Posts By: Jematia Chepyator

The Gentle Giants

The majestic and gentle giants of Africa rendered me speechless. Whether we were admiring them from a distance in Kruger or getting hugs on the Garden Route, these astounding creatures beat out bungee jumping as my favorite part of the entire trip. Learning about their extensive memories and relationships made them seem that much more… Read more »

Sweet Home Chicago

So I’ve been back in Chicago for 2 weeks now and it’s been good. The adjustment was not as bad as I thought it would be and my jetlag has not been that horrible. I miss waking up to mountains and the laid back South African culture the most. I was expecting to experience more… Read more »

Off the Grid

I can honestly say I enjoyed being off the grid for a week. Despite a small amount of anxiety over fall class registration, it was very relaxing. From Kruger to Hamakuya, not worrying about emails (184 to be exact) for a week made the experience much more meaningful. We spent 5 days in Kruger and… Read more »

Global Citizens

Throughout our time in Johannesburg, we visited multiple NGOs focusing on a range of issues. From women’s health to circumcision, we discussed many different issues which are at the forefront in South Africa. On the first day, we visited an NGO, called ANOVA, where we learned about various efforts to help gay men and women…. Read more »

Not that Different

I’ve been in South Africa over a month now and have enjoyed every second of it! From seal diving to hiking to safaris to museums, we have traveled from the Western Cape to Limpopo and learned so much about this beautiful country. With its beauty come many things that are different from home—for example, majestic… Read more »

Hello Spring

Fair warning: I’m not a great writer and this is my first time blogging. I will try my best to describe everything I’m experiencing and doing in South Africa to the best of my ability, but please bear with me. This quarter I will be studying abroad in South Africa at Stellenbosch University. Before even… Read more »