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Trips with Africa New Life are 8 days on the ground. Please factor in one day for travel on either end to get to and from Rwanda.
Currently, there are no vaccines required for entering Rwanda from the United States. Rwanda historically required everyone entering the country to have the Yellow Fever immunization. You may read the current vaccination policy HERE. There are other vaccinations the Centers for Disease Control recommends in order to keep you safe while traveling. These include Typhoid, Tetanus Booster, Hepatitis A & B, Polio Booster, and Meningitis. Travelers should also take an anti-malarial medication during the trip.
Each team member should expect to raise or pay $1,350 plus airfare for an 8 day, 8 night trip. For variations of trip length, the cost will change +/- $75 per day as adjusted from the 8 days.
Airfare costs vary wildly from the summer to winter months. It is best to prepare for your plane ticket to cost around $2,600 in the summer and $1,800 in the winter. These are simply generalizations based on past years.
Typical airfare routes take between 24 and 40 hours to get from the United States to Kigali, Rwanda.
Yes. ANLM takes one trip every two years that is a great fit for individuals to join. If you are interested, please email missions@africanewlife.org
ANLM trips are relationally focused. Trip goals and objectives are centered on this pillar. In light of that, a trip may be teaching, evangelical, medical or vision focused. All trips have a focus on developing relationships with the children in our program.
Yes. We make our best effort to have all sponsors visit their sponsored child while on the ground in Rwanda.
Yes. It is culturally appropriate to bring a gift for your sponsored child when you visit their home. We ask that this gift fits in a small backpack. Appropriate items include sports equipment, clothes, school supplies, books, card games, jump ropes, pictures of your family, stickers, etc. Inappropriate items include shampoo, toiletries or cosmetics like nail polish or perfume, medicine, vitamins, electronics, candy or money.
Africa New Life operates a Guest House in the capital city of Kigali where we house the teams that come to serve. The house has beds, running water, Wi-Fi, and electricity.
Yes. While it is always important to be cautious when traveling internationally, Rwanda is a safe country to be in.
No. The water from the tap in Rwanda is not safe to drink. Drinking only bottled or boiled water in Rwanda is the best way to stay healthy while on the ground.

You will need a passport and a visa to travel to Rwanda. For U.S. Citizens, the visa is applied and paid for upon arrival in country. If you are from outside of the U.S. please investigate the visa requirements for your home country. rwandaembassy.org

No. ANLM will provide transportation for the team once in country. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the stateside airports.
The Guest House where you will be staying in Kigali does provide internet access via Wi-Fi. Please note that due to high usage or occasional power outages, there can be inconsistency in this service. We encourage you to be present in Rwanda!
At the Guest House there are cooks who prepare the majority of meals that you will have during your trip. The food is prepared tasty and safely! Please expect to try local cuisines as well as some Western style foods.
As an individual traveler we require that you are over the age of 18. If you are traveling with your immediate family, then we think that all ages are able to make an impact in Rwanda.
Yes. Families with kids are more than welcome to come to Rwanda. It is up to the discretion of the parents to know if the children have the maturity and disposition to benefit and serve on the team.
The national language in Rwanda is Kinyarwanda, which everyone grows up learning. English and French are also national languages. There will be translators provided for those that only speak Kinyarwanda.
The climate in Rwanda is pleasurably consistent due to its close proximity to the equator. Expect temperatures to average between 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also 2 rainy seasons in Rwanda (March – April and September – December).
Getting traveler’s medical insurance is a smart option when traveling internationally. Africa New Life facilitates the purchase of trip medical insurance for teams.
No. We welcome anyone to travel with Africa New Life. However, we ask that all people traveling with us be respectful of our organization’s beliefs and statement of faith.
Doing proper research before you travel internationally is of great benefit. We ask that you read When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Other great reads on Rwanda as a nation include Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Land of a Thousand Hills by Rosamund Carr.
The majority of your time will be spent in the communities that Africa New Life works in. The 6 communities where we work are the country. They are as follows: Kigali, Kayonza, Bugesera, Rubavu, Kageyo A and Kageyo B.
Yes. Funds raised toward this trip can be done through our office. More information on fundraising will be provided for you when you are a committed traveler with Africa New Life.
This depends. You are welcome to reach out to those organizations and arrange for a visit. Each organization has a unique process to set up a visit with a sponsored child. That visit will be facilitated outside of Africa New Life. If you are approved through their system, then we can help you select the best date to visit the child with that organization.
If you are an individual, begin looking for trip announcements on the website and in our bi-monthly e-newsletter. If you are a church or organization looking to take a team, please contact missions@africanewlife.org as soon as you can. Teams are planned 1 year in advance and trip spots are reserved up to two years in advance.
Please make your travel arrangements directly with the Africa New Life Guest House at http://newlifeguesthouse.com/ If you are part of a team trip, please do not make arrangements through this site, the Team Trip Department has already done so.