Trip Details

Get your hands dirty and support local villagers at the same time! Through this program, you will get first-hand experience in growing crops, as well as learning about organic farming and promoting self-sustainability.

During your time here in Rwanda you will be working on small organic farms, where you can expect to be participating in a variety of different activities depending on the seasonal and local needs at the time. The local farmers here use organic farming and self-sustainability to produce a variety of vegetables, for example, tomatoes, cabbages, peanuts, eggplants and carrots are all popular crops that you might find yourself working with, where your duties may include planting, watering, cleaning and harvesting them.

The local villagers here struggle financially, and it is important to their livelihood that their crops are a success. The vegetables produced will later go on to be utilized in our feeding project, an exciting initiative that helps to feed those who are malnourished and cannot afford a nutritious diet.

You will also work with local villagers and visit their homes to plant crops. Many people living in the village have a small amount of space in which to create small gardens. Through this program we help teach the local people to reuse items such as pots and bottles to grow and maintain their own gardens, introducing self-sustainability into their lives.

Aims & Objectives

  • Support local villagers with nutritious food, promote organic farming and self-sustainability
  • Give you a hands on experience of organic practices in Rwanda
  • Assist the program staff with extra hands

Trip Itinerary

During this project, you can expect that you will be spending 4 to 5 hours per day working. This could be out on the farms or working out in the local community and with awareness programs. You’ll always start the day with breakfast, take a midday break for lunch and have free time to relax after dinner.

Some of the projects may be as close at 10 minutes away from our centre, whereas others may be as far as 30 minutes away. Where you are working depends on the local needs at the time and your placement.

You volunteering hours include arranging activities and preparing the activities for the next day. Some placements are nearby our centre (10 minutes walking distance), while others are a bit further away (about 30 minutes). The day could look like:

Breakfast
Farming in the community area/villager’s house
Lunch
Farming in the community area/villager’s house
Dinner

During this time you may be planting, watering, cleaning, maintaining or harvesting the different crops, or working in villagers houses to develop and educate them on creating self-sufficient gardens.

Trip Accommodation

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.

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