Global Health &
Community Building in Rwanda

January 7 - March 13, 2020


This course explores the history and cultures of Rwanda through collaborative, community-based learning. We work alongside partners in the village of Gashora, Rwanda to learn about their cultures, the challenges and opportunities they face, and their grassroots approaches to community development. During our time in the field, we will consider a wide array of issues, particularly the remarkable primary health care system of Rwanda.

In addition to global health, we will also learn about local education systems, business ventures, sanitation, resource access, agriculture, land, family and childhood issues, and language. Our primary partners are the Gashora Health Center and the Gashora Girls’ Academy, where participants will stay during our time in Gashora, to learn directly from local students and community members.

Study abroad in Gashora, Rwanda and learn about local community development initiatives

Key Features

  • Work with a health center and grassroots organizations to learn about locally based community health and development initiatives

  • Explore the history, culture, politics, and economy of Rwanda

  • Spend 6 weeks in Rwanda and live among students at the Gashora Girls Academy 

  • Develop skills in community engagement and global citizenship by creating a social action project

  • 15 credits through Western Washington University

Program Information

Winter Quarter (Appox jan 7 - mar 20)

$7,999 per student


  • 15 credits through Western Washington University

  • Daily living expenses (food, lodging)

  • In-country transportation

  • Admissions (temples, parks, etc.)

  • Activities and excursions

  • Travel Health Insurance


  • Visa

  • Immunizations/personal medical expenses

  • International airfare

  • Independent travel

What will you do when you study abroad in Rwanda?
Study abroad in Rwanda and explore with the local community

What will you do in Rwanda?

Engage with the local community! For five weeks, you will be a part of a small group of students and faculty working with Gashora Health Center, the Gashora Girls’ Academy and other community-based organizations located in Gashora, a small village approximately 60 kilometers from Kigali.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00-9:30am - Language study

9:30–10:00am - Reflection on yesterday’s activities/experiences & looking ahead

10:00–11:00am – Discussion, lecture on community development/global health topics, or planning for the days community engagement activities

11:30 – 12:30pm: Lunch in cafeteria with Gashora Girls’ Academy students

1:00 – 5:30pm: Community Engagement Activities (e.g., walk to Gashora Hospital and give English lessons to hospital staff, peer-co-education meetings with students at Gashora Girls’ Academy, sports / market / entertainment with kids at the Gashora Refugee Camp, etc.)

6:30 – 7:30pm: Dinner in cafeteria with Gashora Girls’ Academy students

7:30 – 9:00pm: Reading / writing / working on assignments

Community Partners

The Gashora Girls Academy is a boarding school for 275 girls grades 10-12. It was founded in 2009 with the mission to empower the next generation of leaders. GGAST is committed to creating an innovative model for education that combines college-prep and academics with extracurricular activities to support the health and emotional development of students. This allows the girls to “find their voice” and cultivate leadership skills to bring new insights and solutions to the global challenges we face.

Study abroad in Rwanda and work on local community development projects

Have Questions?


Trip Leaders

Liz Mogford   WWU Faculty Member, Rwanda Program

Liz Mogford
WWU Faculty Member, Rwanda Program

Chad Shultz   Rwanda Trip Coordinator

Chad Shultz
Rwanda Trip Coordinator

Hassan Byumvuhore   Rwanda Program Manager

Hassan Byumvuhore
Rwanda Program Manager


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