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Welcome to RWANDA 2017

This site is intended to allow students of Harwood High School write, share images, sounds and music as they experience the transformational journey to Rwanda.

The intent of this space is for students to share their thoughts and observations before, during and after the trip in February 2017. The students may keep some of their content private but can make other posts public for all to see and comment upon.

This site holds the Legacy of this project -- shared experiences of students from as far back as 2010. Enjoy.

This site is maintained and monitored by Young Writers Project, a small nonprofit based in Vermont that helps youths across the world improve their writing and digital media skills. YWP is proud to have played a small part in this project all these years.

YWP will be looking for exceptional pieces to post on its main site -- -- and its publications. We encourage youths to create their own accounts on to get a wider audience for their work which has been, historically, fascinating.

Having to Leave

This is our last day, and I can hardly believe it. This trip definitely went by faster than I wanted it too. I've learned so much, but I think there's still so much Rwanda could teach me. I don't know if I've changed, but I hope so. The idea of going back to a life where you do exactly the same thing every day no longer seems very appealing. These past few weeks have been so much fun. I love going around and meeting students (young or old) of schools in Rwanda.

There's so much to love about this place. I think I'll miss the people most of all, though. We've made so many friends, and even most of the people we only met once are pretty friendly. Leaving homestays was one the hardest goodbyes I've ever had to say. Of course, I'll also miss the fruit here and the animals. I doubt I'll ever see a wild monkey in America. I'd like to see my family again, but it's going to be so hard to leave.

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Our Travel Itinerary

The flight and ground itinerary is attached. But also you can check the daily calendar in the left hand column.

Here's a map:

Welcome to 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Rwanda Journey site. Young Writers Project  will once again manage this site for participants and readers/commenters before, during and after the voyage. 

YWP asks that students:

  1. UPDATE  your account with your REAL email addresses  so we can keep in touch with you during the journey.
  2.  COLLABORATE with Young Writers Project so that we can share some of your pieces with a larger audience on, local newspapers and our digital magazine, As some of you know, this wider audience can be extremely powerful. Please let me know if you'd lie to do that with us. Email me at or call at 802-324-9537.

We happen to think that many of the pieces that you will write will be fascinating to a wider audience and, again, we'd encourage you to connect with us so we can publish some of that material.


Geoff Gevalt

A Gospel Song

A Special Rendition of The Beatles Classic

Meet Sarah The Broom Maker

Hi all!

Although Joy. Eleanor, and I did the initial part of this project that consisted of the interview, pictures, videos, and going to see Sarah twice I can't take any credit for putting together this amazing video. Andrenae from Woonsocket was a HUGE help with editing and making the video. So I wanted to give her the credit because she worked super hard on it. Thanks Nae, couldn't have done it without you!!!



A Song About Peace

The Song "Hallelujah"

Performed by students at the School of Art & Music in Nyundo, Rwanda. 

"Hallelujah" from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.

The Grammy's In Rwanda

Having fun awarding Best Artist for 2017. 

Grammy For Best Artist of the Year from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.

An Impromptu Jam Session

This is the song "Love Yourself." Enjoy. 

"Love Yourself" Jam Session from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.

A Song by A Superstar

This is a boy nicknamed "Superstar" singing a song he wrote called "Unziziki". 

"Unziziki" by Kevin from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.


This is an interview with a teacher named Clemence at G.S. Byimana school.


A Conversation with Clemence Final from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.

A Conversation with Clemence Final from HUHS Rwanda Travel Study on Vimeo.

Volcanic Glow

The past few days have been spent at a religious center at Lake Kivu, called Kigufi. The last time I traveled here, the Congo was more of a word used to describe what lay beyond the boundary of the lake. Several days ago, however, the fog had lifted. There were hills, closer and larger than I had thought possible. The lake suddenly seemed less like an ocean full of unanswered questions, and more like something I would expect to see clearly defined on a map. 

I sat and watched the sunset that night. Beams of light streamed through the crags at the top of the mountains, and the clouds rolled into shapes seen only in Renaissance paintings. The whole thing was entirely unreal. Every few moments, the view shifted into different shades of cotton candy and gold. It seemed like we had reached an entirely new plane of existance. 

My First Week in Rwanda

We have been traveling in Rwanda for about a week now. Each day brings new and exciting experiences. At first it was very hard to adjust. I found myself staying up all night and missing my family but as the days have passed it has been easier. We explored Kigali which was overwhelming yet beautiful. All of the people are very welcoming and surprised to see us. In Kigali we visited The Good Samaritan school. This school has kids from ages 2-6. They thought us and the cameras were the coolest thing in the whole world. Laughing, singing and dancing with them was one of the best experiences of my life. On our third day we traveled south the Gitarama. Here we visited the Days for Girls school where I took many portraits and made great connections with the students. I have been really enjoying the media aspect of this trip. We also saw a couple traditional dances which were very cool. I wish I knew how to dance like that. A few days ago we transitioned into home stays. It was very scary at first but I was more nervous than I should've been. My host family is very sweet and welcoming. So far I've had an amazing trip and can't wait for the rest of it :)

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