Language and Culture Exploration Seminar in South Africa– Info Session, Tuesday 1/14 3:30pm, in 415L Guggenheim

For more information, including awesome photos of last years seminar, check out the website:

Interested in studying away but not over a whole quarter? Check out this exploration seminar in South Africa.

NEXT WEEK- info session for Language and Culture Exploration Seminar to South Africa in 415L Guggenheim at 3:30 pm, don’t miss it!

About the Program:


Classes: 234 or LING 480 – 5 credits When: Aug 24 – Sept 19, 2014

Who: Led by Clarissa Surek-Clark and Alicia Wassink
Students can contact Clarissa Surek-Clark by the email

Bantu base Afrika, or People of Africa, is a Study Abroad program focusing on South Africa and its multilingual society. It is a realization of a dream of its director, Clarissa Surek-Clark: having her University of Washington students experience Ubuntu in the African continent. In 2013, we spent 26 days in South Africa exploring three different locations: Johannesburg/Pretoria, Durban and Zululand. In Johannesburg and Pretoria, we saw the ‘big picture’ through visits to the Cradle of Humankind (Sterkfountein/Maropeng Complex), the Apartheid Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum, University of Witwatersrand. We were also graciously hosted by the illustrious Pan South African Language Board. For the next three weeks our home was Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. Between the Indian Ocean, daily isiZulu lessons, activities with linguistic students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, visits to markets, theaters, museums, and participant observation activities in several schools, we were able to experience first hand some of the issues surrounding multilingual, multicultural communities in the Rainbow Nation. Our first African safari took place in Zululand, at the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. We practiced our isiZulu skills in the markets around the town of Mtubatuba. In our last weekend in Durban we were hosted by a variety of South African families in a homestay.

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