Travel to Africa with Africa Classroom Connection and Books For Africa

Travel to Africa with Africa Classroom Connection and Books For Africa

Our 2012 fall adventures to South Africa and Malawi are fast approaching. We invite you to join one of two group Learning Tours to travel to South Africa and Malawi to visit building sites for Africa Classroom Connection and Books For Africa recipients.

Henry Bromelkamp and Peter Maritz will lead two tours that will repeat the same itinerary. Trip one will travel from August 5-22, 2012 and trip two from August 23-September 9, 2012.

Your trip will include:

  • Arrival and overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Four days in the region of Zululand near Eshowe, South Africa to visit schools and meet and teach classes
  • Four days on safari in two wildlife parks: St. Lucia wetlands, and Hluhluwe large game park
  • Two days in Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
  • Recommended addition: Four days in Malawi, including the capitol Lilongwe, Lake Malawi, Mua Mission and Museum, and perhaps Zomba the original capital
  • Also recommended (though not included): Cape Town

The itinerary includes some flights within Africa and a few drives of several hours in large passenger vans.

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 for development in this part of Africa 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 300 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.

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

Interested? Come to the last informational meeting on April 24th at 7:00 PM to find out more about the Learning Tours and meet previous participants. RSVP to
The meeting will be held at Bromelkamp & Co.

The cost per person starts at $4,700 (including airfare) plus a $1000 tax-deductible contribution. Tour participants will help in the building two new classrooms—space for 80 students to continue their education—or the delivery of a shipment of 23,000 books.

If financing your trip is a concern, Africa Classroom Connection can give tips and a web site to help you raise funds.

Please contact us at or 612-767-4430. We look forward to sharing with you the places and people we cherish.