in partnership with REALITY
April 25 – May 3, 2022
JDC Entwine and REALITY are back with an epic global travel experience- Inside Rwanda! Together with REALITY community members, discover the “Land of a Thousand Hills” by learning about it’s tumultuous history, inspiring revitalization and unique culture. During this journey, participants will engage with students at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) – a residential community that is changing the face of Rwanda. Join us on this journey and explore your commitment to global responsibility!
Please Note: This journey will take place from April 25 – May 3, 2022. Given current quarantine protocols in Rwanda, participants should plan to depart the United States on Sunday, April 24 in order to land on Monday, April 25 for a 24-hour quarantine in Kigali.
- Immerse in village life; spend time getting to know the incredible students, staff, and volunteers of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV)
- Dig into Rwanda’s history with visits to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Nyamata Memorial site and briefings with local experts
- Understand JDC’s commitment to Rwanda’s post-genocide recovery that inspired the creation of ASYV through conversations with JDC and ASYV leadership
- Explore the artisan markets, burgeoning coffee scene and local art galleries of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, to get an authentic feel for contemporary life
- Engage in dynamic conversations around the topic of global responsibility and its value in international development. Bond with 20 alumni from different REALITY verticals and diverse backgrounds
- Enjoy a reflective Shabbat retreat and go on safari at Akagera National Park
“I didn’t understand how incredible Rwanda was until I saw it for myself. There’s a spirit that not only emanates from the land but from the people and the rhythms of each day.”
– Insider Trip Participant
$1300 plus airfare
*Please note that participation fee for this experience includes $300 to be donated directly to ASYV to help ensure the organization’s future. If participants are interested in further fundraising, ASYV can create a peer-to-peer fundraising website for the group to assist in this important effort. More information will be shared upon notification of acceptance.
This experience is highly subsidized by Schusterman Family Philanthropies and JDC Entwine. Limited needs-based subsidies are available upon acceptance.
Local transportation within Rwanda
Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
*Please note that your participation fee does not include international airfare. Additional travel insurance is highly encouraged.
April 25 – May 3, 2022
This journey will take place from April 25- May 3, 2022. Given current quarantine protocols in Rwanda, participants should plan to depart on Sunday, April 24 in order to land on Monday, April 25 for a 24-hour quarantine in Kigali (this additional night’s stay will be covered by REALITY).
Application Process: Please note that this is a competitive application process, as we have limited spots available. Factors for selection include but are not limited to: (1) prior personal or business travel to Rwanda, (2) prior travel experience with REALITY outside of Israel and (3) openness to engaging with complexities in the developing world.
ASYV began as a special project supported by JDC and is a residential community in rural Rwanda, home to youth who were orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. The Village is designed to care for, protect, and nurture its students while developing Rwanda’s future leaders. Within ASYV’s supportive and structured community, the rhythm of life is being restored, with the ultimate goal of equipping young people who have lived through great trauma to become healthy, self-sufficient, and engaged in the rebuilding of their nation.
JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or “The Joint”) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe. Learn more at jdc.org.
REALITY brings inspiring change-makers from around the globe on a transformative journey through Israel to reignite their passion and potential for repairing the world. It is a thought-provoking exploration of one’s leadership capacity and impact on today’s most pressing challenges, with Israel as a complex and motivating backdrop. REALITY is an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.
The safety and security of our participants is of the utmost importance. JDC Entwine will be following rules and regulations set forth by local government officials. Trip participants will agree to abide by all COVID protocols set forth by both governing bodies and JDC Entwine staff and partners. Travel always assumes some risks and participants are aware of the medical risks associated with travel. This trip is subject to COVID protocol updates, changes, and cancellation.
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