IDEA-RWANDA Volunteer and Intern Placements


IDEA-Rwanda is a local, non-governmental organization based in Rwanda, Kigali City, Nyarugenge District. We are aimed to promote the well-being of the planet through helping Rwanda to emerge as a world leader in environmental solutions and to provide a model for future generation of how people can live and work in harmony with the nature for a more peaceful and sustainable world for all. SKILL SETS WE LOOK FOR IDEA-Rwanda welcomes all volunteers who have educational background in any field. Specifically, we look for volunteers who have completed at least high schools. The highly recommended candidate must be also the one who are really friendly, working well with the people and doing the best with every one.


Rwanda is located in East Africa, near the equator. It is not big in size as it has 26338 km2. It now has a population of over 12 million people. The country’s capital, Kigali, is a bustling hub for business and trade in East Africa. The majority of Rwandans are agriculturists, relying on farming for most of their income. Rwanda is also home to a great diversity of wildlife, including the critically endangered mountain gorilla, with three National Parks and an active tourism industry. The official languages of Rwanda are English and Kinyarwanda, although many also speak French. The climate in Rwanda is tropical, with two rain seasons, from mid-February to early June and mid-September to December. For more information, read the Department of State Background Notes on Rwanda. Intervention Zone

The organization activities cover all the territory of the Republic of Rwanda. Our headquarter office is located at Nyarugenge District which is located in the center of Kigali City, its heart is the city center of Kigali which is towards the west of urban area and the province, and contain most of the city’s businesses. In Nyarugenge there are a variety of things for volunteers to do in their free time. IDEA Rwanda is targeting to resolve some social and environmental problems that our country is facing. While the agricultural sector remains at the centre of the Rwandan economy, crop production has over the years been affected by climate change namely disasters resulting in unpredictable drought and rainfall. Local farmers lament and fear about waste of time and money due disturbance of changing weather patterns contrary to former specific agricultural seasons. So, IDEA Rwanda innovations are aimed at creating “Ecological Areas” in and around Rwanda with effective mechanisms to rehabilitate destroyed ecosystems as well as improving people’s welfare. We must really count on youth, as they are the best agent of change. A lot of numbers of young people feel helpless, and sometimes restive as they are faced by global facts and figures of increased level of unemployment and poverty that is strongly linked to current global ecological crisis. Thus, the balance within our ecosystem continues to be disturbed and the shrinking resources cause more communities to clash over access to the resources. The result is further ecological crises and increased poverty. That is why we, as IDEA-Rwanda, filled with the burning desire of building a better planet for ourselves and the generations to come, wish to harness our energy and our potential TODAY in order to achieve this dream of PEACEFUL TOMORROW.


• Visa& Travel Information A visa is required for all foreigners traveling to Rwanda. This can be purchased on arrival at the Kigali airport. The fee is $30USD or corresponding Rwandan francs and can be paid in cash (using US dollars or Rwandan francs) upon arrival. If you are planning on staying in the Rwanda for more than 90 days, please consult your Embassy Department for more information. IDEA Rwanda recommends that all volunteers register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates from your Embassy.

• Diseases & Medications

All those entering Rwanda must have proof of a yellow fever vaccination. Other recommended vaccines can be found at the Center for Disease Control. We encourage all volunteers to consult their health professional before departing for Rwanda to obtain proper medications and vaccines. • Travel & health insurance

Volunteers should acquire their own health and travel insurance before coming to Rwanda. IDEA Rwanda is not responsible for providing any sort of insurance to volunteers.

Packing List Luggage Guidelines Volunteers should check with their airline for size and weight limitations on luggage. All valuable items and medicines should be packed in your carry-on luggage. Please note that non-biodegradable plastic bags are banned in Rwanda and will be confiscated at customs. Clothing Rwanda’s climate varies throughout the year, so volunteers should bring several layers.

The dry season is from mid-May through mid-October and rest tends to be colder. Depending on the length of your stay, you may wish to bring enough clothes for the whole trip or plan to do laundry.

Health and Toiletries

• Medications

• Sunscreen

• Bug spray/ mosquito repellent

• Toothpaste

• Soap and shampoo

• Anti-bacterial hand gel

Travel Documents

• Passport and copies of passport

• Yellow fever vaccination card

• Health insurance card

• Travel insurance card

• Cash for personal expenses USD bills need to be the year 2006 and forward – ripped and worn bills are usually not accepted. Put in a request at your bank a few weeks in advance (there are few ATM’s in Rwanda). Miscellaneous

• Laptop

• Materials and art supplies to donate to local schools (optional)

• Camera and charger, with extra memory cards

• Hat or bandana

• Outlet adapter (Rwanda’s outlets are 220-240V and use the Type C Europlug)

• Hiking boots or sturdy shoes

• Travel clock

• Headlamp or flashlight, batteries

• Sunglasses

• Raincoat

• Reusable water bottle


Schedule A volunteer’s work schedule will vary based on what IDEA Rwanda needs at the time, volunteers skills and interests, and any special events that may be planned. Arrival IDEA Rwanda can arrange a driver to be in Kigali to meet you at the Kigali International Airport. Please inform IDEA Rwanda at least one week before your arrival if you should need transportation on arrival from Kigali International Airport to their home.


Volunteers are responsible for organizing their own accommodations.


Volunteers are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner. While working with IDEA Rwanda, we can arrange for lunch at our office, please let us know at least one week before your arrival if you’d like lunch at IDEA Rwanda. The cost of lunch is $10USD/day and we will accommodate diet restrictions to the best of our ability.


Exchanging Money

The Bank of Kigali, I &M Banque (Banque Commerciale du Rwanda Formally), and the Ecobank offer cash only exchanges. Most hotels will exchange money as well, and will accept payment in dollars or euros. Internet Most hotels and large restaurants have Wi-Fi opportunities and you could use portal MODEM on the field.


Volunteers are expected to read and follow all of IDEA-Rwanda rules and regulations:

1. IDEA Rwanda suggests a donation of $80USD a week for the time you are working with our organization. In addition, volunteers traveling from the US or Europe are encouraged to view our wish list and bring needed materials for the project.

2. Volunteers must be started at least 18 years of age.

3. Volunteers must work with the IDEA Rwanda team and follow instructions given by the IDEA Rwanda CEO.

4. Volunteers must care for and return all IDEA Rwanda equipment and project materials.

5. Smoking is prohibited and possession of unauthorized firearms, alcohol, or drugs is not tolerated.

6. Sexual harassment is not tolerated and must be reported to a workday supervisor.

7. Volunteers will be dismissed if they report to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

8. Each volunteer is solely responsible for determining if he/she is physically fit and/or properly skilled for any volunteer activity. It is always advisable, especially if the volunteer is disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity.

9. Volunteers must understand that during their volunteer service certain risks, dangers, and injuries due to accidents, carelessness, and all other unforeseen circumstances inherent to the particular volunteer services exist. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for IDEA Rwanda to guarantee absolute safety.

10. Volunteers must understand Rwanda is a developing country and that by volunteering in Rwanda one has a risk of encountering problems such as theft, road accidents, food poisoning, harassment, and other issues associated with life in developing countries. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for IDEA Rwanda to guarantee absolute safety and security.

11. Volunteers must purchase travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage for the duration of their volunteer placement. IDEA Rwanda is in no way responsible for volunteers should they become sick or injured during their stay. Waiver and Release of All Claims and Assumption of Risk

In consideration for providing volunteer services, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages, or loss which you may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with your volunteer services (including transportation services/vehicle operations, when provided).

As a volunteer, I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to volunteers in this program/activity, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity, that I may sustain as a result of my volunteer services. I further hereby waive and relinquish all claims I may have now, or have had in the past, or may have in the future as a result of my volunteer services against IDEA Rwanda including its officers, directors, officials, agents, guests, volunteers and employees (hereinafter collectively referred as “Released Parties”).

I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Released Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that I may have or which may accrue to me in the future and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with my volunteer services. Further, I waive and relinquish all rights of subrogation, liens and claims of third parties; and I will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties, and each and all of them, with respect to any such injuries, damages, or losses.

I have read and fully understand the above important information, warning of risk, assumption of risk and liability and waiver and release of all claims. If registering via email or fax, my on-line or facsimile signature shall substitute for and have the same legal effect as an original signature.

I, (print name), hereby state the above information provided by me is true and correct, and I have had the opportunity to review the terms of this Agreement with an attorney of my choosing. I further agree that I will abide by all IDEA Rwanda rules and regulations.


Section 1: Personal Information

Mailing Address:
Contact Telephone:
Email Address:
Skype Name:
Date of Birth:
Passport Number and Date of Expiration:
How did you hear about IDEA Rwanda:
Emergency contact and phone number:

Section 2: Education & Training
Please begin with your most recent educational experience. 1. Name of Institution:
Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):
Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):
2. Name of Institution:
Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):
Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):
3. Name of Institution:
Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):
Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):

Section 3: Work Experience Please begin with your most recent work experience.

1. Employer Name:
Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):
Job Title and Responsibilities:
2. Employer Name:
Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):
Job Title and Responsibilities:
3. Employer Name:
Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):
Job Title and Responsibilities:

Section 4: Volunteer Experience Please begin with your most recent volunteer experience.

1. Volunteer Organization Name:
Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy): Responsibilities:
2. Volunteer Organization Name:
Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy): Responsibilities: 3. Volunteer Organization Name:
Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy):

Section 6: Skills and Abilities

1. Please describe the relevant skills and abilities you can offer as IDEA Rwanda volunteer.
2. What computer skills do you possess?
3. Do you speak French, Swahili, or Kinyarwanda (not required, but helpful)?
4. Why do you want to be a volunteer of IDEA Rwanda?

Section 7: Volunteer Preferences

1. Please describe what type of work you would like to do during a volunteer placement.
2. What dates are you available to volunteer?
Section 8: Other important questions
1. Do you have any special requirements or limitations we should know about?
2. Have you studied to your Embassy in Rwanda and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up to date information concerning travel to Rwanda?
3. Do you need assistance finding housing in Rwanda? IDEA Rwanda can help volunteers find safe, affordable lodging if necessary.

Section 7: References

Please provide the name and contact details for two references who are not related to you and who can attest to your qualifications.
1. Name:
Contact Telephone: