Daily Archives: January 11, 2020

Embracing the warmth and new friends

Today, we were warmly welcomed by our chommies!!! They are all super friendly and so excited to have us. They helped us carry our luggage to our rooms for the next two weeks and then we were able to rest because having a group lunch.

I, Angela, spent a while with my chommie before lunch, and she’s really passionate about African history and geography. It was really interesting to learn about a subject that I previously lacked knowledge in. For lunch there was yellow rice, couscous, sausage, and chicken. After lunch we had a few bonding activities and a tour of campus. There is even a really cool water system last year graduates made which includes an aquaponics and live bacteria that filters water.

Arriving on campus

Then we were able to relax in the sun and play volleyball and badminton in the quad. We had a special dinner with our chommies and reflected the day with PENX afterward. It was a very busy day but very rewarding. Can’t wait till tomorrow’s adventures! – Mel & Angela

Making new friends on the bus shuttle
Excited to stretch their legs
Angela, Ali, Julia C, Mel, Scout, and Maria

The group arrived in Johannesburg and are at ALA!

After traveling for 20 hours or so, the group has finally arrived in-country! Everyone is tired but happy to finally be there. The moved through customs without incident, picked up some last minute items, and boarded the bus to the African Leadership Academy (ALA). Upon arrival they were welcomed by their Chommies (host students) and ALA staff for a short reception before moving their luggage into their dorm rooms which will be home for the next two weeks.

Susan, Cate, Amy and Sarah at baggage claim in Johannesburg
About to board the ALA bus at the Johannesburg airport.

Cate and Sarah report that our students jumped right into the activities and fun despite feeling a bit of jet lag! All are doing well.

Our group arriving on the ALA campus and being welcomed by their Chommies
Our students participating in ice breakers with their new friends.


Stay tuned for more pictures and updates!