South Africa Travel Log – Day 1-3
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South Africa Travel Log – Day 1-3

A group of secondary students are in South Africa at the moment. Their trip is part of an exchange programme with the Groote Schuur High School in Cape Town. Last year around 20 South African students visited the ISUtrecht. After spending a couple of days with their host families from Groote Schuur High School, the students will spend some time sightseeing. In this travel log they will keep you updated on our South African adventures.

By Annabel Kjar and Pilar Pereira, Visual Arts and Design, Spanish 

Day 1

19 students, 2 adults; 3 hours to get through security and customs.

Mandatory formalities
Original copies
Multiple nationalities
Appalling bureaucracy

Two minutes to the gate
The two last girls could finally make it to the plane
Breathless and clenching their Starbucks brew
The teachers had to hold the crew.

11.5 hours playing time
to relax and to sleep and to unwind
until the next edgy event
The worries were in vain.

Safe and sound
in Cape Town
A royal welcome in the arrival hall
surpassed the expectations of them all.

Day 2

We have spent the day at school. Teachers started the day at 7.30, like the locals, with a staff meeting. Half an hour later, they joined all the ISUtrecht students in the Consumer Studies classroom. Students exchanged their first impressions of their host families. They all agreed on one aspect: our hosts have given us a really warm welcome! ‘Miss, I wanna stay at this school’, greeted one of the students this morning.

Presentation

Today was reports day at Groote Schuur High School and the assembly was a celebration of their successful term. Almost at the end of the assembly, our students held a presentation in front of 900 students and 100 teachers.
We are really proud of the communication skills and the courage with which they faced this challenge. And so positively reacted the audience.

After a tour through the campus that included the theatre hall, the pool, the rugby and soccer fields and the art centre, our students were collected by their hosts to experience the typical South African lifestyle and enjoy the rest of the day.

The first steps of a new relationship are being established and both sides are likely to have found a fruitful partnership.

And last, but not least, one of the biggest challenges that our students are undertaking and appreciating is how to survive without wifi for more than 6 hours.

Day 3

What a wonderful way to enjoy the country! Our meeting point was the school. We hopped on the school bus and our route to the West Coast started at 09.30. On the road we discovered how different the South African fauna is from the Netherlands. We saw flamingos, ostriches, cows, goats, ibis, giraffes and pelicans.

Melkbosstrand

Our first stop was at a surfer’s beach called Melkbosstrand. Whilst the Atlantic Ocean is warmer than the North Sea, few ventured further than the kiosk! After an hour drive along the west coast, we headed to our next stop Langebaan Beach for our beach boys and babes to body surf or enjoy the option of the next door pool complex. All enjoyed the water, the waves and a healthy dose of sunshine.