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South Africa: Communities of Learning

The learning goals, assessments, and assignments of the course have been created to best support a thoughtful partnership between the community and school members in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa and our TCNJ students. During the day, participants will work with staff and students at the school; then after hours, they will engage with families and community members to better understand the influence of shared investment in education.

Info Session

November 12th 1:30 in Education Room 107
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Application Deadline: February 14
Commitment Fee Deadline: February 21

Course Description

The purpose of this course is for TCNJ students to learn the importance of being part of a variety of communities of learning, including at school, at home, among teachers, and on a global scale. Participants will learn how to engage with community members as partners and develop strategies for helping communities have a positive effect on students’ academic and personal development.

The course will be based in the small village of Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa where students will be working with staff and students at Lettie De Klerk Primary School. Students will be living in this community and working with the school to develop a peer mentoring program and facilitate collaboration between the school and community to highlight the importance of community investment in education.

Program Information

Course: Official course code TBA. Both undergraduate and graduate sections available.

Liberal Learning: Race & Ethnicity; Global. The graduate courses fulfills requirements for both the EECE and Secondary Urban Master’s Programs.

Dates: May 30-June 16

Program Directors: Dr. Jonathan Davis, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, and Dr. Maureen Connolly, Professor of Education

Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: $4921.46 (Undergraduate), $5468.99 (Graduate). View Budget Sheet and explore scholarship opportunities.



  • Owl House Museum in Nieu Bethesda
  • Kitching Fossil Centre & Bushman Rock Art Museum
  • Safari at a Game Reserve
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Robben Island
  • Become part of the Nieu-Bethesda community!


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Davis at or Dr. Connolly at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.