Rwanda: Let's Rwanda Around



July 28 - August 12, 2019  

Program Description 

Explore diversity, stress, and health in a global context! Despite its past, Rwanda is now one of Africa's safest, most popular, and most inspiring destinations for both high-tech innovation and eco-tourism. Enjoy this opportunity to work with the resilient and generous people of Rwanda, and to experience the majesty and wonder of the African continent.

You will:

  • Volunteer with street children to teach them performing and visual arts
  • Work on an organic farm designed to provide rural children with optimal nutrition
  • Visit the Kigali Memorial Center, the country's most prominent genocide museum
  • Learn how to weave traditional handicrafts with women of the Azizi Life community
  • Go on a safari tour at Akagera National Park
  • Take part in service-learning activities at Beyond the Gorillas, Gashora Girls Academy of Science & Technology, Ikirunga Art Center, and Les Enfants de Dieu


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KIN/HS 169 Diversity, Stress and Health (Area S) (3 units)

Students will study the interrelationship of individuals, racial/ethnic, and cultural groups to understand and appreciate issues of diversity in an African country in comparison with those of the U.S., within the context of stress and health. How one's identity, behavior, and health are shaped by cultural and social influences in the contexts of equality and inequality will be addressed throughout the course. From both a theoretical and experiential perspective, students will study behavioral interventions, social actions, and positive interactions that: (a) diminish or eliminate inequalities and related stressors; and (b) promote health and social justice. Processes (historical, social, economic, and political) that lead to either greater equality or structured inequality will also be analyzed.


Satisfaction of the Writing Skills Test (WST) or ENGL/LLD 100A with a C or better (C- not accepted), completion of Core GE and upper division standing.


KIN 037 Fitness Walking (1 unit)*

Fitness walking is a low-impact conditioning activity designed to develop cardiovascular fitness.


*Students who are ineligible for KIN 169 but would still like to participate in this FLP may enroll in KIN 037.



Program Leader: Karin Jeffery

Karin Jeffery, Ph.D., worked for several years in high-tech, then transitioned into fitness, working as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. She also spent over 15 years with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, coaching for their cycling, mountain bike, duathlon, and triathlon teams. In 2006, wanting to learn more about coaching, she entered SJSU's Kinesiology graduate program with a Sport Psychology emphasis. She also began teaching KIN 69 (Stress Management). In 2010 she moved to Tallahassee, Florida to earn her doctorate in Sport Psychology at Florida State University.

Karin returned to SJSU in 2015, and is now teaching KIN 69 (Stress Management - A Multidisciplinary Approach), KIN/HS 169 (Diversity, Stress, and Health), KIN 175 (Measurement and Evalulation in Kinesiology), and KIN 185 (Senior Seminar). She also enjoys supervising students in KIN 180 (Independent Study).

Karin is honored to serve as faculty adviser, along with Dr. Gong Chen, to the Kinesiology Ambassador's Club (KAC). She is also a proud member of the Iron Spartans, SJSU's Power and Olympic Lifting Team. She has previously served as faculty adviser to the ZXE fraternity, and was also the very first faculty adviser to the SJSU Quidditch Club.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)*
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,975 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately**
$3,925 Total Program Cost


*For students enrolling in KIN 037 in lieu of KIN 169, the tuition cost would reduce to $250 and total program cost would be $3,425.

** Airfare is not included and may cost between $1200 and $1800. Students will need approximately $200-$300 for meals and additional spending money.


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