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Courses


These are the courses that are being conducted at Go ED. Africa.
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Course #1 - INCL 340: African Traditional Culture and Religion
This course deals with an overview of African traditional religion and the challenges ATR poses to Christians in Africa. (3 credits)

Course #2 - INCL 254: African Cultural Arts
This course explores the African Arts as both cultural expression and cultural epistemology (a way of engaging and knowing the world that differs from Western empiricism and consumerism). It provides hands on experience of the ways in which the arts can serve as agent of preservation as well as agent of transformation in culture. It seeks to guide students in the exploration of the spiritual, philosophical, social, and psychological drivers of the cultural arts in order to gain a deeper appreciation of diversity and human creativity.(3 credits)

Course #3 - INCL 345: Issues In Peacebuilding, Genocide & Reconciliation
Students will study the ethnic conflicts of Rwanda as a means of learning issues in healing trauma, building peace, and establishing reconciliation. (3 credits)

Course #4 - SOC 381: Social Context for Development
This course is an introduction to development and development theory. Students will be exposed to a variety of strategies designed to involve members of the community in the process of development. (3 credits)

Practicum 311: Cross-Cultural Studies Practicum (4 weeks)
This course is designed to give students hands on cross-cultural experience with community development work in the field. Students will be exposed to international development and relief programs, have the opportunity to work in cross-cultural work environments, and to contribute meaningfully to their assigned program. Students will begin to assess their own ability to live and work in cross-cultural settings as well as be introduced the challenges faced in the millennial development goals. (variable credits)

 

Practicum


Go ED. PracticumPracticum placements are with various local and international NGOs who share the vision of Community Transformation.

Positions within this area of focus include (but are not limited to):

Community Transformation Assistant
Water Management Assistant
Education/Teaching Assistant
Community Education and Training Assistant
Creative Communication (Design/Writing) Assistant
Public Health/Clinic Assistant
Community Agriculture Assistant
Vulnerable Children & Families Assistant
Business Development Assistant
Community Research Assistant
Sustainable Ecologies Assistant

Apart from the academic and educational aspects of the practicum projects, students may also experience profound personal journeys during the time spent with their respective communities. We encourage you to read some of the accounts below:

Caitlin Daniel - Living and Learning to Adapt: Cross-cultural learning endeavors teem with new experiences and new relationships some easier to adapt to than others (PDF 328KB)
"...not only is there plight in the world, which in its wake is poverty and unimaginable physical and spiritual hunger, but that those people suffering and dying were my people..."

Justin Herfst - A Moment in Cultural: Reflections on a Time with the Sabines (PDF 164KB)
"We all struggle with our individual poverty, and I think it is the ability to understand this that is key to seeing Africa..."

Anna Nieves - Life To Dry Bones: Resurrecting Akalo (PDF 220KB)
"They are learning to fight the evils in their community not only with cultivating oranges and sewing school uniforms, but more importantly through..."

Chris Sprague - Our Lives, They are in God’s Hands (PDF 64KB)
"Today I met a woman named Rose. Rose is a native Ugandan. She is married with eleven children. Her life was hard enough trying..."

 

Community Life


Rwanda offers a wide variety of unique activities for students to involve themselves in during their spare time. Go ED. believes that embedding students in cross-cultural environments is only part of the experience; students should engage with those cultures as often and as much as they possibly can. Some of these activities can include:

• Hiking around Kigali, Rwanda
• Spending time at professors' homes
• Spending time with their cultural assistants
• Experiencing home-cooked meals and learning about local cuisine
• Movie nights
• Visiting local coffee shops
• Rural visits during the second weekend
• Shopping at local craft markets
• African safari

Kigali Community Life (Rwanda): In Kigali, students stay in two adjacent guesthouses. The two houses have 7 student bedrooms, with bunk beds for 2-6 students. Shared bathrooms include showers, hot water, and flushing toilets.

Each guesthouse has a living room/study area. Meals are shared in the larger house, where there is a common kitchen, dining room, and porch overlooking the beautiful hills of Kigali. The excellent house staff provide students with good company during meal times and beyond.

Breakfasts are at the guesthouse, and lunches are either provided at the guesthouse or through a per diem that allows students to explore local eateries.

Kigali is a very spread-out city, but classes are held at locations that students can conveniently reach on foot or by public matatu (mini-van). Transportation for class-related field trips will be on private hire. Students will use public transportation for non-class activities.


 

Culture


Kigali provides a striking contrast to other East African cities with its hilly surroundings and clean, un-congested streets. Students engage with Rwandan culture through church visits and organized excursions to museums, national parks and genocide memorials. In addition, students are provided with volunteer opportunities at several local organizations engaged in reconciliation and development work, and spend a week in a rural community learning about community-based research with field staff.

Overview


Students spend 16 weeks in Rwanda (unless a Practicum placement is in Uganda) to study the root causes of conflict and the efforts for peacebuilding and reconciliation in the region. Study in Rwanda helps students gain perspective about the complexities of the issues, regional and international responses, and efforts towards building lasting peace. Opportunities to interact with local residents, including victims, enhance understanding of the impact of conflict and the challenges of reconciliation.

Although Uganda has had relative political stability since 1986, civil dislocation and ethnic tension continue to present the country with considerable challenges to community reconciliation. Students also examine the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a tragedy that resulted in the killing of nearly one million Tutsi and moderate Hutus in a time span of 100 days.

Classroom discussions, readings, and lectures focus on contextual issues of development, culture and religion, issues of peacebuilding, and post colonial literature.

Excursions to carefully selected sites, field-based practicum placements in relief and development, and homestays with local families complement studies.

 

Africa
 
Semester Schedule
Week 2-5Week 6-9Week 11-15
Social Context for Development   Practicum       African Traditional Culture and Religion
Issues In PeacebuildingAfrican Cultural Arts