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Skills Exchange Trip

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Dearing Davis and Rutangarwamaboko M. Nzayisenga play Mancala at Rwandan Cultural Health Centre in Kigali.

Join us in Rwanda!

AHE offers a bi-annual trip for professionals seeking to experience Rwandan culture in an authentic, non-touristy way. Each trip has a slightly different focus, and is always combined with AHE’s core trauma healing and prevention clinical work. Ideal participants include investors  and entrepreneurs interested in supporting economic development initiatives in Rwanda and other parts of the Great Lakes Region of East Africa, as well as mental health volunteers including social workers, counselors and medical personnel. Major donors and sponsors are encouraged to join each trip with AHE staff and board representation.

Abraham's shop

Sara and Abraham Konga at his shop, Art Point Rwanda, featuring local artisans and jewelers

Over the course of two weeks your life will undoubtedly change, as you witness the work that AHE and other incredible organizations are doing to help end the cycle of trauma. There is much more to Rwanda than the Genocide of 1994, and you will see an intimate side of the beautiful nation that includes world-renowned wildlife (see options to visit Nungwye forest birds and chimps, Virunga Mountain Gorillas, Akagera Game Park), some of the best coffee and tea you will ever taste (AHE is building out a coffee and tea tour in partnership with organic and fair trade farms in the Western province), and highly-skilled artisans who will offer first-hand glimpses into their weaving, pottery and jewelry-making.  Additionally, and depending on your budget, you will have the opportunity to visit nearby destinations such as a safari in Kenya, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, exploring the island life and fascinating history of Zanzibar, and more!

AHE Founder and Executive Director, Sara Stender (who lived in Rwanda in 2009 and has returned many times since) will be leading the group through Rwanda. Each trip lasts between 9-15 days. Please email sara@africahealingexchange.org with a letter of interest to be considered for one of the next trips. For an estimated budget, download the AHE Trip Expenses Worksheet.

Visit our Facebook page to see images from past trips!           

Dream Team February 2015

Rwandan Volunteers and Advisors: Alex Niyonsaba, Dr. Eugene Rutembesa, David Bucura, Dr. Ignatina Mukarusanga, Dr. Stephen Nsengiyumva, Naickey Ijimbere

In partnership with:  Friends Peace House Rwanda, National University of Rwanda,  COOPAC Coffee Cooperative, Rwandan Cultural Health Centre.

Previous Trip Participants

Dearing Davis, Reggie Tidwell, H’Sien Hayward, Jordan Salvatoriello, Scott Lamb, Lynn English, Mary Lynn Barrett, J. Eva Nagel, Sara Stender, Hannah Presser.

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Sara, Lynn and Reggie explore Nungwye Forest via the 2nd longest suspension bridge in all of Africa.