Participants wake up to voluntary exercises that are run by ALA student facilitators and designed to energise them for the activities that will follow throughout the day. After breakfast, they start lessons grounded in ALA’s unique entrepreneurial leadership curriculum. To guarantee the students have a full learning experience, the EL curriculum ensures that there are experientials between class lessons so that students have direct experiences and learn by doing.
At the end of a vigorous day, participants have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker who will impart their knowledge on topics that range from Entrepreneurship to Self-Belief. After every speech, participants are given the chance to interact with the guest speaker by asking questions.
Within all learning activities, students are able to engage with the beauty of Johannesburg. There are planned trips to wildlife reserves, museums and local townships. This gives participants a chance to interact with the history of South Africa.
A large part of the ALA experience is discovering the culture of South Africa. Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest metropolis and offers a wide range
of opportunities to explore and discover the country’s rich history.
Participants are taken to The Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum which commemorates the 566 people who died in a student uprising that was one of the seminal moments in the struggle against apartheid. This solemn moment during the program gives participants an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of an important part of South Africa’s history. On the same day students are taken to The Mandela House, which strives to be a world class visitor’s attraction.
Both these educational and cultural spots are found in Soweto, which is one of the country’s most beloved townships.
Students are under staff supervision almost always, unless they are explicitly granted time to explore independently within a pre-defined area – for example, when visiting a market or engaged in a village ceremony. In these situations, students are always instructed to use the buddy system. In addition, students are briefed on what to look out for and what to avoid. We make sure that participants are ready to explore any place without feeling overburdened. Our main objective is to provide every Global Scholar a safe and wonderful experience.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”– Aristotle
At GSP we value experiential learning as a powerful teaching tool. We learn best through doing. We encourage participants to be actively involved in their own learning process. Participants are coached to reflect on and analyse concepts taught in the curriculum allowing them to use these skills in real life experiences.
One of the more popular experentials used during GSP is ‘Lilly Pads’ where participants work in a large group. This allows them to negotiate the challenges of effective communication and team work.