TRIP #RWD1118:

Join our volunteer team in Rwanda

Explore a new culture while leaving a legacy.

Nov 24, 2018
Dec 8, 2018
Approx. $2,200
Musanze, Rwanda

Join our volunteer team in Rwanda

Volunteers in Rwanda work with our in-country partner PREFER Rwanda in Musanze, Rwanda to improve the lives of the country’s youth through education resources. The local economy here is poor, but malnutrition is not a factor in this agricultural area as it is rich with volcanic soil. Many locals survive with subsistence farming for their own needs. They live in mud-huts with no electricity or running water and cooking outside with charcoal.

About The Trip:

Volunteers are welcome to join a team on these life-changing trips to help out on the ground and see for themselves the difference they make. Larger projects may take several stages of volunteer teams.

Beneficiaries participate in the building project so volunteers work alongside community members, and with like-minded volunteers who are passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

It’s Not All Work:

Rwanda is a tiny country in the heart of Africa, fractionally south of the equator. The population of Rwanda is 10 million people – the densest population in continental Africa. The vast majority of Rwandans engage in subsistence agriculture. Rwanda is beautiful, lush, fertile and hilly – it is known as the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Our volunteer projects are based around Volcanoes National Park where there are gorilla safaris and wildlife viewing in the lush hillsides. Teams are transported from their accommodation each day to the project site.

Volunteers can visit several memorials, museums and other centres that are dedicated to the Rwandan genocide that saw more than one million people killed in 1994. That dark history is in the country’s past, as Rwanda has worked to move forward from the genocide that was ended by a military victory.

While Rwanda is located on the equator, its higher elevation results in a warm and temperate climate rather than the sweltering heat of most equatorial locations.

A church in Kibuye, Rwanda that also acts as a memorial to the genocide in Rwanda

Learn more about Rwanda »

The Project:

A stable home and education are catalysts for change. Your team will be working on a construction project that has been chosen by our in-country partner who knows the community’s immediate needs. This could be a new family home or a space where youth can access learning materials, health care or social enterprise programs to help them fulfill their futures.

DWC volunteers in Rwanda have completed several successful sustainable community development and literacy projects to date including new classrooms, latrines, and planting gardens for food security.

All project management is local, the construction uses only manual labour, local methods and materials.


When / Itinerary:

  • Tentative schedule, dates still to be finalized
  • Saturday, November 24 to Sunday, November 25 – Team arrives at airport; check in to hotel, get settled
  • Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30 – PROJECT WORK in Musanze
  • Saturday, November 31 to Sunday, December 2 – Days for cultural activities
  • Monday, December 3 to Friday, December 7 – PROJECT WORK in Musanze
  • Saturday, December 8: Transport to airport or continue to travel in Africa

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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will be homestaying in a residence near the work site that is comfortable and clean. All food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,200 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our host partner. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:

Jim LittleJim Little

Jim has always had a passion for travel and helping others. While completing his BA, he was offered a position with an international foundation based in California. He first aided in developing volunteer projects in Jordan supporting physically and mentally challenged children under the auspices of the Royal Family. This led to opportunities to further assist with volunteer projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand. After moving back to Canada and venturing into various opportunities, Jim found himself building and operating his own very successful construction company. He retired early and began seeking new challenges. After participating on DWC projects in Nepal in 2014 and again in 2016, he volunteered as DWC’s Projects Officer to evaluate, organize and manage its growing number of projects. His international development experience combined with his business acumen and construction experience make him an asset to DWC, its host partners and family of volunteers.

Join Jim and let this experience change the lives of Rwandans and your life, too!

Are You Ready To Go?

Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost or if you wish to crowdfund, get in touch with our office to get set up on our fundraising platform.

We’re glad to have you join us.

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