africa
Africa Classroom Connection participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, number 58293
 

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