Culture Quest 2016

Culture Quest 2016, based in East Africa, included 69 participants (53 Lauder students, 8 partners, and 8 students from the Huntsman Program) racing from Rwanda through Uganda and finishing up in Kenya. This was the first quest to take place over winter break, so the students decided to do it right by combining their kick-off with a New Year’s Eve dinner in Kigali, Rwanda. The next day marked a more somber occasion when they visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial and learned about the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda and how the country is honoring its victims. This East African adventure then saw teams participating in a variety of local activities — from trekking with gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to river-rafting down the Nile in Uganda and going on safari in Masa Mara, Kenya. Once again, Culture Quest rules were relaxed a bit as flying was allowed to enable the teams to experience as much of the scenic wonders and wildlife as possible during their limited 10-day schedule. In the bustling city of Nairobi, Kenya, students met with local alumni to discuss life in that country. The quest ended with a visit to Girls on the Move, a local NGO program for young women. Techno Serve was kind enough to arrange this visit with assistance from Lauder alumna Evelyn Windhager.

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