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Rwanda Adventure Travel Abroad Program

Rwanda Trip Overview

Rwanda Trip Overview

Explore Africa's most peaceful country, experiencing the indescribable natural beauty and cultural renaissance of a determined people. We go behind the exterior, side-by-side with courageous souls who give voice to the voiceless and help make visible what is invisible in our own communities. Our adventures include an overnight wilderness excursion to the Silverback gorilla preserve.

People to People: Local Community
Our relationship with the Rwanda Ministry of Education provides unique cultural exchange opportunities for students to pen-pal with their local…

Explore Africa's most peaceful country, experiencing the indescribable natural beauty and cultural renaissance of a determined people. We go behind the exterior, side-by-side with courageous souls who give voice to the voiceless and help make visible what is invisible in our own communities. Our adventures include an overnight wilderness excursion to the Silverback gorilla preserve.

People to People: Local Community
Our relationship with the Rwanda Ministry of Education provides unique cultural exchange opportunities for students to pen-pal with their local counterparts. Personal access to innovative change-makers, government officials and academic experts offers a rare “insider’s account” of the genocide, recovery and the people who still live with its legacy. We support social enterprises dedicated to providing English and computer literacy to young people. Our partnerships with women’s cooperative centers and farming villages teach about the power of community organizations to create positive futures.

History Matters: Learning From The Past
Exquisitely green, this “land of a thousand hills” is characterized by regional growth and local traditions. Travelers learn the hidden histories behind European colonialism, which engineered a synthesis of identity, faith and culture. Visits to Kigali’s capital sites provide unforgettable lessons in human rights and history. What were the conditions which created internal discord? How might we recognize the warning signs in the future? Our program balances visits to key memorial sites, intensive inquiry with structured reflection time and playful dance classes at an organization dedicated to fostering unity between people of all identities.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore dynamic capital city
  • Kigali Dance with Hutu & Tutsi people in celebration of unity
  • Experience dynamic art and agricultural cooperatives
  • Volunteer with local children
  • Understand hidden history at key genocide memorial sites
  • Hike volcanic mountains surrounding vibrant lakes
  • Shop traditional and modern markets
  • Visit colonial relics and ancient cultural museums
  • Learn traditional basketry and artisan handicrafts
  • Trek mountains with giant Silverback Gorillas

Student Video

The Kindness of Strangers
When Cole Kawana traveled to Rwanda he discovered that, in addition to recovering from a devastating genocide, the country also…