Healthcare Volunteer in Rwanda
Rwanda is a densely populated developing country where a large number of the residents live well below the poverty line. Many of the people living in these remote, rural villages lack basic health and hygiene knowledge, as well as access to a wholesome and healthy diet. Through the Village Healthcare project, you will help the local villagers of Nezerwa Village to learn about staying healthy and basic hygiene practices.
You will work with the community as well as in schools, to improve overall health education. You’ll also have the opportunity to help the local community members in developing their English skills through interaction with foreigners. Although English is an official language of Rwanda, and one that is widely spoken, the level of English proficiency in the more remote parts is not great. Being able to learn and practice English with a native speaker has a great impact on a villager’s future and improves their future career options.
During the program, you will spend time at a local school arranging non-formal lessons to teach mostly children and teenagers, but sometimes adults, all about basic hygiene practices and healthcare routines, such as how to shower properly, handwashing, using the toilet and proper nutrition. In the mornings you will be teaching at the local school, and in the afternoons you will have the opportunity to improve both the levels of health education as well as English through education and interactions with the adults in the community.
The feeding project aims to provide nutritious foods to the poorest families in the village who cannot afford to buy healthy food and often struggle with malnutrition. You will have the opportunity to be involved with the feeding projects as they arise.
Aims & Objectives
- Educate the village with health and language classes and provide nourishing meals
- Give you practical experience in teaching
- Assist the program staff with extra hands
You can expect to be working Monday to Friday for approximately 4 to 5 hours each day, this time includes arranging activities and preparing the activities for the next day. Some placements are nearby our center (10 minutes walking distance), while others are a bit further away (about 30 minutes).
Before choosing your dates for this program, please remember that during the long school holidays, you will be arranging special classes for the community, rather than working in the schools.
Please remember to bring clothes that cover your shoulders, as well as your legs (right down to your knees) for your time spent in the schools. Feel free to bring along any teaching materials of your choice that you feel would enrich your activity time!
A typical day on this program might look like:
Arranging activities at the school
Arranging activities at the school or the community for grownups
Preparing lessons for the following day
You will be accommodated in Nezerwa, a rural village in the outskirts of Kigali. Being here will allow for the best of both worlds as you will get the chance to experience the authentic ruralness of Rwanda while also having the capital close by for getaways!
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation is quite basic. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
- Standard Room
- Persons per room 4 – 8
- All meals included
- Wifi in public areas
The food will be inspired by Rwandan cuisine, which has a lot of potatoes, corn, beans, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, etc.
3 meals on weekdays and two meals on weekends.
Our centre is located in rural Rwanda. This means facilities are limited. However, there are many local shops located within a 5-10 minute walk from our centre.
Moreover, there are motorbike taxis as well as local buses which depart every 15 minutes and will take you to Kigali City, where you can find ATM’s and anything else you might need such as cafes, restaurants, etc.
Sights & Surroundings
Not far from our centre is Kigali City, where you can enjoy nights out or head to a good restaurant.
For those looking to get the most out of the time in Rwanda, there is a national park nearby where you can head to on a weekend to trek, camp and spot gorillas. Ask your coordinator to discuss available options.
Trip Country Info
Population: 12 million
Language: Kinyarwanda, French, English
Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF)
Time zone: UTC +2
Despite its brutal and quite recent history, Rwanda has lifted itself up from the ground and has undergone an almost miraculous transformation since the occurrences of 1994 and now boasts unity, stability and a slowly growing bright future.
With bamboo forests, awe-strucking volcanoes and mountains, gorillas roaming about its jungles, rich culture, dances and more, Rwanda is well-prepared to show how it has recovered in the past decade and is ready to show you what it has got to offer with arms wide open!
Rwanda is a landlocked East African country with a green beautiful, mountainous landscape. Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park encompasses 4,507m-tall Mount Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. In the southwest is Nyungwe National Park, with ancient montane rainforest that is a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates.
As in all African countries, Rwanda has a rich tradition of celebrations involving music and dance. One of the oldest Rwandan music and dance groups is the Intore Dance Troupe. The Intore – literally meaning ‘the Chosen Ones’ – were founded several centuries ago, when they performed at the court of the Rwandan mwami or king. Today, they perform across the country and also at the National Museum in Huye (Butare).
Most Rwandans have Kinyarwanda as their mother-tongue. But almost everyone speaks a little of one wider language, usually French, English or Swahili.
But like people everywhere, Rwandans really appreciate it when visitors speak a few words in their mother tongue of Kinyarwanda. Even saying ‘Muraho’ (good day) or ‘amakuru’ (how are you?) will bring a smile to their faces. For an experience of a life time look at what we have to offer in this unique country.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Criminal Background Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance