Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Cape Town is also home to world-renowned social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who students just may have the opportunity to meet as he is a member of the Institute for Shipboard Education Board of Trustees… and a big fan of Semester at Sea!
In South Africa we will focus on the history, development and foreign influences on their food and culture. We will learn about the agriculture, traditions, and culture. Our goal will be to discover the unexpected from the local people and culinary communities.
We will study international issues in tourism in South Africa with an emphasis on the impacts, opportunities, and challenges for its growth or decline, and how that future tourism development can become more sustainable. We will make a special effort to visit and assess UNESCO sites in each of the countries we visit.
We are looking forward to meeting with social entrepreneurs in South Africa to learn about their initiatives for addressing social, cultural and environmental issues ranging from access to potable water, food, and education for example. Using the new Sustainable Development Goals 2015 as a framework for analysis of various initiatives, we will see first hand some of the creative ways entrepreneurs have used their business acumen to “do good”.