Visitors from Japan tour South Africa March 2012
2012-03-07 16:32 by Robin Roberts
Coordinated by Hilltops director Rommel Roberts the their itinerary started in Johannesburg, as they traveled through the interior of the country, hosted by various friends, farmers and ranchers along the trip. Traveling to the Eastern Cape and onto Cape Town the students saw a variety of themes in the agricultural industry. They spent time at cattle ranches, an Arabian horse ranch, citrus farms, a protea flower farm, took in few beaches, villages and while visiting a variety of wine farms and tested some of South Africa's finest wines and even managed to visit the township of Khayelitsha to see the density of a township and the limited prospects of any kind for growing produce or raising animals in such a dense location. A world apart from Tokyo and starkley different from Japan, Mia, Dachi and Mitsuki found their time in South Africa to be a very positive experience and hope that they will be able return again for another visit.
Volunteer Arrives from Japan March 2012
2012-03-02 17:13 by Robin Roberts
their English speaking skills daily. Ikuma spends the entire day as a learner at the school and is participating in all classes, apparently Math being the most difficult. Ikuma has nothing but praise for the teachers at the local primary and believes they are doing wonderful work to insure the youths quality of education. Ikuma being Japanesse looks quite young, even though he is 29 years old. He purchaed himself a school uniform to wear to school in order to match the other childern, respecting the dress code and conduct of the school. Ikuma purchased a VW bettle to drive while he lives in South Africa but has made a clear choice to walk to school rain or shine just like the other learners. Ikuma is now planning to promote a tour for golfer's giving others from Japan the opportunity to tour the country and to play golf on some of the worlds most beautiful courses in the world.