The future is female! If you still don’t believe in this slogan then these three 24-year-old young women from Walter Sisulu University ought to change your mind.

WSU Tourism Management students, Sinovuyo Nomandla, Khuselwa Kilani and Yanga Mangisa are set to travel to China to participate in the Homestay in Jinhua’s Historic Villages for a 3 week exchange programme.


The three students said they are excited about travelling to China because of the potential experience that they will gain through this exchange programme.


Mthatha born, Nomandla, who will be travelling outside the border for the first time said she is “excited about the trip and learning more about a different country and that country’s language”.


Coming from different homes, they said that their families have been very supportive and proud of them for being successfully chosen to participate in the programme.


“I’m the first one in my family to go to University and that on its own has been a great achievement, the China trip has been a major bonus,” said Kilani.


Kilani further explained that her mother has shown her support and pride by sewing a new traditional Xhosa attire (Umbhaco) for her, saying she does not want her daughter to wear a traditional dress that had already been worn before.


Because tourism includes travelling, the girls say they are more than ready to conquer China and cannot wait to practice what they have learnt in theory in the classroom, with the practical experience that China will offer them.


Mangisa said this trip will help her gain experience and “is a way of testing myself to see whether I can survive in a different country”.


The trip has been fully funded by Jinhua Municipal Government and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. The participants will have the opportunity to experience the Chinese culture, lifestyle and cuisine. They will also be taught various skills such as playing Chinese traditional musical instruments, basket weaving and making dumplings.

By: Vuyolwethu Nzolongwane (Intern)

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