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Our Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Journey will take us to South Africa for an 11 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the healthcare system is evolving in South Africa?  Examine the role of SLPs and audiologists as you visit hospitals, clinics and/or schools; meet with fellow medical professionals and explore the greatest challenges faced in the provision of services as well as learning about the rich diversity of individuals treated. In addition to the career enrichment opportunities, you will explore the Entabeni Game Reserve in the heart of the Waterberg’s Big Five country; visit the Apartheid Museum; ascend Table Mountain and engage with community members in a variety of settings in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. ​​ 

* Note that CE credits are being sought through the journey leader. Additional information will be disseminated as the group forms.*

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All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

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Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Journey to South Africa

led by Dr. Dolores Battle

​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Dolores Battle

Dr. Battle is Professor Emeritus of Speech Language Pathology at SUNY Buffalo State. She is the former president of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).   She has received numerous awards for her work in multicultural and global issues in the profession including Honors of ASHA, Honored member of the IALP, The Diversity Incentive award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science an Disorders.  She is widely published in

communication disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations and 

has traveled professionally

to 37 countries on five

continents including in Kenya,

South Africa,  Brazil, Greece,

Switzerland, Denmark, Canada,  and Australia.   

Day 01: Travel to South Africa
Depart early this evening and make your way to South Africa.

With a dynamic fusion of African, European, and Asian influences, South Africa is a place of vibrant cultural diversity. 26 years after its emergence from apartheid, the nation has become a fascinating mix of history and modernity, of ancient traditions and new ideas.

Day 02: Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon arrival at Johannesburg International airport, you will meet your local guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Johannesburg is currently the largest city in Southern Africa with more than six million people and urbanization at 97%. It is a city of contrasts with wealthy suburbs and commercial centers alongside informal settlements, Indian bazaars and African muti (medicine) shops, where traditional healers dispense advice and traditional medicine. Johannesburg is in Gauteng Province. “Gauteng” is a Sotho word meaning Place of Gold.

Located in the heart of Gauteng’s corporate, financial and shopping mecca, the Holiday Inn Sandton is a cosmopolitan hotel in close proximity to O.R. Tambo International Airport and has free Wi-Fi, an onsite business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, onsite lounge and restaurant facilities and all the comforts of a business and leisure hotel.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant this evening.

Overnight:  Holiday Inn Sandton (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Welcome & Orientation

After breakfast, take part in an orientation and welcome briefing on South Africa. This comprehensive briefing covers an introduction to your local staff, some historical background, and current information on South African society and economy.

Immediately following, the group will embark on an exploration of the darkest years in South African history at the Apartheid Museum. Likened to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this haunting museum takes you into the beating heart of the struggle for freedom from apartheid, the grip of the National Party’s regime during apartheid, and the giddy days of liberation.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Explore the massive South Western Township (Soweto) of Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa and heart of the Freedom Struggle. In Kliptown, pay a visit to Freedom Square, a place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the Congress Alliance. In Orlando is the famous Vilakazi Street, which has been home to two Nobel peace prize winners and the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the site where the student uprisings of ‘76 began.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Holiday Inn Sandton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Professional Exchange
Start the day with an introductory speaker from an organization such as the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association for an overview of the field in their country. Learn more about the state of speech-language pathology and audiology services in South Africa.

Meetings will be requested for late this morning and afternoon with local schools, medical facilities and/or a local university such as the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Speech Pathology & Audiology Department.

Mission: The journey will provide an opportunity to uncover the rich history of this diverse country as well as learn about the advances made in narrowing healthcare and education disparities in the post-apartheid era. It will also explore the challenges that remain as the country transforms to a democratic healthcare and education system.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.

Guest program:

Guests will venture to Pretoria, South Africa’s political capital filled with stunning architectural and cultural history. At the Voortrekker Monument, see an unparalleled view of the city and take a moment to reflect upon the importance and long-term repercussions of the actions of the first whites to conquer South Africa’s interior and northern territories. Later, visit Church Square and the Union Buildings, which are the seat of the South African national government and site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight: Holiday Inn Sandton (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Cultural Exploration - Safari time!
Say goodbye to Johannesburg today. Travel north via private motor coach to the Entabeni Game Reserve (3 hours). Entabeni Game Reserve is in the heart of the Waterberg’s Big Five country. Entabeni means “the place of the mountain” in the local dialect, and the large reserve includes bushveld, ravines, savanna, sandy wetlands, and wooded hills.

Entabeni Lakeside Lodge boasts a stunning lakeside setting with 24 stone and thatch chalets each with a private sundeck. The lodge provides a memorable blend of luxury in the wilderness. The lake lies between soaring peaks of the Waterberg and is a wonderful place for bird-watching. Enjoy sundowners on your own private deck with the ever-changing colors of Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake.

Lunch will be provided after arrival at the lodge.

Enjoy an afternoon safari! Guides will help you see how the animals blend into their surroundings, and you may encounter animals ranging from the powerful and agile cheetah to the great baboon. Large and secretive leopards living in the Waterberg Mountains are regularly seen on the reserve, as well as wildebeests, hyenas, and many types of antelope.

Dinner will be provided at the lodge this evening.

Overnight: Entabeni Lakeside Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Game Drive
As the animals prefer to feed during the cool temperatures of early morning, you will venture out early in an open game vehicle to witness exotic plant and animal life in the gentle light of the dawn. You may see lazy hippos and crocodiles along the riverbank, and your guide will help you be on the lookout for the Big Five—lion, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and elephant. Take in stunning South African beauty among the ever-present giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, and warthog.

Return for lunch at the lodge, and enjoy some free time to relax and find respite from the afternoon heat before experiencing another exclusive evening game-spotting adventure.

Overnight:  Entabeni Lakeside Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Fly to Cape Town
Enjoy one last morning game drive before returning via motor coach to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Lunch is on your own today if not included in your afternoon flight.

Fly to the southern city of Cape Town this afternoon. The oldest port in southern Africa, Cape Town is regularly heralded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Tucked into the arms of a broad bay, it is surrounded by white-sand beaches. Cape Town’s Mediterranean look and feel attracts visitors from around the world, and it was the first place settled by European settlers, entrepreneurs, and religious refugees.

The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel, located in the heart of the city’s most tourist friendly precinct, is a short walk from the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Waterfront. Stylish and inviting, the hotel provides comfortable and convenient accommodation for travelers. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a fully-equipped fitness center and an outdoor pool.

If weather permits, you will have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain via a revolving aerial cable car this morning. This iconic symbol of Cape Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering stunning views of the entire Cape Peninsula, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Town, and the harbor.

Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight: ​Southern Sun Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Humanitarian Visit & Free Time

Today the group will visit a clinic or facility in an under-resourced community that serves those with different abilities and their families. Learn about their programs to prepare the differently abled for independent, productive and happy lives. Exchange information on how children with special needs are served in the schools and community, special education programs and the role of speech-language pathologists, and partnerships for the sustainability of care.

The group will have the opportunity to explore Cape Town independently this afternoon with lunch on your own. Some travelers might opt to explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which features magnificent sea and mountain vistas as well as exciting shopping and entertainment venues, cafés, restaurants, and markets.

For those interested, the guide can assist with tickets to visit Robben Island (if weather permits). Robben Island, once described by Nelson Mandela as “the harshest, most iron-fisted outpost in the South African penal system,” has become an international symbol of the triumph of the human spirit. Today Robben Island is a living museum and World Heritage Site, a tangible reminder of the past and a symbol of hope for the future.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 09: Professional Development 

As a model for the development of speech-language services across the African continent, the program will provide an opportunity to visit a local primary school as well as research academic institutions that are paving the way for the future of South Africa.

Today is set aside for continued professional interaction with your speech-language pathology and audiology counterparts to see a local school as well as a facility such as the Reading Language Gym. Opened in 2007, they provide intensive training for learners with specific barriers to literacy (dyslexia) and language-related learning challenges, from grades 1 to 12. They work within a model of ability rather than disability.

Guest program:
Guests will escape to the Cape Winelands, where breathtaking vistas, majestic mountain backdrops, rolling vineyards, and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads characterize the famous and award-winning wine estates. Savor the rich history and culture of Stellenbosch, a historic Dutch colonial town now home to one of the country’s best universities.

Lunch will be provided with dinner by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Southern Sun Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Cape Point & Botanical Gardens
​Spend the day with fellow travelers enjoying the sights in and around Cape Town. Explore the countryside via a motor coach tour of the Cape Peninsula all the way to the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point) in Table Mountain National Park. Extraordinary care has been taken to protect this lush reserve of indigenous flora and fauna, and the striking natural beauty of the area makes it a destination for both foreign and local visitors.

After lunch, stop to see the rare African penguins in their natural surroundings at Boulders Beach. There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins and you’ll get a firsthand look at these flightless birds as they roam freely around the area.

On the way back to town, stop to take a walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to see some extraordinary indigenous plants.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight:  Southern Sun Waterfront (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Return to the USA

Fly back to Washington, DC this afternoon with arrival the following morning (Friday, May 25). The morning is yours to explore independently and prepare for hotel check-out.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon with meal service provided on your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Arrival

Arrive back in Washington DC this morning.

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Detailed Itinerary


South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town | 11 days | May 14-24, 2018 | $6,299