RWANDA: Women Empowerment Volunteer Project

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.

Become a business development or a women empowerment volunteer  in Rwanda. Working with local women, our target is to develop opportunities and network with local businesses and organisations to promote women empowerment. As you volunteer for a women empowerment program, you are doing something wonderful for women who are less fortunate in Rwanda. You’re helping women from disadvantaged communities achieve a better quality of life by providing them the tools to find sustainable solutions for their problems.

IN BRIEF:

  • 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

Go Volunteer Africa’s women’s empowerment program in Rwanda has a goal of assisting girls and young women improve their literacy and technology skills, which in turn can help boost their self-confidence and future employment prospects.

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.

PROJECT DETAILS:

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.

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 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.

PROJECT HINTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian
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 Families or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Musanze & Kigali
Language: English

Get Started

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