TRIP #RWD1119:


Stability and education are catalysts for change.

Nov 9, 2019
Nov 23, 2019
Approx. $2500
Musanze , Rwanda


Volunteers in Rwanda work with our in-country partner PREFER Rwanda in Musanze, Rwanda to forward the organization’s development goals surrounding education, economic advancement and quality of life for the region’s residents. 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.

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. November daily average temperatures are pleasantly warm and stable hovering around 26°C (79°F). Perfect to head to the national parks and for gorilla tracking.

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

Learn more about Rwanda »

The Project:

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. Volunteers will be constructing a home made of mud brick covered in cement with a proper roof, three bedrooms and kitchen with cement walls and floor. A toilet with a cement floor is built with each house. When the family moves into their new home their life becomes cleaner, dryer, safer and healthier.

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 9 to Sunday, November 10 – Team arrives at airport; check in to hotel, get settled
  • Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 – PROJECT WORK in Musanze
  • Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17 – Days for cultural activities
  • Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 – PROJECT WORK in Musanze
  • Saturday, November 23: 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. Volunteers are transported from their accommodation each day to the project site.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,500 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 LittleTeam Leader
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 to help DWC with evaluating, organizing and managing its growing number of projects in 2017. He hopes that his international development experience combined with his business acumen and construction experience will make him an asset to DWC, its host partners and family of volunteers.

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.

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