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. Speakers and host organizations share lessons from the development frontier in this beautiful ‘land of a thousand hills’.
Rwanda: Expected Summer 2020
Rwanda represents an ideal location for development experts to engage. Because it is a poor country but one of the safest and most stable parts of the African continent, it represents an attractive place to test development impact. The last two decades have shown remarkable progress in Rwanda, and many of the most promising efforts are already being replicated in other developing countries. There is perhaps no more accessible and hopeful location to study the effects of a variety of development initiatives all in one place.
This seminar in developing enterprises will:
On campus: Before departure, students are required to participate in two preparatory class meetings; assigned readings & discussion (materials will be available for those choosing to participate from locations other than Gordon College’s campus).
On the ground:
Once students are exposed to more than 30 organizations, each student will be afforded the opportunity to embark on a short immersion experience at their chosen organization. Students will be responsible for readings, essays & journals, class presentations and participation.
The GEO will notify seminar participants when they are able to register.
Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding Thematic core through participation in the Rwanda Seminar must:
Total program cost including non-refundable deposit is approximately $5,000. This covers:
A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. The remainder will be billed to student accounts. Full details available from Student Financial Services.
Students are responsible for obtaining their passports well in advance of the seminar. Passport numbers required for travel reservations in mid-February.
Students are also responsible for securing any needed immunizations. Go to the CDC website for Rwanda.
Please note, applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received. Applicants should:
Non-Gordon students interested in applying to ISE291:
Applications will not be considered complete until all materials have been received. Send application fee and all printed forms to:
Global Education Office
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984
For further information contact:
The Global Education Office
P 978 867 4399
“The Rwanda Seminar is one of the greatest opportunities offered to students at Gordon. Nowhere 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