East Africa

May 2020

The EAST AFRICA TRAVEL STUDY is one of Trinity Western University’s most well-established international study programs. Starting in 2004, Kenya became a popular destination. Over the years we have developed close relationships with all levels of government, giving us unique front-line exposure to institutional and grassroots development efforts.

While one day you may be sitting in a boardroom listening to a lecture on international development from the World Bank or the United Nations (Kenya), the next day you could be walking rural pathways as community leaders show you their current projects in technology or education (Rwanda), or micro-finance or food security (Uganda). And another day you might find yourself filming and documenting the success stories of vulnerable children and disadvantaged communities.


On safari to the Akagera National Park Shortly after arrival you will leave the capital city of Kigali, head northeast to Akagera National Park, and spend two nights in the game reserve. You will go on several savannah safaris. It will become a highlight of your life’s adventures. 

In the capital, Kigale
The capital is home to national organizations and NGOs focused on nation-building. People are technologically savvy and benefit from some of the world’s most ingenious mobile phone innovations and new global connectivity. The most well-known historical site you will visit is the Kigale Genocide Memorial. In keeping with history and tradition, you will observe the spiral architecture of the landmark Kigale Convention Centre where you will be briefed about how Rwanda is taking a lead role in eco-tourism, agri-tourism, and information technologies.

Exploring Western Rwanda and Lake Kivu
A significant part of your travel study takes place in the rural hill country of Western Rwanda, south of Lake Victoria. From northwestern to southwestern Rwanda, along Lake Kivu, you will experience the daily rhythm of rural communities that are accessed by trails or canoes or kayaks. You will participate in agro-tourism through days spent in tea and coffee plantations. You will learn about environmental and socio-economic issues and also about solutions through work of various NGOs.

Environmentally, you will be study unique geological features and experience different types of terrain, from savannah to forests and lush cultivated landscapes. Recreationally, you’ll get to do sea kayaking on Lake Kivu and hike trails and walk the canopy bridge above the Nyungwe Forest National Park.


Insight. Inspiration. Your mind and heart will be stretched as you observe the challenges of disadvantaged individuals and communities. You will be inspired by their creative use of resources, by their innovation, and by their determination and hard work to become healthy, self-sustaining communities. You will marvel at Rwanda's transformation from a tragic past characterized by ethnic and gender inequality, to a focus on unity and reconciliation, justice in institutions, and national development through collaborative hard work.

Involvement. You will experience varied approaches to sustainable development goals, and come to understand the value and effectiveness of international partnerships and social entrepreneurships.

This East Africa program is designed to help equip you for a career with global options, especially in social and economic development. This field experience is of particular value to students aspiring to a profession with an international or intercultural component.