Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.
If you are looking at doing something more meaningful on your travels in Rwanda. Go Volunteer Africa recruits volunteers for locally-run community, conservation, teaching, building, business development, and social projects around Kigali and Musanze in Rwanda.
There are many ways to volunteer your time, as well as your skills, to help out. Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services of volunteers within our projects around Rwanda. Go Volunteer Africa works closely with each volunteer to ensure comprehensive preparation, including both an understanding of the people with whom you will be working with, and all considerations necessary for traveling overseas.
Our Rwanda Volunteer Program is an immersion program customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to volunteering in Rwanda. The timetable you travel, your village destination, and the projects you may be involved with are all geared to your skills and interests, and the villages’ needs.
Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer projects in Rwanda are safe, reliable and affordable and can accommodate all ages. The Rwanda volunteer program is a collaboration between Go Volunteer Africa and the under-served communities of Kigali and Musanze where we serve. We are committed to meeting the needs of our communities, and to placing developmental volunteers in worthy programs that provide safe and life-changing experiences.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN RWANDA
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Rwanda is a country in East Africa comprising barely 10,000 miles, Rwanda is one of Africa’s smallest countries. It borders Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. Rwanda is landlocked other than its western border of Lake Kivu. Characterised by fascinating savannah, undulating hills and deep valleys, abundant wildlife and natural aesthetics. Its capital city, Kigali is picturesque with many sights and delights.
Rwanda is beautiful and very attractive! Its colorful culture speaks volumes of what lies underneath its beautiful landscape which is endowed with a culture of great diversity. This small country is endowed with lots of natural wonders and you are guaranted to enjoy an adventurous and exciting vacation you’ve always wanted. Nothing describes Rwanda’s culture better than the affectionate hospitality of its people, the thrill of its intore culture dancers and singers as well as the usual determined ethic for work and industry.
Although much of the economy relies on subsistence farming, Rwanda has a mixed economic system in which there is a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation. Rwanda has one of the fastest growing economies in East/Central Africa. Life expectancy, literacy, primary school enrollment and healthcare have all improved in Rwanda. This country has also made big strides towards gender equality – almost 64% of parliamentarians are women, compared to just 22% worldwide – which has enabled women in the country to make economic advances. Women are now able to own land and girls can inherit from their parents.
Rwanda has the highest population density in sub-Sahara Africa: 12 million people call Rwanda home. Yet one certainly does not feel as though Rwanda is an overcrowded place. The populace is divided between major cities (Kigali, Butare, Gisenyi), and farms and compounds in which families live in the countryside. Smaller towns and villages are rare in Rwanda. Today, the country has an extremely busy and friendly feel, and travelling around by road, you are able to really take in the positive atmosphere and beauty of this land.
Capital: Kigali (Population: 1,070,245)
Currency: Rwanda Francs (RWF) $1 =899RWF/£1 =1171RWF (2019)
Population: 12,501,156 (approx)
Official Languages: English, French, Kinyarwanda and Swahili
Area: 26,338 Sq km
International Calling Code: +250
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Kigali and Musanze in Rwanda from teaching, business development, construction, women empowerment, ICT & Technology, Farming & Agribusiness, Administration support, Healthcare and Gorilla park conservation projects.
If you choose to do volunteering work in Rwanda with Go Volunteer Africa, you need to be adaptable, flexible and prepared to experience one of the most rewarding trips. Go Volunteer Africa is the largest and leading indigenous volunteer travel organization in Africa and we have been offering affordable meaningful volunteer projects in Rwanda for the past 8 years.
VOLUNTEERING IN RWANDA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 6 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major location being Kigali city
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- We host over 50 volunteers every month across Rwanda
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Rwanda and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Rwanda's wildlife. There is a lot to see and do 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
RWANDA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
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.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN KIGALI OR MUSANZE
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.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Rwanda has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in school project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
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.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
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.