Science and Society in Rwanda


Program Summary:

Science and Society in Rwanda is an interdisciplinary service-learning opportunity for students enrolled in either of the Science and Society in Rwanda courses related to cultural studies or science.  While each course has independent learning outcomes, both will investigate the intersection of science and culture through service-learning.  Students will discuss issues such as the colonial creation of race, modernity, material culture, literature, environmentalism and society, and the 1994 genocide.

Science and Society in Rwanda


Planned Excursions:

  • Service-learning experiences in Intwali primary school and Kanembwe village
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Safari in Akagera National Park
  • Nyungwe Rain Forest
  • Cultural Immersion in Kigali and Kanembwe, including learning
    traditional methods of pottery
  • Visits to all National museums
  • Visits to multiple genocide memorials
  • Cultural Immersion in Kanembwe and Kigali, including learning traditional methods of pottery

Traveling and Teaching Faculty Leaders:

Prof. Brian James

Dr. Faith Yarberry

Teaching Faculty Leaders:

Prof. Leah Horton

Dr. Jayme Stone

UCA Class Dates:

May 9-27, 2016

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 28 – June 26

UCA Class Dates:

June 27 – July 1

Program Cost: 2016 Science and Society in Rwanda Cost Breakdown

Service Learning Impact

In an interview conducted this summer, Faculty Leader Leah Horton spoke with a couple named Dominique & Alphonsine.Leah Horton: How do you feel about UCA students coming to do projects each year in Kanembwe Village? Dominique:  Canning is really good. I’ve done some since you left (last year) and when there are times we don’t have food we’re able to eat.Because you come often it shows the people around that they are important and helps them gain some status.  When you come to see us, it gives us dignity because we are so often overlooked. Because of the canning, the sector leader and mayor have both come to talk to me. If we can start canning and selling the food, I think a canning business will be successful. 
Completed applications due on Friday, January 15, 2016.