What have you been thinking about doing with your gap year? Have you been thinking about just taking some time to yourself? Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a job. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about traveling abroad. What if you could travel abroad, take some time to yourself and get a job all at the same time? Taking a gap year in Rwanda is going to give you the opportunity to do all of these things with a volunteer program that’s a Peace Corp alternative.
In Rwanda you’re going to have the opportunity to work with the children from pre-school all the way up to vocational training school students. And you’re going to have the opportunity to help them make a big difference in their lives and their futures. These are children that are often engaged in unsafe work and in work at all. They are being forced into child labor and they have very few rights in their home country. They also have very limited opportunities to learn and to grow as children. But you can make a difference for them and change all of these things.
When you travel for your gap year in Rwanda you’re going to be able to teach these children in ways that they’ve never been able to learn before. You’re also going to have the opportunity to change some of the ways that they are treated, including reducing child labor and helping to improve their civil rights. By doing this, you’re going to help these children be children and you’re definitely going to make sure that they can get paid fair wages for any work that they do perform.
But what about the time that you’re not working? Well, you’re going to be abroad, in a country that you may not even have thought about traveling to. You’re also going to have the opportunity to explore what is actually a spectacular country. Rwanda is filled with amazing, beautiful landscapes. You’ll be able to explore the savannahs, take a safari, explore the lakes and mountains and a whole lot more. You’re going to have no problem making the most out of this opportunity to explore a country that you’ve likely never been before, but you’re most definitely going to want to go again.
When it comes time to plan your trip you can choose between a 1 week trip and up to 8 weeks. But when you get there you’re going to see that you can do a great deal of good no matter how long (or short) your stay actually is. You’ll be able to impact many lives and you’re going to be more than happy to travel through Rwanda again. In fact, this might prompt you to plan another trip here, or to another country where you can make a difference as well. There are so many places that you can spend your time as a Peace Corp alternative that gives back to the world as a whole.
- Project Length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
- Program Schedule:
· First term starts on 6th January ends 5th April,
· Second term starts on 28th April ends 3rd July,
· Third term starts on 11th August ends 25th Oct
- Arrival Airport: Kigali (Code: KGL)
- Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
- Requirements: Teaching experience preferred. Enthusiasm a must!
- Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers
- Airlines: KLM, Delta, Qatar Air, Ethiopian
- Vaccinations: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov
Volunteering Projects in Rwanda Rwamagana
Are you ready to help people in need, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and culture of a new country and have the experience of a lifetime? With poverty, disease and a lack of skilled providers putting a strain on important services such as health and childcare in developing countries across the globe, there are many corners of the world which rely on the help of volunteer travelers like yourself.
Volunteer in Rwanda with A Broader View Volunteers a top rated non-profit charity organization, which works tirelessly to support our wonderful volunteers and serve the local communities where our volunteer programs are located. Placements in Rwanda are based in the city of Rwamagana. Program placements are tailored to the volunteers different interests and skill sets, but still allow volunteers time to explore the African local culture and activities during their free time.
The type of programs in Rwanda vary widely, offering everything from education to health care. Volunteers can choose between 2 program opportunities in the orphanage. International volunteer help is not only appreciated by the local community, it is severely needed by the millions of Rwandans living below the poverty line. With thousands of children living and working on the streets, as is so often the case in developing countries like Rwanda, our volunteer programs are designed to support the needs of local teens and children in desperate need of assistance.
Many of our volunteer abroad programs cater to underprivileged women and children’s care, education and health requirements. Our extensive range of social programs near Rwamagana, Rwanda programs include: Orphanage Care, teaching and many more.
Volunteering in Rwanda is an incredibly rewarding experience. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds to join us. Whether you’re seeking volunteer abroad programs for college students or voluntary work for over 60s, as a trusted non-profit organization which prioritizes the safety of our volunteers, we are the go-to for volunteers across the globe. We also offer customized programs with flexible arrival dates to best suit the needs of the remarkable volunteers we depend on to help us make the world a better place.
If you’d like to volunteer, Rwanda is just one of the countries we’ve taken under our wing, supplying a steady flow of volunteers and providing year-round financial support to local projects in near Rwanda. Wherever you decide to volunteer, A Broader View give you the opportunity to participate in meaningful community service work, learn a foreign language, make lifelong friends and discover that one person really can make a difference. Your search for the best volunteer abroad programs ends here – volunteer in Rwanda with us and gain A Broader View of the world.
Welcome to Kenya! 🇷🇼. My name is Innocent and I am your ABV coordinator while you are staying in Rwanda. Our country has one big city, Kigali. But you will be working in Rwamagana. We will be ready for support 24/7 in case you need to contact us urgently. We will introduce you to your volunteer location and staff. You are most welcome to seek our assistance and don’t hesitate to ask us questions while in country.
You are most welcome to seek our assistance and don’t hesitate to ask us questions while in country.
Safety and Security
The safety of our volunteers is paramount for A Broader View Volunteers. The majority of ABV Volunteers travel and serve without major incident. However, programs are based in some of the least developed countries and in some of the most remote areas in the world, health, safety, and security risks are an unavoidable part of life and international service. To address these concerns and to safeguard the well-being of our program participants, A Broader View has safety protocols and security procedures for all programs:
- Security: All project sites, local in-country staff and accommodation sites have gone through a rigorous filter and have been hand selected. ABV has spent almost 11 years cultivating and strengthening of our local partnerships & host family relationships. In-country staff visits, daily research of local conditions, as well as weekly checkup of our host families and accommodations are conducted. Site selection is based on criteria including; access to medical, banking, postal, and other essential services; access to communication, transportation, and local markets; availability of adequate housing and living arrangements.
- Pre-Departure Guide: Your ABV account will have a detailed volunteer guide. Volunteers are provided country information, packing lists, customs and language information, and much more. ABV also provides information about visa requirements, vaccinations, climate, weather, and safety and security issues specific to the country.
- Volunteer Summary: A full month before traveling volunteers are provided a detailed account of their volunteer project (including supply/donation list), arrival procedures, emergency contact information, accommodation details and the full name, phone and email of their local ABV Coordinator.
- Overseas Staff and communication: Our local staff support is immeasurable in their professionalism and dedication to the volunteers under their charge. The majority of ABV staff coordinators have been involved since the very start (over 11 years) and are well experienced handling the unexpected such as situations where volunteer students become ill, suffer accidents, are the victims of pick pockets. ABV staff is trained to react in a responsible and levelheaded way when emergencies do arise. They will do whatever is necessary to assure this, whether this means obtaining prompt and appropriate medical attention, embassy intervention or local authorities.
- Host Families and accommodations: Our local volunteer guesthouses, onsite project dorms and host families have been hand-picked. A Broader View accommodation have specific standards for the hygiene, cleanliness, location and comfortable living conditions for our volunteers. Telephone access is available 24/7 and most sites have internet access. Volunteers have to follow the curfew of the host accommodation.
- Arrival Meeting/Orientation: ABV programs provide a customized arrival plan. We can arrange your arrival/pick up at the airport, bus station or local hotel. Start your program with peace of mind, having the local ABV staff meeting you when you arrive in-country. Volunteers are provided orientation before starting their program. Orientation schedules vary from country to country but will include acclimation tours of the local town/city, accommodation neighborhood, geolocation map description, program location, main interesting points in the city or area. Emergency and medical protocols will be discussed and also address safety and security issues specific to the community volunteers live and work in.
Every staff member of A Broader View is committed to providing volunteers with the support they need to successfully meet the challenges they will face to have a safe, healthy, and productive service. The success of each ABV volunteer is our prime goal. We rely on volunteers to exercise personal responsibility and demonstrate both a keen awareness of the world around them and a willingness to adjust their behavior in a manner that will enhance their safety and well-being. In the end, your efforts will be rewarded with an incredible, unique experience.
The emergency lines are staffed by an A Broader View:
- Communicate late/missed/flight connections during travel days
- Notify a Volunteer of an emergency (e.g. critical illness or death of a family member)
- Respond to family questions about a Volunteer's status (if problem occurring in-country)
What's the best time to go to Rwamagana in Rwanda? Here are some annual weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:
- On average, the temperatures are always high.
- Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in February, March, April, October, November and December.
- Rwamagana has dry periods in June and July.
- On average, the warmest month is August.
- On average, the coolest month is July.
- April is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
- July is the driest month.
Reviews & Multimedia
MMy time in Rwanda was one of incredible personal and spiritual growth; I experienced difficulties and successes, natural beauty and man-made ugliness, pure joy and deep sorrow, and an overwhelming appreciation for the wonderful world that God had created for us to inhabit and, even better, to share with one another.
I enjoyed my 2-week volunteer work in Rwanda! I not only fulfilled my dream to teach in Rwanda, I also found myself fascinated with the Rwandan culture!
Volunteering in Rwanda further augmented the love that I have for Africa. Teaching at the Primary School was a great experience- teaching english, reading, and writing presented its challenges, but there's nothing more gratifying than your P2 kids finally grasping the concept of comparative adjectives.
Prices for Rwanda
Since A Broader View Volunteers is a 501c(3) charitable organization, You can fundraise (optional) for the expenses of the trip after you get confirmed in our programs. Prices are per person and in US dollars (US$).
|Length of program||Program Fee $USD|
- Accommodation: Host Family or On Site Dorm Room
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
- Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
Extra costs: Flights to Rwanda. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet
Most of our programs run year round, you can start any volunteer/internship program on any day. When you apply you will lets know your start and end dates. Our programs run year round and have volunteers arriving almost every day from many different countries.
Since our programs sometimes depend on the local holiday calendar, there are brief occasions when normal programs work is suspended. For example, schools/daycares often close for long winter/summer vacations. During these times, we arrange for alternative work programs that are similar in substance to our ongoing programs, but address the short-term, direct needs of the local communities.
If you would like to arrange your start and end dates around the local holidays, please call us at 1.866.423.3258 or email us at [email protected].
A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.
Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 4.5 million dollars in international aid.
By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.