Trip Details

Quickly become accustomed to Rwandan culture, and get to know your new surroundings with the Culture Week program. You will be introduced to the Rwandan culture through language lessons, culture sessions, cooking classes and sightseeing tours of this fascinating African country. You’ll experience real-life local culture and come to understand the daily ways of life here. We will take an informative stroll through the tiny rural village where the program is based, and you will get to know how to find everything you might need in the local village as well as the nearby city.

The culture week will help you to get settled into the local area, and help you get up to speed on the all-important local customs and basic language. This week provides both a useful and informative jump-point into Rwanda as well as an enjoyable trip filled with sightseeing and days at the beach. We’ll introduce you to sights and experiences that you wouldn’t normally see in a guidebook, and you’ll have plenty of chances to take your travel off-the-beaten-track!

During the program, you’ll enjoy a full day of rest and relaxation at Muhzi Beach, where we will sunbathe, swim in the sea and enjoy our lunch outside in Rwanda’s fantastic weather. During the week you will also get the opportunity to visit our project sites, where you will get a first-hand introduction to the various projects that we operate in the area, and you will have the chance to try working a little on one of our placements. If you are staying on to work on another project in Rwanda, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know the local area, village people and meet and greet with fellow participants.

Aims & Objectives

  • Aid you in memorizing helpful phrases in the local language
  • Give a better understanding of Rwandan customs, history and culture to our participants through first-hand experiences
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

Trip Itinerary

During this week-long experience, you will have many opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture. We will kick off the week with basic culture introductions and a walking tour of the local village, to ensure you know where to find everything you need, as well as language and cooking classes on the second day to really bring you up to speed on Rwandan culture. Mid week we will get down to business and explore the local sights, city, and monuments through walking tours and museum visits. On Thursday you’ll get a healthy dose of rest & relaxation with a full day beach visit at Muhazi beach, then we will wrap up the week with an introductory visit to our projects in the area and an opportunity for you to try working on one of them.

Monday

Each day begins with breakfast
Culture introduction and introduction regulations
Lunch time
Walking tour of the village – we will visit the center, local shops, the school, the church, and other useful landmarks.
Welcome dinner

Tuesday

Breakfast
Language class
Lunch time
Cooking class
Dinner (You’ll eat what you cooked in the cooking lesson!)

Wednesday

Breakfast
Sightseeing tour around the city centre, plus visits to the supermarket, telephone shop, local market and bus station so you know where everything you might need is located
Lunch outside
Visit to a memorial museum
Visit handicraft shop
Dinner

Thursday

Breakfast
Leave to Muhazi Beach
Lunch outside in the beach area
Relaxing and swimming at the beach
Introduction to our projects
Dinner

Friday

Breakfast
Visit to project sites and working there
Lunch
Working at the placements
Evaluation of the week
Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances

 

Trip Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 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.

Facilities
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

Kigali City
Not far from our centre is Kigali City, where you can enjoy nights out or head to a good restaurant.

National Parks
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

Rwanda

Population: 12 million
Capital: Kigali
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

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa