The Pearl of Africa and the Land of a Thousand Hills

Join us as we explore diverse issues in two of Africa’s most beautiful nations.

Makerere University’s main building in Kampala.

Engage East-Africa is one of our most unique, and engaging opportunities for students looking to truly explore issues in global development. Students participating in the program will have the opportunities to meet local change makers, discuss complex and challenging issues, volunteer on meaningful projects, observe untouched habitats, all while learning from local’s.

This program is truly intended to challenge existing assumptions about ‘Africa’, while developing new perspectives on global issues, all while experiencing and exploring two of the world’s most diverse nations.

Like all of our secondary school programs, Engage East-Africa can be completely customized, from program themes to itineraries and activities.


    Explore diverse issues, from conflict and reconciliation, to social entrepreneurship and poverty reduction. More info...


    Check out our sample 14 day itinerary to see what you could be doing in East-Africa. More info…


    Uganda (the Pearl of Africa) and Rwanda (the Land of a Thousand Hills) provide truly stunning scenes. Our photos


  • 3 Unique Program Themes
  • 8 Community Partners
  • 3 Eco-Systems in 2 Countries (Uganda / Rwanda)
  • Social Enterprise Training
  • 2-Day Safari
  • Crossing the Equator

Check out our Blog from our 2016 Engage East-Africa Program!

Our Philosophy

We challenge students to think differently, to question, to inquire, and to engage. Insight Global Education designs truly unique programs for students who are interested in and passionate about global issues. All of our programs are based on experiential pedagogy, fostering global citizenship through combined international and local learning. While overseas, participating students will have the opportunity to meet and speak with local change makers. They’ll visit project sites, participate in local practices, question existing norms.

Program Details


Insight’s programs for secondary school students are built with, on average, 3 to 4 key program themes, based on what’s happening in-country and the interests of the participating students/group. Group leaders are encouraged to speak with us to learn more about the theme options for the Engage East-Africa program.

Engage East-Africa’s potential themes include:

  • Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Food Security and Climate Change
  • Gender Equality
  • Access to Education and Health
  • Sustainable Tourism

“This was a once in a lifetime experience that changed me in so many ways. I gained incredible, firsthand experience in a part of the world I had never visited before, and I met so many incredible people who taught me some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned to date. This program was so well laid out; the Insight team prepared our entire group so well for what we would be experiencing. I felt comfortable in a place that had few similarities with what I was used to.”

Sienna Wallee, Spring 2015West Vancouver Secondary

Sample Itinerary

Day 1-2 Themes: Poverty and Public Health

  • Arrive in Kampala, transit to guesthouse
  • Visit and tour Acholi Quarter slum, one of Kampala’s largest, with a local organization empowering underprivileged youth
  • Engage with Sawa World, a local non-profit teaching youth how to become entrepreneurs and change-makers

Day 3-7 – Themes: Education and Sport, Public Health

  • Transit to Masaka (120kms south-west of Kampala)
  • Learn from AFRIpads about role of public health in access to education for young girls
  • Volunteer with youth at the Tekera Resource Centre, learning about the complexities of rural farming in the wake of climate change

Days 7-9 Themes: Safari

  • Enjoy Uganda’s natural beauty with a Safari through Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Spot the big 5, including Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Cheetah’s and more!
  • Engage with individuals working in tourism and hospitality, and learn about the growing industry

Days 9-10 Themes: Social Entrepreneurship, Education

  • Transit to Uganda’s famous Lake Bunyoni, one of the world’s largest crater lakes
  • Participate in a social entrepreneurship workshop series; design and pitch a social enterprise with fellow students

Days 12-13 Themes: Conflict and Reconciliation

  • Transit to Kigali, Rwanda
  • Visit the National Genocide Memorial and Museum and Hotel Rwanda
  • Meet and engage with guest speakers who survived the genocide

All of our programs and itineraries are customized to suits the needs and interests of those participating in our programs. Themes and corresponding activities and locations can of course be adjusted.

Program Costs

Sample Costs

The cost of the program is inclusive of the following:

  • Return International Airfare from Canada to Uganda/Rwanda
  • Accommodation and Lodging
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunch dinner, and bottled water
  • Program activities, content and interactions with all partners
  • Curriculum and units to accompany program themes, as determined by the lead chaperone / teacher
  • 2 day Safari to either Queen Elizabeth National Park, or Murchison Falls National Park
  • Insight’s in-country staff support throughout the program
    • Including daily group reflections and check-in’s with our Canadian / Ugandan team
  • Pre-program orientations and post-program debriefing in Canada, including workshops and seminars on topics to be explored during the program

Program Safety

Our programs take place in some of the most diverse, unique and hospitable countries in the global south. From East- Africa to the South Pacific, at the heart of what we do is deeply connected to where we do it. With that said, we recognize that risks exist while travelling abroad. That is why student safety and security are our top priorities. The below steps outline just some of the many ways that we ensure participants are safe and secure while travelling abroad with us.

  • Strict overseas rules and policies
  • Canadian and local staff facilitating all programs
  • Thorough parent and student prep, with at least two parent info sessions, and 4 pre-departure orientations
  • Extensive orientation, including safety briefing, upon arrival in East-Africa
  • Daily morning group check-in with evening debriefs from the field
  • Reputable accommodations with security, and prior experience hosting travellers
  • Comprehensive travel/medical/emergency insurance for all participants
  • Rigurously planned travel routes with industry experts and partners
  • Strict itineraries that only stray in the event of an emergency
  • Zero tolerance for alcohol consumption
  • Mandatory participant code of conduct, and many more!

To learn more about our precautionary measures and practices abroad, please contact us.