Program & Schedule
Our culture week is the perfect way to get acquainted with your new surroundings. Throughout the week, you will be introduced to Rwandan culture through cooking lessons, basic language lessons, learning the do’s & dont’s, a visit to a museum, walking tours through the village as well as sightseeing around the city. Moreover, you will get a full day of relaxation during the visit to Muhazi Beach, where we will enjoy lunch and swim outside or simply sunbathe and enjoy the great weather Rwanda boasts.
To finish off the week, we will pay a visit to our project sites for you to get a first-hand introduction to our projects. You will also get the chance to work for a bit on our placements.
All in all, our culture week will get you fully settled and ready for the upcoming weeks if you are staying longer to be a part of our projects. It is also a great opportunity to meet and bond with fellow participants!
Aims & Objectives
- Aid you in memorizing helpful phrases in the local language
- Give a better understanding of Rwandan customs, history and culture to our participants through first-hand experiences
- Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay
- Culture introduction and all regulations
- Walking tour of the village - we will visit the center, school, church, local shops, etc.
- Welcome dinner
- Language class
- Cooking class
- Dinner (cooking class)
- Sightseeing around the city center plus visits to nearby facilities
- Lunch outside
- Visit to a memorial museum
- Visit handicraft shop
- Leave to Muhazi Beach
- Lunch outside at the beach
- Relaxing and swimming at the beach
- Introduction to our projects
- Visit to project sites and work
- Working at the placements
- Evaluation of the week
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
You will be accommodated in Nezerwa, a rural village in the outskirts of Kigali. Being here will allow for the best of both worlds as you will get the chance to experience the authentic ruralness of Rwanda while also having the capital close by for getaways!
The accommodation is quite basic. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
The food will be inspired by Rwandan cuisine, which has a lot of potatoes, corn, beans, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, etc.
Our center is located in rural Rwanda. This means facilities are limited. However, there are many local shops located within a 5-10 minute walk from our center.
Moreover, there are motorbike taxis as well as local buses which depart every 15 minutes and will take you to Kigali City, where you can find ATM’s and anything else you might need such as cafes, restaurants, etc.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Not so far from our center is Kigali City, where you can enjoy nights out or head to a good restaurant.
For those looking to get the most out of the time in Rwanda, there is a national park nearby where you can head to on a weekend to trek, camp and spot gorillas. Ask your coordinator to discuss available options.
Popular beaches and recreational areas are also not too far from our center.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Rwanda
Population: 12 million
Language: Kinyarwanda, French, English
Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF)
Time zone: UTC +2
Despite its brutal and quite recent history, Rwanda has lifted itself up from the ground and has undergone an almost miraculous transformation since the occurrences of 1994 and now boasts unity, stability and a slowly growing bright future.
With bamboo forests, awe-strucking volcanoes and mountains, gorillas roaming about its jungles, rich culture, dances and more, Rwanda is well-prepared to show how it has recovered in the past decade and is ready to show you what it has got to offer with arms wide open!
Rwanda boasts a temperate tropical highland climate. Temperatures vary very little throughout the year. Due to its high elevation, Rwanda’s temperatures are significantly lower than its neighbours, with daily temperatures ranging from 12°C to 27°C.
Rwandan culture is varied despite the size of the country. Throughout the area, you will find significant differences amongst people. However, we can safely state that music and dance is an integral part of the country’s heritage and acts as they key element of festivities, gatherings and ceremonies in Rwanda. A traditional dance is intore, a choreographed routine consisting of ballet performed by women, the “dance of heroes”, performed by men and most importantly: drums.
Another important aspect of Rwandan culture are its traditional arts and crafts, which are meant to serve a purpose rather than being merely a decoration. Woven baskets are a perfect example of this and you can easily find one to take back home!
Rwandan cuisine is made up of bananas, pulses, sweet potatoes, and cassava. Meat in Rwanda is not too common and most locals do not eat meat too often, with it being consumed once or twice a month only. The lack of meat in their diet dates back to centuries ago, particularly referenced to the Twa and Hutus people’s diet was high in vegetables and lacked animal protein.
Ugali is a national dish and is a paste made from corn and water that creates a consistency similar to porridge. Matoke is another staple dish, made from baked plantains. Isombe, another very recognized dish is made from mashed cassava leaves and served with dried fish.