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Price Per Person

USD 120
Country: Rwanda
City: Rubavu (former Gisenyi)
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Eco Experience

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Hands on Rwanda : a humanitarian + volunteer work

We think you shouldn’t be paying a fortune to help people and make a difference in their lives, so join tours that make that difference. All these projects are run by the local people for the benefit of the local people.

 

We have a couple of humanitarian and volunteer projects around Rwanda , and we will be happy to link you to where your efforts and expertise is much needed. Mostly;

  • education for adults (teaching English)
  • cultural villages,
  • hope associations (genocide survivors)
  • ecotourism,
  • women basket weaving associations,
  • youth crafting and painting,
  • agriculture,
  • habitat for humanity,
  • community-conservation outreach programs,
  • energy and water projects
  • and many more...

We believe that it’s possible and worthwhile to make a positive difference to places we visit, in need and people we meet along the way, who will in turn become our friends and a part of our family.

 

Code of Conduct for Tourism practiced in communities

By following these simple guidelines, you can help preserve the unique environment and cultures of the Rwandan people.

Protect the Natural Environment

  • Limit deforestation - make no open fires and discourage others from doing so on your behalf. Where water is heated by scarce firewood, use as little as possible. When possible, choose accommodation that uses kerosene or fuel wood efficient stoves.
  • Remove litter by burning or burying paper and carryout all non-degradable litter.
  • Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in streams and springs. If no toilets facilities are available, make sure you are at least 30 meters away from water sources and bury or cover wastes.
  • Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment-taking cuttings, seeds and roots are illegal in this area.
  • Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures.

 

The Rwandan people may change you, please do not change them by respecting local traditions, protecting cultures and maintaining local pride

  • When taking photographs, respect privacy, ask permission and use restraint.
  • Avoid giving to children water bottles known locally as "agacupa" encourages begging. A donation to a community project, health center or school is a more constructive way to help.
  • You will be accepted and welcomed if you follow local customs. Use only your right hand for eating and greeting. Do not share cutlery or cups, etc. it is polite to use both hands when giving and receiving gifts.
  • Respect for local etiquette earns respect. Lightweight clothes are preferable to revealing shorts, skimpy tops and tight fitting action wear. Kissing in public is disliked by local people.
  • Remember when you are shopping for local products that the bargain you buy may only be possible because of low income of others.
  • Visitors who value local traditions encourage local pride and maintain local cultures, please help local people gain a realistic view of life in western countries.
  • Buy locally made souvenirs where possible but avoid those made from wildlife.
  • Support locally owned and operated tourism initiatives.· Limit your drive to 40km per hour or less.
  • Stay in your vehicle except at designated areas.
  • Follow the guidelines given to you by your guide, and always ask your guide in case anything is not clear to you.

Be patient, friendly and sensitive. Remember you are a guest to our community.

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