South Africa

 

Destination – South Africa

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a student travel experience of South Africa you won’t find elsewhere. Wander the crowded streets of Durban amidst locals conversing in many of the 11 official languages. Travelers can also:

  • Visit the jail cell of former political prisoner Nelson Mandela at Robben Island outside of Cape Town as well as The Apartheid Museum
  • Experience the transformative power of music with the popular South African band “Peace Train” – dedicated to bridging cultural gaps and promoting tolerance
  • Work on service projects such as the construction of a new school in Ngcolosi, Kwa-Zulu or at a community center in Cape Town
  • Combat the challenges associated with poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS by working with community development projects outside of Johannesburg
  • Go on a game drive and learn about wildlife-human interactions and how these challenges are addressed to reduce conflict

Summary

Once notorious for apartheid and government oppression, South Africa now provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the history and struggle for human rights. The beautiful vistas and shorelines provide the backdrop for heroic stories of political resistance and the world’s greatest experiment in racial harmony. Within the space of a day, you can journey from the hillsides in the Western Cape to the vast open spaces of the Kalahari; from the waterfront of Cape Town to isolated Zulu villages; from elephant-spotting in Kruger National Park to the incredible seascapes of the coast. While it’s easy to focus on how well developed South Africa is, it is important to see the other face of South Africa – of hunger, poverty and one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world. South Africa will challenge and inspire groups with a passion for social justice.

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Service and Safari in Cape Town

10 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Begin your journey. Depart for South Africa

Evening: Depart for your overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa

Evening Location:

Overnight flight

Day 2: Connecting flight from London to Cape Town

Afternoon: Arrive at London Heathrow International Airport.

Evening:
Depart London for Cape Town.

Evening Location:

Overnight flight

Day 3: Arrive and relaxation / Victoria, Albert Waterfront

Morning: Arrive in Cape Town. You will be met at the airport by your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader for bus transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and freshen up.

Afternoon: Have a relaxing afternoon visit to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, an area offering shopping, restaurants, and site-seeing.

Early Evening: Welcome dinner and orientation to learn more about what is in store for the coming week. Finish in time to get to bed early to rest up after your long day of travel.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 4: Animal safari / Learn about biodiversity and preservation

Morning/Afternoon: Get to know Africa’s wildest animals by going on a viewing safari. You will have the opportunity to safely see lions, cheetahs, hyenas, meerkats, zebras, wildebeests, and more. Learn about efforts to maintain biodiversity and how human/wildlife interactions often tend to jeopardize wildlife populations. Learn how sustainable tourism practices help to raise awareness while working toward species preservation.
Evening: Enjoy dinner followed by a guided reflection activity.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 5: Begin service project

Morning and Afternoon: Today, begin the service project that you will be working on for several days throughout your trip. The service with Afrika Tikkun at the Mfuleni Community Centre focuses on “empowering the next generation of South Africans with a unique model of interconnected core services.” These services include early childhood and youth development, nutrition and food security, primary health care, and family support services, among others.

Evening:
Time for relaxation and journaling.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 6: Continue with service project

Morning/Afternoon: Today you will continue your service with Afrika Tikkun at the Mfuleni Community Centre, helping the staff as needed.

Evening: Time for reflection and rest.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 7: Continue with service project

Morning/Afternoon: Today you will continue your service with Afrika Tikkun at the Mfuleni Community Centre, helping the staff as needed.

Evening: Time for reflection and rest.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 8: Final day of service / Closing circle

Morning/Afternoon: Final day of service at the Afrika Tikkun Community Centre. Again, you will help the staff as needed.

Evening: Time for a closing circle to reflect on your time at Afrika Tikkun. How was your service relevant to the people you were serving? What have you learned from this experience? How will you integrate lessons learned in South Africa into your everyday life after your have returned home? Pack your bags and prepare for your flight home tomorrow evening.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 9: Nelson Mandela and Robben Island / Table Mountain National Park

Morning: After collecting your belongings to store for the day, take a ferry to tour Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site where former South African President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

Afternoon: Visit Table Mountain National Park to see one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature.

Evening: Depart for the airport for your overnight flight home.

Evening Location:

Cape Town

Day 10: Return home

Morning/Afternoon: Arrive in London and transfer to your connecting flight. Arrive home inspired and forever changed by your educational journey to South Africa.

Evening Location:

Inflight

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

““The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

Facts & Figures

South Africa
Capital: Pretoria
Population: 48,375,645
Special Note: Elephants in Kruger National Park: 13,050
Languages:

IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, English, Sepedi, Setswana, Setotho, Xitsonga,siSwati, Tshivenda, isiNdebele (all official)

Religions:

Protestant

36.6%

Catholic

7.1%

Muslim

1.5%

Other Christian

36%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)