Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer Rwanda opportunities range from games and sports coaching, women empowerment, youth work, English teaching and childcare activities in Kigali. Immerse yourself in Rwandan life and explore the beautiful Kigali.
Whether you volunteer in Rwanda with Go Volunteer Africa for 2 weeks, 1, 2 or 3 months, you will be part of go volunteer Rwanda opportunities that make a real difference through sustainable, life-changing projects. Enjoy adventure safaris, including the popular gorilla tracking and hiking.
Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer work in Rwanda for anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of local communities, whether on a gap year, summer trip or as a family volunteering together. One of the advantages of volunteer Rwanda opportunities, is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement.
The aim of volunteer Rwanda development program is to provide support for a wide range of capacity building initiatives within the local communities being implemented by our affiliate NGOs. Whichever program you choose you will be benefiting from Go Volunteer Africa’s extensive experience in Rwanda. One of the biggest differences you will notice at the end will not be external but will be the difference inside of yourself.
Currently we are offering volunteers placements are in Kigali city, however our partner might be in position to arrange placements outside the city for those interested in hitting the real villages of Rwanda! You will surely be assisting with on-going programs in need of a helping hand. You can spend your time 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.
Go Volunteer Africa's Community development volunteer projects in Rwanda are diverse and each brings a unique, exciting experience. The overall aim of the projects is one of improving the community infrastructure, encouraging sustainable activities and capacity building. The people are hard working and appreciative of our contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project.
No matter which project you chose in which to volunteer in Rwanda, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. School children will benefit from the knowledge you impart, your conservation efforts will contribute towards protecting local wildlife, and you will be part of preserving some of the extraordinary ways of life in this country.
Go Volunteer Africa offers opportunities to volunteers interested in working with and empowering women. You don’t need specific experience working with women’s groups but if you have training, teaching, counseling or business skills they will be most useful. A willingness to help where needed, a genuine interest in supporting women in need and being sensitive are some of the attributes you should have as a women’s empowerment volunteer.
For those interested in working as youth empowerment volunteers in Rwanda, you will work alongside the youth on various development projects and offer them vital social and professional skills which will bring positive change to their lives. Volunteers will assist in serving on youth empowerment and development projects, like: youth micro-finance project, games and sports coaching, health awareness workshops, mentoring workshops, computer training, vocational skills and so many other activities.
For any volunteer interested in working with children in Rwanda, you should know, that Rwanda does not have orphanage homes setting! You can only work with child daycare centers. Rwanda phased out all orphanages and children living in orphanages were integrated into foster families.
Rusororo, Gasabo, Kigali City
§ Community education (Outreaches & Sensitization seminars)
§ Environmental/Wildlife Conservation & awareness workshops
§ Community healthcare outreach
§ Education (Teaching nursery, primary and high schools)
§ Improving village infrastructure and facilities
§ Arranging extracurricular childcare activities
§ Youth/Women Development Initiatives
If you are a volunteer interested in the education and teaching volunteer program in Rwanda, 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.
If you are interested in working with women empowerment projects- as a volunteer you are encouraged to share your existing knowledge and skills with the women on the project. Volunteers can lead workshops in business skills, IT, administration, financial literacy, people management and customer care. You can offer counseling, information on reproductive health or help with the harvest of cash crops or you can just join the girls in their sports activities.
Our Childcare Volunteer Project in Rwanda supports daycare centers and schools in Kigali City. As a Volunteer in Rwanda you will work alongside our local teams to create exciting sessions to develop children’s creative and communication skills. As a childcare volunteer in Rwanda, you will also participate in the design of creative and fun games and arts and craft activities at children’s center and school.
For those volunteers interested in recreational activities for youth - Volunteers can teach a range of sports at the youth center and at a local school. As a games and sports volunteer in Rwanda you can give fitness lessons, physical education, outdoors and indoors activities. Games and Sports Coaching volunteer in Rwanda will be able to coach a range of sports at the primary and secondary schools in the area and the local youth centre.
These volunteering placements offer you the chance to join a childcare, sports and/or women’s empowerment project. Bring your enthusiasm, team spirit and flexibility to work where needed while volunteering and living at the heart of a community.
Your day to day involvement will depend upon the main focus of the program at the time of your visit, however, volunteers can typically expect to be involved within a range of activities which could include child care, after school homework clubs, NGO admin work, editing and contributing towards the NGO’s monthly magazine, fundraising activities, family outreach work and health awareness.
We also coordinate a number of school construction programs which you may have the opportunity to help coordinate and get involved with, depending on the work program going on at the time of your stay. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!
You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Rwandese life. After this initial period, your placement work will begin. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
A member of staff from our local partner organization in Rwanda will meet you on arrival at Kigali International Airport 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. The 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.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized at weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. There is a lot to see in Rwanda.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
§ Placement Booking & Confirmation
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Project orientation
§ Three meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour international HQ back-up
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.
Go Volunteer Africa programs are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organizations, local research institutes, academic organizations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.
We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and programs and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.