Travel to Africa
With Africa Classroom Connection and
Books For Africa
Our next trip will probably take place in February 2019. There will be two back-to-back groups: one with our customary simplicity, and the other with premium accommodations for a higher price. We invite you to join a group Learning Tour to South Africa and/or Malawi as we visit school building sites for Africa Classroom Connection (www.africaclassroomconnection.org) and Books for Africa (www.booksforafrica.org) recipients.
Our 2018 trip, led by Henry Bromelkamp, occurred in four segments in January and February:
six days, Cape Town Books for Africa 30th Anniversary Celebration (from $1565)
nine days, South Africa Schools, History, and Safari (from $1305)
five days, Malawi Schools and Libraries (from $725)
seven days, optional Zambia add-on (from $1015)
You can choose which portions of the trip you would like to join. Add a flight day before and after your segments. The itinerary will include (not necessarily in this order):
• Five days in Cape Town for history, scenic beauty, wineries, and restaurants, with the Books For Africa 30th Anniversary Celebration
• Two days in Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
• Four days in the region of Zululand, South Africa to visit schools, meet the learners, and teach classes
• Three days safari wildlife viewing in its natural habitat
• Five days cultural tour in Malawi, including the capital Lilongwe, Lake Malawi, Mua Mission and Museum, and Zomba the original capital, and visits to schools and libraries
• Optional Zambia add-on for wildlife viewing, and youth and school projects
Cost per person starts at $145/day for ground costs (not including airfare $1200-$2500) plus your $1,000 per person tax-deductible contribution. The tour will result in building one or two new classrooms for 45-90 students to continue their education, or a 40' container of 23,000 books serving 20 or more schools. We can give tips and a web site to help raise funds. Accommodations range from clean, safe, and simple to very nice.
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 400 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.
As an example, see the 2018 Learning Tour Agreement and order form.
We look forward to sharing with you the places and people we cherish.