This study abroad trip begins in a rural region of South Africa where our outreach work at Nkume Primary School continues. Students will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of the students who attend the school through education, school maintenance projects, and planting new crops in the recently established vegetable garden.

Carthage students can participate in a service-learning J-Term study tour to the Nkume School in ... Throughout the trip, we will come across communities in rural South Africa that face challenges due to poverty, climate change, and health care issues and discover how these issues are being addressed to improve living conditions. The next part of our adventure takes us on an exhilarating safari experience to search for the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo); a moment of solace in the ancient Drakensberg Mountains; and a journey along the Eastern Cape’s iconic Garden Route and complete the experience with a trip at one of South Africa’s most sought-after coastal towns.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

Course code and title

GNR 675: Service Learning in Communities — Nkume Primary School


Nkume Primary School in Eshowe, South Africa


Estimated travel dates

May 23-June 6, 2022

Estimated costs