Day 1 - Cape Town


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July 20th 2018
Published: July 20th 2018
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The last three days have been a whirlwind. With nearly twenty hours of flight time in the air starting Wednesday afternoon, I slept easily last night. Our experience in South Africa
really started this morning, because all forty-six teachers were finally together, and most importantly, we were finally getting out into this beautiful country to make new friends. With that mission in mind, our first stop was to South Peninsula High School, a secondary school in the suburb of Diep River in Cape Town. We heard from their administration and teachers and received a student led tour of their school. During this time, we were able to visit many classrooms and meet the students that attend this school. After the tour, our student guides came back to answer questions for us. High expectations for everyone and from everyone is expected. Homework is certain, and from walking the halls, you could see a lot of pride with the cleanliness and student work that was displayed.

One fact that stood out to me was the challenge that the students face everyday. One boy explained that from his home, which was only 6 km away, took around 90 minutes to get to school. He also stated that he felt fairly safe living in his neighborhood, although there have been ten people shot and killed in his neighborhood in the last couple weeks.

After saying our goodbyes, it was time for lunch. We had a delicious three course meal at Harbour House. There were even sea lions outside our window.

The amazing experience continued this afternoon when we visited Rainbow Academy, which is a nonprofit organization in the Western Cape, running a vocational training program in performing arts and business for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 17 – 25 years old. After attending for one year, students emerge with recognized qualifications and practical job experience. The energy these kids displayed made me 20 years younger, instantly. No one was allowed to just sit. By the end, every one joined in by either dancing or playing an instrument. Luckily, because I wouldn’t want to make these kids jealous, I didn’t have to show off my dance moves. I just banged on the bells, but I was near perfect. ?

I hope you enjoy the pictures.


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Getting ready to leave Atlanta.
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Wait....how long is this flight to Amsterdam? 8 hours.
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The money in South Africa is colorful!!
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This is the view of Table Mountain that is just around the corner of our hotel.
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Look at the view these students get to enjoy while outside for PE. Do you think they even recognize the beauty anymore?
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Dance Class
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Not every classroom had these old-time desks.
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These students enjoyed posing for the picture, but I'm sure they were also thrilled that our group came in and put their lesson on hold for a little bit.
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After the school tour, the NEA Foundation of Global Learners had a breakout session on some of the discussion topics we still had.
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The campus.
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Current newspapers lining a hallway.
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My view at lunch.


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