GoodPeople, a people-to-people educational travel company, is excited to announce our March 2018 trip to Rwanda. The peace-building focus of our trip will be learning about the Rwandan Genocide and the on-going peace and reconciliation initiatives by government organizations and NGOs that are transforming the lives of the Rwandan people. 

View the 7-Day Rwanda Itinerary

 

For those interested in learning about peace, there is perhaps no better place on Earth to immerse one’s self than Rwanda. Twenty-two years after the 100-day Tutsi Genocide in which an estimated 1 million people died and millions of lives were left in shambles, Rwanda has emerged from its dark past as a beacon of light.

Women now hold more than 60 percent of the seats in parliament. This is more than any other country in the world. This female majority has played a significant role in raising the status of women in Rwandan politics and society. Education has become a focal point of political priorities. With more than 61 percent of the population under the age of 24, the government has dedicated 17 percent of its annual budget to education. Attendance at primary and secondary schools are now compulsory for both boys and girls, and peace education is part of the core curriculum., Health care has become a national priority with 90.6 percent of the population enrolled in Rwanda’s national health program. An important impact of the increase in access to health care is the decline in mortality, especially from diseases such as malaria, which decreased by 85.3 percent between 2005 and 2011. The economy is experiencing significant growth as well with an average annual GDP growth rate of 7–8 percent since 2003. And, Rwanda has made strides to achieve justice for genocide perpetrators, especially masterminds of the genocide. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was the first international tribunal in history to produce guilty verdicts against individuals who were perpetrators of genocide, indicting 93 individuals and sentencing 61 individuals. The ICTR is also the first institution to recognize rape as a weapon of genocide. Much progress has been made.

Traveling to Rwanda offers students of peace and adult learners an opportunity to engage deeply in the 1994 Tutsi Genocide while simultaneously experiencing the results of two-decades of peace and reconciliation. This trip will change the way you understand violence and the human capacity for transformation.

An All-Inclusive Trip

The cost of the trip is $5,175.00 per person and includes the following:

Prior to travel … 

  • A list of recommended documentaries to watch
  • A list of recommended reading (articles and books)
  • Video presentations delivered by your hosts on the history of Rwanda, the Tutsi Genocide, and post-genocide peace-building
  • You will gain access to a private facebook group where you will be able to engage with your co-travelers and begin to build a learning community with one another prior to the trip

In country travel … 

  • Pick up and drop off at airports
  • All hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each full day
  • Bottled water throughout each day
  • All in-country travel
  • Access to parks, memorials, and other activities (donations at memorial sites are appreciated)
  • Online presentations and lectures on the history of Rwanda and the country’s peace-building initiatives to educationally prepare travelers

Please note: The price of the trip does not include round trip travel to Rwanda. The price of the trip is based off of double occupancy. If you are not traveling with a partner, we can connect you with a roommate in advance of the trip.

A non-refundable deposit of $2587.50 is due on or before November 15, 2017. We recommend placing your deposit as soon as possible. The remaining non-refundable balance of $2587.50 is due Febrary 15, 2018.

About Your Host

Scott Mischnick and Robyn Short bring their passion for travel, love of history, and commitment to peace-building to every trip they plan. It is our hope that the trips we develop through GoodPeople inspire travelers to think differently about our shared human experience and encourage peace-building through education and human engagement.

 


Payments/Cancellation

A non-refundable deposit of $2587.50 is due on or before November 15, 2017. We recommend placing your deposit as soon as possible. The remaining non-refundable balance of $2587.50 is due Febrary 15, 2018.

Because GoodPeople partners with numerous travel guides, in-country agencies and in-country domestic flights (when applicable) are often booked on behalf of individuals traveling with us, we are unable to refund any portion of payments. For that reason, we highly recommend purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance policy at the time of booking which should cover medical expenses, loss of baggage, cancellation fees, etc. Your travel agent will be able to advise and assist you with this.

Should any amounts remain outstanding, and legal costs are incurred to recover the debt, then GoodMedia Communications (GoodPeople parent company) has the right to add the legal costs incurred to the outstanding debt and recover these as well from the client.

Should it be necessary to take legal action against the client, the client accepts and abides by any court or legal ruling that is made under U.S. jurisdiction.