Community Empowerment Assistant

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founded in 2014
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Coordinator | Emmanuel
Coordinator | Emmanuel
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High­lights

Enjoy the unique weather offered by the country of a thousand hills while contribute to the preservation of the biodiversity through capacity building
Gain the Rwandan experience through day to day interaction with local communities
Become more passionate about your major and propel your career with international experience
Make memories you will never forget during your free time like after work hours, weekend and day off excursions in a full comfort company of teammates and other travelers
Visit various wonders that this beautiful country offers including hiking, visiting national parks, beautiful lakes and beautiful beaches, learn the culture through story telling museums
The programme offers applicants with opportunity to work towards local mindset about conservation by empowering former traditional hunters towards entrepreneurship This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The rationale:

This programme targets Historically Marginalised People which; is traditional forest dwellers living on hunting and fruits gathering. Unfortunately this way of living is no longer possible in Rwanda following the creation of national parks. A a result, this population has been evicted from their dwells for the creation of national parks without any compensation living them one of the poorest community nationwide. Through this programme, Partners For Conservation ensures they acquire basic knowledge, skills and related facilities necessary for them to adopt new way of living alternatively to illegal harvesting park's natural resources

This programme involves community projects, social integration and economic development projects 

Volunteer for this programme will be working with local beneficiaries and Partners For Conservation field staff including (Project Manager, and Technicians) and other stakeholders including conservation and development agencies as well as the local authorities with a particular focus on:

  • Community Based Organizations development and Management,
  • Community Based Organisations capacity building
  • Grants and proposal writing,
  • Fundraising, website management
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Social and economic integration
  • Women and youth empowerment
  • Financial literacy
  • Social justice
  • Community projects development and management
  • Rural development issues
  • Human Rights issues
  • Gender issues 
  • Crop management
  • Livestock management

In order to provide volunteers with many opportunities to learn and contribute to community conservation efforts in Rwanda, volunteers are elected to join the team that represents Partners For Conservation in functions, meetings and other conservation gathering.

The volunteer will be based and operate in Musanze district. Musanze is a district in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Its capital city is Ruhengeri which; is also sometimes known as Musanze. Musanze is Rwanda's most mountainous district, containing the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park and its head office at Kinigi. Five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga chain (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura) are within the district boundaries. It is also in this district that most of Rwanda's mountain gorillas are found, making it the most popular tourist destination in the country. Musanze's capital, Ruhengeri, is one of the largest cities in Rwanda and serves as a hub for tourists.

It is easy for a volunteer to access the rest corners of the country from Musanze for example Musanze is at 1h drive from Gisenyi and the Democratic Republic of Congo border. Gisenyi is known for its super weekends for water sports lovers. Musanze is also at 2h30 drive from Kigali and at 25 minutes to the Cyanika, the Uganda border.

Typical day

A day as a volunteer varies on a daily basis. However, Partners For Conservation ensures volunteer intervention supports the necessary need and where a volunteer is happy to intervene.  Partners For Conservation supports volunteer’s intervention by providing a comprehensive team involving among others a driver (where necessary), a local interpreter and senior officer/ project manager.  This is key to ensure there’s excellent communication on and off the field for a successful intervention and teamwork.

Working days are Mondays to Fridays. Except Mondays which; is a planning and evaluation meetings, the rest of the days are reserved for field works. Field works start by 8:00am to 2:00pm. Partners For Conservation respects days- off and weekends. Volunteers staying for over 6 months are entitled to a leave of 10 days in conformity of the local labor law.

 

    Free-time activities

    A volunteer is free agent on the free, public day and on leave. However, volunteers are required to follow rules provided by where they stay this implies that they are called to communicate about their time in and out of the lodge for example. Partners For Conservation recommends the best activities based to those available in and around the town although volunteers are free to choose according to their preferences. For volunteers looking to travel away from their bases (for holidays for example,) they’re requested to dully fill leave application forms available at Partners For Conservation. Volunteers are free to do whatever they want except political activities.

    Water Sports
    Swimming
    Sightseeing
    Shopping/
    Souvenirs
    Climbing
    Hiking
    Sports

    Require­ments

    In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level) or French (intermediate level)
    Criminal Background Check
    required
    Required Documents
    Application letters, CV and proof of education
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Other Skills
    Vocational skills,
    Great understanding of Gender and equity
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

    What's Included

    Services by Partners For Conservation

    1. Processing the visa
    2. Processing the working permit
    3. Lodging: Home stay or accommodations
    4. Meals: 3 per day
    5. Project Donation
    6. Airport transportation on arrival and departure.
    7. In-country training and orientation.
    8. In-country staff supervision.
    9. 24/7 in-country support from partner
    10. Personalized Local Guide and Volunteer Care and Other Services
    11. Around the clock emergency support

    Airport Pickup at Kigali International Airport

    At the arrival, Partners For Conservation sends a personal interpreter with a car to pick up the volunteer at the airport.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is located in Musanze town. The location is away from bars and other beer selling points although there can be find some small boutiques where foodstuff are sold. It's a comprehensive house with toilets and washing rooms inside as well as a garden outside. Musanze is a district in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Its capital city is Ruhengeri which; is also sometimes known as Musanze. Musanze is Rwanda's most mountainous district, containing the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park and its head office at Kinigi. Five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga chain (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura) are within the district boundaries. It is also in this district that most of Rwanda's mountain gorillas are found, making it the most popular tourist destination in the country. Musanze's capital, Ruhengeri, is one of the largest cities in Rwanda and serves as a hub for tourists.

    It is easy for a volunteer to access the rest corners of the country from Musanze for example Musanze is at 1h drive from Gisenyi and the Democratic Republic of Congo border. Gisenyi is known for its super weekends for water sports lovers. Musanze is also at 2h30 drive from Kigali and at 25 minutes to the Cyanika, the Uganda border.

    Dorm Room
    Food & Beverages

    We just provide food and drinking soft and water. We don't provide beer or any alcoholic drinks.

    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
    Flight Tickets
    The nearest airport is Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali. We assist you to find cheap flights to Rwanda.
    Travel Insurance
    Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Rwanda provides security and is a plus to have.
    Vaccines
    If you are intending to volunteer in Rwanda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Rwanda.

    Dates & Fees

    NO CREDIT CARD FEES

    Details on arrival

    Volunteer can join this programme at any time throughout the year as dictated by the farming seasons in Rwanda. On arrival, Partners For Conservation organizes a shuttle to pick up the volunteer at the airport (the organisation also provides a shuttle to drop the volunteer at the end of the volunteering). Upon arrival at PFC HQs and introduction to the staff, a volunteer is given a week for cultural immersion after which he’s introduced to the field and partners including beneficiaries and local authorities of where the activities are located. During the cultural immersion programme, the volunteer assisted by a personal interpreter visits important places in the area such as markets, recreation places etc and is introduced to the ways of living of Rwandans.

    Availability
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Duration
    1 - 50 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    1 week (min. stay)
    $914
    5 weeks
    $1,793
    6 weeks
    $2,087
    7 weeks
    $2,380
    11 weeks
    $3,554
    19 weeks
    $5,902
    50 weeks (max. stay)
    $15,000
    Average fees
    $607 /week

    Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Partners For Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Deposit (15%)
    The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Partners For Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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