Prior to our trip together, we will use SEGL’s state-of-the-art videoconferencing software to hold two online trainings to prep us for our journey. From our gateway airport in Washington, DC, we will travel to Pretoria, South Africa’s executive capital city to work with an innovative, community-based nonprofit: the Mamelodi Initiative.
Alongside The Mamelodi Initiative we will focus on improving the academic skills of elementary-school students and will inspire reflection on local vs. international leadership and cultural relativity, allowing students to explore what it means to work with different cultures while learning on the ground skills about how to create effective community change at a grass roots level.
The group will be staying at the Kilnerton Retreat Centre, located in the Pretoria suburbs. This centre has been used by The Mamelodi Initiative for all of its abroad trips and has been a consistently reliable and safe location for visiting teams. We are excited that the centre will be able to host us once more!
A TYPICAL WEEK DAY
9:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM – Meetings/trainings (potential topics: Cultural Inventory, Organizing 101, Community Asset Mapping, U.S. involvement, post-apartheid South Africa, etc.) with local experts (anti-apartheid leader Edwin Smith, local politicians, U.S. Embassy officials, local Ashoka fellows, etc.)
12:00PM – Lunch
1:00PM – Volunteer service (tutoring, designing a service project at the elementary school, etc.)
6:00PM – Dinner
7:00PM – Daily “Flex” Period (reflections, 4-by-4s, strategy sessions, etc.)
9:00PM – Evening fun/activities
10:30PM – Check in
POTENTIAL WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
- Tour the nation’s Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
- Play with baby lion cubs, leopards, and cheetahs and visit therhinos at Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
- Drive through the picturesque Pilannesberg Game Reserve and see “The Big Five” of South Africa: African Elephants, Black Rhinos, Cape Buffalos, Lions, and Leopards
- Visit Union Gardens, the home of South African President Jacob Zuma
- Shop at a local crafts market
- Hike the King’s personal mountains in Swaziland