Learn about traditional Rwandan building techniques and experience rural village life during this flexible-length excursion with a local family. Discover the traditional methods used by Rwandans for brick making and fashioning rope from banana trees. After enjoying a simple but delicious lunch of cassava and beans you’ll spend the afternoon applying your new skills to build an animal shelter, fence or house. Finish your trip with a chance to shop for locally-made handicrafts. This chance to learn about Rwandan construction also covers a guide, lunch and transport to the village.
- Learn about traditional Rwandan construction methods with a local family
- Discover techniques for brick making and fashioning rope from banana trees
- Enjoy a simple but tasty lunch of cassava and beans, plus lively conversation with your hosts
- Apply your new building skills to help your host build a structure like an animal shelter, fence or house
What You Can Expect
In the morning you collect water and soil, which you are taught how to turn into mud bricks. After making bricks, you dig the foundations and learn how to lay the bricks in a way to ensure the building is strong. Share a simple home-cooked lunch with your host family. After this you collect banana leaves, which you are taught to make into a strong rope that can be used to lash wood together.
At 8am there will be a briefing at the office before being transferred to the community and be welcome by artisans and go to the family home of the artisan who is your host for the day. In the morning you will fetch water or help with food preparation. At 9.45am the day activities begin where you can learn the rural construction techniques including making rope from banana tree and bricks from mud. The artisans will show you how to do the activity and will work alongside you.
Lunch will be served at 12.30pm and will be a typical Rwandan dish e.g. cassava and beans. This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community. They may have questions for you too about life in your home country.
At 1:30pm the afternoon session will begin where you can use traditional techniques learnt in the morning to build domestic animal’s shade, a fence or a house. The session will end at 2:30pm and you will be transferred back to the office for a cold drink. You will then have the opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Azizi Life store. We have a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visit.