Cape Winelands Region - CIEE Cape Town Study Tour

Spring 2019

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Study tours are an integral part of the learning experience at the CIEE Cape Town Open Campus Block program. Specially designed excursions are built into the curriculum of every academic track so you can take your coursework out of the classroom and into the host community.

CAPE WINELANDS REGION

The Cape Winelands region is worldrenowned for its picturesque landscapes, world-class wine, and culturally rich history. When combined with the centuries-old architecture and culinary
diversity, it’s no surprise that the Cape Winelands region is one of Cape Town’s most beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. However, this beauty and culinary distinction is complicated by a history of slavery, child labour, and exploitation, which many contend continues to this day.

Slave labour, which was made illegal in South Africa in 1834, was the backbone of early Cape viniculture, and some suggest that the economic interests of the former slave-owning class continue to be served by unequal labour relations between farmers and workers today. This exploitation, compounded by crippling economic inequality, overburdened social services, and inequitable land distribution that characterizes South Africa’s current socio-political landscape, renders the Winelands a far more complex place than it appears at first glance.

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FRIDAY

TOUR OF THE SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE
The aim of the Sustainability Institute is to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. We will learn about the Sustainability Institute’s many educational programs (ranging from primary school level to graduate programs) the ecovillage where people live sustainably, and about their food garden.

FARMING EXERCISE
For the farming exercise, students will be working in the Sustainability Institute’s vegetable garden, which feeds the community, especially the children. The garden is designed as a permaculture garden and students will be working with the head gardeners doing whatever the garden currently needs, from planting to harvesting to weeding and watering. Students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, a hat, and sunscreen. The Institute will have garden gloves and tools available.

WALKING TOUR OF STELLENBOSCH
An employee of the University of Stellenbosch will give us a tour of the University, then walk us through the quaint, historic town of Stellenbosch, pointing out key historical sites, local hangouts, and teaching us lesser-known facts about the area.

DINNER AT AMAZINK
Located in Stellenbosch’s Kayamandi township, Amazink is South Africa’s first township theater-restaurant. Students will be treated to a three-course South African meal, accompanied by local music and entertainment that will give them a real taste of South African culture.

SATURDAY

TOUR OF THE AFRIKAANS MUSEUM
Description: During our visit to the Afrikaans Museum, we will learn about the history of the language and the process of making it an officially recognized language. We will also view an old printing press and learn about the development of the first Afrikaans newspaper and Bible and the role that this form of media played in legitimizing the language.

TOUR OF THE TAAL MONUMENT
The Taal Monument is a monument to the Afrikaans language. This contested space is located on a hill overlooking Paarl. It commemorates the semi-centenary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa, separate from Dutch. From this vantage point,our tour guides will provide us with more information on the history and geography of the Winelands.

GUEST SPEAKER ON THE HISTORY AND UNIQUE STORY OF SOLMS DELTA
Solms Delta has a unique business model, with the owner of the farm ceding 45% of the ownership to descendants of former slaves on the farm. Solms Delta is a pioneer of change in the agricultural sector and now is one of the farms spearheading national government’s 50/50 Strengthening the Relative Rights of Workers program. Our guest speaker will share about this rich history from her personal perspective.

SOCIAL HISTORY TOUR
On this walking tour of the Solms Delta Wine Estate, the guides will share stories of their past as farmworkers, describing the social history of the farm and sharing about their ancestry and experiences as descendants of farm workers throughout apartheid.

SUNDAY

EXPLORE STELLENBOSCH & ROUTE 44 MARKET
Students will have free time to explore Stellenbosch, process their learning, and visit local wine farms. They can also visit local craft markets and restaurants. The Route 44 Market is a local food and specialty goods market where students can peruse the local products on offer and enjoy lunch from the vendors. 

Free Time Suggestions

JAN MARAIS NATURE RESERVE

This nature reserve is the ideal spot for any kind of outdoor activity including picnics, jogging, walking and just relaxing under the warm sun. Its beautiful sculptures give it a special kind of beauty and charm. It is most definitely worth the visit!

 

ENJOY A MEAL AT THE JORDAN RESTAURANT WITH GEORGE JARDINE

This award-winning winelands restaurant is an exciting eatery located just opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel. It is an old house that has been converted into a warm and homely space where guests can enjoy one of Chef Jardine’s signature meals, paired with some of the best wines in Stellenbosch.

THE MARKET, DE WARENMARKT

A PLACE WHERE DIFFERENT WORLDS MEET
Situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, this market boasts a diverse, high-quality selection of speciality meats, craft beer, baked goods, coffee, fresh flowers and more. Pop in and enjoy the atmosphere of a South African creative, eclectic space.
 

What are the Study Tour Learning Objectives?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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