Our Team

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Intore Expeditions is a family owned and operated business.

Paul was born and raised in Uganda. In September of 1994 he and his family returned after being in exile since 1959.  Like many Rwandan’s, having many jobs he found his way into being a driver guide, and loved it.  His years of experience, with other companies and freelancing, gave him a foundation for providing exceptional service for all of his guests as well as the basic needs for running a business.  His love for his country and dream to help Rwanda reconcile and reestablish herself both from within and from the eyes of the outside world were paramount to him.   Paul’s talents reach beyond his people skills and Rwandan history.  A few of his hidden talents include; speaking eight languages (Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, English, French, plus local dialects), photography (when he is not driving), Certified American Red Cross Instructor and all around man in the know.

Shelly a second generation Seattle native, who came to Rwanda for the first time in 2006 and will tell you that it was the trip that changed her life.   From the moment she landed she knew there was something incredibly special about Rwanda.  Since that first trip Shelly has completed her B.A in global and genocide studies immediately followed by a M.A. in Communications. Both her degrees, from Antioch University – Seattle, allowed her to focus on, Non-profits, collaboration with the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, work on the development of Intore Expeditions her photography all while splitting time between Seattle and Rwanda.  She is a mother of twin boys, who came with her and attended school in Rwanda for six months in 2008.  They have now both started their own college careers.  She is the primary photographer for all of Intore publications and calendars. She is also an American Red Cross Certified Instructor and a woman that simply loves her job.  Shelly is now the Vice – Chair of the Tourism portion of the Rwanda Tour and Travel Association.


Emmanuel Mutabazi  (Emma) – Emma was born and raised in Uganda and returned with his brother Paul and family to Rwanda in 1994. He is Intore Expeditions Finance and Office Manage. Emma speaks KiSwahili, English and French.

Eric Bizimana – Eric is Intore’s operations manager, driver guide and special team assistant. He wears many hats for us.  Beyond Kinyarwanda he speaks, KiSwahili, French and English.  Eric always has a smile and we are consistently told is a really great and fun guide.

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Carol Deckelbaum of Three Crown Creative.  Without you we would not have a beautiful website.  Thank you for your patience, technical support and vision.

Peter Stocker of Story Trading. Without you we would not have our beautiful logo or publication materials.  Thank you Peter for your years of undying support, vision and input.

Other team members and facilitators

Intore Expeditions would like to thank the following people and companies for without their help and continued support we would not be where we are today.  Not included in this following list are the many family members and friends that have also shared in our struggles and our joys.  Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts.



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