Community Childcare Volunteer in Rwanda
Rwanda is considered one of the poorest countries of the world, and also the most densely populated. Unfortunately, sending their children to pre-primary schools isn’t an option for many families who face insurmountable financial challenges. Through the community childcare program, you can really make a tangible difference in the lives of the children by helping in community run pre-schools for children who might otherwise go without an education.
44% of the population live below the poverty line in this densely populated sub-Saharan African country, with the 1994 war and genocide having destroyed all sectors of the country. This includes the education system, which has made attending school a challenge for many local children. Sometimes the schools are too far away for children to reach, in other cases the family simply cannot afford it. Even when children do attend schools, they often have to walk long distances each day in order to attend their classes.
Through a residents initiative, Nezerwa village banded together to try and resolve the education problem. Members of the local community pooled resources and money to build the Nezerwa Nursery School, which enables 70 children a year to develop not just an education, but also psychosocial support, social skills and to develop their physical, mental and cognitive skills. However, only two teachers and one cleaner staff the entire school!
During your time on this program, you will be supporting the two teachers. A much-needed endeavor, as the school is considerably lacking in staff. You will work with the children and manage activities to promote their learning through activities, basic English lessons, learning games, and drawing. In addition to this placement, you will also have the opportunity to work in a school in the nearby community of Gasabo.
The impact this program has on the village is significant; before this program began the local children had never had the opportunity to meet foreigners or practice their English. The children and their families gain cultural awareness and important exposure to the world outside Rwanda by meeting with participants and learning about their culture. This, combined with developing English skills, sets the children and community members up for many more opportunities and career options in the future.
Aims & Objectives
- Provide intercultural exchange that will broaden the community’s horizons
- Give you practical experience in teaching
- Support community with staffing and teach English to the children
Weekday Schedule (Monday to Friday)
You can expect to be working around 4 to 5 hours each day, this time is spent both teaching the children, arranging activities, and preparing the lessons and activities for the following day. The distance from the center depends on your specific placement, some placements are as close as a 10-minute walk, others are around 30 minutes away.
Your daily activities will vary depending on placement location, the specific needs of the school as well as your own lesson plans, but a sample daily schedule might look like this:
Arrange activities in the childcare center/kindergarten
Preparing lessons for the following day
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance