The Tufts with Rwanda Fellowship is a year long program that is centered on genocide education, building interfaith and international relationships, and empowering participants to become global ambassadors for their community. The fellowship has several components including a heavily subsidized trip to Rwanda and an event hosted on the Tufts campus. Fellows will participate in pre-trip orientations that help establish group connection, cover background information on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and also include diversity training. This fellowship is for any Tufts student who is interested in bringing their unique set of values and experiences to a larger conversation about community building and genocide education as well as exploring their identity as a global citizen.
The trip to Rwanda provides an in-depth look at the Rwandan genocide that began in April of 1994. In Rwanda, fellows will have the opportunity to visit genocide memorials and learn about Rwanda’s history. While there, the group will have discussions to deconstruct topics ranging from what it means for the group to be in another country and our role (if any), to what genocide is, and other crucial issues. The group will stay at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and will be able to spend time with ASYV students as well as contribute to the village’s functioning by participating in any tasks that would be helpful to ASYV. Back on campus, fellows will bring what they have learned from pre-trip orientations and their experience in Rwanda to the Tufts community and beyond via programming in the Fall of 2018. Our goal is to look for positive ways, beginning with self education, to become global ambassadors representing our own community and bringing what we learn abroad to ignite action within our own community in the hopes of decreasing and eventually ending mass atrocity.
You may find the application here. For more information please visit the Tufts with Rwanda Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due on Wednesday December 11 at midnight and interviews will be the following week. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and every applicant will receive an interview.