Community Development

Kigali - Rwanda

Only 360€ per week!

Participate in activities designed to facilitate reconciliation dialogue and promote understanding between community members.

Become a part of the Community Based Organization (GER) problem-solving team which has an initiative aimed at conducting community sessions that facilitate the healing dialogue between those involved and affected by the genocide which took place in Rwanda.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

The Community Based Organization Global Initiative for Environment and Reconciliation (GER) has been conducting community sessions where members of the community are encouraged to share their own personal stories of living through the horrors and trying to heal in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide which took over 1 million lives. This dialogue is powerful and poignant and you will be able to assist the team that is facilitating this conflict resolution and provide alternatives to bridging the gap, as opposed to letting the anger fester and breed a desire for vengeance. There will be aspects of community outreach, redirection of energy towards collaborative progress through community programs and helping communities to determine goal development that fosters unity. You will be enlightened and moved by the poignant interactions of all involved.

Aims & Objectives

  • Support local villagers with activities that will enrich their education, skills and knowledge
  • Give you practical experience in teaching
  • Assist the program staff with extra hands

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will be working for 4-5 hours in the community and with the reconciliation team, this includes arranging and preparing activities for the next day. Some placements are nearby (10 minutes walking distance), while others are a bit further away (about 30 minutes). Below is what a typical day might look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Arranging activities in the community/local school/meeting forum
  • Lunch
  • Arranging activities in the community/local school/meeting forum
  • Preparing next day’s activities
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing – covering your shoulders down to your knees for your time at the project
  • You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your group work!

Location

Enjoy the capital city of Rwanda and all of its surrounding communities. Find out why this extremely clean, city of spectacular views is known as the place of a thousand rolling hills. Your accommodation location provides you with a great opportunity to see and experience this nation that is rebuilding and redefining itself, on an authentic, local scale.

About the Accommodation

You may be staying in our rural accommodation center or at a local homestay. The accommodation itself is quite basic and authentic to the community. There may be limits on wifi/network availability, electricity and water depending on local conditions. 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 spaces neat and organized.

Food Arrangements

Food will be Rwandan-style, which means simple and nutritious, with lots of vegetables, fruit, rice, potato, banana, bread, chapati and pancakes. Meat may be served occasionally and very few western meal options will be offered. Participants are welcome to supplement their meals with items of their choice which can be purchased locally at your own expense.

Facilities

Access to an ATM, restaurants and small local stores closeby to the accommodation. These facilities are available by taking a short public transportation to Kigali town.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Kigali City

Not so far from our center 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.

Beaches

Popular beaches and recreational areas are also not too far from our center.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Rwanda

Population: 12 million

Capital: Kigali

Language: Kinyarwanda, French, English

Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF)

Time zone: UTC +2

Country Information

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!

Climate

Rwanda boasts a temperate tropical highland climate. Temperatures vary very little throughout the year. Due to its high elevation, Rwanda’s temperatures are significantly lower than its neighbours, with daily temperatures ranging from 12°C to 27°C.

Culture

Rwandan culture is varied despite the size of the country. Throughout the area, you will find significant differences amongst people. However, we can safely state that music and dance is an integral part of the country’s heritage and acts as they key element of festivities, gatherings and ceremonies in Rwanda. A traditional dance is intore, a choreographed routine consisting of ballet performed by women, the “dance of heroes”, performed by men and most importantly: drums.

Another important aspect of Rwandan culture are its traditional arts and crafts, which are meant to serve a purpose rather than being merely a decoration. Woven baskets are a perfect example of this and you can easily find one to take back home!

Gastronomy

Rwandan cuisine is made up of bananas, pulses, sweet potatoes, and cassava. Meat in Rwanda is not too common and most locals do not eat meat too often, with it being consumed once or twice a month only. The lack of meat in their diet dates back to centuries ago, particularly referenced to the Twa and Hutus people’s diet was high in vegetables and lacked animal protein.

Ugali is a national dish and is a paste made from corn and water that creates a consistency similar to porridge. Matoke is another staple dish, made from baked plantains. Isombe, another very recognized dish is made from mashed cassava leaves and served with dried fish.

Transportation

Mototaxis and Bicycle taxis

These are one of the most common ways of transportation in Rwanda and is also rather inexpensive. Make sure to always discuss the price before the ride with the driver, who will most likely speak English and/or French.

Taxi

Taxis are not too common in Rwanda and can be rather pricey. The way to get a taxi in Rwanda is by calling one on the street or waiting at assigned taxi stops.

Matatu

For longer distances, you can travel by Matatu, white minibuses. Keep in mind these are often crammed with people… and chickens.

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