Kigali, Rwanda

Business Mentor to Young Rwandan Entrepreneurs

Support No Poverty

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Skills Needed

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Finance

Language Proficiencies

You must be able to speak English.
Additionally, speaking French would be helpful.

When Can You Start?

You can start as soon as possible and stay for 6 weeks to 2¾ months



Project Details

Description and Impact

While many organizations in Africa support economic development, most focus on the early stages of new business creation or provide short-term services. These offerings generate an abundance of ideas but too often fail to generate real enterprises that create meaningful numbers of jobs.

Instead of stimulating new business development, our programs provide on-going support to existing entrepreneurs to enter new markets, strengthen their operations, and ultimately grow their businesses.

We believe in a simple concept: In order to create more jobs in Africa, we find the people who are already creating jobs, and help them do it better.

As an Experteer with our organization, you will spend 6-12 weeks in Kigali, Rwanda working one-on-one with young Rwandan entrepreneurs. Test your skills in a challenging new environment while contributing directly to job creation in one of East Africa’s fastest growing economies. Your expertise will make a powerful difference in the life of a young innovator while offering the adventure of a lifetime for yourself. You'll be mentoring entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries including agribusiness, retail, energy, manufacturing, and services. We will match you with an entrepreneur who can benefit from YOUR unique background and skills. 


The specific outcomes will depend on the needs of the individual entrepreneur(s) with whom you are matched. Previous mentors have helped entrepreneurs streamline workflows, develop client acquisition strategies, implement cost reduction measures, and prepare for investor meetings. 

We Provide These Local Benefits

Benefits Overview

  • Accommodations
  • Learning Opportunity
  • Good For Groups


We have a guesthouse in a residential neighborhood in Kigali, Rwanda. Situated right behind the Rwandan Parliament building, the 7-bedroom, 3.5 bath guest house is used by international volunteers, mentors, and our own Executive Director.  The house has a small garden, a balcony with a gorgeous view of the valley, on-site house-keeper and security guard.  It’s within walking distance to the only burrito shop in town, the Indian Chef restaurant, and the ever-popular Kigali Casino.  We have one small house dog, Ruca, who is friendly and calm.   

Learning Opportunity

Rwanda is undergoing a remarkable turnaround just 20 years after the devastation of the Genocide. Come witness the country's stunning economic transformation firsthand as you work side-by-side with an ambitious young entrepreneur. You'll learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of scaling businesses in emerging markets, and develop skills in coaching, consulting, and adaptive business strategy. In your free time, you'll have a chance to explore the vibrant history, culture, and wildlife of East Africa through weekend trips to Rwanda's national parks or longer jaunts to neighboring Uganda, Kenya, or Tanzania. 

Additional Benefits

Our team is excited to welcome you to Rwanda! Our four expat team members will be living in the house with you and we love to get together for trivia nights, gym trips, happy hours, family dinners, and weekend excursions. And did we mention we're located next to a burrito shop? 

Ask a question about this project

How far into next year to you expect to be needing volunteers? I'm very interested in providing marketing mentoring, but might be able to schedule this until February 2018 or into the springtime. Would this work for your organization?
Kathy, Oct 3rd, 2017
Hi Kathy, We take on mentors/experts on a rolling basis, February is still feasible and we would be happy to follow up with you. Thanks Olive
Representative of this project, Oct 3rd, 2017
Hi, I am interested on this project! I would like to know what are the dates of the process and when we would star working, how many hours per week and how do I do if my boyfriend wants to apply too? Thanknyou
Lorena Belén, Sep 25th, 2017
HI Lorena, Thank you for your interest in working with AEC. We take on experts across the year as long as you can spend 2-3 months with us. As soon as we confirm your interest and skills needed we will advise on the right timing. Our mentors are expected to be in office with the rest of the staff (Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm). However we remain flexible in case a mentor need travel or do something else. For your boyfriend, it will be no different from your process, having the right set of needed skills and timing. Thank you Olive
Representative of this project, Sep 25th, 2017
Hi Olive. How does your organization go about matching an Experteer to a specific entrepreneur? Also, would you consider a one month placement? Thanks in advance for your response.
Lynn, Oct 3rd, 2017
Hi Lynn, We consider the entrepreneur's specific needs and the expert's skills, experience and estimated time it would take to deliver. Of course we also consider a few other light things such as language and dynamism. We rarely do take a one month placement . Thanks Olive
Representative of this project, Oct 3rd, 2017