Inside Rwanda

August 13, 2017 - August 22, 2017

Applications will be opening shortly. Email for more information.

Travel with other young professionals from around the world to volunteer with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), the youth village that is changing Rwanda. Use your skills and teach English and art lessons, farming initiatives, sports programs, and more. Engage in a meaningful exchange with remarkable students and learn about Rwanda's history through day trips and site visits.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Immerse in village life; spend the week getting to know the incredible students, staff and volunteers of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
  • Put your skills to good use; participate in and help facilitate English, art and technology classes, farming initiatives, sports programs, and more
  • Learn about the history of Rwanda through visits to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Nyamata Memorial site and briefings with local experts
  • Go on safari! Enjoy a day trip to Akagera National Park
  • Explore Kigali and surrounding villages to get an authentic feel for life in Rwanda

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: August 13-22, 2017

Participation fee: $1,800 USD, not inclusive of flights

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Local transportation within Rwanda
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight details: Participants will be responsible for booking their own round-trip airfare to and from Kigali. Travel logistics details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

Inside Rwanda 2015 alumna Naomi Matlow blogged about her experience here.

About ASYV: ASYV began as a special project supported by JDC and is a residential community in rural Rwanda, home to youth who were orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. The Village is designed to care for, protect and nurture it's students while developing Rwanda's future leaders. Within ASYV's supportive and structured community, the rhythm of life is being restored, with the ultimate goal of equipping young people who have lived through great trauma to become healthy, self-sufficient, and engaged in the rebuilding of their nation.


By Ely Pinto on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:07:58 AM

Packing up and getting ready for Rwanda, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was off to volunteer, working with orphan children at  Agahozo-Shalom , a youth village in a relatively remote part of the world.  Mentally, I prepared myself to teach and educate.  Boarding the plane in New York,...

By Matt Herman on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:21:16 AM

The Rwanda of 2014 is not a country that does anything in half measures. The scenery is strikingly beautiful, the animals amazing, the people genuinely kind-hearted and welcoming and, sadly, the poverty and vulnerability that effects large parts of the population, all too clear to see. Even in the commemoration...

By Miriam Bader on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2:42:45 PM

This week I visited a little bit of paradise. Located in the land of one thousand hills, overlooking Rwanda's Lake Mugesera, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village stands in stark contrast to the country's brutal history. Founded in 2008 by philanthropist Anne Heyman , ASYV serves as a life force for Rwanda's most...

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