Global Health Internship Summer 2019
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 even 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 highlights the crucial role of leadership development and community leadership in the pursuit of sustainable development. Students will have work with groups of disadvantaged local women and girls in order to develop leadership qualities. The program consists of a week of skills development through classroom learning, workshops, field visits, and cultural immersion, followed by two weeks of practical application through service-learning with local host organizations. 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 Global Engagement Institute and will be the second year that BYU students have been invited to participate.