Next Tuesday, more than thirty students from Oakland will get on a plane for South Africa. Some have never even been on a plane; most are Oakland teens; all but one is African American.
They’re part of a group called Culture Keepers, and they’ll be meeting with a group of South African youth and traveling in the country for two weeks.
To prep, they’ve been delving into their own genealogy, and learning a few Zulu dances, and songs in the Sotho language.
The goal is to give them the travel bug for life, teach them about culture, and help them know themselves.
It's founder Kharyshi Wiginton’s third year pulling this trip together. She’s one of those educators we don’t hear about often, and she pretty much works 24/7 for Oakland teens. She's been working with her students to fundraise for the voyage — hosting car washes, and selling T-shirts and hoodies.
Education Reporter Lee Romney introduces us to her and to some of the students who will be heading out on this adventure next week.
To listen to more student voices, watch their video.