As in many countries around the world, women in Rwanda face a number of challenges: discrimination, unequal rights, poverty, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection. Traditional and cultural codes often result in girls being taken out of school early to help with income generating activities or agricultural labour and are more likely to be married at a young age.
In Rwanda there is overwhelming evidence that women contribute to economic development in various ways and are the primary caregivers in households. Although women contribute to the socio economic development of Rwanda, they still remain an economically disadvantaged group and in particular those from rural and semi-urban communities.
This women empowerment volunteer project in Rwanda looks to tackle this inequality and improve the quality of life for women in marginalized rural and semi-urban communities by providing economic stability.
Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 2 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
Language: English/ French
This women empowerment volunteer program has a number of projects that aim to transform the livelihoods of Rwandan women through education, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. The volunteer projects helps women aged between 18 and 35 to become economically self sufficient, providing them with the space and support to develop their business ideas, learn new vocational skills and join a community of supportive women.
Statics show that once women are able to earn a living independently they marry later, bear fewer children and have greater autonomy in their households and communities. The result is social inclusion and a sustained increase in income which can be spent on food, medicine and schooling for their families.
Volunteers in Rwanda working on the empowerment program are encouraged to share their 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.
You will be involved in a variety of interesting activities to help the women and girls in the community. If you have areas of specialty, you may be asked to run focused sessions during your time at the project site. You will find the experience extremely rewarding as you build trust and spend time sharing your own experiences with the women and girls, and listening to their own stories.
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.
- You can participate in Adult education (English, Reading & Writing)
- You can train computer literacy to girls
- You can carry out Skills training and health workshops
- You can enable women to form their own businesses
- You can help women become financially independent
You might like to develop business plans and small grant proposals and help to design and successfully market handmade products. Whatever your background you can be sure that the guidance, knowledge and enthusiasm you bring to this project will benefit the women for years to come.
Volunteering on Women’s Empowerment initiatives is a great way to see the world, experience new cultures and contribute to a sustainable project, which will yield long-term results for the individual and the community as a whole. On the weekends you are encouraged to explore the country with friends you make on the program, and our representatives are available to give travel advice and make bookings for you.
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!
§ 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.