Engineering Through The Minds of Art & Nature
Guest EcoArtist, Mekisha Marshall (a Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory), will expand your mind as you traverse among artists and wildlife in South Africa. Meet with engineers, explore the arts, learn from conservation leaders and all the while, exchanging ideas on human computing as it pertains to all fields. Specifically, Mekisha will lead you to discover how the brain is like a computer system and what this means for future human interactions, with other humans and computers. And also, including a unique outlook in how human computing integrates with the arts and in building a sustainable tomorrow.
Tour Dates: Sample itinerary for September
Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive, check into hotel, orientation by Global Exchange tour guide. Visit the Apartheid Museum and enjoy a group dinner and evening free to relax or enjoy cultural activities.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: Johannesburg
Enjoy a guided city tour with stops that will include some of the following; Constitution Hill, Visual Arts Association of SA, Xarra Books, Museum Africa, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Drill Hall, Johnny Mekoe Jazz Institute and the Sibikwa Theatre Project. At dinner enjoy a discussion with an guest speaker on technology and communication trends in South Africa. The evening is free to attend a Joburg Arts Alive International Festival performance or other activity.
Day 3: Johannesburg
Breakfast at hotel and visit engineering organization(s) for discussion. After lunch visit to the National School of the Arts, Market Theatre, Moving into Dance and Museum Africa. Dinner and evening free to attend performance of Joburg Arts Alive International Festival.
Day 4: Johannesburg/Soweto
In the morning, enjoy a meeting at an engineering school and then leave for a day visit in Soweto (visit sites such as; Kliptown and Freedom Square, Hector Peterson Museum, Credo Mutwa Village, Regina Mundi Church, Sis Thembi’s Shebeen).Dinner and cultural activity on own.
Meals: B, L
Day 5: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve/Cradle of Civilization
Visit local computer lab at community youth development project then depart for Pilanesberg Nature Reserve/Cradle of Civilization. Check into the reserve. Dinner with bush meat as option.
Meals: B, L
Day 6: Pilanesberg
Enjoy an all-day safari at Pilansberg. In the evening, have a presentation by the group facilitator (on conservation and other topics).
Meals: B, L
Day 7: Pilanesberg/Cradle of Civilization
In the morning, enjoy a safari at Pilanesberg followed by an afternoon exploration of the Cradle of Civilization. In the evening, return to Johannesberg and free time for local music and jazz.
Meals: B, L
Day 8: Cape Town
Fly/drive to Cape Town. Enjoy a City Tour and site visits can include some of the following; Marine Parade, The Castle, Slave Post, Bo-kaap, Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap Community Museum, UCT, School of Jazz, Griqua Heritage Project, National Gallery and/or National Dept of Art and Culture. Dinner and free time.
Meals: B, L
Day 9: Cape Town
In the morning, tour the District Six Museum followed by a meeting with an engineering firm. In the afternoon, visit the Cape Flats Townships and learn about community development projects.
Meals: B, L
Day 10: Cape Town
Take a tour of Robben Island (1/2 day), followed by late afternoon visits to the Pan-African Market and to Wola Nani HIV/AIDS Crafts. Dinner and free time.
Meals: B, L
Day 11: Cape Town
Explore Table Mountain National Park and Cape Point Reserve with a guided tour including topics on conservation and sustainable tourism. Enjoy from a choice of outdoor activities (swim, kayak, mountain bike, hike, etc.). Closing dinner with special guest from engineering organization.
Meals: B, D
Day 12: Cape Town
Morning visit to Hout Bay and fly home.
Meals: BThis is a tentative itinerary and EcoArts Tours and partners are not responsible for any changes that occur to the itinerary. This adventure is suitable for travelers who live an active lifestyle, enjoy good health and mobility, are comfortable participating in 4-6 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing.
Group size of 10-11
Group size of 15-19
Group size of 20
$4020Price is subject to slight change and based on 2012 rates.
The price includes
• All confirmations in the program.
• Double room accommodations in 3-4 star hotel
• Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for group as appropriate.
• Global Exchange/EcoArts Tour trip representative to accompany the group from through the whole touring period and/or English speaking, tour guide(s) to accompany the group throughout the touring period.
• Preparatory reading materials.
• Admission and fees to museums and program activities
• 2 day safari in Pilanesburg
• One-way flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Important - When booking your flight to South Africa: book your flight so that it arrives in Johannesburg and departs from Cape Town!!
• Honoraria for engineering professionals and donations to organizations
• Global Exchange annual membership fee of $35 (this amount is tax deductible)
• Two meals a day
• Philanthropic and carbon offset donations to One Million Lights and Native Energy
The price does NOT include
• Extra baggage fees: Baggage allowance is two checked baggage with linear dimensions totaling 55'' (the sum of the three dimensions), providing all pieces do not exceed 44 pounds. 1 hand luggage piece is allowed and is the responsibility of the passenger throughout.
• Expenses of a purely personal nature
• Room service charges
• Gratuities to the bellboys, waiters, guide and driver.
• Extra Beverages and one meal a day
• Travel Insurance (We strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel insurance).
Reserve Your Space
Deposit: A $400 non-refundable deposit (that is included in the total tour cost) and registration forms are required from each tour participant.
Final payment: The remaining balance, health and liability forms are due no later than 45 days prior to departure.If you plan on attending this tour but need an extension for the payment deadlines, please let us know and we will do our best to work with you on an alternative.
Since 2003, Mekisha has held the position of a Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She has a MBA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, a MS in Systems Engineering from George Washington University and a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. She is excited to share her technical expertise and integrate engineering with arts and sustainability. For more information visit: www.jhuapl.edu.