What VSO volunteers do in Rwanda
VSO recruits international professionals and Rwandan graduates to work on education and farming projects.
VSO education volunteers in Rwanda work on projects aiming to improve early childhood and primary education. They help enhance the abilities of local early childhood education teachers, primary school teachers, head teachers and local government staff.
Volunteers work in classrooms, in teacher training colleges and directly in communities. The aim is to build the demand for higher calibre learning, the local skills base, and ideas to support.
Urgently recruiting education professionals for Rwanda
VSO livelihoods volunteers work with the most disadvantaged Rwandans.
The majority of these people depend on farming as a source of food and income. They include young people, women and people with disabilities. Volunteers work to enhance Rwandans' skills, techniques and effectiveness as co-operatives and entrepreneurs. This means they can have more income, be more self-sufficient and be able to withstand the impact of climate change.
Education professionals urgently needed to volunteer in Rwanda
Rwanda's ambitious new school curriculum could drastically improve the quality of learning for millions of children. Now volunteers are urgently required to help under-skilled primary teachers and school leaders meet the challenge of implementing it.
You could work either in:
- building the capacity of high-potential primary school teachers to apply effective, learner-centred approaches to teaching basic English and numeracy under the new curriculum, or,
- building the capacity of high-potential primary school leaders to prioritise improvements in children's English and numeracy, and to become more accountable to the communities they serve.
You will help these lead teachers and school leaders to support all others in their area, helping to create a ripple effect.
You will work closely with motivated, graduate VSO Rwandan national volunteers, who characterise the will and determination of the Government to rise out of post-Genocide poverty. This will not only help you more fully understand the context and enhance the effectiveness of your work, but help build up the skilled workforce in a country where youth employment is a growing challenge.
About VSO volunteering in Rwanda
Welcome to Rwanda, country of a thousand hills.
With 11 million inhabitants, Rwanda is a fascinating country in the heart of East Africa characterized by a rich culture, charming traditions and breath-taking scenery, known only by a few.
We've played a significant role in supporting the government of Rwanda get progressively closer to its development objectives since 1998. But much remains to be done. The government’s ambitious vision is to turn Rwanda into a middle income country by 2020.
Children and the young people that represent the biggest segment of the population still need to have better access to quality basic education and skilled development opportunities.
Women and people living with disability are still among the most vulnerable populations.
Want to help us build a knowledge economy in country driven by a daring development ambition? Come join us. Let's pull up our sleeves, share our unique expertise, and build a Rwanda without poverty!
"Come to Rwanda. You will see every volunteer is helpful"
Jan Tomas, 60, is a Dutch early childhood education adviser volunteer working in Rwanda. It's the biggest professional challenge of his career and one of the most fulfilling things he’s ever done.
From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education
Alone, scared and running for his life, Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised, but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.
How to get in touch
If you wish to find out more about working in Rwanda, please contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Building N.273, Umudugu, Imihigo village
P.O. Box 4599, Kigali, Rwanda | Plot N.KG 625 Street 12
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Current volunteer vacancies Rwanda
Below is a list of all our current volunteer opportunities. Some of these jobs are available to nationals only. Others are available for candidates from anywhere in the world.
The application process at a glance:
Simply search for a role, click on the title and fill in our application form. Once we’ve received your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email explaining next steps.
Please note that our capacity does not allow us to accept CVs via email or to contact unsuccessful applicants personally.