Join our team of volunteers as you help complete the Covaga Innovation Center, a women's livelihood centre which will become a hub of innovation and economic development in the village of Gashora, Rwanda. This centre will provide a space for a cooperative of weavers to produce high quality woven furniture and goods from the water hyacinth plant, to be sold locally and exported. The centre will also have a restaurant to generate additional income by serving meals to locals and tourists. As a Developing World Connections volunteer you will work on the construction of a kitchen for the restaurant.
Upon completion of the volunteer experience, we recommend you visit the Genocide Museum in Kigali. Visit the incredibly lush and beautiful scenery in Rwanda and take an excursion in the Parc National des Volcans, the last sanctuary of the endangered mountain gorilla.
July 14 - 21, 2012
This is a unique trip that will involve 1 week at this project in Rwanda, and 1 week in Uganda.
October 13 - 27, 2012
An all-ages 2 week trip to Rwanda.
Trips are available year round.
What to Expect?
Developing World Connections offers both 2 week short-term trips (any age) and 4 week student trips (16-29 year olds). Working with local in-country non-profit organizations, we take great care to ensure all volunteers have a safe, fun and rewarding experience. Our volunteers work as part of a team. When you sign up, you go with a group. Each group is accompanied by a volunteer Team Leader. Team Leaders make all the difference by supporting the team from start to finish. They are experienced travelers and past participants and possess a comprehensive understanding of the volunteers’ needs.
Volunteers work side by side with locals on each sustainable project. These physical infrastructure projects fill an important need and can be completed by teams in a short period of time – a great way to experience the tangible fruits of your labour. Never built something before? Don't worry! No training or special skills are required, and you can take breaks whenever necessary.
You won't have to sleep in a hut or survive on energy bars the entire trip. We take great care to pre-screen your accommodations so they are clean, comfortable, and acceptable by North American standards. Restaurants providing everything from local to Western cuisine are chosen for their high standards in food preparation. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Program cost is approximately $2,000. These costs include in-country meals, accommodation and transport, as well as a substantial direct donation to the Host Partner. This cost does NOT include airfare; however, the entire trip cost, including flights, is 100% tax deductible which means you'll get a significant amount of money returned to you. The opportunity to fundraise for your trip is also available.
Program costs include:
- Access to a dedicated travel agent
- Issuance of charitable receipts
- Pre-trip resources/orientation
- Administrative resources
- Accommodation (double occupancy)
- Meals and bottled water
- Group airport and ground transport
- Trained team leader
- Cultural components
- A substantial donation to the project
- 24/7 staff support
Please visit our website to apply for this program.
- Program ID: # 1599
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: KigaliRwanda1° 57' 3.8484" S, 30° 4' 15.4308" E
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport:
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsWomen's & Youth Programs
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