Trip Cost: $2,599 + airfare
Anticipated Trip Dates: JUNE 16 – JUNE 28, 2024

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.

You may also know Rwanda from its history and the brutal genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. What you may not know is, Rwanda has become a leading example in reconciliation, peace building, and conflict resolution. They are committed to remembering their history as a way to move forward utilizing connection as a way to drive development and progress. 

Join us, to learn more about how Rwanda is actively changing their future through a nationwide effort to reconcile their history, peace build, and share their stories with each other and the world! 

In-Country Coordinator

Global Initiative for Environment and Reconciliation (GER)

In-country Coordinator

GER supports post-conflict communities to recover from conflicts and its effects toward reconciliation and environmental protection in Rwanda.

The mission of GER is to contribute in Peace building, conflicts transformation and ecosystem management for a peaceful and sustainable community with the participation of children, youth and adults.

Our aim is to contribute through community’s empowerment towards peace building; conflict transformation, healing the past towards reconciliationand ecosystem management in Rwanda and DRC.  We believe that post conflict reconciliation is possible if communities are empowered and engaged in the process.

Shelly Burningham

Shelly has been involved with Youthlinc since 2011 when she joined the Kenya team as an education mentor.  It was a magical experience and she immediately became a hooked volunteer because she strongly believes in the Youthlinc mission to “create lifetime humanitarians.”  Since then, she has served as a team leader to Guatemala, Nepal, Cambodia and three times to Peru.  

Shelly says that the biggest draw to the Youthlinc program is the opportunity participants have to serve both locally and internationally.  Shelly recently retired from Youthlinc as the Real-Life Director. Real Life is a peer mentoring program with a life skills curriculum befitting refugee and under-served youth in Salt Lake City.  Since retiring from Youthlinc, Shelly is now operating a small home business and is working as a Service Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shelly has a degree in Family History Studies from Brigham Young University and a Paralegal Studies degree from Mountianwest College of Business.  Shelly is the mother of three children and a grandmother of seven adorable grandchildren.  Her greatest joy comes from her husband and family.  Her second greatest passion is service and Shelly delights in helping others incorporate service in their lives.