Erin Norris, Softball Program Director

My name is Erin Norris and I’ll be your main point of contact leading up to the Softball Tour in South Africa! During my college softball career, I studied abroad with Beyond Sports through the Costa Rica program, so I certainly know what it feels like to be in your shoes. If you have any questions or concerns before you accept your invitation, please let me know! Last summer, we had an amazing time in Cape Town and we were overwhelmed with welcoming support from the Cape Town Softball Association who we partner with for this tour. You’ll meet some outstanding people in Cape Town through shared dinners with our opponents and during our service-learning clinics for local youth. If you’d like to speak with any of last year's participants, please let me know and I can introduce you!


I look forward to speaking with you over the phone soon and meeting you in person in South Africa!



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Tour Dates

June 19th - July 1st, 2018

Tour Cost


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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the U.S. with the group from the hub city (IAH, ORD or JFK).

Day 2: Travel day.

Day 3: Arrival in Cape Town, South Africa; known as the Mother City, it is the oldest city in South Africa. Welcome Banquet

in the evening!

Day 4: Morning practice and BP with the team at the Turfhall Sports Complex, home of the 2011 Junior Women’s World

Softball Championships. Later, we’ll team up with the South Africa Softball Federation to host a Service-learning clinic

coaching local youth.

Day 5: Tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years before becoming the first democratically

elected president. Have lunch on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Play Game #1 against a top club team.

Day 6: Visit the Castle of Good Hope and District Six Museum. Play Game #2 at Turfhall Sports Complex.

Day 7: Spend the day hiking to the top of Table Mountain- one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature- to see beautiful panoramic

views of Cape Town!

Days 8-10: Depart Cape Town and travel along the world famous Garden Route, spending 3 nights in Wilderness; a quiet beach town with white sand beaches. We’ll visit the Garden Route Game Lodge for a guided safari and the chance to see the iconic big game animals of Africa. The next day will be open to relax on the beach, hike through Wilderness National Park, or schedule other private excursions.

Day 11: On our way back to Cape Town, we will stop in Simon's Town for lunch and visit Boulder's Beach to see African penguins!

Day 12: Host our second service-learning clinic and play Game #3 against a team from the women’s professional league. Enjoy a traditional Lamb Roast Spit Braai (BBQ) after the game!

Day 13: Departure Day. The group will return to the U.S.

Deposit: January 15th


2nd Payment: March 2nd


Final Payment: May 11th


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Student Video From 2016 Program!


Over the last six years of operating international experiences for thousands of college athletes, we've learned that parents typically have two questions:

If you are a parent or family member that would like to come on the tour to Cape Town, please fill out the form below. Please understand that we are unable to provide any logistical support to parents traveling independently of the tour.

1) Will my son/daughter be safe while abroad?

2) Can I come?

Our top concern at all times is student safety during our trips. In an effort to help make you as comfortable as possible before and during your student's experience abroad, we encourage you to set up a time to discuss safety with one of our Program Directors. Also, if you'd like to speak with the parent of a past participant, we'd be happy to facilitate that connection.