Join a community initiative that supports 4 pre-schools, several elementary schools, 2 day care centers, community and school gardens, & a handicapped care center.

South Africa Service – Learning

Join us in a Service – Learning Project to the rural communities surrounding Hoedspruit, South Africa and earn up to 15 credits. See the work of a successful-anti-poaching unit and “a day in the life of a game warden.” Get up close and personal with the “Big 5” in the Thornybush Reserve.

Schedule of Courses, Spring & Summer 2018

Take any combination of sessions.

First  Session: March 5 – June 2

Travel Dates: May 15 – June 2
Course Fee: $3400 (Includes all first session courses)

  • International Travel Abroad – Africa [3 credits]
  • Service Learning: Travel Abroad – Africa [1 credit]
  • Regional Studies – Africa [3 credits]
  • IS: Development Economics of Southern Africa [3 credits]
  • Elephant Research in RSA [3 credits] (May 24 – 31)
Second Session: May 31 – June 8

Course Fee: $1300

  • Community-Based Natural Resource Management
Third Session: June 8 – June 18

Course Fee: $1300

  • Natural History Field Study – Africa


Included in Course Fees: all lodging, some meals, in-country travel, tips, entrance fees, etc.

Additional Expenses:

  • Tuition: $333 / credit. (Students who want to participate in the trip without credit can audit for $333 plus the course fee.)
  • Airfare to/from Johannesburg South Africa (JNB)
  • Personal Costs: all meals not included with lodging and all personal/incidental costs


Open: to SNC students, non-SNC students, and interested adults subject to space available.

Credit: Students may enroll for up to 15 credits plus any internship and research credits.

Expectations: All students who participate in this travel are expected to be fully engaged in the service-learning component (up to 8 hours per day). Students are expected to act responsibly and as ambassadors for SNC at all times. SNC students will be expected to follow the SNC Code of Conduct and will be required to sign an agreement to this effect.

Tentative Activities – Travel Abroad Africa

Pretoria: Guided tours of Soweto, apartheid museum, and the Hector Pietersen museum; briefing by Robert Stanley and Ashley Burgin on HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and working overseas; briefing by Deputy Mission Director/USAID South Africa on the political and economic development of South Africa and US interests.

Graskop: working and providing services at a local Graskop crèche/orphanage.

Thornybush Private Reserve: 8 days working in the reserve and in the surrounding communities. Options for morning and/or evening safaris. See unbelievable wildlife – lions and elephants a few dozen yards from our open-top vehicles.

You may be painting schools, building community gardens, renovating pre-schools, and tutoring students in English and Maths. Final decisions will be made when we arrive. You should be comfortable responding flexibly and creatively to circumstances in a different culture.

Blyde River Canyon: hiking, exploring, and relaxation time. Visit God’s Window, the Potholes, and the Three Rondavels. Option to visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Travel Requirements
  1. Upon arrival in South Africa, you will have to clear immigration and customs. You are traveling to South Africa as a TOURIST. Request a tourist visa.
  2. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months following your travel to South Africa and you must have at least two blank pages in your passport in order to obtain a visa (no cost) to enter South Africa. All students are expected to determine if they are eligible for an airport visa or will need to apply for their visa prior to arrival in South Africa. Failure to ensure you meet the above criteria may result in denial of entry to South Africa.
  3. No shots are required unless you are transiting an area that has yellow-fever.
  4. Thornybush is in a malaria zone. Students may wish to consider taking an anti-malarial prophylactic. Please consult your doctor prior to taking any medication.
  5. Travel insurance may be purchased separately from MEDEX or other company to cover the costs of unexpected emergencies.
  6. Please check with your health insurance carrier to ensure you have coverage outside the U.S.
  7. Students may elect to travel on their own, without SNC sponsorship, before or after the SNC Service Learning trip. In 2014, students traveled to Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. This travel is at your own expense and you are on your own to make travel arrangements. It is NOT part of the SNC sponsored travel.
  8. Students MUST complete all required paperwork (flight info, participant information sheet, passport copy, and contact details) prior to departing for RSA. If you arrive in country and we do not have the required paperwork, we may be required to put you on a return flight back to the US. You are also expected to pay all course fees due SNC prior to your departure. The SNC Student Accounts office must verify payment of your course fees.

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Mary Lewellen, Associate Professor,
Ted Morse, Adjunct Professor,
Chuck Levitan, Professor,