There is perhaps no location that offers a more accessible and hopeful context for analyzing the effects of development. Rwanda—a poor, over-populated, landlocked country with few natural resources—is also one of the safest and most stable countries in Africa, thanks to its small size, stability and unification of language, religion and culture. This creates an ideal environment for studying the frontiers of international development.
“I had decided to go on that trip to learn how countries like my own (Haiti) could potentially grow, develop and become stronger nations. After this seminar, I went back home with a renewed will to make a change in Haiti, to work for its development however I could.”
—Melissa Jeanty, Pre-Med ‘16
“The Rwanda Seminar is one of the greatest opportunities offered to students at Gordon. No where else have I learned so intensely; developed my professional and personal understanding of the world; met so many inspiring and challenging people; or seen such beautiful places! This seminar is an exceptional program. I was so impressed with the thought-provoking and far-reaching program structure. I loved the interactive nature of this learning experience, because we expanded our understanding exponentially by going to the businesses, government offices, NGO’s, and community spaces founded by people committed to Rwanda’s development. I know the lessons I learned will positively influence my opinions, goals, and career path; they already have begun to.”
—Gabrielle Perkins, Senior, Economics & French Major