Cultural Enrichment & Orientation in South Africa
Events and excursions designed to enhance your understanding of South African culture will take place throughout the semester. You are invited (and encouraged!) to participate in any or all of these excursions.
Our South Africa staff will discuss this in detail—including dates and how to reserve your place—during orientation. All Arcadia excursions attach great importance to the notions of safety, experiential learning and cultural understanding.
During your weekends and holidays, you may choose to take advantage of the wide array of adventure sports and other activities available within close proximity to Cape Town. Arcadia aims to complement your adventures by organizing outings to local cultural events such as theater evenings, music festivals, and lectures by national leaders.
The Arcadia orientation will introduce you to this incredible city, its neighborhoods, people, and culture. Orientation is the time to meet the other students on your program, to get to know local staff, to learn more about the academic programs and discuss your expectations for your time in South Africa. We will make sure to provide information and answer your questions about personal safety and health in order to make sure your time in the Western Cape is as positive as possible.
During your first few days in Cape Town, we will help you explore the city with visits to Bo-Kaap the Malay Quarter, District Six, Table Mountain, and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The Arcadia staff will explain the transport system and unique features of the city's geography and neighborhoods. There will be afternoon outings to the Kirstenbosch gardens and evening trips to hear jazz or experiment with the local cuisine.
Orientation will end with an overnight adventure away from Cape Town to the Cedarburg Mountains, up the West Coast to Saldanha Bay, or out to the Elgin Valley. It may include activities such as looking for jackass penguins or Southern Right Whales. Hiking the mountains in search of cave paintings or taking a pony trek will give you a chance to scratch the surface of the beauty and wilderness surrounding Cape Town and Stellenbosch.