The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a safe and structured residential community for orphaned children in Rwanda. The Village, which opened its doors to its first class of students in December 2008, is a place of hope where traumatized youth can “dry their tears” (Agahozo) and “live in peace” (Shalom). In December 2010 the third class will enter the Village, for a total of 378 students.

Within this caring environment, the rhythm of life is restored, so that youth who have been through great trauma find a home and a community, as well as a place to learn and become leaders for tomorrow. The youth who come to live and learn in the ASYV will grow into healthy adults who are not only able to care for themselves and their families, but who are also committed to making their community, their country, and indeed the world a better place.

A unique and ambitious project, the ASYV will serve as a model for caring for the disrupted lives of youth across Rwanda, Africa, and beyond, to wherever there are traumatized youth who need a place to call home.

ASYV is currently recruiting dedicated volunteers to spend one year volunteering at its youth village in Rwanda. The service year goes begins in December 2010. Volunteers directly engage with the ASYV community, using their skills and talents to help this blossoming community. All volunteers receive a monthly cash stipend, flights, health insurance, living expenses and a completion bonus.

To be considered for these exciting volunteer opportunities, please submit a completed application with three recommendations. To request an application, please contact Rachel Olstein Kaplan at rachel [at]

Eligible candidates go through a comprehensive screening process, including phone interviews and in-person individual interviews.