The main goal of our Volunteering in Rwanda program is to make a positive impact in the lives of the people you meet during your once in a life time journey to Rwanda. Experience meaningful travel while working hand in hand with local communities and empower locals.

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 Africa. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.

Volunteering Work in Rwanda

Rwanda is a country in East Africa comprising barely 10,000 miles, Rwanda is one of Africa’s smallest countries. It borders BurundiDemocratic Republic of the CongoTanzania, and Uganda. Rwanda is landlocked other than its western border of Lake Kivu. Its capital city, Kigali is picturesque with many sights and delights.

If you are looking at doing something more meaningful on your adventure travels or business trip to Rwanda. Go Volunteer Africa recruits volunteers for locally-run community, conservation, teaching, building, business development, and social projects around Kigali, Butare, 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 to Africa.

Rwanda Cultural Dance
Rwanda Cultural Dance

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, Butare 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.


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Rwanda Teaching Volunteer Project

RWANDA: Teaching Volunteer Project

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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

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 the booking fee to confirm your placement. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.

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.

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.


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, 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.

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Documentation Support
  • Advice on visas
  • Equipment advice
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country support
  • 24-hour HQ backup
  • Free GVA t-shirt
  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life
Transport: Airport pickup
Accommodation: Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family

Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Bugesera in Rwanda from teaching, business development, construction, women empowerment, ICT & Technology, Farming & Agribusiness, Administration support, Healthcare and 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.


  • 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 Bugesera
  • Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
  • We host over 20 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 sightseeing activities you will get to do in your spare time.

Get Started

Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here