Spartanburg, S.C. - Though she won't board the plane for South Africa until today, Cleveland Elementary School teacher Vanessa Anderson's bags have been packed for days. Anderson is one of a group of 11 going on an "educational tourism trip" to South Africa. York Bradshaw, dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate's College of Arts and Sciences and director of the school's outreach partnership center, and Theresa Ricke-Kiely, director of USC Upstate's nonprofit leadership program, will lead the trip.
Also making the trek will be state Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg; Spartanburg High School guidance counselor Beki Moyer; SHS students Kelly Hozelfrud, Latifah Turner, Brandon McCullough and Kristen Bell; Tony Bell, Spartanburg County director of human resources and Kristen's father; and Cody Fuller with the Community Foundation of Greenville.
After 20 or so hours on a plane, the group will arrive in Pretoria, in a time zone six hours ahead of their friends and family in Spartanburg. It's winter there, and temperatures will likely be in the 50s and 60s.
Read all the details of this trip on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Web site.