SEGL in Rwanda

dates: July 29 – August 12, 2018

[Please note: Registration for this trip is now closed.]

This summer, SEGL is going to Rwanda with Carl Wilkens. Carl, the only American to stay behind during the 1994 genocide, has met and shared his deeply meaningful story with each SEGL student since the program’s inception.

Now we have the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel to Rwanda with Carl to study the genocide.  

Carl accompanied us on our previous trips to Rwanda in 2012 and 2015.  To see a short video recap of our 2012 trip, click here.

About the Trip
What are the warning signs of genocide? What are the best ways to recover from genocide? What, if anything, should the United States do to prevent future genocides and to help Rwanda recover?

IrisGuestHouseOur trip will launch from a gateway airport in Washington, DC. We will then fly from DC to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and center of the genocide, arriving on National Liberation Day. From a base at Iris Guest House, a well-respected Kigali guest house, we will travel around the city and the country to see memorials, visit key places mentioned in Carl’s memoirs, I’m Not Leaving, and meet with community and government leaders. Nightly reflection sessions will help us process what we have learned and look toward the future. The goal of the trip is a collaboratively-written letter to U.S. policymakers that sets forth our vision for future dialogue between our two countries. To see more information on the trip leaders and on Carl Wilkens, click here.

Please note that the information on this page is subject to change as we work to make this unique trip safe, healthy, and meaningful.

Trip Dates
Flights will leave DC on Sunday, July 29th and return to the U.S. on Sunday, August 12th.

Special Note
Participants should be emotionally prepared to confront challenging subject matter, including graphic, first-hand images and stories from the genocide. We ask that families work with us to ensure a supportive transition home.

Please contact us at with questions.   As this unique trip is still in the planning stages, we appreciate your patience as we work to solidify details and to ensure this experience is safe, healthy, and meaningful. Check this page for further updates in the coming months!

To Apply
To apply, enter your information below.  The application deadline for SEGL graduates is January 15, 2018. After this date, we will open up any available spaces to non-graduates on a rolling basis until the trip is full.  If you are planning to apply, please email  This will enable us to monitor interest and send further updates about the application process.

A complete application includes a current transcript, a parent form, and a statement speaking to why you want to take part in this SEGL trip.

Tuition is $4550 plus airfare (approximately $2000 from DC) and vaccination/ medication costs (approximately $300).  

A limited amount of financial aid is currently available; we will work with applicants in need of financial aid to help secure the necessary funds.

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