Beyond Charlottesville: We Out!

Darnell Lamont Walker, a Charlottesville native and Charlottesville High School alum, Zy Bryant, a current Charlottesville High School student and activist, and Passport Required, will take Charlottesville Area high school students to South Africa for a cultural exchange experience of a lifetime. “Imagine what could happen if you show these kids there’s a world beyond their neighborhood,” Darnell said. Students will soak up the culture, visit colleges and classrooms, tour museums, townships, and historical sites, and meet with countless people with stories to tell about their homeland.

And of course, the fun! We’re going to have an amazing time.

WHERE: Johannesburg, South Africa

WHEN: March 31 – April 8 (Charlottesville Schools Spring Break)

COST: $1600 Per Person. Price includes airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation, and activities. (Payment Plans Will Be Available).

FUNDRAISING: We will do our best to offset costs for all students through fundraising efforts. Selected students will come together to brainstorm on these ideas.

STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS: 6-12 students who will greatly benefit from such an exchange will be chosen. Students, with their parents’ or guardians’ signature of course, must be able to get a passport.

TO APPLY: In a Word or PDF document, please send the following to PassportReq@Gmail.Com:
A. Name, Age, Contact Information, Graduation Year.
B. 500-800 words about (1) how this trip will benefit you, (2) your current life goals, (3) and how your participation on this trip will benefit those in your family and neighborhood who aren’t able to go.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Wednesday October 25, 2017 @ 7pm @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (Downtown Mall). RSVP via email if you and/or your child plans to attend. Your attendance is not required. If you aren’t able to make it and you have questions, feel free to email them to me.

ADULTS WHO’D LIKE TO ATTEND: You understand you will be participating in this trip like the students will. Because we already have chaperones, you will be coming along as a participant, living, eating, and exploring with us. To be selected, please submit a 500 – 800 word essay on: How you will benefit from this trip, what you hope to gain from this trip, and what you plan to give back once the trip is completed. Also, include a short bio.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October Tuesday October 31, 2017 @ 5:00pm.

Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.