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.
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