Customize Your Program
Designing Your Custom Program
We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.
A Personal Partner
Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.
Meet our VP of Program Development
Jennifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.
To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.
Topics to Explore
In Rwanda, you might choose to explore the following topics:
Driven by generous levels of foreign aid, Rwanda has embarked on an aggressive development program, called Rwanda Vision 2020, which aims to turn Rwanda into a middle-income, knowledge-based economy by the year 2020. Spend several days contributing to poverty-reduction campaigns through hands-on projects at secondary schools, health centers, or at umurenge sites, where the Rwandan government is focusing its efforts.
In many ways, Rwanda is an ideal case study for understanding the dynamics of emerging markets. Explore the government policies that have driven development, from simplifying the permit-application process to promoting micro-finance. Work directly with a company on a customized project to develop their business—collaborate with coffee farmers on the refinement of their production chain, for example, or help an entrepreneur expand his/her business.
Women in Leadership/Politics
In the wake of its 1994 genocide, Rwanda’s reconstructed government has surpassed all other nations in its inclusion of women. A remarkable 64% of its legislators are women—the highest percentage in the world. Half of the Supreme Court justices are female, too, and outside government, women have risen to the top of the private sector in significant numbers. Study this transformation and its impact on a society rebuilding after tragedy.
Rwanda seeks to become, in the aspirational words of President Paul Kagame, “the Singapore of Central Africa,” though landlocked Rwanda has few of the geographical advantages that Singapore enjoys. With massive investments in education, infrastructure, and the communications industry, Kagame’s administration is hoping to turn Rwanda into a crucial regional hub, attracting foreign investment and securing business connections from its resource-rich neighbors. While the memory of the 1994 genocide will certainly persist for some time, Rwanda is working hard to shake free of its shadow and move quickly toward a brighter future.