Rwanda: Steps for Change




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.

This course will critically examine the production, participation, and consumption of sport and human movement in a global context, specifically for this FLP in Rwanda and Botswana. Particular focus will be placed on a systematic comparison of the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological developments, and/or attitudes embedded in global sport. In addition, attention will be placed on the historical context to better understand sport and human movement traditions outside the US and how they
have influenced US culture.

An important goal of the course is to facilitate a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural nuances expressed in sport, games, and human movement, as well as how those nuances are linked to larger cultural values and attitudes. A secondary aim of the course is to help students understand how sport, games, and human movement act as a vehicle to transmit cultural norms. Moreover, the course will examine how dominant ideologies are often perpetuated and, perhaps, resisted in and through a
variety of sport forms.

You will:

  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda's most prominent genocide museum 
  • Participate in service-learning activities at Les Enfants de Dieu (a center for former street boys) and Centre Marembo (a center for former street girls and unwed teen mothers), and learn how these children and young adults are preparing to return to their families  
  • Visit Zipline, the amazing, first-in-the-world company that delivers medical supplies by drone (14,000 lives saved so far, and counting!)
  • Work on a project with the STEM/STEAM students at Gashora Girls Academy of Science & Technology
  • Visit Gardens for Health, an organic farm that researches and reduces childhood malnutrition
  • Experience a typical day of village life with the women of the Azizi Life community
  • Enjoy a photo safari at Akagera National Park
  • ... and more!


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KIN 111 Sport & Movement in a Global Context (Area V) (3 units)

Human expression through sport, games, and movement in cultures outside the US, and how those expressions have changed over time. Exploration of how sporting traditions in cultures outside the US have influenced US culture and society.

Prerequisites: Passage of WST or ENGL/LLD 100A with a C or better, upper division standing, completion of CORE GE.



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 now teaches KIN 69 (Stress Management - A Multidisciplinary Approach), KIN/HS 169 (Diversity, Stress, and Health), and KIN 185 (Senior Seminar). She also works in the Psychology Department teaching PSYC 100W (Writing Workshop). She started this Rwanda FLP in 2018 and also leads a Vietnam FLP during the winter break. She enjoys sharing the life-changing international experience with as many students as possible.

Karin also serves as faculty adviser to Spartans for Sustainability, a student organization working to help eliminate the use of straws and other single-use plastics. She has previously served as faculty advisor to the Kinesiology Ambassador's Club (KAC), the ZXE fraternity, and 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.  

KIN 111

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)*
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,865  Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately**
$3,815  Total Program Cost

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

Price was reduced on 11/14/19. No further changes to the price will occur.


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