Community Development Volunteer in Rwanda
Support the local villagers of Rwanda with activities that will enrich their education and knowledge. Rwanda is considered one of the poorest countries in the world, and there are large numbers of families who live with just the basics. Especially in Randa’s rural and underdeveloped areas, families lack even the finances to provide education for their children. Due to the lack of education, many members of the community are never able to pursue a career.
The children and teenagers of Nerzerwa, a small village where this project is based, lack education and money, leaving them with nothing stimulating to do during their free time. It is for this reason that we are supporting the members of the village by arranging free and engaging activities for anybody in the village to join in – young or old, they are welcome to join in free of charge.
On this program, it will be you who decides what the activities will be! Perhaps you will teach English, give arts and craft sessions or play a sport. Sometimes the activities will be in the community, and other times they will be arranged in the school for children who wish to join after their school hours.
The Community Development program is the perfect opportunity to get creative and make a huge impact in the lives of an entire village. By setting the activities you will get to share your enthusiasm and knowledge through activities that you choose and really enjoy while providing socialisation, English practice and cultural exchange for the villagers at the same time.
Throughout this program you can expect to be working approximately 4 to 5 hours a day on weekdays (Monday to Friday), this includes arranging activities and preparing the activities for the next day. All of the activities you plan will be held in either the community or the school. Some locations will be just a 10-minute walk from the center, others a little further (around 30 minutes).
You will spend the day arranging activities in either the community or school, taking a break for lunch in the middle. In the late afternoon, you’ll get the chance to prepare your activities for the following day, followed by dinner. Please keep in mind that booking during a public holiday will change the schedule somewhat, and you will have the opportunity to join in the local village activities instead.
Arranging activities in the community/school
Arranging activities in the community/school
Preparing next day’s activities
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
- Food Arrangements
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