Volunteer in Rwanda

Program Snapshot

Location: 
Rwamagana, Rwanda
Age: 
18 years +
Minimum Stay: 
2 weeks
Airport Pickup: 
Included
Costs: 
LV registration fees plus program fees from US$280 for two weeks.
Accommodation: 
Volunteer House. Meals provided.
Language: 
Good English

Program overview

Love Volunteers, along with our partner in Rwanda, arranges positions for volunteers to assist with teaching, building homes, as well as supporting agriculture and women's empowerment programs. The volunteer programs are located in Rwamagana which is about one hour east of the capital, Kigali and is a relatively big town by Rwandan standards.

During their placement, volunteers make a valuable contribution to the people of Rwanda who have suffered greatly as a result of the horrific genocide that occurred just two decades ago. Our partner works very closely with disadvantaged communities, projects and institutions that have been set up to provide aid directly to the people affected by this terrible event. With the help of volunteers we hope to make a difference in the lives of many Rwandan families and communities in need. 

Rwanda is a small mountainous country in central Africa, bordered to the north by Uganda, to the east by Tanzania, to the south by Burundi and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda's economy suffered heavily during the 1994 Genocide, with widespread loss of life, failure to maintain the infrastructure, looting, and neglect of important cash crops. However, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery which is mostly due to subsistence agriculture in the form of coffee and tea crops for export, and a fast-growing tourism industry.

The challenge of volunteering in Rwanda is one which brings intense rewards. Volunteers are able to make a genuine difference by offering valuable support to those in need. Volunteering in this beautiful African country can only be described as an incredibly fulfilling experience, one to look back on with a mixture of emotions, but certainly with a new depth of understanding of the human condition.

Take a look at Lonely Planet and Wikitravel for more information about Rwanda. Also, check out the amazing photos in our Volunteer in Peru albums on Facebook and Pinterest!