Rwanda First Hand Experience with ActionAid UK

The Challenge

Join ActionAid for this First Hand Experience in Rwanda. You will help build a new classroom block to help children get the education that they need. Access to education and low literacy levels remain huge barriers for those living in poverty in Rwanda. Due to a lack of funding, there is an urgent need for a new classroom at the Group Scolaire school. Whilst the number of students increase each year, there is not enough space to accommodate them all causing classrooms to become overcrowded. This makes it very difficult for the children to concentrate and learn, leading to poor performance and dropouts, further exacerbating the cycle of poverty.


Day 1: Friday 26th October. International Departure
You will fly from London to Rwanda's capital city Kigali on an indirect overnight flight. Your ActionAid representative will be at the airport to give you your e-tickets, assist you with check-in and travel with you. Accommodation: Overnight flight.

Day 2: Saturday 27th October. Arrival in Kigali
Upon arrival in Kigali this morning you will be met on arrival at the airport and transfer to a central hotel. After settling in and having lunch at the hotel we set off for a sightseeing tour, including visits to the Genocide Memorial and Reconciliation Village. This evening we will have a welcome dinner and briefing. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Lunch at hotel, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Sunday 28st October. Kigali to Shingiro
After an early breakfast this morning we set off for Shingiro, where we will stay for the next 6 nights (approx. 3 hours' drive). You will spend the next four days on the build site, building a much-needed classroom block at Group Scolaire school. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel.

Days 4 - 8: Monday 29nd to Friday 2nd November. Assist at the ActionAid project
Every morning after breakfast you will transfer to the project to continue your work. You will be fully briefed on site at the beginning of each working day on the challenge ahead. Tasks will depend on the stage of building you arrived for, but you could be digging foundations, clearing land, mixing concrete or mortar, laying bricks or blocks, helping to install window or door frames, painting or plastering. You will be working alongside the local people and you will be under the direction of an ActionAid construction supervisor and skilled local craftsmen. There is no requirement to have any specific training or skills in advance of travel, and we find the sharing of local techniques just a small part of the engagement between community members and our supporters. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast at hotel, packed lunch and dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Day 9: Saturday 3rd November. Shingiro to Kigali for international flight back to UK.
You will transfer back to Kigali airport this morning for your indirect flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules you may land tomorrow (Sunday 4th). Meals: Breakfast at hotel

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, flight schedules, and the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your charity representative, build manager and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport
  • 2-3* hotel
  • English-speaking local guider
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Rwanda visa
Trip Dates

26th October - 4th November 2018

Trip Difficulty

Project only challenge

This trip is graded as Project-only challenge


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