Hello All,

Welcome to the Africa Study Abroad Blog Page! Haley Tasiemski and Alyssa Jacobs will be posting updates, pictures and project info along the entire duration of the trip. We will be visiting four Southern African countries : South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Most of the trip will be out on safari, getting right out there with the wildlife. It's going to be an amazing trip!

Monday, May 19, 2014


 We visited Wharvis Bay and saw the flamingo population, both lesser and greater. Bottlenose dolphins were also jumping out of the water, full breach! 

At Swakopmund, we visited the Mondesa Youth Trust, where we played soccer against the kids. We lost, 6-8. Those kids were good, and also sneaky. The area we visited was very poor, and was quite a reality shock for all of us. The MYO facility is very nice, and they appreciated the school items and soccer balls we brought them. 

The next morning we went on a marine tour, where we saw cape fur seal colonies, pelicans, and jellyfish. The guide worked at a marine rehabilitation center, so she called a pelican and seal she worked with onto the boat. All of us have pet a pelican, and high fived a seal! A a cultural tour followed the marine one, which was very impacting to our idea of Africa. The people on the outskirts of town live in shantys, and hold menial jobs with next to nothing. The people were all very happy to see us, and we visited a native Herero woman who runs the only orphanage in town. She explained the customs and traditional ideas of the area. Another woman showed us the craft store of handmade products by the the native peoples. ( later we also met the Himba people ) . The whole experience was very eye opening, and we are thrilled that we were able to do something for the MYO kids at least. 

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