Teaching Volunteer Project in Rwanda / Kigali

Go Volunteer Africa’s teaching volunteer project in Rwanda focuses on English language classes, international cultural exchanges and educational murals.  These initiatives are aimed at a wide range of audiences, from school children to local villagers. Education is one of the most important tools Go Volunteer Africa can give the children in order to break the cycle of poverty affecting their lives and to help them become independent adults.

The teaching volunteer project in Rwanda increases education standards in the school we support and teach life skills that will help and empower children to make sustainable improvements within their local communities. Participating in our teaching volunteer project in Rwanda will offer you the opportunity in helping others and making the world a better place to live. It will also make your CV shine as well as offering you the opportunity in acquiring a valuable work experience in an African country and putting into use your creative skills.

The murals we paint are directed towards local schools to help raise awareness on key issues such as personal hygiene, recycling and environmental preservation.   Improved knowledge of English provides locals with a crucial skill in seeking further education and can unlock new job opportunities.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Availability: School term period

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment 

Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older

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, 3-5 hours in a day

Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost

Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7

Location: Kigali

Language: English/ French 

 

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide variety of teaching and education projects across Rwanda. Go Volunteer Africa works with three schools in Rwanda. A volunteer in Rwanda can choose between teaching in elementary schools or in secondary school. The schools have very basic facilities and the main resources you will have in your classroom are a blackboard and a piece of chalk.

 

Despite this, the enthusiasm of the children and the appreciation of your colleagues are sure to make volunteer teaching in Rwanda a highly rewarding experience! Local teachers are often very capable at providing their students with a good structural knowledge of English, including grammar and vocabulary, but having had little conversational English practice themselves, they often lack the confidence to get the children speaking English.

 

We have other volunteer teaching assignments in Rwanda, were a volunteer can teach geography, mathematics, physical education and history at community schools in Rwanda as a volunteer. Your daily activities will include but not limited to assisting local English teachers with the curriculum, one to one teaching with students, providing support for extracurricular activities, and playing sports with the children in a local school.

 

IN BRIEF:

  • Teach English, Math and other subjects, organize games and arts
  • Share your love and care with children
  • Share your culture and empower children
  • Paint educative murals
  • Provide support for extracurricular activities

 

English Classes: The communities have shown great interest in learning English from our international volunteers, most of whom speak English as a first or second language. Rwanda transformed from French to English. We teach English to a wide variety of ages, ability levels, and professional orientations.  Yet one of the most unique aspects of our Saturday/Weekly Evening classes is the incorporation of a cultural exchange element, which allows locals to learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds and customs of our volunteers while enriching volunteers’ own understanding of the local culture.

 

School Murals: We are helping to make schools brighter, more interesting and more colorful places for kids to study by painting murals that engage students in important themes concerning general youth development and healthy lifestyles.  Depending on the needs and desires of the schools, themes range from recycling and proper hand-washing techniques to promoting school spirit.  These projects are a fun way for volunteers to engage the community and leave behind an image that has a lasting impact.

LIVING IN KIGALI

Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers in Rwanda are housed at either, our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the project site. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!

 

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, sweet-potatoes, beans, noodles, corn bread, banana with vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.

 

The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.

 

Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Rwanda lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

UPON ARRIVAL

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Kigali International Airport in Kigali. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Rwanda will meet you on arrival at Kigali International Airport in Kigali and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.

 

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers including the national airline Rwandair. Rwanda has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

PROGRAM COSTS

Item

Cost (USD$)

Inclusion

4 weeks

$675

§  Placement Booking & Confirmation

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  T-shirt

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  Three meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour international HQ back-up

5 weeks

$775

6 weeks

$875

7 weeks

$975

8 weeks

$1075

9 weeks

$1175

10 weeks

$1275

12 weeks

$1325

14 weeks

$ 1525

Extra week

+ $120

 

 

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.

BOOKING AND APPLICATION

To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.

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