Welcome to Rwanda – The land of a thousand hills!
Volunteering in Rwanda with Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and top best volunteer travel organization in Africa will bring you to one of the stunningly beautiful countries in Africa. Go Volunteer Africa is the most trusted indigenous and the largest volunteer travel organization in Africa.
Hundreds of travelers volunteer in Rwanda every year with us, working on an incredible range of development and conservation projects, covering everything from volunteering with needy youth and children, to teaching English and women empowering projects in Kigali.
INTRODUCTION TO RWANDA
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: 11 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.
TOURISM IN RWANDA
Tourism is a huge industry in Rwanda, with travelers flocking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Volcanic mountains, dense forests, tranquil lakes and lively towns add a stunning backdrop to Rwanda’s real gems – the sincere, proud people and majestic, mysterious wildlife. The highlight of a Rwanda visit is safari to seeing the incredible mountain gorillas, on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, just a few hours drive north of Kigali. Rwanda is a land with a very rich cultural heritage, not all of it positive, and a visit to Rwanda will always include ‘limited’ exposure to the terrible events of the 1994 genocide (whether visiting the museum in Kigali or hearing about events from your guide or Program Coordinators).
GO VOLUNTEER RWANDA
Volunteering in Rwanda with Go Volunteer Africa gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful country of Rwanda, contribute positively on the country's development, immerse yourself in culture, all while making a long-term sustainable difference to local communities.
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 7 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.
EXTRAS & SUPPORT
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
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.