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Death and Dying in South Africa  (HDEV 300I), June 2012

Dr. Pamela Roberts
Travel Agent: Luke Angel  (African Angel Tours)
Tour Guides: Arlene Hermanus, Lutendo Lishivha, Bongani Mnisi and others
Community Guides:  Gladys Ntseke, Vicky Ntozini, Noor Ebrahim, Danielle, Elmond, and Aslam, Chester, Michael, Solomon, Zamile
Cape Town bus driver: Kuni
Students: Angel Graham, Ahsun (Sonny) Khawaja, Jackie Ochoa, Thuy-Anh Nguyen, Brittney Schultz, Angelica Sievers, Amanda Sinks, Andrea Soria, Lindsay Valerio, Chynna Ysidoro
Fellow Traveler: Elyse Blankley

This webpage chronicles the experiences of the 2012 CSULB Death and Dying class in South Africa.  Our travels began on June 5 and ended June 26; except for two initial meetings at CSULB, classes were taught on location in Cape Town, Khayelitsha, Johannesburg, and a safari camp near Kruger Park.  Trips to museums and historic sites, stays in a township and a village, and working with children and the elderly provided a deeper understanding of course material and an appreciation of life in South Africa today.  Descriptions of our activities, excerpts from student journals and some of our zillions of photographs are presented here, but no matter how much we write and how many pictures we upload, capturing the essence of the trip is a difficult task; in this case, the whole truly is greater than the sum of the parts.

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Everyone asks me to describe South Africa to them. They say, “tell me about it, how are the people?” However I don’t think I can truly tell people how South Africa really is until they see it with their own eyes.  Andrea

As I reflect on my trip to South Africa I become overwhelmed with appreciation and gratefulness.  When people ask me about my trip it takes a while for me to respond because I am somewhat speechless.  I cannot choose my favorite part of the trip…   Angel

Nothing in my stories, I feel, will be able to translate the power of the experience I hadLyndsay

It was so hard to describe my experiences and how they affected me to others because they just were not there to experience it.   Angelica

When I returned, everyone seemed to all ask me the same question, “So how was Africa?” I never realized how difficult it would be to answer this question, so I simply say, “I don’t even know where to begin, but it was amazing.”  Jackie

Sharing my collective experiences now back at home just tangles up thinking where do I start? …The “How was it?” question is far too vague and if I hear it again I might just say “I saw lions.”  Brittney


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