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South Africa: Transformative Learning through Community Engagement

June 9 – 23, 2023

South Africa is a country located in the southernmost part of the continent of Africa. The country has 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu. South Africa is considered one of the most diverse countries in the world, with Cape Town being the heart of it all. Students from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Davidson-Davie Community College (DDCC) are invited to apply for this faculty-led service-learning program in partnership with EDU Africa. Much of the program will consist of working alongside members of the Cape Town community in areas including healthcare, education, business/entrepreneurship, zoo and aquarium sciences, and social justice.

South African Penguins

Participants will explore Cape Town’s city life, be educated on the HIV/AIDS impact, view the hospital where the world’s first successful heart transplant took place, explore the realms where the iconic Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, experience ethnic cuisine, and walk among the penguins of the famous Boulders Beach. Students will have the opportunity to be immersed in African culture, invest in education, and witness diversity firsthand.

This trip is intended for:
Students from Central Piedmont CC & Davidson-Davie CC. Community members are also allowed to join with the understanding that they will participate in all academic, service, and programmed activities.

You will experience
Service-learning, community involvement, history and culture.

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You must register for the summer 2023 term at Central Piedmont Community College. If you are seeking academic credit for your participation you must register for: HUM 120 – Cultural Studies. If you are not seeking to earn academic credit for your participation, you must register for TVL 7800 – a non-curriculum course.


Approximately $4000*

Fee includes:

  • round-trip airfare
  • lodging
  • meals
  • in-country transportations
  • service-learning experiences
  • various cultural learning excursions and experiences

Not included in Program Fee:

  • passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Central Piedmont course registration associated with the program
  • Personal expenses (ex: meals in airports, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)

*Cost is approximate

Application Deadline

The trip is being lead by Central Piedmont CC so Davidson-Davie students must apply through CPCC. Their Summer study abroad program deadline is typically January 31; however, since space is limited for this trip, the deadline may be earlier. Contact trip leader JB Gammon from CPCC for more information at: jublia.gammon@cpcc.edu

Scholarship Info

Davidson-Davie Scholarships:

DDCC students can apply for a partial scholarship made possible by funding from the college. The Davidson-Davie study abroad scholarship application deadline for summer 2023 trips is Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Gilman Scholarship:

Pell recipients also have the option of applying for a federal scholarship: the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, which could cover the entire cost of the program.

First Trip Scholarship:

South Africa is an eligible country for the First Trip Scholarship, which awards $750 to $1500 (determined by applicant need, destination, and availability of funds) to students that are traveling abroad for the first time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, & students are encouraged to submit applications at least three (3) months in advance of departure. Please visit the First Trip Scholarship website for more information on how to apply.

Click on the “Apply Now” button below to apply for this study abroad program (note: you will be redirected to Central Piedmont Community College’s website).