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Kigali, Rwanda
Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?
Both companies (MTN and Airtel/Tigo) are pretty good, especiallly considering being a hilly landlocked country. The 4G LTE coverage of bothuses the same Korean-built towers. Very cheap service options available if you are on a...
What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?
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...

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