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Dates in country

12 Jan – 23 Jan, 2020

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Early bird ends

12 Jun, 2019

We're sorry, registrations for this trip have now closed.

The trip price includes international flights as well as in-country costs. So don’t worry about making your own bookings—we’ll do the admin for you! If you’d prefer to book your own flights, we’ll be glad to work with you to facilitate this.

Everything you need to participate in our standard itinerary is covered. Check out the ‘What’s Included’ section for more details. Payment plans available, email us to learn more.

Register your interest for Rwanda

Register your interest for Rwanda

Sample Itinerary

You’re invited to experience God’s hope and love for Rwanda with an Insight Trip like none other. You’ll meet precious children and their families, be inspired by the work of local churches and witness first-hand the beauty, struggles and challenges of a country with a complicated past.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda
    Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda

    Welcome to Rwanda. Arrive at any time and make your way into the hustle and bustle of the capital, Kigali. Get comfortable in your accommodation and take a moment to soak in the sights and scents of Rwanda’s largest city. There are no activities planned until the evening where you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow travellers from Australia.

    Stay: One night in Kigali (accommodation details to be provided)
    Highlight: Meet and greet your team!

  • Day 2: Visit Compassion Rwanda office
    Day 2: Visit Compassion Rwanda office

    The best place to start your trip is at Compassion’s office in Rwanda. Here, you’ll meet the local staff and get an overview of the ministry’s activities in the country. After a tour of the office, treat your tastebuds to the local cuisine and begin journeying into rural Rwanda.

    Stay: Nearby accommodation
    Highlight: See how Compassion’s Rwandan field office operates.

  • Day 3-4: Child development centre in rural Rwanda
    Day 3-4: Child development centre in rural Rwanda

    Arrive at your first child development centre. Get ready to meet the bright and beautiful children in Compassion’s program. There’ll be plenty of laughter, dancing and playing but you’ll also understand more about Compassion’s approach to holistic child development. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the local church pastor and staff and be invited into some of the homes of precious children and their families.

    Stay: Nearby accommodation
    Highlight: Get to know Compassion assisted children.

  • Day 5: Rest day
    Day 5: Rest day

    Spend the day at your own leisure. Peruse the local markets, take a walk around the village or use this opportunity to rest your feet at the hotel.

    Stay: Nearby accommodation
    Highlight: Rest and recover!

  • Day 6: Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial
    Day 6: Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial

    Depart the serenity of the village and return to Rwanda's vibrant capital, Kigali. Spend the afternoon at the Genocide Memorial as you trace back to the country’s history of brutality and violence.

    Stay: Kigali accommodation
    Highlight: Gain historical insight into Rwanda.

  • Day 7: A day with Compassion sponsored children
    Day 7: A day with Compassion sponsored children

    Feel like a child again and share in the joy and laughter of Compassion sponsored children at an amusement park in Kigali. It’ll be a day to remember!

    Stay: Kigali accommodation
    Highlight: Visit an amusement park in Kigali with Compassion sponsored children.

  • Day 8: Church service in Rwanda
    Day 8: Church service in Rwanda

    Attending a Sunday service in Rwanda is a cultural and spiritual experience in itself. After the service, spend the afternoon resting before sharing a meal with some inspiring young adults who were formerly part of Compassion’s program.

    Stay: Kigali accommodation
    Highlight: Experience a typical Sunday service at a local Kigali church.

  • Day 9: Visit a Mums and Babies survival project
    Day 9: Visit a Mums and Babies survival project

    Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program touches every aspect of a child’s life from the womb to the workforce and often involves the prenatal and postnatal care of mothers and caregivers. Visit a Mums and Babies survival project and meet some of the mothers and caregivers supported by Compassion, along with their adorable little ones. You’ll hear about the struggles of parenting in poverty and be moved by their stories.

    Stay: Kigali accommodation
    Highlight: Be exposed to Compassion’s work with mothers and caregivers.

  • Day 10-11: Child development centre in urban Kigali
    Day 10-11: Child development centre in urban Kigali

    Experience a different landscape for a local church with a visit to a child development centre in urban Kigali. Each community faces its own challenges and struggles, but you’ll be reminded of God’s transformative hope in Rwanda. Meet the local church pastor and staff and have the opportunity to step inside a local home. Wrap up your visit with a teamwide debrief in the afternoon as you reflect and share in each other’s experiences.

    Stay: Kigali accommodation
    Highlight: See Compassion’s ministry in Kigali in action.

  • Day 12: Depart Rwanda
    Day 12: Depart Rwanda

    It’s been a memorable trip but it doesn’t have to end here. Choose to extend your trip at your own expense and indulge in the emerging art scene, rolling green hills and local coffee culture in Kigali. Otherwise, bid Rwanda adieu and make your way back to the airport to head home. You might be departing Rwanda, but a part of Rwanda will stay with you forever.

We're sorry, registrations for this trip have now closed.

What's Included

  • International flights (if you’d like to book your own flights, we’ll be glad to work with you to facilitate this).
  • All transport in Rwanda
  • Twin share accommodation
  • All meals in Rwanda (including bottled water)
  • Travel insurance
  • Sponsored child fun-day venue costs
  • Visits to any tourist attractions in itinerary
  • Preparing-to-go training material costs

What's Not Included

  • Visa applications
  • Additional accommodation or travel costs (if you choose to extend your stay)
  • Vaccinations or immunisations (please seek relevant medical advice prior to leaving Australia)
  • Excess baggage fees
  • SIM cards, phone calls, laundry service or internet usage while travelling
  • Optional activities, additional snacks, mini-bar, shopping, gifts for your sponsored child or souvenirs

Important Information

  • How is coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting travel with Compassion?

    How is coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting travel with Compassion?

    Currently, all travel to Compassion field countries has been suspended until the end of July 2020. At this stage, we are continuing to monitor the situation as we plan for trips beyond July. If we need to cancel or postpone your trip after July, we'll contact you to work out a solution for the monies you've paid.

  • Payment Process

    Payment Process

    You will be issued with two invoices to cover the total cost of this Insight Trip:

    1. Invoice one will be for the payments below. Each payment will be listed as a separate item on the invoice with its own due date.
      • Payment one: $300 deposit per person, which must be paid by the due date on the invoice to secure your place on the Insight Trip.
      • Payment two: the bulk of the Insight Trip costs, due approximately six months before departure.
      • Payment three: the balance of your Insight Trip package, due approximately three months before departure (if you qualify for the early-bird discount, this balance will be reduced accordingly).
    2. Invoice two is for any additional costs related to visiting your sponsored child, and will be sent out one or two months before departure. If you do not incur any additional costs outside of the planned Insight Trip, you will not receive invoice two.
  • Traveller Agreement

    Traveller Agreement

    You will be provided with a Traveller Agreement form, which includes all terms and conditions to be examined and confirmed prior to departure.

    Key aspects of this Insight Trip information include:

    • Child Protection
    • Media/Image capture and use
    • Health and Safety (including immunisations and pre-existing medical conditions)
    • Travel Documentation
    • Travel Insurance
    • Acknowledgement and Release

    To ensure our impact on the children and churches we visit is positive, we ask you to engage in all group activities, participate fully in Preparing To Go and on-trip briefing sessions, and follow the guidance of your Field Experience Leader to ensure we respect cultural practices that may vary significantly to those in Australia.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation Policy

    • If you withdraw from the Insight Trip, we will refund you the amount you’ve paid less your deposit and any additional non-refundable expenses Compassion has incurred on your behalf, such as insurance, flights, accommodation, and costs relating to meeting your sponsored child. You'll need to provide us with written notice of cancellation.
    • If we need to cancel or postpone your trip, we'll contact you to work out a solution for the amount you've paid.
  • Costs involved with meeting your sponsored child

    Costs involved with meeting your sponsored child

    One of the highlights of an Insight Trip is the fun day, when the travellers and their sponsored children come together to enjoy a picnic, local attraction or activity. This is typically held at a location near Compassion’s office in a field country, where Insight Trips are generally based. But while your sponsored child may live nearby, it’s possible that they could live in another region entirely – or even on another island!

    That means the costs involved in transporting your sponsored child, a parent or guardian, and a representative from their church or project can vary significantly. In all cases, we’ll ensure they travel safely to meet you— but depending on your sponsored child’s age and circumstances, it may be the case that you’ll need to travel to meet them.

    When you submit your enquiry, we’ll let you know an estimated cost to meet your sponsored child to help you make a decision about joining the trip; with a final cost being confirmed once the group’s itinerary is locked in closer to departure. We know it’s an experience that you and your sponsored child will remember forever!