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a Thousand Hills The Land of

Five years of research and preparation culminated in an inaugural service learning trip to Rwanda in February 2016. Fifteen middle school students—alongside three teachers—spent a week bonding and interacting with Rwandan students, discovering the culture and history, and learning the language. SCDS grade 7 student, Tamarin Camp, shares her reflections on the experience and collective hope that the relationship with our Rwandan partner school will become a permanent part of the SCDS learning experience.

SCDS students and staff on safari in Akagera National Park along with 15 of their friends and two teachers from GS Nayamata EPR.


If someone had told us in September, 2015, that six months later we would return from the most incredible experience of our lives, we would have been shocked. Visiting Rwanda (The Land of a Thousand Hills) completely changed how we perceive the world.

Kugenda cyane gutera kubona. – Rwandan Proverb

Photo credit: Shelly Rosen



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