My name is Julie Lihosit and I am going to be a senior studying Animal Science in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois. I recently got home from the ACES HDFS Summer Study Tour to South Africa: Children and Families Service Learning in Cape Town study abroad program and I enjoyed every second while there. The trip was 3 weeks long and it entailed many tourist attractions as well as getting the opportunity to volunteer at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships of Cape Town, South Africa, so I was able to get a new experience learning from the veterinarians in a different country.
The first few days in Cape Town were very exciting. On the first day, we got a tour of the Observatory, which is a small part of Cape Town where our house we stayed in was located and where we generally ate our meals at. We also went to Llandudno Beach which was absolutely breathtaking as we got to see the beautiful scenery of the beach and we did some rock climbing as well as we observed some more.
The second day, we got to go on a tour of Robben Island, which contains the site of an old prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years of his 27 year prison sentence. It was truly remarkable to be standing in a building where so many prisoners have been in before and it helped broaden my knowledge about some of the other prisoners as well. We then went to the V&A Waterfront where we got to shop in the markets and explore some of the restaurants.
The third day, we began our day by getting brunch in the Hout Bay Market where we enjoyed some treats and explored some more markets. It was exciting to browse at the items being sold since many were various arts and crafts of South Africa heritage. Next on the agenda was hiking up to Cape Point where there was a lighthouse and we got to see the beautiful coastline of Cape Town. We finished our trip by traveling to the Cape of Good Hope, which is the southwestern tip of the continent of Africa. We did encounter a few ostriches on the way there which was very entertaining.
This is a picture of me (Julie Lihosit) sitting on a rock at the Llandudno Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. I really enjoyed
the scenic views that this beautiful country has to offer.
The picture above is my classmates and I outside of the house we stayed at in the Observatory of Cape Town, South Africa.
The picture below is during our hike to the top of Cape Point. I had an amazing time bonding with my classmates as we hiked up
as we took in the lovely landscape.