COMMUNITY CHILDCARE 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week. Culture week: 210€, mandatory to start the programme
- Code : G/RWA/CC2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
GREEN LION RWANDA
Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in sub-Saharan Africa with half of its citizens under the age of 18. The country remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 44% of the population living below the poverty line. The war and genocide of 1994 destructed all sectors of the country including the education system. The poor communities living in rural areas of Rwanda are almost uncountable and even in big cities, many families face challenges when it comes to sending their children to good pre-primary schools. Most of these challenges are linked to lack of financial means as well as the long distances that sometimes exist between learning centers and the children’s home. Often, the children have to walk long distances every day to attend class. Nezerwa village is one of the poor communities that faces these challenges. To put a solution to this, the residents decided to join powers and resources and built two small pre-schools to enable their children to develop their physical, mental and social skills, receive and enjoy psychosocial support and cognitive stimulation and put them in good stead to continue their education. The pre-school was named Nezerwa Nursery School and it receives a total of 70 children each year. And the staff? Two teachers and one cleaner only. Parents arranged to pay a small amount each year in three phases to support the teachers and cleaning person and to contribute to those who really cannot afford to pay anything. During your program, you will be working in the center and support the teachers – this is important, as the school really lacks staff. You will be in charge of managing activities, arrange your own activities to promote learning (drawing, playing learning games, teaching basic English, etc). Moreover, you will have the chance to work in another school in the nearby community of Gasabo. We believe that our input in the village is important as these children and their families are extremely isolated communities and have not had the chance to meet and socialize with foreigners before our program began. By interacting with people from a different setting, we believe children and their families will get exposure and learn social skills as well as broaden their horizon into what’s out there. This creates a strong cognitive stimulation which puts them at an advantage for their future. Moreover, to begin learning English is a strong addition to their lives as it will help them improve their career options in the future. Aims &Objectives: To support community with staffing and teach English to the children as well as expose them to intercultural exchanges that will broaden their horizons.
You will be accommodated in our center which provides shared rooms with 4 – 8 people per room and a shared toilet. There are cold showers available and flushing toilets. The accommodation is quite basic. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. There is Wifi available at the center. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. The accommodation covers 6 nights and 7 days, so arrival is on Sunday and departure is on Saturday at noon 12:00 Three meals will be provided during weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals during weekends (breakfast and dinner). The food will be typically Rwandan, which has a lot of potatoes, corn, beans, vegetables, meats, eggs, breads, etc.
You will be accommodated in Nezerwa, a rural village in the outskirts of Kigali. Being here will allow for the best of both worlds as you will get the chance to experience the authentic ruralness of Rwanda while having the capital close by for getaways at the same time! Our center is located in rural Rwanda. This means facilities are limited. However, there are many local shops located within a 5-10 minute walk from our center. Moreover, there are motorbike taxis as well as local buses which depart every 15 minutes and will take you to Kigali City, where you can find ATM’s and anything else you might need such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc. Not so far from our center is Kigali City, where you can enjoy nights out or head to a good restaurant. For those looking to get the most out of the time in Rwanda, there is a national park nearby where you can head to on a weekend to trek, camp and spot gorillas. Moreover, popular beaches are not too far either.
Additional equipment: – Clothes that cover your shoulders and legs down to your knees for your time at the kindergarten – Teaching materials of your choice such as games, colors, English books, etc. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 175€ per week, participation fee of the culturel week: 210€, mandatory to start the programme. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Reception at Kigali International Airport (KGL) on Sundays.