As part of the University’s commitment to provide meaningful volunteering opportunities and promote social responsibility overseas, in summer 2020 we launched Team Rwanda, our international volunteering project exclusively for students at The University of Manchester.
This is a partnership project between the University and Azizi Life, a social enterprise based in Rwanda. Azizi Life runs a number of community projects including supporting local artisans to build more sustainable practices and reach wider markets, and supporting adult literacy in the local community. Due to the pandemic, the project ran remotely for the first two years, so summer 2022 was our first in-person project!
Between mid-July and mid-August, 15 student volunteers from The University of Manchester volunteered in Rwanda. The team volunteered alongside Rwandan volunteers and were supported by staff from Azizi Life. You can read all about their trip on the blog.
Volunteers worked on three main projects:
Team Rwanda is the successor to Team Uganda, which ran with the support of a generous donor between 2015 and 2019, and has delivered environmental, IT, community research and social enterprise projects and holiday camps to benefit children living on the street. The projects were in partnership with S.A.L.V.E. International, who have now become a Trusted Partner. They have been a great success and continue to make a real impact enriching the work of S.A.L.V.E. International. To find out more about our previous project, Team Uganda, please visit the Team Uganda Blog or read the impact report including what skills you could gain.