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Reflections on Rwanda genocide education program

How do Rwandans feel about the RoR program?

“If you could bring every Canadian student, they would all be welcome.”

Is Rwanda safe?

We recommend any prospective participants refer to the Government of Canada website for up-to-date travel advisories.

All travel comes with certain risks. We work closely with our local Rwandan partners throughout the year to help ensure the safety and security of our program participants. With that said, however, Rwandans are quick to tell you that their country is one of the safest for travel, and from our experience, we believe this to be true. The streets are secure, the government is stable, and crime is nearly non-existent. Most visitors will say something similar: Rwanda is safe.

Am I eligible to participate?

Please review the program requirements to see if you are eligible to participate in the Reflections on Rwanda program.

Is this trip right for me?

If we are driving from Kigali to Gisenyi (a resort town on Lake Kivu) and our van breaks down or gets a flat tire, CAA isn’t going to be there in 45 minutes, and there won’t be a 7-11 around the corner to buy a snack while you wait. We might be stuck on the side of the road exposed to the elements for several hours.

 

If we are in a more remote area than Gisenyi, our broken down mini bus might become a tourist attraction for the locals. Children may touch or gather close to inspect you, and adults might talk about you. This could either be fun or uncomfortable, depending on how you approach the situation.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the program can vary somewhat depending on how many participants there are, as some of the costs are shared between the group (so a bigger group = lower costs). The estimated cost for the 2024 program (including programming, local guide, driver and private bus, food, water and accommodations) is $2200-$2900 plus airfare. 

What are the language requirements?

The program will primarily be conducted in English, though French and Kinyarwanda are commonly spoken as well. Translation services will be available when possible. While knowledge of both French and English is advantageous, it is not mandatory.

What are the accommodations like?

Our accommodation is always adequate, but you may have a few cold showers and spend an evenings without electricity. However, your guides will be equipped with cell phones at all times in the event that anyone needs to reach you or we need to reach anyone.

What is the food like?

Most Westerners enjoy the taste of Rwandan food, but traveler’s diarrhea is not uncommon. We recommend all participants consult with a travel doctor prior to the trip so they can come prepared. Also, while you will be fed three meals a day, we cannot guarantee that you will be eating consistently at 8:00, 12:00 and 17:00 every day. This doesn’t need to be a problem, but it can be. If you know that you get hungry often, take advantage of the opportunities we give you to stock up on snacks.

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