Empower the Women of South Africa

San Francisco, 10 March 2011 - As women around the world gather to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, The Cultural Explorer, a San Francisco-based volunteer and philanthropic tour company, announces two remarkable travel opportunities in 2011 to meet and work with the women of South Africa.

“Something extraordinary happens when women come together," says The Cultural Explorer founder, Pat Walker. “We can and will change the world by working together.

“We are offering two very different trips - in August and September of 2011 - both designed to promote goodwill and the exchange of ideas between women from many different cultures. What better way to spend vacation time than by helping other women achieve success?"

About the upcoming trips:

Meet the Women of South Africa - August 7-12, 2011

A one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet diverse and interesting women while exploring South Africa. Travelers will meet businesswomen, working mothers, writers, political activists, educators, home-based care givers, traditional healers, and rural grannies.

Travelers will visit organizations that are working to improve the education and skills of disadvantaged women. Travelers will meet with several women who are making a big difference in their local communities. Travelers will also visit an exclusive game reserve dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the animals and the communities around it.

This trip will change perspectives and lives. Starting in Johannesburg, the trip goes through the stunning Drakensberg Mountains, stops in Durban, winds along the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa, and finally ends in Cape Town. It is a journey that promises thought-provoking conversations, adventure, fabulous food,charming hotels and B&Bs, and even safari.

Zulu Empowerment Trip - September 17-October 1, 2011

The Cultural Explorer has teamed with the Rural Women's Movement of South Africa to offer an extraordinary volunteer experience. Women and girls in the rural areas of South Africa have very few rights. The Rural Women's Movement (RWM), founded by activist, Sizani Ngubane, helps empower rural Zulu women and girls to be more self-sufficient.

The rural women near Loskop, South Africa, need help with business ideas: how to grow an organic herb garden, how to sell chickens, how to start a sewing business, how to design jewelry, knit, or how to develop a marketable skill. Volunteers are needed who can document the process and tell the women's stories in photographs or video. Travelers will also present workshops on how other cultures and other countries fought for equal rights. According to the RWM, these rural women need a strategy going forward. Travelers are invited to lend their expertise and talents to educate and tutor the rural women and have a great adventure along the way. On the last trip, sex education was a huge hit with these women.

The trip starts in Johannesburg with visits to downtown Jo'burg, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum. The majority of the Zulu Empowerment trip is based in KwaZulu-Natal where travelers will get to see rural South Africa up close: the picturesque Champagne Valley near Loskop in the Central Drakensberg Mountain area is one of the most beautiful and least touristy areas in all of South Africa. Travelers will stay in a locally-owned B&B and take side excursions each weekend. Travelers will spend almost two weeks giving ideas and support to the women and girls of Loskop.

As the world celebrates 100 years of women's achievements tomorrow, we all know there is much more to do. The Cultural Explorer invites all interested women to reach out and help less fortunate women who are still struggling to achieve their rights and self-sufficiency in rural South Africa.

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