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BC: Works Citied Fat Cakes. 2007. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Soccer. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Feast. 2007. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Braai. 2009. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Mielies. 2009. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Restaurant. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Landscape. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Johannesburg. 2009. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. High School Students. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. School Instruction. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011. Cape Town. 2004. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 6 Jan 2011.

FC: Peace Corp trip to South Africa

1: Johannesburg is where i first stayed when I arrived in South Africa. It is very beautiful and cultural and it South Africa's developed city. | This is where i stayed for the majority of my time in South Africa. It is the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. We stayed in huts which serve as the kitchen, and others are designated for sleeping, socializing, or eating.

2: Dear Mom and Dad, 6/2/2011 My first week in South Africa just came to an end and after living the South African lifestyle for the past seven days, I have to say it is a very interesting and beautiful country. I started off my week staying in Johannesburg, which is Africa’s most developed city. When I arrived in Johannesburg I was greeted with the rest of the peace corp. group that I am assigned to. I quickly became friends with my entire group. The next two days we traveled through the city, visiting stores and restaurants. I brought a few interesting foods those few days, my favorites were the fat cakes which melted right in my mouth. Throughout the streets children were playing soccer and I was allowed to play in a few of the games. The children are pretty good and I was no match for them. We arrived at the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa on the third day and this is where I’m staying for the next couple of months. I’m very excited to spend my next couple of months in South Africa, I’m looking forward on helping out this country, living this lifestyle, and meeting new people along the way. I miss you guys and I will be sure to bring back some gifts when I return. Love, Joe

3: Dear Dan, 6/8/2011 South Africa is awesome! I’m meeting a lot of interesting people and visiting a lot of cool places. Right now I’m living on the East Coast of South Africa, where I am working at schools and teaching the students the English language. During my free time I am playing soccer in the streets. The boys that I play against are pretty good; they make me look like I never played soccer in my life. I started to surf down in South Africa because that is what many people do in their free time. I’m not that good, but I hope with a few more weeks of practice I will be dissent. They have interesting foods down here that I would never try back at home. My favorites are the fat cakes that are layered with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. I’ll be sure to bring some home with me when I return in a few months. Your Pal, Joe

4: Students attend high school at Soweto in South Africa's largest Township. other areas of South African life, apartheid-era segregation in public education has been dismantled. However, it will take some time before all children receive the same opportunities within a uniform system

5: Here are two schools I helped out in South Africa. I helped these children the English language when i visited these two schools. Both school treated me very nicely.

6: Students are taught in their native language until 7th grade when they are taught in English. Children are reguired to go to school until the age of 15

7: New schools are being made to help out the less fortunate and the most damaged kids.

8: Children play soccer everywhere throughout Africa. They play surrounded by beaches, hills, and rivers. These children will play any where. | Boys spend most of there day outside. Most of their day outside is playing pickup games of soccer.

9: Boys will use any type of object as the soccer ball. Like tennis balls, cans, or trash. For the nets, they will either use sticks or rocks that they find. It doesn't take much for children in South Africa to have fun.

10: Soccer is one of the most important sport in South Africa. Boys will learn the sport at a very young age and will usually continue to play for the rest of their lives in pick up games or for teams.

11: Here are some poster's sponsoring the 2010 soccer World Cup that South Africa hosted.

12: Here is a newspaper highlighting the South African soccer team during the 2010 world cup. This soccer team helped to bring during a long run of tough times for South Africa.

13: Soccer has helped transform South Africa into a better, safer country. Even though crime rates are down, there are still many problems facing South Africa.

14: Food is what brings the people of South Africa together. A Braai is a traditional South African barbeque that is now a social custom throughout South Africa. This event allows guest to bring their choice of meats to grill. | Mielies are popular foods, that are boiled over a fire and sold on the street.

15: South Africa's not well known food was on display during last year's World Cup.

16: Indian- Influenced Food | Fat Cakes | Feast | Food at the Braai

17: Braai's are bring together friends and family to celebrate birthdays or events. A Braai usually starts in the afternoon and will continue into the night.

18: Upscale restaurants and trendy cafés are common fixtures in middle-to-high class neighborhoods in major South African towns. I had an opportunity to eat at few during my first few days.

19: A South African Dollar equals 0.1473 for every on American dollar bill | This is the type of money I used to pay for food and other expenses.

20: This is another picture of the East coast of South Africa. Its far way from major cities and it is surrounded by beautiful grassy hills and trails.

21: Dear Mom and Dad, 12/5/2011 I can’t wait to see you guys, I will be coming home from South Africa in the next couple of days. I’m sad that I have to leave South Africa so soon, it felt like I just got here and I was in Johannesburg meeting all my news friends in my peace corp. group. But now, after 6 wonderful months I am leaving this beautiful country where I met fabulous people and experienced many new things that I might never get the chance to do every again. My favorite part about my peace corp. trip was meeting new people and having the opportunity to help them out in anyway shape or form. I loved playing soccer in the streets with no shoes on and the food was something I will never forget. Its sad having to leave this beautiful country, I hope that my time spent here I was able to help as many people as I could. But now as I am writing my letter to you I am packing up my suitcase, and cleaning out my room. I will see you guys soon. Love, Joe

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