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Rwanda - Impact Hope

Mission
Impact Hope aims to improve opportunities for Congolese refugee students in some of the world’s poorest communities-refugee camps by funding holistic, long-term educational programs that can create substantial, lasting change.  

Description
Impact Hope formed to enable sponsorship for vulnerable refugee students, sending them to Adventist boarding schools. There they can enjoy better living conditions, quality education, and an opportunity to learn more about God and His loving plan for them. They can graduate with career eligibility and move their families out of the refugee camps for good! There are three Adventist boarding schools in Rwanda that Impact Hope sends its students. Gahogo Adventist Academy will be the location where Student Missionaries stay. The academy currently has 746 students and 309 are Impact Hope sponsored students.

More Info
  • Average Fundraising Goal: ~$3,600. Prices may vary. See student missions office
  • Timeline: Full year position. School runs from September through May/June. SMs should arrive in late August and plan to stay through the end of the school year.
  • Location: Gahogo Adventist Academy is located in Gitarama, (Mahanga District) Rwanda about 1.5 hours southwest from the capital city of Kigali.  Rwanda is called the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. Its landscape is lush and green with rolling hills and mountains. Since Rwanda lies near the equator, the temperatures stay between 60-80 degrees all year. The safari game reserve in the east has a more dry-arid climate, while the climate in the north mountains is cooler. Check out the location on Google Maps!
  • Living Accommodations: There are 2 possibilities: student missionaries can be hosted at the academy or outside the school grounds in an apartment/house with included kitchen.
  • Language: It's recommended to speak English to the students so they can learn. However, their native language is Kinyarwandan and the students love talking and teaching it to you. It will be helpful to learn some basic Kinyarwandan in order to communicate with locals.
  • Food: Some meals may be provided at the school and cooking meals off campus is recommended as well. For variety, several nice local hotels offer buffet lunches at very minimal cost. Meals are simple--made with locally grown ingredients. The Rwandan diet consists mainly of sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peas, millet, plantains, cassava, and fruit.
  • Internet Access:  Available on campus for staff. WiFi can also be found in town during a day off. Getting a cellphone SIM card is necessary for communicating among volunteers and will allow data for daily use to be purchased at a low price. 
  • Requirements: Temporary Resident Permit - This permit is issued to a student of a recognized institution of higher learning working during a break in schooling or a student who has just completed studying
Position Info
  • Teacher  – Teaching English as a Second Language/English Conversation in a high school setting. Other skills such as music, physical education, etc. are appreciated!

Images

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"Rolling hills" of Rwanda
'20 Senior class of Gahogo Adventist Academy
Looking up at the campus
Students of Gahogo
Videos

2019 Impact Hope

General Demographic Video

Websites
Impact Hope's Website
impact-hope.org

Interested in Rwanda?

Apply for your preferred position at least four months before you plan to serve, though spots may be available up until a month before departure.