Public Health Assistant

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founded in 2014
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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
Opportunity for applicant to contribute to improving local knowledge and capacity in public health issues management to reduce the vulnerability This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Rationale:

With this programme, Partners For Conservation would like to contribute to (1) diseases prevention by helping beneficiaries reduce the vulnerability level, (2) promoting health and the wellbeing of communities and enabling initiatives that promote health and (3) prolonging life towards mitigating human-wildlife contamination risks for sustainable conservation.  

About the  programme:

This programme aims at promoting initiatives that  drive  actions for:

  • Monitoring health status to identify and solve community health problems
  • Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the communi
  • Informing, educating, and empowering people about health issues
  • Mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  • Developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  • Linking people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Assuring a competent public and personal healthcare workforce
  • Evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  • Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

The overall aim is to to contribute to addressing key issues and cross-cutting issues pertaining public health and sustainable conservation through:

Key issues:

  • Assessment and monitoring of beneficiaries’ individual health within their communities to identify health problems and priorities
  • Formulation of public policies designed to solve identified health problems and priorities.
  • Assuring that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services.
  • Monitoring and diagnosing the health concerns of entire communities and promote healthy practices and behaviours to ensure that populations stay healthy (Vaccination and control of infectious diseases, Safer and healthier foods, Safe drinking water, Healthier mothers and babies and access to family planning etc.
  • Education and outreach programmes

Cross cutting issues:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene campaigns
  • Outreach on communicative and non-communicative diseases, Sexual Transmissible Diseases, Balanced diet to fight malnutrition related diseases, Drug abuses and delinquent behaviours, parasitic diseases, Sexual Reproduction and Health Reproduction, Menstruation Health Management, Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Family planning
  • Outreach on health insurances
  • Training on First Aid

 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. In order to provide volunteers/interns with learning opportunities while  contributing to Public Health and Sustainable conservation efforts in Rwanda, volunteers may be delegated to join the team representing Partners For Conservation in functions, meetings and other conservation gathering. Interested applicants must be pro-active and ready to intense fieldwork. There’s no-specific equipment required for this programme. 

About the location:

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. Basically, a volunteer can expect to be involved in the promotion of income generating activities, promotion of initiatives of women, youth, poor, marginalised and disadvantaged, promotion of the social work axed on mobilising local community for Sexual Reproduction Health and Right, Menstruation Health Management, family planning,  advocacy and raising awareness for environmental and public health issues. Through this programme, volunteers can also conduct individual surveys and research to upgrade the current intervention.Thanks to its partnership, Partners For Conservation can also help volunteers in need to find placement for their capstone/practicum.

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 annual leave application forms available at Partners For Conservation. Volunteers are free to do whatever they want except political activities.

Water Sports
Swimming
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
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 (intermediate 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
Social knowledge
Health
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

The fee is dispatched as follows:

  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
  12. Certificate of Appreciation/Completion at the end of the Programme

Airport Pickup at Kigali International Airport

Partners For Conservation organize airport shuttle to pick and drop the volunteer.  Each times, Partners For Conservation ensures that there’s a person capable of speaking to the volunteer to avoid any culture shock. This is catered for by the volunteering fees.

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

Yes, we provide three meals a day including continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of our cuisine is local which, includes French fries. We serve soft drinks only and no beer as we don't sell it.

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 conservation and communities are there to stay for ever. 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)
$750
3 weeks
$1,047
4 weeks
$1,344
5 weeks
$1,641
9 weeks
$2,828
17 weeks
$5,203
50 weeks (max. stay)
$15,000
Average fees
$525 /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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Public Health Assistant

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$525/week

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