If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Coffee, Community, and Change in Rwanda

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Kigali, Rwanda
Course # SA 19999
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/19/23

Program Leader

Email wsartore@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Spend your Spring Break in the 'Land of a Thousand Hills!" This program will be part of a semester-long course that explores themes about coffee, community, and change in Rwanda. Prior to traveling, students will learn about the history, culture, and economy of Rwanda, as well current issues in the country. During our travel, we will be based in the capital, Kigali, and will have site visits to universities and community organizations throughout the city and surrounding areas. This program is co-led by Will Sartore & Dr. Christopher Munt. 


Accommodation: Hotel Chez Lando  


March 2023 Activities
Hotel transfer

EDU Africa orientation
Kinyarwanda lesson
Walking orientation of Remera area
Local lunch
Free afternoon
Welcome dinner at Heaven Restaurant
Question Coffee visit & coffee masterclass
Nyamirambo Women’s Centre visit & walking
Lunch in Nyamirambo
Basket weaving class at Nyamirambo
Women’s Centre
Visit car free zone in Nyamirambo
Reflection session

Transfer to Musasa - Lake Kivu boat trip
Musasa Coffee Washing Station visit
Transfer to Kigali

Kigali Genocide Memorial visit
Reflection session
Inema Arts Center visit
University of Kigali or University of Rwanda
visit & student engagement
Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali visit
Rwanda Farmers Coffee visit
Kigali City driving experience
Visit car free zone and dinner
Transfer to Kayonza
Akagera National Park visit & game drives
Transfer to Kigali
Bourbon Coffee visit
Final reflection session
Farewell lunch at The Hut Restaurant
Airport transfer
International departure

** daily itinerary is subject to change

How does this program look? Check out scenes from our 2022 program here !


Academic Credit

Students will enroll in IDIS491: Coffee, Gender and Change in Rwanda for this program. 

The course will be embedded during the Spring 2022 semester and we will have class throughout the Spring 2023 semester.



This program is open to students from all majors and programs.  

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated program cost is $3500

This includes: $2500 in on-the ground expenses (hotel, daily travel, excursions - entry fees, tours, and two dinners.) Airfare is estimated at $1000 and participants will be expected to purchase airfare indepedently (we'll talk about this!)

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on 3/12 & 3/17. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on 3/13 and  3/18. Breakfast will be the only meal included on all other days. 

Participants will pay out-of-pocket for other expenses, included other meals, personal items, and health insurance through Purdue.  This program is also eligible for the Purdue Moves Scholarship

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until December 1st, 2022.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.