Global Health Internship Summer 2018
Are you passionate about development? Have you dreamed of exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the living classroom of an African success story? Would you like to travel to Rwanda and join a group of peers from around the world in a unique experiential learning study environment? This Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program allows you to study progress and challenges toward the seventeen goals and their targets in Rwanda. Local faculty members from partner universities such as the University of Rwanda or INES Institute of Applied Sciences provide thematic introductions in the classroom. You will then go out into the field and explore each of the goals and their targets in a highly experiential way, using a combination of site visits, dialogues, interviews and service-learning activities and complete essays, journals, individual presentations, group presentations, and a final paper.
Hosted by GEI in partnership with multiple institutions and organizations, this three-week program has a multi-disciplinary approach and is available to students from all majors and graduate students are welcome. Students will become acquainted with Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. It is also the arrival and departure location for this program and a welcome opportunity to start an immersive journey to explore Rwanda’s rich history and culture.
Experiential learning activities mainly take place in Musanze in the Northern Province. This very green and surprisingly temperate town of about 90,000 is the perfect location to explore a small microcosm of a country, and to study the SDGs and their targets in great detail. It is also a particularly beautiful place, surrounded by rolling hills, the eight volcanoes of the stunning Virunga chain, and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhondo. Musanze is the hub for the visit to nearby Volcanoes National Park where Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas are found. This program is provided by the Global Engagement Institute. This program is part of the Global Health Internships program.