This short-term working holiday is for persons who do not have much time but want to travel and do more on spring break besides
the beach - give something of themselves to the global community.

This program is recommended for persons interested in international community health, social scientist, first & second year medical
and nursing students and anyone concerned about the plight of orphans, street children, pregnant women & nursing mothers in
regards to HIV & AIDS and other community related health issues. This is both a volunteer and fact finding experience.

Participants will be involved in both conducting and participating in community workshops focused on health and township culture.
Participants will learning how local communities are dealing with not only HIV/AIDS but also other health issues such as tobacco use,
water safety and personal hygiene as it relates to illness.

Before departure Participants will be trained to provide community education on any one of the following of their choice: HIV/AIDS
education, tobacco health concerns, diabetes information, hand washing and personal hygiene and its relationship to the spread of
disease; or participants may volunteer to serve 3 days working with children (after school tutoring and enrichment such as art, dance,
drama and sports activities like soccer or baseball) or work in the kitchen serving meals to community members.

Applicants must be over the age of 18
Applicants should be:
well organized
Eager to learn new things and have new experiences
emotionally flexible & stable
able to work under pressure
can easily adjust to change
A great desire to learn more about yourself and eager to experience a new culture and life style with a strong interest in any of the following:
Women’s Health
Community Health
Children and Youth
What makes Anir different from any other travel experience?

    Anir has spent the last 15 years cultivating relationships with grassroots organizations
    and persons who have made history in South Africa and the world.

An Anir Experience offers its participants personal contact with living history and a
personal approach to learning abut the culture.

Our facilitators and guides are experts on South African Culture & History, most of
them local members of the host community, who can offer you insight and access to
people and places not found on the average tour.

We give our participants a chance to participate in the host community - not just sightsee

We specialize in educating our participants not entertaining....

    (Travel days March ) You arrive in Cape Town where you are met and transferred to our
    European style accommodations in Greenpoint. We will be staying at one of the most
    hospitable bed and breakfast in Cape Town at the base of majestic Table Mountain.

    Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An eclectic mix of architectural
    styles, Cape Dutch, English Tutor, brightly Coloured Muslim homes, but also the paradox of
    the 3rd largest township in the country with shanties, poor health and children living on the

    *First full day  your first full day in the city will start with meeting fellow team members and
    an early morning lecture on South African culture and a visit to the Iziko Cultural Museum of
    Cape Town, one of the finest cultural museums in the country. Here you will learn about and
    acclimate yourself to not only the major indigenous cultures of the area but also the
    topography and ocean around it.

    In the afternoon  the experiential learning begins starting with the major communities and
    townships in the area. First we experience the raw energy of this ‘rainbow nation’ in one
    remarkable day. We start with a visit to vibrant Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) where bright
    colored boxy houses contrast with the Cape Dutch & English style architecture of
    downtown. Then on to the District Six Museum, which dramatically documents the tragic
    disintegration of this once-vibrant community by the apartheid government (If you saw the
    recent SI-FY movie District 9 it was inspired by the history of District 6). From here, we tour
    Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape and visit the Tsoga
    Environmental Gardens, which are an example of the entrepreneurship of the township
    people of the new South Africa. Continue to Guguletu, gaining invaluable insights into the
    cultures and history of each township. Then sample a slice of township life with a visit to an
    informal spaza shop, a shebeen (pub) and family hostels. This Experience is lead by
    members of the township community. In the evening dine at the famed Africa Café where
    you will sample the food treasures of the continent.

    *Day two Starts with a forum discussion on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The leaders of this
    forum are local educators and specialist on the subject. This Experience include visits to
    local orphan homes, clinics and a township maternity hospital, where participants meet with
    and exchange questions and information on the treatment and education of HIV/AIDS.

    *Day Three we will meet with students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology
    HIV/AIDS Community Task Force and with professors and nursing students actively
    participating in community outreach and research (Click here to learn more about CPUT HIV/AIDS program).

    *Day Four, Five, Six  are full days spent at work at Baphumelele (click here to learn more about this
    remarkable place) either doing health screening & health education or working with the children,
    soup kitchen, or community outreach program. Selected participants will have an
    opportunity to request which area they would like work at.

    Day Seven we tour the spectacular Cape Peninsula and you will learn why Cape Town is
    considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world; in addition we visit the coastal
    towns of Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and the penguin colony at Simon’s Town as well Cape
    Point. The Cape Peninsula is the thin finger of land in the south-western most corner of
    Africa with the city of Cape Town at its head. As we travel south towards Cape Point and
    the Cape of Good Hope, the land gets narrower until the continent ends with nothing
    beyond except Antarctica. In 1578 Sir Francis Drake described it as “The fairest cape in the
    whole circumference of the globe”. The rugged Table Mountain range meanders down the
    centre of the peninsula, and long white soft sandy beaches and little rocky coves, line the
    edges. The flora and fauna is unique to the area and brightly coloured bird life is prolific.

    *Day Eight you are free to rest, explore the city on your own and to shop at the oldest
    market location in South Africa. Greenmarket Square has been a market site since the late
    1700’s and now is home to a variety of African vendors from all over the continent. And then
    contrast it with a visit to the very glamorous Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Mall; or
    spend the day on a hike or half the day on a tram ride up to the top of Table Mountain. The
    hike will allow you a chance to inspect mountain wildflowers. The tram ride gives you a
    birds-eye-view of Table Bay. Or spend the day or an afternoon visiting Kirstenbosch
    Botanical Gardens home to 10% of the world's flora, or  indulge on a full day tour visiting the
    Cape Winelands consisting of several towns including Stellenbosch, Paarl, and
    Franschhoek. Gracious Cape Dutch homesteads set against a backdrop of mountains,
    forests, and rolling vineyards provide an unforgettable landscape.  You will have the
    opportunity to sample and purchase noble vintages, to explore the realm of the wine maker
    and experience a rich historical and architectural tradition while you learn first-hand how this
    picturesque part of South Africa produces some of the world’s finest wines. Or if you are
    more into history visit Robben Island which is situated 11km from Cape Town, in the middle
    of Table Bay. Here Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years in prison, much of it
    under hard labor. The island is now a museum and conservation area and was declared a
    World Heritage site in 1999. Former inmates lead the tours and there is also wildlife viewing,
    with antelopes such as springbok and bontebok, and a diverse selection of birds, including
    ostriches and an African penguin colony, Cape Fur Seals play in the cold Atlantic waters
    and are food for great white sharks; who along with the cold water and strong currents
    deterred prisoners from attempting to swim to the mainland. Or you may depart for home so
    as to arrive back on March 29 .

    Day 9 you may either depart for home or other destinations or leave with us for a two day
    BIG FIVE photo safari.

Click here to learn more about the safari
Suggested Itinerary - subject to change slightly
Only 10-15 persons will be selected for this Experience -
based on application and references