Lauder Students Test Skills to Race Through South Africa

In May 2012, the second annual Culture Quest took place in South Africa. Nine student teams, including an undergraduate team from the Huntsman Program, participated in this self-guided, 10-day race from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The students initiated the international immersion event last year with administrative support, choosing South Africa as the location this year, following Central America in 2011.

Along the way, teams collected points for a range of daring activities such as a safari encounter with the “big-five” animals, shark diving in the Indian Ocean, and bungee jumping off the Bloukrans River Bridge. Their 10 days in South Africa also featured interactions with the local South African community that included visits with families in Soweto, interviews with South African business owners, and learning local dances in Swaziland. The students’ journey through this region offered a unique way to experience South African culture in a short period of time while learning new leadership and team-building skills. The quest culminated with a lecture and luncheon at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards hosted by Wharton alumnus Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife Olive at their winery in Cape, South Africa.