Go ED. Study Abroad Program in Rwanda, Africa

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Go ED. Africa: spend 15 weeks in beautiful Rwanda with classes focused on peace and reconciliation, transformational development, poverty alleviation, religion, and culture. Students also participate in a 4 week practicum in groups of two where they can observe first hand the work of various organizations with minority groups, orphans, displaced peoples, local villages, and work in situations related to their major such as nursing, education, business, photography, digital media, international development, sustainability, and journalism. Emphasis is placed on students understanding their role in owning and ending poverty and engaging the culture through forming relationships.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Transformation by Cultural Immersion

Choosing a program that would give me liberty to engage with the REAL people and place where I studied was my goal. I never dreamed Go ED. would go above and beyond this expectation, impacting my life for years to come. It did.

It is often said that the best "development work" is accomplished through walking a mile in the shoes of the recipients or beneficiaries, not just inviting them to participate but truly depending on them to both partner and inform the work and process. It is this togetherness that leads to impact with dignity for all involved. It is that "walk a mile in their shoes" approach that results in something deeper than just project outcomes.

With this approach at its core, the Go ED. Study Abroad semester in Rwanda challenges students' worldviews. It supports them in the process of dismantling the former and distilling the new, resulting in a transformed posture altogether. This is achieved through confronting some of the harshest realities of the human condition through close academic study, first-hand educational experiences, and engagement with both glaring poverty and vibrant culture - as if you literally stepped into the shoes of an East African man or woman.

The Go. ED program ultimately left me with a new value system. Values that transcend culture; values that anchor oneself in authentic solidarity with the little understood nor appreciated majority of the world - those too often just labeled as "the poor". It was as a result of these values, the overall experience and education of Go ED., and resulting transformation I underwent that led me back to Rwanda to partner with people there to create a successfully operating social business.

Without the Go ED. Study Abroad Semester, I would not be the same person I am today, with the tremendous privilege to apply what I've learned, producing fruit far beyond what I ever dreamed it would bear!

What would you improve about this program?
If I could, I would suggest some minor changes concerning coursework. To add to an already diverse curriculum of studies, I would add options for technical areas of experience/internship and/or observation, in areas such as business and entrepreneurship.
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Yes, I recommend this program

So excellent

This program was absolutely fantastic. It was certainly an academic experience, but it was also a personal one. My time in Rwanda was transformational. I learned about culture, history, about poverty, about myself. The depth and beauty of my relationships formed from this experience are permanently engrained in my heart.

Day to day, we went to classes, traveled to the market, hung out with friends, explored Kigali. I think the highlight of the semester was spending a month in the Eastern Province interning with an organization that helped vulnerable youth from the cities. These guys became my brothers, and they taught me a lot about understanding my reality and taking joy in life. Incredible experiences from dancing in the rain to drawing to having Bible studies with them - unforgettable.

My classes were rigorous, but I still had enough time to explore downtown and beyond. A few of us traveled to Gisenyi in the Northern Province one weekend, and to other parts of Rwanda in the rest of the semester to visit friends.

All in all, I cannot recommend this program enough. Prepare for a life-changing, challenging, and absolutely beautiful experience abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
It's hard to say what I would change about this program - I had such a unique experience and I can't really imagine it any other way.
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