Go ED. Africa Program

Program OverviewGoED Africa
Go ED. is a program designed to transform the next generation to own and end poverty by engaging their heads, hands, and hearts in learning about community development first-hand. Go ED. Africa offers students a unique blend of academic work and hands-on experience studying the root causes of conflict and the efforts for peacebuilding in the region. Based in Kigali, Rwanda, students will also have opportunities to engage in practicum field experience in Rwanda and Uganda as well. Study in this region helps students gain perspective about the complexities of development issues, regional and international responses, and efforts towards building lasting peace. Opportunities to interact with local residents, including victims of the genocide, enhance understanding of the impact of conflict and the challenges of reconciliation.


  • Issues in Peacebuilding: genocide and reconciliation
  • African Traditional Religion & Culture
  • Post Colonial African Literature
  • Social Context for Development
  • Cross-cultural Field Practicum

Special Features

  • Four-week-long, hands-on field practicum with development organizations in Rwanda or Uganda
  • Guided spiritual formation sessions exploring “Owning Poverty
  • Engagement in the cultures of East Africa
  • Hiking around Kigali
  • African Safari

Practicum (Internships)
Practicum placements are with various local and international NGOs who share the vision of Community Transformation. Positions within this area of focus include (but are not limited to): 

  • Community Transformation Assistant 
  • Water Management Assistant
  • Education/Teaching Assistant
  • Community Education and Training Assistant
  • Creative Communication (Design/Writing) Assistant 
  • Public Health/Clinic Assistant

Program Fees
Students pay their regular George Fox tuition and room and aboard and continue to receive all of their financial aid.  Due to the high cost of some programs an additional fee may be charged.  The student is responsible for round trip airfare.  There also may be an additional charge for a visa. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application

The Go ED. application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.

• Go ED. Rwanda application

The program will provide lodging and food at the Go ED. house in Kigali, Rwanda where the whole group lives together in community, as well as at all practicum locations where students stay in groups of two and three.

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