Come and visit – online or in person
Several ASASS programs require teaching, mentorship and on-site aid. If you’re a professional or have professional skills, and are willing to invest your time in the people of Burundi by becoming a volunteer, please let us know. You can do this online or by joining an ASASS project in Burundi. If you are coming from overseas, ASASS will help to organise appropriate accommodation and living facilities during your stay. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact us today. See the bottom of this page for more information about volunteering opportunities from overseas.
Help us by partnering with us
ASASS are currently looking for an overseas partner in the UK or US, to help us register as a charity and open new channels for donations. This would be a volunteer position and would require management and finance skills. If you are interested in helping ASASS in this way, please head over to our contact page and drop us a message.
Organise a fundraising event
For those looking to do a little bit extra, organising a fundraising event to support ASASS can help a lot. Rallying people around a cause can help to bring a community together.
On his his 60th birthday, instead of asking for presents, Ewan Martin Quirk set up a JustGiving page and raised over £6000. This money will help to build a home for an orphaned young boy on the streets of Burundi. Ewan said “We didn’t need presents on our joint 60th birthday, so we asked our guests to donate to ASASS instead. We have worked hard and we have a home and a lovely family. Orphan children would struggle to get that, so if we can help them build a house, perhaps they can have a home and a family too.”
John is self-employed in selling clothes and has raised nearly £350 for helping children with diabetes in only a matter of days.
The options are only as limited as your imagination.
What Is Our Current Fundraising Focus?
Furnishing and developing a new health centre. We are working with our team in Burundi to supply clean water to people in Mpanda, to maintain ongoing of online teaching university foundation courses, for expansion of Rukundo Health centre, for start-up of motorcycle income generation, for garden farming, and for scholarships for 50 students. You can help us make a difference.
How do you want ASASS to use your money?
If you could like to make a larger donation, we can discuss how you would like the money to be spent. We want to ensure that the relationship between our supporters and partners is transparent and accountable. Regardless of how you decide your money should be used, you can be sure the money will make a difference.
Students Sponsorship Program
Supporting the student sponsorship program will give you the opportunity to connect with and follow the progress of a student. You can have first-hand experience of how your contribution is making a difference.
ASASS from Overseas Volunteering Information
BUSINESS SECTORS: Micro-Fiance, Agriculture & Farming, Water Supply, Education.
PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Various locations in Makamba, Bujumbura, Gitega and Bubanza Provinces.
ACCOMMODATION: Shared volunteer apartments in a hotel.
PRICE: Starting from 480 USD per month.
WHAT’S INCLUDED? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our Specified airport (Bujumbura Airport), local transport to and from work and where the volunteers live, induction and orientation, 24/7 support.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, spending money.
LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks to 12 months
START DATES: Flexible
OTHER FACILITIES: Our volunteers will be assigned language facilitator and a driver.
ACCOMMODATION OF ASASS VOLUNTEERS:
ASASS has collaborated and signed agreements with hotels in Bujumbura, Gitega and Makamba in secured areas. This accommodation will provide quality rooms, food (breakfast and 2 meals per day), water, and transportation for volunteers. They have negotiated prices to provide discounts for its volunteers who stay through ASASS projects in various locations. ASASS promise to secure its volunteers and provide quality rooms and accommodation in a good environment.
The venues ASASS works with are:
- Roca Golf Hotel, 2) Ego Hotel 3) East Africa Hotel of Nyanza-Lac, and at Arkaor Lodge in Bujumbura (Find links and photos of those hotels).
What will ASASS Provide?
We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Burundi is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Burundian family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 20 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel assistance,
What Skills or Qualifications do I need?
While previous experience in the field of micro credit, microfinance, business areas or community-based work experience (agriculture, water supplying, childcare, etc) is desirable, it is not mandatory. However, participants in this project must speak English at an intermediate level or higher and be prepared to live and work in a French, Kirundi and Swahili speaking environment.
Participants should be flexible, adaptable, and open to experiencing a new culture. Volunteer must wish to improve or to learn new skills in Agriculture or in micro-loans. Therefore, we also need unskilled volunteers (including students, or graduates) interested in making a difference in sustainable development, microfinance, agriculture, environment through trees plantation kids care, education and training, orphan care through volunteering at our organisation.
Am I Eligible?
Most Nationalities are able to apply but you will need to be eligible for a tourist visa for the destination you are interested in most organizations require you to be 18 to volunteer by yourself on a project with ASASS. But some companies specialize in trips for 15-17 year old’s, these are usually structured and short term programs organized in conjunction with schools. If you are under this age limit you might need to volunteer with your family, there are family trips available but certain restrictions apply.
No previous experience is required for non-skilled positions but if you are looking to help as a doctor for example you will need qualifications. You will need to be in good health, flexible, enthusiastic, and adaptable, have a desire to make a positive impact. A good level of English is needed for most placements and sometimes depending on the destination you might need to know the basics of the local language such as Kirundi, Swahili and French. You have not to worry with Local languages because ASASS has languages facilitators who will stay with you during works in projects.
Will I be safe whilst in Burundi?
Burundi is currently quite safe. Volunteers have no need to worry as ASASS will arrange their trip in collaboration with authorities. Furthermore, accommodations are placed in secured areas and volunteers walk with members of ASASS everywhere they go.