Global Learning

Virtual Study Abroad to South Africa

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Until we are able to travel again, join Central Piedmont Global Learning, Davidson County Community College, and EDU Africa for transformative learning through this virtual study abroad to South Africa. Interact and learn about the history, culture, and racial identity issues of South Africa.


All events are held virtually through Zoom and are open to all (unless otherwise noted). After registering for a session, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the Zoom meeting.

  • Past Event: Meet "Mzansi:" An Introduction to South Africa

    “Mzansi” (South Africa's nickname) is one of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the world. Join our partners from EDU Africa as they share about South African culture, language, and history.

  • Past Event: "Born a Crime" Book Discussion

    In this award-winning book, "Born a Crime," Trevor Noah tells his coming-of-age tale during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa. Our discussion will be centered around a variety of “glocal” themes, such as bridging cultural differences, race and identity, overcoming adversity, and the role of humor in surviving life’s challenges. Moderated by our South African partners, EDU Africa, with smaller break-out rooms for interactive dialogue.

    This event is held in partnership with the college's Black History Month event series as well as Service-Learning's Perspectives Book Club.

  • Past Event: Memories of Robben Island: Conversations with a Former Prisoner and Mandela's Prison Guard

    Robben Island is the notorious prison where former president and liberation leader, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. It is a privilege to have both Lionel Davis (former political prisoner) and Christo Brand (Mandela's former prison guard) share stories about growing up during a racially divided South Africa, their experiences on Robben Island, and life after the fall of Apartheid. This session, hosted by our partners at EDU Africa, highlights unlikely friendships, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

  • Past Event: Sharing Stories: A Virtual Student Exchange with South Africa

    Investigate the world beyond your immediate environment: connect with South African students. Through small group conversations, you will engage, share stories, and gain respect for each other’s cultures. This event is hosted by our partners at EDU Africa.

    Open to Central Piedmont and Davidson County Community College students.

    This event was run in partnership with the Central Piedmont Sensoria Festival.