The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA – BULLETS WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS
Study abroad in South Africa
The legendary waves and wildlife of South Africa captured my imagination and sense of adventure. I was a surfer, and so it was easy to choose South Africa for my next Study Abroad experience.
When I contacted universities in Cape Town and Durban to talk about studying in South Africa for a semester, I discovered that completing the enrollment process was nearly impossible for people who did not have South African citizenship. The universities at that time just were not set up to welcome international students. It looked like I would have to blaze a new trail through this bureaucratic jungle.
School for International Training – 1997
Fortunately, at this point I heard about the School for International Training (SIT) at Cape Town, South Africa. They offered a pathway to a six-month student visa, through enrollment in their program in Arts and Social Change.
SIT is a globally respected institution, based in Vermont, USA, with a philosophy based around intercultural exchange and experiential learning. SIT has its roots in a 1932 project called “The Experiment in International Living”, which later gave rise to the project that became the Peace Corps.
The SIT Cape Town program included homestay accommodation, and classes at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
The day my SIT acceptance letter arrived, I packed my clothes and surfboards for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa.
Zulu Culture, KwaZulu-Natal
Legendary big surf at Jeffry's Bay
Ostrich farm, Oudtshoorn
Cultural Home Stay
My home stay family lived in a Cape township named Surrey Estate.
The father of the family was originally from Durban, of Indian ancestry, while his wife was from Cape Town and of Malaysian ancestry, and they had two daughters in their early twenties.
The family were Muslim, and so this was a great opportunity for me to learn about Islam. I studied the history and events of Islam specific to Cape Town, focused on Cape Malay traditions and culture.
Twenty years on, I am still in contact with the family, and I still have fond memories of Mrs. Ramjan's home cooking.
Mr. and Mrs. Ramjan – Cape Malay culture
Zara and Shahana – Cultural homestay family
Studying Cape Malay culture
Cable car to Table Mountain
Picture-perfect Camps Bay Beach
Surfer catching a wave at Glen Beach
View of Table Mountain from Robin Island
Palm-fringed Camps Bay Beach
Around the Western Cape
Protea, Western Cape
Penguins at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Peninsula
Safari – Umfolozi Game Reserve
Our KwaZulu-Natal guide, Lungani
KwaZulu-Natal - Zulu warrior
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Steven A. Martin