Manchester students land in Rwanda for launch of flagship volunteer project
28 Jul 2022
The once in a lifetime volunteering opportunity will give our students the chance to gain valuable skills, develop their inter-cultural awareness and enhance their employability
After two years of remote volunteering, the University’s new flagship overseas project, Team Rwanda,is officially back in action.
Last weekend, 15 students landed in Rwanda to start a partnership project with Azizi Life and University of Rwanda. Together they’ll be volunteering for a month on community research, digital media and enterprise projects, supporting local artisans and rural communities in Muhanga.
Emma Richardson, Volunteering and Community Engagement Consultant says: “After being paused for so long, it's exciting that international volunteering is finally up and running again. Although we were able to develop a valuable remote volunteering alternative during the pandemic, nothing beats volunteering in person overseas, especially since so many students have missed out on valuable travel and intercultural opportunities in that time. We are so happy to be back!"
Team Rwanda is aimed at students who are from a widening participation background, in a bid to rebalance the range of experiences available to those where self-funded travel, gap years and volunteering are far less common.