Tag Archives: South Africa 2016

Robben Island

Today we visited Robben Island, where many apartheid political prisoners—including Nelson Mandela—were held. The students were guided through the prison by a former inmate, who was held at Robben from 1983 to 1990, when the prison was officially closed.

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Work Continues in South Africa

After splitting into three groups, kids spent the morning helping at each of three schools. They gardened, assisted the teacher as needed, and they started a room renovation.

In the afternoon we visited at Elim Night Shelter—a safe haven for the homeless, particularly those in recovery for addiction and those suffering from chronic diseases. While I am not sure the kids felt like they “did” much, I hope they were able to appreciate the value of their time and company to people living in a small space with the same folks day in and day out. They chatted, played games, and learned about issues of homelessness in Cape Town.

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First Day of Work in South Africa

Students were introduced to their service locations and spent time getting to know the area. It was a lot to take in. Some kids didn’t talk in the van, at all, after some of the sites we visited. Nonetheless, we are grateful to be here.

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Settling in with our South African Hosts

Kids spent the day settling in with host families and getting to know the area. Most, if not all, went to Sunday morning services with their family, and last I heard many were down in Sea Point at the stadium and seeing the beach nearby.  Continue reading

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First full day in South Africa

We had a very full but also wonderful first day. We started the day at the District Six Museum which commemorates what once was a culturally diverse and economically vibrant neighborhood at the base of Table Mountain. In 1961, under the Group Areas Act of the apartheid government, the residents of that area were forcibly removed and the community demolished as a sheer act of power. Our guide was 22 at the time and his family was displaced. After lunch we took the cable car up Table Mountain. By then the fog had lifted and we were treated to some spectacular views. Continue reading

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Safely in Johannesburg!

We’re safely in Johannesburg!

We’re on board the last flight to Cape Town. More news tomorrow. Photos too. We’re weary from the journey, but excited to be here.

Erin, Amedeo, and Sara

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Service Trips Depart Next Week!

This year George School students will be participating in a number of service trips throughout the world. This spring trips will go to France, Mississippi, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Washington, DC. This summer groups will travel to Arizona, China, and Cuba. More information about each trip is below. Continue reading

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