The struggle to reconcile the history of racial subjugation with the future of a multi-cultural democracy holds lessons for every country, and every person.
Participants develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for South African people, history, and culture that is deeply enriching.
We delve into the history of apartheid, examining both the international actions against the policies as well as how the system created economic imbalances within modern South Africa. Through our partnership with the Calabash Trust, we partner with school and community groups in Port Elizabeth to make lasting connections and ensure a mutually beneficial exchange.
Potential program themes
The Calabash Trust is a non-profit and public benefit organisation in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, who has been working on various programs in partnership with local schools and communities in the urban township areas for over 14 years. The trust facilitates the development of community schools through parent and community engagement, using Asset Based Community-led Development (ABCD), story-telling, arts and permaculture design as tools. The main focus of the trust is on helping people acknowledge their own assets to use for social and economic upliftment.
“Many student groups participate in ‘Voluntourism’. This trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions. Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.”— Altana , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
“As a parent I felt the experience was well orchestrated and managed by Envoys. As a participant my daughter loved the whole experience; it is something she will treasure for the rest of her life”— Linda T. , Parent, Hingham Japan 2015
“We had an amazing program. It was a biology teacher’s dream and Felipe and his crew couldn’t have been more thorough and professional to work with. Thanks for all of your efforts to organize an unforgettable experience for us all.”— Gerry , Traveling Faculty, LCC Colombia 2016