Debate Rwanda is excited to invite individuals from around the world to participate in a unique cultural exchange program aimed at commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This program is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of Rwanda’s history, culture, and the progress it has made since the tragic events of 1994. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn about iDebate Rwanda’s initiatives and explore potential partnerships for future collaboration.

key highlights

Commemorating the 30th Anniversar

The program is scheduled to coincide with the 30th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Participants will be able to attend memorial events, discussions, and learn from survivors about the history and impact of the genocide.

Cultural Immersion

Participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in Rwanda’s rich culture. This includes traditional dance performances, music, art, and culinary experiences.

Historical Tours

Visits to important historical sites, such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda parliament museum, will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the genocide and the country’s healing process.

Workshops and Discussions

iDebate Rwanda will organize interactive workshops, seminars, and discussions on topics related to conflict resolution, reconciliation, and post-genocide recovery.

Collaborative Opportunities

Participants will learn about iDebate Rwanda’s initiatives in promoting dialogue, critical thinking, and youth engagement. The program will offer a platform for exploring potential partnerships and projects with iDebate Rwanda.

Community Engagement

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with local communities through service projects and outreach activities, fostering cultural exchange and cross-cultural understanding.

Networking and Collaboration

The program will facilitate networking opportunities with Rwandans, students, and organizations, promoting cross-cultural connections and partnerships.

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, we recognize the profound significance of this historical moment. It reminds us of the importance of dialogue, reconciliation, and education in building a better future. Through this “Cultural Exchange with iDebate Rwanda,” we hope to honor this legacy by fostering understanding, empathy, and a brighter future for all.

Program Itinerary : Cultural Exchange with iDebate Rwanda

Week 1: Orientation and Cultural Immersion

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome

Arrival of international students in Kigali, Rwanda.

Welcome orientation, program overview, and safety guidelines.

Welcome dinner with iDebate Team and Rwandan peers.


Day 2: Rwandan History and Culture

Visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial Center for an understanding of Rwanda’s history and reconciliation efforts.

Introduction to Rwandan culture, customs, and etiquette.

Day 3: Language/Communication and Dance classes

Basic Kinyarwanda language lessons.

Traditional Dance Class. 

Day 4: Community Engagement

Community service project in a local Rwandan community.

Reflection and discussion on the impact of service and cultural immersion.

Day 5: Cultural Outing

Visit to a traditional Rwandan village.

Cultural exchange with local community members.

Week 2: Outside kigali visit and cultural experience

Day 6: Volunteer Work

Engage in volunteer activities to give back to the local community.

Volunteer with local NGOs, charities, or environmental organizations.

Use your skills to help others, such as teaching or mentoring.

Day 7: Outside Kigali Visit 

Go hiking, biking, or camping in Parks(Akagera, Nyungwe national park)

Exploration of Rwandan art and culture centers (Butare, Nyanza).

Day 8: Spend the day with a rwandan host family

Experience daily life in the host country

Reflection on lessons learned.

Day 9: Community Impact

Engagement in a collaborative community service project.

Reflection on community impact and lessons learned.

Day 10: Closing Ceremony

Celebration of the program’s successful completion.

Farewell and cultural exchange with Rwandan peers.

Post-Program Engagement

  • Encourage participants to stay connected and collaborate through virtual platforms.
  • Alumni engagement initiatives, including sharing experiences with their home communities.
  • Explore opportunities for future collaborations and partnerships with Rwandan educational institutions and organizations.


Progam Dates: May 20th – May 31st, 2024

Per Person


  • $500 Deposit to secure your spot on the trip
  • students under 18 must travel with parents, guardians, or chaperones.
  • Payment options: CREDIT CARD or CHECK


What’s Included
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation, volunteer sites, events, museum tickets
  • All Breakfasts, lunches and dinner.
What’s Not Included
  • Gorilla Trekking excursion or permit ($1500),Airline ticket 

  • Travel insurance, Any personal incidentals, Passport/Visa (~$50 on arrival)
  • Health insurance. 

Post-Program Engagement

Foster ongoing connections and collaboration between International and Rwandan students through virtual platforms and initiatives.

Promote alumni engagement and encourage program participants to share their experiences and insights with their home communities.


The “Cultural Exchange with iDebate Rwanda” study abroad program is designed to create a transformative educational experience for U.S. students, promoting cultural exchange, critical thinking, and global awareness. By carefully planning, executing, and evaluating the program, iDebate Rwanda aims to facilitate meaningful cross-cultural interactions and inspire participants to become responsible global citizens.

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