• Rwanda

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Feb 08, 2017
Nov 12, 2013
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About Program

At the Rwanda Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural interpersonal skills applicable to any profession.

Guided by a team of experts, community members, and local changemakers, ThinkImpact scholars have worked on and created a wide variety of projects, from improving traditional cooking tools to developing water management technologies for rural farmers. Scholars also benefit from direct access to entrepreneurs, micro-finance organizations, community-based organizations, and local leaders. You'll take an asset-based approach to community development, prototyping an enterprise and then testing your product or service within the community.

In addition to your Institute curriculum, you'll be living and engaging with local families and immersing yourself in Rwandan culture.

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Program Highlights

  • You refuse to settle for an average experience abroad. You're looking for something extraordinarya program that will push your limits and bring you outside your comfort zone.
  • You understand that in order to succeed in a global marketplace, you need hands-on experience that will not only enhance your resume, but give you tangible, real-world professional skills.
  • You're passionate about social innovation and are searching for a crash course in entrepreneurship that will change the way you see the world.
  • You have an interest in global development, but want to go beyond the typical international volunteer program and make a real impact.
  • You will come back changed forever... in the very best way possible.

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A High Impact Summer

ThinkImpact gave me the resources to create positive change in my host community. Through immersion, collaboration, and coaching from my advisor, I lived a high-impact summer of social change.

The first portion of the program is dedicated to immersion. By living with a host family and participating in their daily activities, I felt welcomed and integrated into the local culture. I cooked, cultivated, fetched water, went to church, washed clothes, and fed the cow, among other activities.

I loved living with my host family, but be prepared to live in rustic conditions (no running water, latrines, etc.). You'll be surprised how easy this is to get used to! There was little variety in our food options, I generally liked what we were served. Our meals consisted of plantains, beans, rice, and some greens and fruit. We also drank milk tea every morning. It is very easy to be a vegetarian in the communities, if that's your thing!

I felt very safe in my community. My host family and team members were always looking out for my safety. However, we were advised not to go out at night.

ThinkImpact's in-country team exceeded my expectations. The country coordinator and advisor were attentive to our needs and went above and beyond to make our experience meaningful and impactful.

Starting a business in rural Rwanda is definitely a challenging experience. Trying to explain the idea of a business plan, budgeting, and other basics was quite difficult. Working with the interpreters was also difficult at times. Additionally, we had to consistently try to overcome the community's stereotypes of "Westerners in Africa" (especially with regard to money). ThinkImpact's staff was very helpful in addressing all of my concerns and working with me to come of with creative solutions to these issues.

I definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a high-impact summer of social change, entrepreneurship, and asset-based community development.

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