Volunteer in Rwanda

About the program in Rwanda

Volunteer in Rwanda with GapXperience. Choose from 4 meaningful projects including childcare, community development, healthcare and agriculture. You also have the option to start with the cultural orientation week. You can join from a short term 1 week program up to 4 weeks.

Rwanda Program Summary

Location: Nezerwa Village, Rwanda
Arrival: Kigali International Airport (KGL) on Sunday
Start Dates 2019 : 7 January, 21 January, 4 February, 18 February, 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June, 17 June, 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 16 December

Duration: 1-4 weeks

Why Join with GapXperience ?
  • Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
  • Most Affordable Prices – our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
  • Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects abroad are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs of the local people.
  • Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local coordinators who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
  • Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program abroad and make life-long friends during your trip.
  • Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore the local area and travel around and create some great travel experiences.
  • Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
Program Info

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.

Culture Week

You have the option to start with the Culture Week, this will ensure that you get the most out of your stay by learning about the local culture and customs. This week is not compulsory but highly recommended.

Projects

There are several volunteer projects available and you can build your own schedule and choose which project(s) you want to join and you can also combine different projects!

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate.
  • You need to have your own travel insurance in order to join the program.
  • As this is a cross-cultural program it is important to be flexible and open to local customs and traditions.
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check and give it to the coordinator on arrival, click here for details

Accommodation & Melas

Volunteers stay in a homestay or in a volunteer house sharing a room with other volunteers. The accommodation is based on single gender rooms. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will also be expected to clean up after yourself and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organized.

Meals are included in the program (3 meals from Monday to Friday and 2 meals on weekends).

* The project & accommodation details are subject to change according to local circumstances, also the projects are not available on local holidays

Arrival Details

You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. Arrive on Sunday between 8:00 – 18:00 to be met upon landing.

Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.

Requirements to Join
  • Participants need to be minimum 18 years to join
  • Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
  • You need to have your own travel insurance
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

Reviews GapXperience

“I had an amazing time with GapXperience. I was happy with the whole experience and would love to go back there in the future.”

Jennifer Stroud

“I had such an amazing time volunteering. This was truly a life changing experience, which I cannot wait to do again. Thank you!”

Ben Mattress

projects in Rwanda

You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project or experience you want to join and you can also combine different projects & experiences and create your own program!

Culture Week

Get fully immersed into Rwandan culture through language and cooking lessons, visits to local shops, sightseeing and even relaxing at the beach! This program offers the opportunity to get off-the-beaten track in Rwanda through visits to sites that would not normally appear in guidebooks. You will get the chance to learn the basics of the language as well as partake in a cooking class and learn about the culture.

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Childcare

Work in a self-sustained pre-school that the residents of a village built themselves due to the lack of resources to send their children to a good school. During your time at the program, you will be helping out at a center where children aged 3 and 4 attend. The preschool was begun by the residents of Nezerwa village themselves. The school faces a shortage of staff, with only two teachers and one cleaning person working there. Hence, you will be helping by supporting the teacher, arranging activities and teaching English to the kids.

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Community Development

In many of Rwanda’s rural and underdeveloped areas, there are many families living with the very basics. Often, families lack the financial means to support their children with education, including secondary and higher education. Due to their educational background, many inhabitants of these areas never get the chance to pursue a career.

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Healthcare

Impart health care lessons in a very rural part of Rwanda, participate in feeding projects and support the learning of English. During your time at the program, you will get the opportunity to impart activities at schools in rural Rwanda that will promote a better understanding of hygiene, health and nutrition to the villagers. Moreover, you will participate in feeding projects where food is provided for those who cannot afford a wholesome diet.

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Agriculture

Get your hands dirty and work in an organic farm or in the gardens of the villagers to grown organic vegetables. This program will get you working in farms by planting, watering, cleaning and harvesting different crops in order to support organic living in the village of Nezerwa. Moreover, we will also work in the villager’s gardens in order for them to learn how to grow their own food.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the programs in Rwanda

Prices in Pounds
1 week :  465 Pounds
2 weeks : 665 Pounds
3 weeks : 865 Pounds
4 weeks : 1065 Pounds

Prices in US$
1 week :  695 US$
2 weeks : 895 US$
3 weeks : 1095 US$
4 weeks : 1295 US$

Prices in Euro
1 week :  495 Euro
2 weeks : 695 Euro
3 weeks : 895 Euro
4 weeks : 1095 Euro

There is an extra cost of £60/US$85/AU$105/€70 for culture week

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, a 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment.

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest and Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £35/US$45/€40.

Combine Different Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second location/country.

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again and they get a discount on their program of £35/US$45/€40.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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