At Go Volunteer Africa we understand that you might only have a short time in Rwanda. You are keen to volunteer but you want to experience the country’s rich culture, wildlife, history and geography. If your stay here is limited to two weeks, then this 15 days Best Rwanda Experience is designed for you.
This 15 day trip to the incredible country of Rwanda is for anyone interested in not just vacationing, but traveling with a true purpose. This will be the trip of a lifetime for anyone who wants to be totally immersed in the experience of traveling off the grid in Rwanda. You will experience culture and also get an opportunity to make a positive difference by combining adventure and volunteering.
Go Volunteer Africa, is the largest and the leading top rated volunteer and travel organization in Africa. We are an indigenous organization and we offer professional and excellent local knowledge at the most affordable rates. We have put together this trip for you to explore Rwanda’s wildlife extravaganza coupled with its hospitable people and freshening ambiance away from the big cities making it the ultimate adventure destination.
In Rwanda there is a saying, “God roams the world but comes to rest in Rwanda”. When you see the beauty of Rwanda, you’ll understand why!
Availability: All year round
Duration: 15 days of full total Rwanda experience
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates: 1st or 15th of every month
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: 10 days of full volunteer experience, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends/Safari: Travel / Sightseeing/ Safari, COSTS included in trip.
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (only on program menu)
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Language: English/ French
End of Trip: Barbecue night
§ Trip Booking & Confirmation
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Project orientation
§ Safari (Akagera)
§ Gorilla Trekking (Optional)
§ Three meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour international HQ back-up
1 Day Gorilla Safari
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: The Republic of Rwanda, a member of the East African Community, allows citizens of all African countries to obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of most other countries must obtain an e-Visa online before departure. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one empty page. Check this page - https://www.migration.gov.rw/our_services/visa/
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
This journey begins in Kigali where volunteer travelers are to arrive a day before the start of the trip (we can accommodate, if need be). Volunteers spend most of their time in Kigali.
Kigali is a beautiful green city in the heart of the tiny nation of Rwanda. This is where you will be spending the most of your time. The people of this small city are some of the friendliest in the world. You will stay with a local family or live at the volunteer house and eat home cooked meals while experiencing local life there every day. You will travel daily through the beautiful neighborhood and share in local customs in many homes all while contributing to meaningful community development projects.
You will be involved in a wide range of projects, depending on your skills and interests. Volunteers will be working alongside a local team to ensure positive results of the project. Volunteers are stationed in walkable distances from accommodation to project worksite.
Our favorite thing at Go Volunteer Africa is being spontaneous and we love all the unplanned surprises we constantly come across during out travels. We provide a very free flowing schedule that also allows free time to spend doing whatever you’d like.
The objective of this unique volunteer travel adventure trip is to help more people gain the life changing, life affirming experiences that volunteering can give while experiencing the best Rwanda can offer. Throughout this entire trip, the goal is to make a positive impact on the local people while getting off the grid and experiencing local culture.
ORIENTATION & VOLUNTEERING DAY 1- 10
Day 1: Go Volunteer Africa will arrange a pickup for you, from the airport, hotel or guesthouse, at agreed time. Our experienced Coordinator will give an orientation about Go Volunteer Africa and the project you will be working on. (It’s always better to arrive a day earlier for the best experience and allowing you sometime to rest, if not yet in Kigali.) From here you will visit and tour the project site and be introduced to the staff. During the orientation you can choose from our diverse assortment of health, environment and socio-economic projects collaborating with local African partner NGOs.
Day 2 - 9: You can use your talents and skills to enhance the lives of less priviledged children, under privileged women and youth while learning about the culture and customs of the local Rwandese people. You will surely be assisting with on-going programs in need of a helping hand. You can spend the first day helping to paint the classroom blocks, work with teachers, prepare meals for children, plant trees, train dance, musical instruments, and work with clinical officers or participate in the youth empowerment projects.
KIGALI TOTAL EXPERIENCE TOURS & SAFARI DAY 11-15
Day 11: Kigali city tour
Day 12: Akagera national park safari
This is a one day safari which will give you a classic safari experience in Rwanda. Akagera national park is located in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.
The trip will start at 5am and the park is 2.5 hours away from Kigali city. The game drive can last about 4-6 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest.
Day 13: Gorilla tracking (optional)
On the 13th day of the trip, we have an optional gorilla trekking safari for anyone interested in spending time with these rare creatures. If you are not doing this safari, we always have a package for you in store.
Volcanoes national park Rwanda is situated 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali city, and pre gorilla trekking briefing takes place at 7:30am and it’s a must for tourists going to track gorillas to be present for this session. If you miss briefing, you cannot go ahead and trek gorillas. Therefore once planning to go for trek, it’s very necessary for you to have the above information at the back of your mind.
This safari experience starts as early as 4:00am and all participants should be ready by then. After briefing on the dos and don’ts of trekking for gorillas, you have a chance to choose a gorilla group to trek, choosing from Easy trek, Medium and hard. For a one day gorilla excursion, since you have to return to Kigali that same day for departure, its best to go for an easy trek, which won’t last so long and not so tiring.
Once you meet the gorillas, you get to spend just one hour with them, you can photograph them, watch how they interact with each other not affected by your company! It’s such a wonderful experience.
Permits must be purchased in advance of the trek. During busy seasons it may be necessary to book well in advance. Permits are non-refundable.
Day 14: Shopping souvenirs/Barbacue Night/ Kigali Nightlife Experience
Day 15: Read to go home/ explore further