Africa New Life COVID-19 Rwanda Travel Update

Updated May 2023:

Africa New Life has fully returned to hosting travelers in Rwanda, and we’re eager to have you join us on a team trip! We do ask our travelers’ help and compliance to help achieve a safe environment for all involved in these trips. Our highest commitment is the safety of our travelers and the Rwandan communities Africa New Life serves.

There is no vaccination requirement for traveling to Rwanda with Africa New Life, and both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are welcome to apply for a trip. However, at this time, all travelers are encouraged to be fully vaccinated even though it’s not a requirement. Please note that the Rwandan government changes restrictions for unvaccinated travelers as it deems necessary in response to COVID-19 cases. Africa New Life has no advance notice or control over these restrictions. Changes may occur shortly before or during travel and may prevent unvaccinated travelers from accessing public spaces such as churches, offices, and restaurants. For this reason, Africa New Life strongly recommends all travelers are fully vaccinated for travel and cannot be held liable for changes that impact a trip for unvaccinated travelers. Africa New Life reserves the right to change its own policies as the ministry deems necessary.

Click here to see frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and travel to Rwanda.


Bring your team to Rwanda: whether you are a church mission group, a company team looking to give back internationally, a collection of friends and family, or a student group seeking to broaden your worldly lens—we welcome you!  Do you sponsor a student through Africa New Life? We invite you to come and meet them. Our U.S. and Rwandan staff will work together with you to configure and host a trip centered around our ministry.

Africa New Life trips are designed with intentionality and adhere to the principles of When Helping Hurts.  Before you travel, Africa New Life helps prime travelers through pre-trip learning and reflection. While in Rwanda, we encourage you to take a posture of learning. Our trips are not about fixing; we focus on engaging honestly and equitably with both ministry staff and those we serve. You will learn what our ministry does, and how your support and partnership helps enhance the life of so many! Africa New Life hopes for travelers to connect, further their discipleship, and deepen their spiritual life.

Visiting students in Rwanda is an opportunity to grow that sponsors will cherish for many years to come!

Transforming Travel

Visiting Rwanda with Africa New Life transforms lives.

As you encounter Rwanda’s inspirational story of hope and forgiveness, faith deepens. Walking alongside Africa New Life’s Christ-centered and Rwandan-led ministry gives witness to the life-changing impact of education, discipleship, and community development. Conviction for peace and reconciliation expands through your engagement in both cultural learning and connection with the people of Rwanda.

The journey continues after the trip, as the Holy Spirit inspires personal growth and application.


Each trip schedule depends on team composition and the needs of the ministry in Rwanda. We want to use each team’s gifts, heart, and passion! The specific focus and activities of the trip will depend on the dynamics of the team.

Below are activities that most teams will participate in:


  • Attend church in one of the Africa New Life communities
  • Visit Rwandan communities
  • Interact with a specific ministry or community
  • Participate in Home Visits, an opportunity for sponsors to meet their sponsored student
  • Visit a Genocide Memorial, commonly the Nyamata Memorial and the Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Work with the Dream Kids Program for vulnerable students
  • Visit the Women’s Vocational Training Center


Standard Trip Cost: $2,000 + Airfare + Excursions

Our standard trip includes an 8-day, 8-night trip hosted at our Africa New Life Guest House in Kigali. Given a number of variables and your team’s goals for the trip, Africa New Life will configure a trip itinerary and budget that enables you to have a uniquely insightful, educational, and relational experience with our ministry. For variations of trip length, location, or activity additions, the cost will be adjusted accordingly in collaboration with the Team Leader. In addition to our ministry activities, teams can book additional excursions, like safaris, for an extra excursion fee.


Click here to view our Team Trip Frequently Asked Questions.


For information about future vision, church or company trips, please e-mail or fill out the form below.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.