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On entering the Discover Rwanda youth hostel gate, a lot of things are revealed. I went there at around 11am to find out what the hostel is all about but the scent of the food being prepared there lingered on my nostrils that I almost ordered for lunch. I instantly concluded that it was a restaurant yet there was more to learn about the place.
In an Interview with The Sunday Times, 23-year-old Egidia Uwera, the person in charge of managing the hostel, said that Discover Rwanda Youth hostel is a social enterprise of Aegis Trust, whose headquarters are located in the United Kingdom.
According to Uwera, the hostel opened its doors in July 2010 with an Aegis Trust programme called Discover Rwanda, whereby students from different parts of the World would come to learn about Rwanda and its history.
She further says that most of their clients are tourists and foreign students doing internships in Rwanda.
The hostel is also a member of Hostel World.com from where people can book in advance but even people who just walk in without booking are offered services.
“The only challenge we have is when we get walk in clients who are usually Rwandans, it’s hard to convince them about the rooms. When they see the double-decked beds they associate them to a school environment. Therefore convincing them to stay and experience the good services offered is challenging because they are already biased about the place,” Uwera explains. According to Huang Wenxue, a Chinese Businessman dealing in Furniture, Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel services surpassed his expectations.
“There are good people who offer good services here. I was supposed to spend just two days and look for another place but I liked the place and prolonged my stay for more ten days and the prices are very low (while showing the receipt for the services paid for the ten days),” Wenxue excitedly explains.
Its Wenxue‘s first time in Rwanda but he has been to other African countries including Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania during his business trips.
Contact email: Doreen.umutesi[at]newtimes.co.rw