Rwanda - no one perspective is true Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., Austin College) for

SIT Study Abroad: Rwanda - Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was incredibly worthwhile to me. It reminded me how much I love living abroad. It gave me a very nuanced understanding of a specific issue that interests me.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload compared to home university was not that much, but when balancing host family and language it was a challenge. Much more centered on learning for the sake of learning than on meeting teacher's expectations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our program was well organized. Our AD was a phd student at cornell so he held a pretty american view of academics, but firmly supported the idea of experiential learning. They were very supportive and available to us to discuss academics, our research and especially any cultural/personal struggles.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

All of our excursions were noteable and greatly added to our learning experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safest city I have ever been to

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I only spent my own money prior to and post-program. During the semester our program gave us food and transport stipends and I was able to live frugally and only use that money.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Our program took us to a game park and then we were expected to pay for excursions of which we were not told about before coming.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Practice with host family. There was not necessarily a need to use the host language everyday, but because I knew I did use it everyday.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • homestay
  • excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Pre-departure material