SEGL in Rwanda

dates: July 26 – August 9, 2020

[Please note: At this time registration for this trip is limited to current and former SEGL students.]

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, 2015, and 2018.  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 U.S. gateway airport. We will fly from the U.S. to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and center of the genocide. 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 participants’ vision for future dialogue between our two countries.  Participants will also craft and present mini-Credos based on their journal entries from the trip. 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 the U.S. on Sunday, July 26th and return to the U.S. on Sunday, August 9th.

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 into the application form below. A complete application also includes a parent form; we will send information about submitting this document after we receive the application form.

The priority application deadline for SEGL graduates is January 17, 2020. After this date, we may open up any available spaces to non-graduates on a rolling basis.  If you are planning to apply, please email  This will enable us to monitor interest and send further updates about the application process.

Tuition is $4990 plus airfare (approximately $2000 from DC) and vaccination/ medication costs (check with your health care provider).  

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.

Application Form

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