Program Details

Enroll in a Mental Health Internship in Rwanda, share your knowledge and skills with selected local host institutions and organizations, and gain insight into the very special mental health situation in the country.
Location:
Kigali, Rwanda; Butare, Rwanda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

Are you seeking a highly relevant global experience in mental health that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in a unique African country?

Enroll in a Mental Health Internship in Rwanda, share your knowledge and skills with selected local host institutions and organizations, and gain insight into the very special mental health situation in the country. A bit more than 20 years after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda is widely lauded as a success story not only for its development progress but also for its achievements in reconciliation and nation building.

Co-hosted by GEI and the Center for Mental Health (CMH) at the University of Rwanda, placements are available to students and professionals in the various mental health disciplines and related subjects.

Highlights

  • Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
  • Work with Rwandan colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
  • Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on mental health in developing countries.
  • Learn about the unique Rwandan success story.
  • Create once-in-a-lifetime memories and build lasting personal and professional friendships.
Setting Description:
The course gateway is Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. Placements are typically located either in Kigali or in Huye, a pretty university town in the southwest. Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
Cost:
2,180 USD. Tuition: US $400 - Educational costs: US $1,090 - Housing & meals: US $1,140 - Health insurance: US $60

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any mental health-related major and minor, such as psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, mental health nursing, etc. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.

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