South Africa

South Africa

The Cape of Good Hope - Steven Andrew Martin - South Africa Photo Journal

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.

South Africa [click for high res]

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.

Study Abroad Journal - KwaZulu-Natal warrior - School for International Training - South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin PhD

Zulu Culture, KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa - Jeffry's Bay Surfing Waves - Steven A Martin PhD

Legendary big surf at Jeffry's Bay

Ostrich farm, Oudtshoorn, South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin - education and learning

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.

Cultural homestay family - Cape Town - Steven Andrew Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Ramjan – Cape Malay culture

Cape Town - Steven Andrew Martin - Cultural homestay family

Zara and Shahana – Cultural homestay family

Studying Cape Malay culture - Steven Andrew Martin - Cultural homestay family

Studying Cape Malay culture

Cape Town

The Waterfront - Cape Town South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

The Waterfront

Cable Car to Table Mountain - Cape Town - Steven Andrew Martin

Cable car to Table Mountain

Postcard-perfect Camps Bay - Cape Town South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

Picture-perfect Camps Bay Beach

Surfer catching a wave at Glen Beach - Cape Town South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

Surfer catching a wave at Glen Beach

View of Table Mountain from Robin Island - Cape Town South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

View of Table Mountain from Robin Island

Camps Bay - Cape Town South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

Palm-fringed Camps Bay Beach

Around the Western Cape

Protea, Western Cape, South Africa - Cape Town - Steven Andrew Martin

Protea, Western Cape

Cape Penguins, Western Cape, South Africa - Steven Andrew Martin

Penguins at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town

Cape of Good Hope, Western Cape, South Africa - Cape Town - Steven Andrew Martin

Cape of Good Hope, Cape Peninsula

Safari – Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Rhino

Deer

Zebras

Acacia thorns

Umfolozi River

Xhosa Culture

Xhosa culture at Soweto [click to visit Study Abroad Journal]

Xhosa culture at Soweto [click to visit Study Abroad Journal]

Xhosa Culture – Wild Coast

KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal - Steven Andrew Martin - South Africa Photo Journal

Our KwaZulu-Natal guide, Lungani

KwaZulu-Natal cattle - Steven Andrew Martin - South Africa Photo Journal

KwaZulu-Natal cattle

KwaZulu-Natal warrior - Steven Andrew Martin - South Africa Photo Journal

KwaZulu-Natal - Zulu warrior

Thank you for visiting my South Africa photo journal page.

Steven A. Martin