Developing Enterprises In Rwanda

International Seminar: Developing Enterprises in Rwanda

JUNE 6–27, 2016

Immerse yourself in the development initiatives transforming one of the most hopeful countries in Africa. This seminar introduces students to the needs of the poor and the diverse models (non-profit, government and business) that have emerged to address those needs. Class sessions are dedicated to deepening our understanding of Rwanda since the tragic genocide of 1994. Over 30 speakers and host organizations share hard-earned lessons from the development frontier in this beautiful "land of a thousand hills."

Experience first-hand the problems and progress of a developing country

Learn directly from the development experts crafting entrepreneurial solutions

Put knowledge and compassion to use through on-site service learning

There is perhaps no single location that offers a more accessible and hopeful context to study the effects of development. Rwanda is a poor, over-populated, landlocked country with few natural resources, yet it is also small, stable and relatively unified (in language, religion and culture) compared to neighboring countries. These are some of the reasons Rwanda represents one of the safest countries on the continent.

“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

“It ended up being the greatest summer experience of my life. Getting to not only see, but learn the pros and cons of development really opened my eyes to the work organizations do all around the world (and seeing baboons outside my hotel window was pretty rad).”
Jesse Steele, Comm. Arts '15