Rwanda

Visas, Vaccines, and Outlets:

Rwanda requires that all U.S. citizens who wish to enter the country posses a visa at the time they request entry into Rwanda.[1]  They must also have a passport with a least six months validity remaining and at least one blank page. For more information on applying for the visa visit link.

The yellow fever vaccination is required upon entry. For more the most up to date health information visit the CDC website for Rwanda.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Rwanda are either Type J and the voltage in 220-240v as opposed to 110-120 volts in the U.S.. Which means that adaptors are essential.[2]

Social Customs:

It is important to know that the Rwandese culture is complex and cannot be summarized in one article. These are generalizations and represent a small part of the Rwandese social customs.[3][4][5]

  • Avoid asking about their ethnicity since it might be a sensitive topic for some
  • More than 50 % of parliament are constituted of women.
  • Avoid discussing politics, the genocide and sex.
  • Personal space tends to be minimal.
  • In most situations, Rwandans are not punctual as their view of time is fluid.
  • To avoid pollution, no plastic is allowed and you will be asked to throw them away.
  • There is a rich tradition of celebrations involving music and dance

Educational System: 

School/Level Equivalent Notes
Primary School 1-6 Grade Classes are taught in Kinyarwanda.[6][7]
Secondary School 7-12 Grade After primary school, students are taught in French or English. Half way through secondary school students must complete an examination before they can continue their secondary education[6]. Very few pass the examination[8] and therefore cannot get the secondary education advance level certificate. This system is different in private schools.
Vocational N/A Adults do not need a secondary school education. The vocational track aims to train Rwandese to do tasks that do not require bachelor degrees.[8]
Higher Education N/A There are close to 50,000 students enrolled in Rwanda’s tertiary institutions.[6]

References:
1. Visa information
2. Electrical Plug Information
3. Great Lakes Agency For Peace and Development International
4. Rwanda Chamber
5. Countries and their cultures
6. Embassy of the US Kigali, Rwanda
7. Unicef Education Rwanda
8. Education Database