If you’re looking to add meaning to your family Rwanda adventure, volunteering is a great way to do so. From week-long Rwanda family volunteer safaris countless culture immersion opportunities in Kigali, Butare and Musanze.
Whether women empowerment project, wildlife conservation to sports and games coaching or an initiative that builds schools for kids or an eco-conservation project, all you have to decide is which cause you’re most interested in supporting as a family.
The benefits of family travel have been well documented: Trips can build empathy, bring families closer, expand your worldview, and expose you to different ways of life. But what about returning the favor by giving back to the places and people you meet along the way?
Go Volunteer Africa is dedicated to wildlife and environmental conservation, education and healthcare as well as community development and commitment to making a difference in the world, leaving our mark.
Ruhengeri: (or Musanze) is a city in northwest Rwanda. It’s the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park encompasses the soaring Mount Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. On the town’s outskirts, dense greenery surrounds the bat-filled Musanze Caves. To the east, Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo are set against a backdrop of verdant hills.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Kigali International Airport in Kigali City. A member of staff from our local partner organization from Musanze will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Rwanda has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Rwanda you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
Our Rwanda family volunteer safaris focus on conservation and community empowerment and we strive to benefit the community through wildlife and environmental education, not only to make a difference to their lives but to also ensure our conservation efforts will be successful and sustainable.
We have an extensive footprint across in Rwanda, where we proudly offer amazing family volunteer opportunities since 2013! We will match your skills and family expectations with those of your host project to ensure your placements are a professionally, as well as a personally, rewarding experience.
Our volunteer programs in Rwanda allow our volunteers the opportunity to work alongside local and interesting people that help ensure their survival. Working with very willing disadvantaged communities also forms part of the make-up of these incredible life enhancing programs.
One of the best ways to really get under the skin of any destination is to actually cover a large amount of ground during your travels. Go where very few get to go and join one of our overland tours and breathtaking safaris.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
The Republic of Rwanda, a member of the East African Community, allows citizens of all countries that are not visa exempt to obtain a visa on arrival. In addition, they may also 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.
Visitors from all countries have been eligible for visa on arrival since 1 January 2018. Citizens of countries that are not visa-exempt may also obtain a visa online or at a Rwandan diplomatic mission, if they prefer. An entry visa is valid for a single entry for a period not exceeding 30 days and is processed within three working days
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.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Rwanda has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
|Availability:||All year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 1 week commitment|
|Age Limits:||All ages 0-90+yrs|
|Minimum Age:||All ages 0- 90+ yrs|
|Dates:||Flexible start and end dates|
|Arrival dates:||One day before the start date|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Working Days:||Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3 hours in a day|
|Weekends:||Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost|
|Accommodation:||Host Families or volunteer house|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
|Location:||Kigali, Butare, Musanze|