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Abe Bailey Tour Programme

While the 2019 Tour programme will generally contain similar activities and interactions to the 2018 one, and will follow the same sequence, some refinements are being introduced to meet bursars’ interests more effectively.

The programme is framed around the following themes:

  1. Development of the British political system to its current multiculturalism approach
  2. Understanding British History and Culture
  3. Personal Leadership and Career Development
  4. Understanding the British Higher Educational System
  5. A New Perspective on South Africa’s place in the world

The Tour will be in five stages:

Stage One: Before the tour leaves, all Bursars will meet in Cape Town for three days. The object of this time will be for the Bursars to be introduced to one another / to interact both formally and informally / to be appraised of the tour programme / to understand fully their role and the expectations of them. This stage concludes with a Farewell Dinner with the Abe Bailey Trustees and past Bursars (Old Abes).

Stage Two: The group will spend two night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en route to London where they will visit the Headquarters of the African Union. Here they will be addressed by speakers regarding the vision and modus operandi of the AU and there will be plentiful opportunities to question and interrogate the presenters.

Stage Three: For nine days, the Bursars will be based at Goodenough College in North London. During this time, they will be touring the sights of London, meeting people of interest, giving presentations to the bursars, attending discussion groups, attending West End theatre productions like Hamilton and Les Miserables. Depending on individual interests, Bursars will choose museums and work shadow opportunities.

Stage Four: At the conclusion of the London leg, the Bursars will be ‘on tour’. Over the next four days, Guides will be introducing Oxford, Cambridge and Stratford-Upon-Avon to the group. This section of the trip will be finished off by attending a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Stage Five: After travelling up to Scotland and seeing the sights of Edinburgh, the group will spend four days at The Burn - a country retreat belonging to Goodenough College. In this relaxing atmosphere, Bursar presentations will be concluded, trips will be undertaken to explore the surrounding countryside and opportunity given for pleasant relaxation.

Bursars will then return to London for a final debrief.

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