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A group of students in front of a van in Rwanda

Thanks to generous funding from the Cummings Foundation, CHGS coordinates an annual study and travel course to Rwanda. The course focuses on the culture and history of Rwanda, with attention to the genocide of 1994 and the efforts to rebuild the country in its aftermath. This is an interdisciplinary course and students study not only the history of Rwanda but also the impact of colonialism, individual and collective participation in mass violence, international law, the psychology of victims and perpetrators, and the rebuilding of Rwanda’s healthcare system. Much of the learning takes place at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), where they spend most of our time in Rwanda. Students report that the trip transformed their view of the world and left them with memories that would last a lifetime.

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