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Michael's South Africa Experience


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Michael's South Africa Experience - completed as part of the Oklahoma State University Master of International Agriculture Program -

Michael's South Africa Experience - completed as part of the Oklahoma State University Master of International Agriculture Program -

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  • 1. International Experience in South Africa BY: BEAU
  • 2. South Africa Land area: 1,219,090 sq km / slightly less than twice the size of Texas Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights Population: 49,052,489 Life expectancy at birth: 48.98 years Ethnic groups: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% Languages: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%
  • 3. Recent South African History 1948- The National Party was voted into power and instituted apartheid; which was known as the “separate development of races” and favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress led an opposition against apartheid which led to many of its members, such as Nelson Mandela, being jailed for decades. Early 1990’s-Due to boycotts from western nations the National Party negotiated a peaceful transition of power. 1994- Nelson Mandela was elected president, officially ending apartheid.
  • 4. The Thanda After-School Program The Thanda After-School Program was founded in 2008 as a means of reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence and increasing the students chance of passing the Matric as well as building essential life skills. Thanda’s classes include computers, art, soccer, basketball, netball, and construction/agriculture. Thanda is held at the nearby Khati High School from 3-5 on weekdays.
  • 5. My Goals/Responsibilities My original goal of volunteering with Thanda was to build up the knowledge of the agricultural/construction teacher on all things agriculture. Another goal was to perceive any agricultural innovations that could be implemented in the community to help ease poverty.
  • 6. Project #1 My first project that I worked on was a “chicken tractor”. In the local community chickens are mainly free range and are not contained, thus leaving the owner to search out where the chickens laid their eggs everyday. The “chicken tractor” could be built relatively cheaply and could keep the chickens contained to an area while and also could be used to fertilize gardens.
  • 7. Project #2 My second project was to develop a garden that the agricultural students could get practical experience working in. A new movement in the community is practicing permaculture. Twin and I made a contact with an agricultural coordinator at another school down the road who practices permaculture with her students.
  • 8. Project #3 Thanda started a new entrepreneurship class for recent graduates in February The only student that showed up was interested in starting a chicken business I worked with him for four weeks on ideas for his business and took him on field trips to similar businesses around the community
  • 9. Trip Expectations Met? Overall, I enjoyed the culture, people, and places. However…….the coordinators of the organization led me to believe that there was a need for me to be there when there really wasn’t.
  • 10. Advice For Upcoming International Experience Trips Extensively research the organization/company. Search out contacts who have worked with the organization. Have at least one phone call with someone in the organization before you go.
  • 11. TravelPort St. Johns
  • 12. Travel Cape Town  Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point, Boulders Bay