Global Health Internship Summer 2018
Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, is frequently lauded as the success story in the developing world today. Just two decades after the 1994 genocide, the country tops African and global rankings in a remarkable array of fields, ranging from business reforms to environmental protection to progress in healthcare to gender equality. Women were crucial to the reconstruction of post-genocide Rwanda, and their hard work and commitment remain just as indispensable today. The country is internationally praised for its efforts to promote women in leadership positions within the government, as well as to empower women at the grassroots level economically, socially and politically.
At the same time, however, countless challenges remain for the true empowerment of women at all levels, and statistics frequently hide the many real life challenges that women face. This program offers the unique opportunity to engage with the women of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center in Kigali’s economically disadvantaged Nyamirambo suburb. The local grassroots organization provides education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment. Program participants engage, among others, in classes in literacy, English, basic computer skills, handicrafts and sewing, empowerment training on gender-based violence, and training on community-based tourism.
In this program, you will gain hands-on global service-learning experience, engage with a Rwandan grassroots women’s organization and help to provide education and training to disadvantaged women, work in a small multicultural team, gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your field of study, broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships. Weekend excursions are arranged to visit attractive historical and cultural sites as well as Akagera National Park for an African safari experience. This program is provided by the Global Engagement Institute, which is inviting BYU students to participate.