Partners For Conservation

Community Conservation

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The programme aims at addressing park-people conflicts through community engagement.

Community Conservation is a conservation approach that includes more people. It begins by listening to many different voices in the community-then responding. Community Conservation is very important as it incorporates improvement of the lives of local people while conserving areas through the creation of national parks or wildlife refuges.  In Rwanda, the creation of national parks around 1970s also left hundreds of communities inhabitants of the park out of their traditional dwelling.  Evicted without any form of compensation, the people live since then an abject poverty and survive thanks to illegal activities to harvest parks natural resources for food or selling.

The programme

This programme aims at involving this population in conservation through the provision of alternatives to park resources through socio-economic development projects such as the provision of skills, (adult literacy, initiation to modern weaving) and poverty alleviation projects such as the promotion of livelihood and small livestock, public health and advocacy. It’s an opportunity for volunteers to gain the local experience and community tourism while contributing to the conservation of protected areas through improving living conditions of disadvantaged communities. A volunteer can also engage personal survey, and research as well as fundraising to help organisation improve its intervention.

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 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.Interested volunteer must be pro-active and ready to intense fieldwork. There’s no-specific equipment required for this programme. 

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.

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.

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

Program 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) and French (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
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
Community development
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Partners For Conservation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$750.00
3 weeks
$1,047.00
4 weeks
$1,344.00
5 weeks
$1,641.00
9 weeks
$2,828.00
17 weeks
$5,203.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$15,000.00
Average fees
$338.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Musanze/Rwanda between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Partners For Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Rwanda.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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  Africa Eastern Africa Rwanda  Musanze, Ruhengeri-Gisenyi Road

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