Living in South Africa

Field Trips

In the past, students had opportunities to visit historic and cultural sites in South Africa including the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court (a notorious former prison where thousands of political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained and punished), the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (a museum containing 3 million-year-old hominid fossils), the District Six Museum (about an area where people of all races lived together during the ’60s and ’70s), the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto (a commemoration of the 566 people who died in the June 1976 student uprisings), Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison), Victor Verster Prison in suburban Cape Town (the prison from which Nelson Mandela was released), as well as the newsrooms of media organizations based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Trips and excursions might also include in-country orientation, tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town, and walking tours of the Melville and V&A neighborhoods.