After being in Cape Town, South Africa for about a week now, I feel like I am experiencing and being exposed to new things every day. Everything is so beautiful here, from the mountains and sunsets to the culture and native people. For me, the most impactful experience so far was eating at Mzanzi’s restaurant in the township of Langa. I felt like we got a genuine South African experience from the authentic food, music, and sense of being invited into someone’s home. While abroad I have been to many restaurants but this is definitely the only one that has shown me the culture and make me feel as though I am at my own home.
My internship has been pretty fulfilling because I love working and teaching children and we get to actually go into schools and teach lessons about economics to 5th graders and leadership skills to the 7th and 8th graders. Being in the actual classroom, helping these eager students really brings me joy, they get so excited when they see us and they absolutely love playing games such as dodgeball and basketball with us.
Today, I went to Bo-Kaap and they happened to be having a peaceful protest to help preserve the heritage and culture of their town, because the government started putting up commercial buildings right next to their houses. After talking to a local about the peaceful protest she explained that there would be food and music, sort of like a gathering to end Ramadan. Conversations and experiences like these helps to show how important it is to preserve the heritage and culture of South Africa.
I am so excited to see what else I will experience and do while on this trip. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone tremendously while here, but I feel like it will only bring about growth.