Jobs and volunteering
APIE recruits staff and volunteers for roles in Rwanda, the UK and the US. We have a team of staff working in Rwanda who are sometimes joined by volunteers and interns from both Rwanda and overseas. Our staff and volunteers in the UK work from home and we also have a team of volunteers and fundraisers in the US. Any current vacancies - both paid and unpaid - will be posted below.
We are currently recruiting for a volunteer UK Schools Ambassador to support us with our fundraising and partnership work with schools in the UK. To express an interest or find out more about this role, please email our UK Operations Manager.
Below, our current UK Schools Ambassador reflects on her experience with APIE.
UK Schools Ambassador with children from Umubano Academy in Kigali.
"Following my retirement from teaching in 2017, I hoped to find a role that would allow me to visit schools and interact with pupils in a capacity other than as a member of the teaching staff. UK Schools’ Ambassador for APIE seemed to tick all the boxes.
My first visit to Rwanda Umubano Academy was in October 2018. Five busy days introduced me to the the school, its staff and pupils as well as some parents, including a visit to the home of one of our scholarship pupils. This visit assured me that being UK Schools’ Ambassador would be a rewarding and valuable role.
Following my visit, I could not wait for the opportunity to visit schools and share my experiences, with a view to fundraising for the Scholarship Fund. The pupils to whom I presented were always so interested to hear stories of children whose lives were very different from theirs’. Being accepted by schools for fundraising was a real thrill. I enjoyed it all, from the initial pitch to collaborating on events to raise funds and revisiting to update the pupils and staff on how monies raised were to be used. From minor events such as cake stalls to sponsored walks and individual pupils’ own initiatives, those contributing swelled with pride as they calculated the number of pupils who could enjoy a year at Umubano Academy because of their work.
Of course, not every school approached can say yes to our request for support; ambassadorship involves a lot of PR, keeping our donor schools and those with whom we hope to work informed and interested too. As school support usually lasts for one year only, I kept in touch with those who had helped us in the past. Some schools donated books which I arranged to be shipped to Rwanda. I also ran events of my own, involving friends and family; these included a Boot Camp, a floral demonstration and a still life drawing event.
After three years in this role, I can say with confidence that it is above all rewarding and fulfilling. Being part of a small, supportive team helps enormously when tailoring a presentation for a particular school. I will miss my school ambassadorship but will remain a friend to APIE in a personal capacity."
Ena Carroll-Isles, UK Schools Ambassador