If you are seeking an opportunity to make a meaningful difference by empowering at-risk women and families, then the Caluya Foundation Rwanda program might be right for you. Serve at the area's first psycho-social center, assist in developing mobile mental health teams, and participate in raising funds for resources to help trauma survivors become self-sustaining.

Training and workshops for this program will be facilitated by local mental health clinicians and partnering trauma specialists. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in ecotourism to support local economic growth by touring national parks, wildlife reserves, and cultural centers and events.


DAY 1: Flight and check-in at hotel; welcome dinner meeting & review of itinerary, Q&A.

DAY 2 (5 CEUs): OPTIONAL: Power Movement (45 minutes) and Mindful Movement (30 minutes) for those interested. (2 optional CEUs for movement module across 5 days).
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- Genocide Museum tour.
- Lecture on peace talk with AEGIS Rwanda.
- Lunch at Museum.
- Visit hospital/mental health organization to learn how they do mental health work.
- Dinner and reflection.

DAY 3 (5 CEUs): OPTIONAL: Power Movement (50 minutes) and Mindful Movement (30 minutes).
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- Day-long Kinyinya community visit with Lecture on site. Lecture on site for the clinicians and update on projects. Learn how clinicians can support mental health of community.
- Lunch in Kinyinya Community and/or break to go to Kigali City.
- Dinner in Kigali City with reflection activity.

DAY 4 (5 CEUs): OPTIONAL: Power Movement (50 minutes) and Mindful Movement (30 minutes).
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- Visit genocide sites in Nyamata.
- Visit Samaritan Shoulders Nyamata project, provide program update, and therapy activity for community; lecture, service project.
- Lunch in Nyamata.
- Dinner and reflection close to hotel.

DAY 5 (5 CEUs): OPTIONAL: Power Movement (50 minutes) and Mindful Movement (30 minutes).
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- AERG presentation; 4-hour presentation on post-traumatic growth skills. Service project.
- Break in Kigali City - shopping.
- Dinner and reflection.

DAY 6 (3 CEUs): OPTIONAL: Power Movement (50 minutes) and Mindful Movement (30 minutes).
- Breakfast at Hotel.
- National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.
- Lunch in Kigali. Shopping - Break.
- Dinner and reflection.

DAY 7: Eco - tourism, cultural tours, sightseeing Day. Options available.
- Video on Uganda work.
- Dinner. Debrief. Evaluation.

DAY 8: Flight back to USA.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Provide study abroad opportunities to expand multicultural competence.
Objective 1: Develop long - term relationships with organizations that serve to empower underserved populations.
Objective 2: Provide ongoing clinical and paraprofessional training to meet mental health needs of populations identified.
Objective 3: Coordinate workshops facilitated by local professionals to advance therapeutic skills and exchange mental health expertise.
Objective 4: Provide CE credit for registered participants.

Goal 2: Provide USSA participants with opportunities to serve underprivileged populations.
Objective 1: Coordinate efforts with local organizations to provide therapeutic activities for underse rved populations.
Objective 2: Brainstorm options for provision of resources; fundraising, further training, self - empowerment.

Goal 3: Provide experience of culture and customs for USSA participants.
Objective 1: Visit historical, spiritual, and cultural sites.
Objective 2: Engage in cultural activities such as meals with locals,, traditional festivities,, and shopping at local markets.


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