Volunteer Lisa


Many people in Rwanda asked me: ‘How do you see Rwanda?’ After a fantastic month in Rwanda, I can finally answer that question. I see Rwanda as a beautiful country. There is a lot of kindness and charity in Rwanda. People in Rwanda greet each other and look after each other. Everyone welcomes you, has a chat with you and asks how your family is doing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word “welcome” as often as I did in my first few days here. In addition, Rwanda is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. They also call it the land of a thousand hills and nothing could be further from the truth. Everywhere you look you see beautiful green hills, with countless banana trees.

Everywhere you walk in the village you encounter a sister and in every building the sisters are working hard. Besides, it is nice to be able to have dinner with the sisters in the evening. The night before I went, the sisters had organised a farewell party. How beautifully the sisters can sing!

During my month in Rwanda I was part of the village of ‘Rubengera’. That’s what I liked about being a volunteer; Instead of going on holiday somewhere and only experiencing the highlights, you enter a culture and become part of it in your own way. I worked at the Indatwa school in Rubengera. It was a wonderful place to be. Surrounded by children, with lots of cuddly toys. There was a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere at the school, with of course lots of music.

I also had the opportunity to do a photo project during my month in Rubengera. I took photos of the various projects that the sisters support. I photographed the RTSS, the Health Center and the Indatwa school. I was also allowed to go on a number of home visits for the children. This was very cool and impressive. This way I could see what kind of houses these people live in and see a little part of their daily lives.

In short: my time in Rwanda was, in one word, fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone to go here!

Greetings Lisa

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