Sustainability in Rwanda

Explore Rwanda's sustainable development initiatives, converse with local business innovators, and develop skills in social entrepreneurship

February 10-18, 2019 | July 7-14, 2019

At a Glance

A hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Africa, Rwanda is known for its spectacular natural beauty and wildlife preservation. In recent years, the country has also become synonymous with fast growth, good governance, technological innovation and sustainability.

In 2019, over a span of 9 days, join Kente & Silk, Philanthropy in Motion (PIM) and Seven United to explore the sustainable developments, technological innovations, agricultural practices and eco-tourism industry in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, the Virunga mountains and Lake Kivu. Discuss sustainability policies with local governments and international organizations, visit local businesses, witness the natural beauty of Rwanda landscapes, tour a local coffee producer, and so much more!

When: Winter Program February 10-18, 2019 | Summer Program July 6-14, 2019

Where: Rwanda (Kigali, Musanze, Kirongi)

What: 8-day program focused on exploring Rwanda’s sustainable development across technology, agriculture and eco-tourism industries

Who: Young professionals and/or graduate students interested in sustainability, development and/or green finance; entrepreneurs and/or social innovators

Program Cost:  USD $2,250. This fee covers program tuition, 8-night accommodation, local transportation, daily lunches and group activities. Participants are responsible for flights, visa, insurance and other personal expenses.

Program Schedule: Click here to see program schedule (subject to changes and confirmation)


Winter Program Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

Summer Program Priority Deadline: December 31, 2018 | Rolling Deadline: April 30, 2019

Click here to apply

Why Join?

  • What you do

  • What you gain

  • Online course and offline workshops

    Learn directly from cross sector leaders to obtain insights on sustainable business models and practices. Dive deep into the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, and understand how to balance development to achieve environmental sustainability, social inclusiveness and economic viability.

  • Mentorship and international networks

    Receive mentorship for developing a career in sustainability and/or development. Gain access to high-level leaders, cutting-edge social organizations, and a global community of young changemakers. Connect complex networks of stakeholders to build common ground in a uniquely cross-cultural environment.

  • Site visits and field immersion

    Site visits to Rwanda's innovative and sustainable businesses in technology, agriculture and eco-tourism industries. Learn what works on the ground for sustainable development across sectors and stakeholders.

  • Opportunity to make a difference

    Use PIM’s tools to design projects alongside leading start-up companies and non-profits organizations. Act on our generation’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive to make a difference will change the world. Lead your peers by making real impact now.

  • Dialogue and Discussions

    Meet with government officials, entrepreneurs, innovators and other stakeholders within the civil society to discuss insights, opportunities and challenges in sustainable development.

  • Social Impact Certificate

    Earn a certificate recognizing your knowledge, skills and involvement in sustainable development.

Inside the Program

  • Learn about Sustainable Development

    Pre-program Online Course

    Learn about the core issues affecting sustainable development, and develop an understanding of the main challenges of a sustainable green economy

  • Local Immersion

    Program: Feb 10-18 or July 6-14

    Engage in dialogues with local government officials, entrepreneurs and iexperts to understand the issue of sustainability through various lenses. Attend workshops, go on site visits and engage with a group of international changemakers

  • Grow the Movement


    As a community, advance the dialogue and innovations to achieve sustainable development with your peers, companies, and universities. Gain access to further career development opportunities and resources.

“Last summer I met a group of talented, aspiring and responsible young changemakers. We collaborated to comprehensively assess non-profit projects in China and finally delegate a fund of USD 20k to the most promising ones. Different from my finance background, Model Foundation provided me with a brand new perspective to think about social issues and my career path. After a systematic study about philanthropy and face-to-face meetings with all participants, I believe more than firmly in the prospect of leveraging business methods for scalable social innovation. Thanks PIM for this wonderful experience and I hope more people can join in this endeavor!"

Eaffi You

University of International Business and Economics '17

“Before PIM's Model Foundation, philanthropy seemed a bit strange to me. I used to confuse charity with philanthropy, which actually offers more than merely donating money and time. Rather than simply giving money to those in need, philanthropic organizations offer them ways to be better off and this new kind of thinking benefits the society as a whole. By engaging young people in the decision making process, the program educates us how philanthropy can work under the new era and how to make an impact through collective efforts. PIM's model foundation has reshaped my ideas and view towards philanthropy and I would consider it when deciding my career path.”

Alison Weng

University of Auckland '18

“PIM connected me with people at the forefront of China's social sector and inspired me to start a China-focused social impact initiative at Princeton. The people I met at Model Foundation are some of the brightest, most passionate young people I have ever come across - it's amazing to have them as a support network.”

Vera Lummis

Princeton University '17

"Through Model Foundation, I gained a systematic understanding of the philanthropic sector as well as its newest innovative developments. This program model really engenders you with a strong sense of participation. As a Model Foundation member, I evaluated organizations with my peers, comparing their different principles and standards, and were altogether fully responsible for the final funding decision. Being able to affect public welfare and help organizations achieve their mission made me realize the full extent of the responsibility on our shoulders as part of this endeavor."

Ally Luo

Hong Kong University '19

"Model Foundation is an excellent platform for evaluating and understanding the development of Chinese NGOs from a perspective of a foundation. I had the privilege of gaining insight into the development of a local NGO in China and securing funding for them. While researching their work, I was deeply moved and impressed by their mission and work, and became a fully-fledge volunteer for the organization afterwards. I truly believe that Model Foundation can let young people better understand the development of Chinese NGOs, and as a result, make China better, together."

Chuqi Yan

Shanghai Jiao Tong University/Cornell '18


Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Our participants come from top universities and companies around the world.

Young professionals; Graduate students interested in sustainability, development or green finance; Entrepreneurs; Social innovators; Philanthropists and social sector practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • Highly-motivated young people in possession of innovative and open mindset, willing to connect with peers from all regions of the world
  • Track record of creating, spreading and leading solutions to pressing social challenges, be it through entrepreneurship, policy, student clubs, volunteer work, or others.
  • High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions (program is entirely English-based)


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How to Apply

Winter Program Deadline: December 17, 2018; Summer Program Priority Deadline: December 31, 2018