South Africa: Education and Social Change (Summer)

Educational Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement

In addition to visiting and completing a practicum at primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, and adult training and educational centers in urban and rural South Africa, students may have the opportunity to visit the following sites:

  • Hector Pieterson Museum, Johannesburg
    The Hector Pieterson Museum opened in Soweto in 2002, not far from the spot where 12 -year-old Hector was shot on June 16, 1976, during the Soweto uprising that today is a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. On the day Hector was killed, schoolchildren had gathered to protest the imposition of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in township schools. They were singing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa, now South Africa’s national anthem) when the authorities approached, and before the children could disperse, the police opened fire. At least 20 children died in the ensuing pandemonium.
  • Apartheid Museum
    The Apartheid Museum, which opened in 2001, presents exhibits that trace the rise and fall of apartheid. The exhibits are fundamental to students’ understanding of South Africa’s history and enable them to experience what it was really like to live under apartheid.
  • Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement
  • City Walk
  • The South Coast, with University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) education students
  • Centre for Civil Society and UKZN campus walk
  • Inanda Seminary
  • Luthuli Museum
    The Luthuli Museum was officially opened on August 21, 2004. It includes the original home of Chief Albert Luthuli at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KwaDukuza. Built in1927, the home today is a national monument. The grounds include lovely landscaped gardens that provide the ideal setting in which to absorb the history and achievements of the man who was the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was a leader ahead of his time, whose commitment to nonviolence, non-racialism, democracy, and human rights left an enduring legacy.
  • Environment and Language Education Trust (ELET), an education NGO
  • eTekwini Area-Based Management and visits to various rural schools
  • South Durban Basin, an education and environment project
  • St. Lucia
  • Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
    The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal. Established in 1895 in the heart of Zululand (along with nearby St. Lucia Reserve), this is the oldest game park in South Africa and the oldest game reserve in Africa. It is where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted, and also put in place the first conservation laws. Today, Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros) stalk the flourishing savannah. Game viewing is the principal attraction in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Viewing hides that overlook pans and waterholes enable one to observe the wildlife at close range.
  • Grahamstown National Arts Festival
    The Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Africa's largest and most colorful cultural event, offers the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days in June and July, Grahamstown's population almost doubles, as over 50,000 people flock to the Eastern Cape for a feast of arts, crafts, and sheer entertainment. Every hall or large room becomes a theatre, parks and sport fields become flea markets, normally quiet streets have to be managed by an army of temporary traffic wardens, and every available bed in the city is booked. The festival offers more than 500 shows, from opera, cabaret, drama, and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.
  • Sharks rugby game


Costs Dates



Credits: 8

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Durban

Prerequisites: None

South Africa

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