Volunteer in Rwanda | ActionAid UK

Volunteer in Rwanda


What will I be doing?

You’ll be working alongside the local community to kick off the building of three classrooms and a toilet block. You don’t need any building experience to take part — just enthusiasm, motivation and the desire to get stuck in and help.

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You could be digging foundations, clearing land or mixing concrete. There is a job to suit everyone! 

Rwandan bite


Rwandan food is fresh and simple, and includes sweet potatoes, corn and fruit. We can cater for all dietary requirements.

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Making friends

Whether you sign up on your own or with a friend, you’ll meet lots of amazing people from the community and great volunteers of all ages!

Women's cooperative in Kenya

Visiting other ActionAid projects

During the week you will have the opportunity to visit another nearby project, to gain a broader insight into our work in Rwanda.

View of Rwanda


The group will be staying in a locally owned 3* hotel in Musanze. You will share a twin room with an ensuite and air conditioning.

Women jumping

Local culture

There will be the opportunity to experience traditional Rwandan culture at the welcome ceremony, on the project visit and sight-seeing tour of Kigali.


What’s the itinerary?

Fri 31 July 

Meet your team at London Heathrow airport and take an overnight flight to Kigali.

Sat 1 August

Arrive in Kigali and travel to the hotel. There’ll be some time to relax and explore the local area before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Sun 2 August 

Go on a morning sightseeing tour of Kigali, including visiting the Genocide Memorial and a Rwandan market. Followed by lunch at a local restaurant before travelling to Musanze, our base for the week. There will be a project briefing in the evening. 

Mon 3 — Thur 6 August

Each morning you will travel to the project site in Muko, where you’ll start building the classrooms and toilet block. During the week you will also visit another ActionAid project and enjoy some cultural activities. Each evening we’ll eat dinner at different restaurants in the area.

Fri 7 August 

The final day of the build and an emotional farewell ceremony to say goodbye to the local community. You’ll celebrate a fantastic week with a last meal with new friends.

Sat 8 — Sun 9 August 

Transfer to the airport on Saturday for the return flight back to London, arriving Sunday morning.

Optional Gorilla Safari extension from £1,045 (based on a minimum of 10 participants) 



Sat 8 August — Tues 11 August 


You will travel across the border into Uganda to Bwindi National Park, home to several families of gorillas, and offering some of the best opportunities to spot gorillas in the wild.  


When you are not trekking into the jungle in search of apes, you will have time to explore the local area, before returning to Rwanda to fly home. 





Why Rwanda?

    nearly half of all women experience sexual violence by their 19th birthday
  • 63%
    of the population live below the poverty line on less than $1.25 a day
  • 12%
    of children are underweight

What’s included in my trip?

  • International flights
  • All meals and drinking water
  • First aid trained team leader
  • Accommodation
  • Transport within Rwanda

What’s not included

You’ll need to organise some items yourself, and pay for a few things during your time in Rwanda. These include:


Ideas to help reach your fundraising target

Whether you’re a first timer or experienced at raising money, we can help you meet your fundraisng target. Plus we’ll send you lots of resources to help promote your event — everything from balloons to posters.


Get started with an online sponsorship page and share far and wide with your friends and family. Top tip, ask your most generous friend/family member to make the first donation as it might set the tone for future gifts.

Think about what you enjoy and how you could turn it into a fundraiser. If you are a star baker, could you arrange a bake sale? Or how about conversation classes in your work place if you are a language extraordinaire? Don’t forget we have lots of materials we can send for on the day.

Think about who you know that may be able to help with your fundraising. Do you have a friend who is a teacher and could they hold a dress down day? Or how about writing to all your local businesses and asking for a donation? We have lots of templates we can share to help. 


Contact us

If you have any questions or need more support for your fundraising then please get in touch:

01460 238000



Page updated 13 March 2019