Kigali - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Pretty large, with good morale. - Aug 2023

It’s quite small. There’s a Facebook group called Expats in Rwanda that comes in handy every week! - Jan 2022

There's a good-sized expat community here, with people from all over. Morale seems pretty good (at least outside of pandemics). - Jul 2020

Thousands of expats for development, charity, religion, business, conservation, or retirement. Many of whom have been here a decade longer. Some seem to burn out on political issues or least developed country problems (but this is Africa-lite), but many find this is a hidden treasure. - Sep 2019

Medium, as it depends which organization they work for. We love it here!!! - Jun 2018

Mid-sized. There are a lot of NGOs here too. Morale within the embassy is ok... a lot of people try to socialize outside of the embassy community as well. - Dec 2017

There is a large expat community, mostly made up of people working with NGOs. People are generally really happy here. - Jan 2017

Smallish Embassy - maybe 80 Americans at post? Morale varies greatly by section but like anyplace, it's all about what you make out of it. Always a good idea to make friends outside of the Embassy bubble, especially as this is a smaller post. - Apr 2016

Expat community as a whole is a decent size. Get out there and meet folks! Morale is good. - Oct 2014

Good size community and most people seem really happy here. - Jul 2014

It is a decent size. - Sep 2013

Several thousand. The Americans, Brits, Belgians, French, and Dutch are here in numbers, mostly due to development work. - May 2012

Relatively large. There are a number of other diplomatic missions, as well as USAID implementing partners. Quite a few young adults involved in their NGO projects. - Apr 2012

Large. Between the NGOs and faith-based organizations, there are alot of expats all over the country. - Jul 2011

There are a lot of NGOs but they are all about their own business, so you have to dig around to find them and make friends outside of the embassy. They're all over the place, though. - Oct 2010

Quite large, I was always surprised going and meeting people who had been there as long as I had that I never saw while I was there. - Sep 2008

Americans, British, Belgiums, Germans, French, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese,Indians, etc...comprise the expat community (Approximately 1000-4000 expats) - Aug 2008

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