Travel to Africa

With Africa Classroom Connection and Books For Africa: September/October 2019

We invite you to join a group Learning Tour to South Africa and/or Malawi as we visit school building sites for Africa Classroom Connection and Books for Africa recipients.

You can choose which portions of the trip you would like to join. Add a flight day before and after your segments. Click here to view our detailed 2019 itinerary.

September 14- or 15-19: Zambia Street Kids and Wildlife (with optional Victoria Falls) (from $725)
September 20-27: Malawi Clinic, Schools, Libraries (from $1160)
September 28-October 6: South Africa Schools, History, and Safari (from $1305)
October 7-10: Cape Town, South Africa (from $580)

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Five to seven days in Zambia for wildlife viewing, and youth and school projects

Eight days cultural tour in Malawi, including  Lilongwe, Lake Malawi, Mua Mission and Museum, Zomba, and visits to schools and libraries and rural Kasambala Medical Centre

Two daysin Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Soweto and the Apartheid Museum

Four days in the region of Zululand, South Africa to visit schools, meet the learners, and teach classes

Six days (3 in Zambia, 3 in South Africa) wildlife viewing in its natural habitat

Four days in Cape Town for history, scenic beauty, wineries, and restaurants

Cost per person starts at $145/day for ground costs (not including airfare $1200-$2200) plus your $1,000 per person tax-deductible contribution.

Intersted? Learn more at an informational session in Februrary, April, or May. You can attend any session in-person in Minneapolis, MN or via webinar. Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and to register.

Ready to sign up?  Complete and return our 2019 Learning Tour Agreement.

Click here for the flyer to share with friends. Lots more planning information in our Handbook.

The tour will result in building one or two new classrooms for 45-90 students to continue their education, or a 40' container of 23,000 books serving 20 or more schools. We can give tips and a web site to help raise funds. Accommodations range from clean, safe, and simple to very nice.

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This will not be a conventional package tour of Africa. While we will see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!) most of the tour will be philanthropic and cultural. Seeing the need first-hand has a significant impact on those who join us. You will meet wonderful people and learn about the promise and challenges of education. Imagine 400 Zulu school children putting on a dance and music performance for their American visitors! Imagine trying to explain ice fishing or snow to high school students who have never experienced freezing weather. You will be surprised. You will have fun. You will see the world in a new way.

The tour will be preceded by some cultural, historical, and language learning opportunities. (Most people speak English, but it is respectful and interesting to know some of the local language, especially when we meet young children.) We want to visit with an understanding of the health, political, and economic issues that challenge our African neighbors.

We look forward to sharing with you the places and people we cherish.

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Travel our next Learning Tour: Sep/Oct 2019
"I quickly saw that this trip could be a trip of a lifetime. In what other trip would I experience a wedding in Malawi as an invited guest? Interact with hundreds of children in their schools? Visit museums documenting apartheid with tour guides who lived through it? Meet people engaged in the mission to educate children - principals, teachers, Rotarians, concerned, community-minded citizens?  - Marla Kapperud, 2016 Learning Tour participant (read more)


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