Make a REAL difference in Rwanda - From just $309!
70% Rating
(2 Reviews)

Make a REAL difference in Rwanda - From just $309!

Love Volunteers partners with a local Rwandan organization to give volunteers the opportunity to assist with numerous different aspects of Community Development in Rwamagana -- a relatively large town about an hour from the capitol, Kigali. Although challenging, working to improve the quality of life of locals in this beautiful, mountainous country is immensely rewarding.

Love Volunteers in Rwanda can expect to help with an agricultural co-operative, from assisting with tending the land, harvesting crops, selling crops at local markets, and in assisting with educating the women involved in the project on sustainable agricultural techniques. Volunteers may also be called upon to teach English to the participants in order to improve their future livelihoods. Visit our website for more details!

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Locations
Africa » Rwanda
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Language
English
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Host Family
Hostel
Starting Price
$309.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Love Volunteers registration fee, plus program fees starting at just US$309 for 2 weeks.
Program fees cover airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, and food (see website for specific program details).
The Love Volunteers registration fee covers any placements you undertake for twelve months from the start of your first placement.
This fee is refundable if you choose not to volunteer more than three months prior to the start of your initial placement.
Other Locations
Rwamagana

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Impact
    70%
  • Support
    75%
  • Fun
    60%
  • Value
    65%
  • Safety
    100%

Program Reviews (2)

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Phyllis
Female
71 years old
Toronto, ON CANADA
Other

The Football Game

9/10

When I had the opportunity to go to a local football(soccer) game in town I took it. I offered to pay at the entrance to the field, but was told to 'just go in'. The game had started and I made my way through the standing crowd to about mid-field. I was the only foreigner. Most of the crowd were home town fans and they were enthusiastic and LOUD. The rival team had two men drumming full tilt.
It wasn't long before our team scored! A jubilant young man in the crowd turned, walked over to me, and shook my hand in congratulations. I knew I was in a very special town indeed.

How can this program be improved?

I'd try to vary the meals a little more.

Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Phyllis,
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience of 'real life' in Rwanda.
We love hearing about how our volunteers have immersed themselves into the local culture whilst on placement - it make such a difference to both the local people and the experience the volunteer has!
Thanks again for being a fantastic volunteer. We'd love to have you join us again in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Hana
Female
20 years old
Zagreb, Croatia

do not go

5/10

My boyfriend and I just came back from our volunteering trip in Rwanda. We were really disappointed when we got there because nothing that writes on Love Volunteer website is correct. Well, you could claim it is correct, but the house and community in Rwanda is represented way better than it actually is in many aspects.
Firstly, we got there and the school was almost finishing so we were told we could only SUPERVISE kids while they were doing tests, but that wasn't what we came for--we were not told that school was finishing even though we signed up for teaching program. Then, we were expected to go farming and housebuilding (the programs we did not sign up for and when we told them we came here to teach, they didn't understand what we were saying) every day and carry the heavy bricks for 700 meters even though we had a car. I just could not carry the mud bricks that weighted up to 30kg! We told our host we could use their car to bring many bricks at once and not to carry them one by one in +30 degrees, but they told us we couldn't do that.
In the end, we managed to teach, but just for a few hours. But, everything is unorganised. When we got to the school, our host told us to tell the headmaster what we wanted, and we were unprepared for that because we thought that everything was prearranged. Also, on Love Volunteers website it writes that you volunteer every day from 8 am to 5 pm, which is not true. We volunteered for two hours, then we had couple of hours off and then we volunteered for two hours or so again.
Another thing is that there simply wasn't enough food. Every day there was around 8 of us eating portions of food meant for three people. And it was low calorie food, which you just couldn't eat enough of in order not to feel hungry. We were dizzy and hungry most days, sometimes we even couldn't fall asleep because we were too hungry to do so. For example, one morning for breakfast there were three slices of toast for five of us, and there was no spreading for a few days.
Another surprise was the shower and toilet. From Love Volunteers website we concluded that everything was modern and up to some western standards (because you said on the website that we had wi-fi, kitchen and laundry -- none of which we had btw.), but it wasn't. The shower and the toilet were outside the house, in the back. We were supposed to shower with bucket, and the toilet was a hole in the ground with cockroaches inside of it. Even though you said there was wi-fi, it wasn't working for the whole time we were there. The kitchen consisted of a refrigerator and nothing else. The place where they cooked was outside the house, in the back, on the open. There was no laundry - unless you call washing the clothes in a bucket and then leaving them on the grass to dry laundry. We got our clothes after a few days, having asked for it several times. We got it still wet and stinky from the moisture that didn't go away after washing it. The garbage is situated in the garden. Better said, they use the garden solely for disposing trash - everywhere.
Also, we weren't allowed to sleep in the same room, seclude from the "Christian community" or even hug - which you are supposed to say on Love Volunteers website because it says that couples are allowed.
Our rooms were part of the offices in which they were working.
When we went to a National park, we asked they make us some food for the trip. However, they said that they couldn't do that and that there was no food. And when we told them that we were going to buy the food and cook it ourselves, they said that we were not allowed to use the kitchen to cook.

Apart from all the bad things, there were some good ones as well. Denis, who lives in the house we stayed in, is really the nicest person we ever met. He is always laughing, never sees anything as a problem. We had fun donating goats and had a good time teaching at homework club. Those kids were truly amazing and interested in what we were talking, so we really felt welcomed in the classes we had.

Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Marko and Hana,

We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and hope to address some of the issues you raise. It's very important that volunteers are mentally prepared before they travel to the developing countries they choose to volunteer in. Reviews such as yours are a huge help in this regard.

We're sorry to hear that the accommodation and volunteering roles weren't up to your expectations. It's our job to prepare volunteers for their volunteering experience and, as such, we attempt to make it clear in correspondence and our Guidebook that facilities in Rwanda are very basic.

The partners we work with are underfunded and under-resourced and operating in locations that have only the very basic amenities (which is why they need the help of volunteers such as yourself). Our local teams do their very best to make sure that volunteers are safe and as comfortable as possible but things often do not run smoothly. Even they cannot predict what circumstances will be like when individual volunteers are on placement and we can only ask that volunteers be open-minded, flexible and willing to make the most of the situation.

It's such a pleasure to hear you say that Denis (our local team member) was "really the nicest person we ever met" and that the "kids were truly amazing". The children, after all, are what this program is all about and we're so pleased we were able to help you help them.

Thanks again for providing this feedback. We wish you all the best for the future.

The Team @ Love Volunteers

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