Travel Writing in South Africa
Satisfy the GO requirement by spending two and a half weeks exploring South Africa, either in January or May, followed by taking a two-credit travel writing workshop the following semester. Share Glen Retief's memories of growing up in South Africa while experiencing a rich blend of cultures, a uniquely compelling history, and a collection of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. Time will be set aside each day for journaling to capture your experiences in a travel essay during the spring semester after you return to SU.
- Spend 10 days in the traditional Xhosa village at Mdumbi in the green Transkei hills 100 yards from the Indian Ocean
- Meet with traditional diviners and chiefs
- Enjoy foods such as lamb and tomato curries, beef, raisin and egg stews, and pancakes stuffed with fresh mangoes
- Tour a black South African township in Cape Town
- Bargain for wooden masks and hand-woven clothes at the biggest handicrafts market in Africa
- Visit a mosque in Cape Town
- Visit museums in Cape Town to take in 350 years of history
- Tour the castle where Dutch colonists first settled in South Africa
- Learn about the struggle for racial equality, from slavery to colonial conquest to apartheid to present-day inequalities
- Visit Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve to see elephants, nyala, lions, giraffes and more
- See breath-taking rainforests, mountains and oceanside cliffs
- Go to the beach in May or December
Location: South Africa
Dates: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: Preparatory course readings and meetings spring 2014 before travel.
Academic credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfies the GO requirement.
Majors of interest: Students majoring in any of the humanities are welcome and will be provided with step-by-step guidance throughout the writing process.
Application: Online application available on mySU.
Cost: Summer 2015 cost was $5,200 (subject to change); cost includes all flights, accommodations, activities, instruction and some meals.
Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.
Program Directors: Glen Retief, Ph. D., assistant professor of English and creative writing; Peterson Toscano.