Our mission is to educate and empower girls of Rwanda to meet their highest potential; the basis of this belief is rooted in educational equity. We strive to create an environment where girls will be prepared inside and outside of the classroom.
We have benefited enormously from the contributions of both short and long-term volunteers. Depending on the volunteer opportunity you are considering, your experience will be unique. There are different timelines and expectations attached to each opportunity. However, none of these will be easy. The goal of each of these experiences is to bring your passion and excitement to the school and ultimately help the students. These experiences will push you out of your comfort zone, and we ask you to keep this in mind as you consider applying.
Life as a GGAST volunteer will challenge you with a series of adjustments, including moving to Rwanda, adjusting to new ways of working and socializing, learning a new language, and eating unfamiliar food. While these may be a part of the excitement and adventure that initially sparked interest in Gashora, the adjustments will require your effort, energy and accomadations. Working at Gashora is an incredible opportunity to dive into a new environment and have an experience that will directly allow you to create change; this is a life changing experience, both for you and for the brilliant students who attend the academy.
"Before I came to Gashora, I had never done any significant fundraising and had never initiated a self-defense workshop or a professional volleyball clinic. Before I came to Rwanda, I could not speak one word of Kinyarwandan. I had not yet met future friends like Michael and Jonah—and all my students—but I had read a dozen books about the genocide of Tutsis and Rwanda’s unprecedented recovery. From them, I learned to forgive. Armed with what I have learned about the depth of my own perseverance, as well as my new-found faith in forgiveness, I feel blessed by all that others have taught me. From reading their words, I know that Gashora's students feel the same way." -Anne Shaughnessy
"Sometimes, you go places and you make friends. Sometimes you don’t. But sometimes, on very rare and special occasions, you go somewhere and make a family. At the Gashora Girls Academy I made a family. Yes, I missed my other family in the United States, and I cried when I left them, but I would also cry when I left Gashora, for I would miss all of my sisters just the same. In Rwanda, they say it takes a village to raise a child, but perhaps all it takes is a school." -Jenn Larr
This one to two year commitment is the most exciting opportunity for volunteering at Gashora. We are looking for passionate individuals who love working with high school girls, are adaptable, take initiative, love reading and writing, and are excited to work with driven motivated, and high achieving students. We provide training, curriculum, room/board and a stipend.
This one to two year commitment is an exciting volunteer opportunity at Gashora. We are looking for a passionate individual who loves working with high school girls, is adaptable, takes initiative, has a passion for project design, implementation and research, and is excited to work with driven motivated, and high achieving students. We provide training, curriculum, room/board and a stipend.
This one-two week commitment focuses on passionate individuals who can bring their craft or expertise to the students of Gashora. Your role would entail leading workshops from 1-3 hours a day. Your goal would be to bring passion, excitement and skills within your subject to the students. This volunteer experience is offered at select times during the school year. Please review your schedule and apply at least 3 months before you would like to volunteer. You would be teaching a minimum of one class, but in order to apply you must have at least two options of what you would like to teach.
Specialties we are currently looking to develop with our students are (but not limited to):
- English tutoring
- Graphic Design or Architecture
- Film making/Photography
- Model UN
- Fashion Design
- IT projects/Programming (Ex: Coding)
- University Prep/ACT prep
- Public speaking/Debate
- Creative and/or Essay Writing
- STEM projects
- Electronic and/or Network Engineering
This ten-week internship program is tailored for university students with a passion for girls' education. Our priority is working with college programs, however, we are open to exceptional independent committed volunteers who would like to participate. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July. Interns will work with Gashora students in their areas of study (keeping in mind that we are a STEM based school). Interns will also be involved in extra-curricular activities, either leading or advising both a sport and a club. Interns must be adaptive, outgoing individuals with the ability to mentor and guide, and who are willing to take the initiative to meet needs. Interns will additionally have the opportunity to develop (collaborating with the school) an effective, useful, sustainable research project that addresses an existing need at Gashora.
This opportunity focuses on retired teachers, teachers on sabbatical, or teachers with a minimum of 5 years experience. This is a minimum 2 week commitment, but is offered anytime throughout the school year. You will be paired with a teacher at Gashora to develop their professional skills, mentor and guide them with a focus on project based learning and a learner centered classroom.
Specialization in the following areas is an asset:
- Computer Science