Rwanda: Culture, Society, and Reconstruction


Rwanda: Culture, Society, and Reconstruction” is a course taught by Professor Henri Boyi from Western’s Department of French Studies, whose research interest lies in French language teaching and learning in a multicultural and multilingual environment. The interdisciplinary and experiential course involves a five-week International Service-Learning Experience in RwandaStarted in 2010, this course extends Western’s ongoing partnership with University of Rwanda and several local NGOs. This provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about Rwandan society and about themselves by serving in an international social and cultural setting. 

Professor Boyi’s academic work and passion for helping others has inspired him to develop a unique course that has taught his students what he calls, “the values of our shared humanity.” Through this course, students gain a deep understanding of Rwandan culture and history, particularly events surrounding and following the 1994 genocide.

Course Objectives

  • To learn about the history, culture and people of Rwanda
  • To give students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an international community/society
  • To offer opportunities for international internships and service learning activities in Rwanda and allow students to develop intercultural competence
  • To increase students' clear understanding of the needs of global communities through effective international experiential learning
  • To take part in Western's commitment to Engaging the Future in the areas of internationalization and the best student experience


Getting Involved

More information on the course can be found here.

For details, contact Boyi at, Anne-Marie Fischer at or Mirela Parau