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When: July 6th - 20th, 2013
If you can't make it for the full two weeks, there is a one week option available as well.
Where: Gashora, Rwanda
Gashora is 45 minutes from the capital Kigali and is in the District of Bugesera, the epicenter of the 1994 genocide. You'll stay in huts at the La Palisse Hotel within Gashora, a short bike ride or walk to the work site.
The Project: Continuing construction of the CIC
Volunteers will continue construction on the Covaga Innovation Centre. Currently, the showroom has been built and the kitchen/restaurant wing is almost done. Once completed, the CIC will have two more additional buildings: a weaving studio and offices. Other projects may include creating kitchen gardens so community members can have easy access to a wider array of nutritional fruits and vegetables.
WATCH VIDEO: See how the Covaga turns an environmental problem into an economic opportunity.
Who can volunteer?
YOU can! This trip is for all age groups and you don't need any special skills or training. You can work at your own pace and take breaks when needed.
This trip costs $1,999 which includes accomodation, meals, in-country transport, program costs, and a substantial donation to Building Bridges with Rwanda. It does not include airfare.
This trip is 100% tax deductible in Canada, including flights, and you can fundraise to cover your costs.
Why volunteer in Rwanda?
Rwanda is a landlocked, resource poor country located in the heart of Africa. The vast majority of Rwandans engage in subsistence agriculture and almost half of the population lives below the poverty line.
Years of civil war culminating in the genocide of 1994 had a devastating social and economic impact on the country. Over 1 million lives were lost and another 1 million Rwandans became refugees. Volunteers who choose Rwanda make an important gesture of international solidarity. By visiting the people and witnessing the legacy of violence, volunteers honour the country's efforts to rebuild for a peaceful and sustainable future.
Upon completion of the volunteer experience, we recommend you visit the Genocide Museum in Kigali. Animal lover? Take an excursion in the Parc National des Volcans, the last sanctuary of the endangered mountain gorilla, or go on an African safari. There may also be a group trip to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar to relax on the beach.