Category: Personal Reflection


Day 15: A Trip I Will Never Forget

This trip to South Africa has been the most memorable two weeks of my life.  As a group, we have had many amazing experiences throughout the course of the trip that cannot be explained by stories or pictures. The most…

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Day 15: The Best Two Weeks of My Life

I can genuinely say that the QU301 South Africa trip has been the best two weeks of my life.  Looking back and reflecting on everything that we did and experienced, I am at a loss of words.  From sleeping at…

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Day 15: Final Day to an Amazing Experience

Friday was our last full day in South Africa. We attended a school near the village of Varkplaas where we completed our service projects. The children were all different ages and were ecstatic upon our arrival. We handed out stickers,…

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Day 14: School Visit and Final Reflection

On out last full day in South Africa, we had one of the more rewarding experiences on our trip. We went to a school just outside of Bloubergstrand. There were kids around the age of 6, probably to about 13…

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Day 14: Connecting with the Community

Today we went to the school to hand out school supplies and candy. I had such a great time engaging with the kids. They are so nice, though they were very shy to begin with. We passed out stickers and…

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Day 13: A Day I Will Never Forget

It is May 24 and I cannot believe that our trip is almost over! I woke up this morning not knowing what to expect of our newly built veggie garden, I was extremely nervous that either things may have been…

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Day 11: Exploring the Cape

Today we toured more of the Cape and saw the most incredible views (other than from Table Mountain) . We drove through the more wealthy towns, like Clifton and saw multi-million dollar homes. It’s crazy that Cape Town has flats,…

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Day 11: Cape of Good Hope

Before we left for Vaarkplaas we had one last experience to see just how beautiful South Africa really is. The Cape of Good Hope is the most south-western part of Africa. The view was absolutely breathtaking from the lighthouse as…

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Day 13: Never Forget

Today was our second day working with the Varkplaas community. Yesterday we were able to fully complete the first vegetable garden, as well as clear out the space for the second one. We also were able to replace one of…

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Day 13: New Country, New Me

Today was our second day at Varkplaas conducting our service projects- but by far the most rewarding. Today was my favorite day- I got to work on repairing the tin roofs all day and really got that hands on experience…

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