Volunteers 2013

Jennifer Alanyo

My name is Jennifer Alanyo and I´m 29 years old. I come from a town called Gulu in Northern part of Uganda. I graduated in 2009 with a bachelor degree in Development Studies from Gulu University. I have worked with a number of NGOs in Northern Uganda in areas of Health, Education and village savings and loan projects. Before coming to Germany, I was working at a public library and that is how I got to know about the volunteer service with Zugvögel. I like working with children and this volunteer work will broaden my experience and understanding about children and their special needs. I come from a community that has just come out of 20 years of war (Lord Resistance Army) and they are just starting to build their lives back from the lives they had in Internally Displaced Peoples Camps (IDPC). Education now is their priority but there are few schoools especially for children (Kindergarten/nursery or even child centres). What I would like to gain from this voluntary service is a lot of experience in handling children and how to manage a children centre and who knows maybe someday I can open one in my home town.

I like reading, dancing (traditional/ modern) dances. I like to cook, too. I like taking walks, listening to music and most of all have many friends by the end of my time in Germany. Greetings to all from Gulu and Uganda to all who will are reading this. And those who want to learn my traditional dances you are welcome because I have about 17 different dances for every occassion like weddings, courtship, birth of twins, royal dance and many more. Just take your pick and let me know.

Jennifer is writing a blog about her project "Reading to succeed in school". Take a look!



My name is Walid, I am 24 years old and I come from Gisenyi, that is in the northwest of Rwanda, at the border to the Congo.

I have studied social sciences at a secondary school and one year at a University in Goma. I am especially interested in social issues and was involved in various humanitarian organizations, especially in the youth section.

My second passion is Hip Hop. Together with my group we write songs, rap and make videos. We deal with social relationships and peace in the Rwandan society but also with normal people who have a normal life. We want to tell the stories of the poor people.





My name is Shaban and I was born in 1986. I come from Kimisagara, that is a quarter in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

In Kimisagara the association in which I have been involved for over four years now is also situated: „Espérance - Association des Jeunes sportifs de Kigali“. We work with children and youths and we play “soccer for peace” with them. This is all about solving conflicts without violence but with sport – there is no referee, all questions have to be dealt with among them and in addition to that only those goals count which were shot by girls!

I enjoy the work with children and youth, with our theater group we visit schools in the whole country and perform pieces that tell stories of peace and of making up. It is important to me that also those “without voice” get to say something.



My name is Azucena, but you are welcome to call me Azu, everybody does. I am 21 years old and soon I will be 22. I come from Cayambe in Ecuador and I have finished my studies „Universidad Central del Ecuador“ (Central University of Ecuador) to be an educator.

I perceive myself to a happy, sociable, responsible, respectful, honest and easy-going girl but I am more than that and I have more character traits that you will all get to know as time passes. I like dancing a lot, as well as doing sports and reading in my free time. I am one of these people who enjoy trying out new things and to learn – I would describe myself as a fighter.

César Andrés Martínez Zhañay


My name is César Andrés Martínez Zhañay. I am 23 years old and I come from Cuenca, Ecuador. I see myself as a person with a lot of dreams and goals, which I want to fulfill. At the moment I am studying communication (journalism) at the university in Cuenca. In my free time I play the guitar and I enjoy reading so I do that a lot. I also draw small things; doodles that I like very much.

I describe myself as a revolutionary. Not only in a political sense but also in the way that I view the world: to fight for equality of genders and for the nature. To break the limits that we have imposed on ourselves and that make us seem different even though we are all equal.

My friends have been calling me “Mante” for a long time now. I like my nickname, since it is somehow a personal signature for them and for those who know me and I want you, as my friends, to call me like that as well.

I love traveling. In my country I have spent much time as a backpacker. Experiencing and interacting with people shows you the diversity and the soul of a place that you could never even grasp watching through the window of public transportation. By that you only see superficial features.

That is me. A free person with “wings in my head”. That is why they call me a dreamer.

Marthe Uwababyeyi

My name is Marthe Uwababyeyi.  I am 23 years old and I will be 24 in September. I come from Nyamirambo, a quarter of Kigali.

I like to sing and dance, most of all traditional Rwandan songs and dances. Moreover, I think it is important to listen to others and to respect their opinions. In high-school I acted in theater and comedy. Those are some of my pastimes. My favorite food is fruit, most of all apples. I don't like cats.

I don't like lies and I don't like people who behave in an aggressive way. When I think about my future I know that I want to be a good role model for the younger generation, most of all in times of openness and creativity.

Nass Musemakweti


My name is Nass Musemakweti and I was born in March 1987. I come from Kigali the capital of Rwanda. Ever since I was 10 years old I have been taking part in activities in youth centers. I think it is very interesting to meet people, to exchange experiences with them and to learn from each other – if playfully or through discussions. My hobbies are going to the cinema with friends, playing soccer or watching it being played on TV. Once I even acted in a little movie myself.

I like honest, flexible people but I don't like pessimists. My favorite dish is rice with fish and I like to drink mild. I like every kind of pets – up to a certain degree even pigs.

I know that my future depends on the experiences that I make during my life. To meet people all over the world and to work with them can help in making my dreams come true. My vision is to become a political journalist. I want to be a volunteer because I am interested in historical events and intercultural exchange. I have the aim to reduce stereotypes and prejudices concerning the North-South or South-North relations. After I return I want to support the volunteer program in Rwanda.

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