Rwanda July 2018Friday, July 13, 2018 – Saturday, July 21, 2018
RwandaJuly 13 - 21, 2018
Trip Cost: $1600 + airfare
See Cost & Payment tab below
FEBRUARY Special: $100 DEPOSIT
Deposit is usually $250.
July 13-21, 2018
20 people max
Kara and Ryan Higgins
Sign up by
April 5, 2018. Please note: There are only 2 spots left on this trip! Sign up as soon as possible to get a spot.
This team will spend its time in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Our first stop will be the Genocide Memorial Museum so that our team can gain a perspective of what this country has experienced and how far they have come.
This team will work with students from Imana Kids, a ministry that provides sponsorship, education and hope for orphans, former orphans and street kids. Go Be Love has ongoing relationship with Imana Kids. In fact Imana Kids was birthed from a GBLI trip to Rwanda and Imana Kids has an ongoing ministry in Rwanda that allows them to build long-term relationships with their kids. Your short-term trip will take place in the context of these long-term relationships and will allow you in a short time to be part of the significant ministry already taking place here.
Space on this trip is limited and our summer trips fill up fast. Sign up now!
Focused – this trip travels to one city and visits one specific group of children and has less in-country travel than some. This allows the team to build strong relationships with the children and workers they visit.
This trip is appropriate for individuals, groups, and families who are able to handle long travel times, walking, rides on bumpy roads, long days and the difficulties involved in seeing impoverished conditions. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor and the trip coordinator before planning to travel. Teachers, counselors and therapists are always welcome and encouraged to go on this trip but no skill level is required – just a heart for hurting kids.
9 and over with a parent, 15 and over without. Ask for our Considerations for Children document if you’re not sure about bringing children.
Total Trip Cost
$1600 + airfare
**This team will likely fly to Washington DC and from there to Kigali. Final total varies depending on flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Flight prices change all the time so this cost varies but as a very general range – we are currently seeing flights to this location out of most US cities in the $1600-$2300 range. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. An overnight stay in DC the night before your international flight may be required.
Total trip cost including flights estimated at $3200 – $3900.
Trip Payment Schedule
Due at Registration – $250 non-refundable deposit
Due MAR 13, 2018 – $500 first payment
Due APR 13, 2018 – $2300 second payment (for booking flights and other costs sent in advance)
Due MAY 13, 2018 – Final balance due
*If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will need to fundraise to catch up on those deadlines quickly.
The following items are included in the trip cost:
✓ International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)
✓ 3 meals a day on the international portion of the trip
✓ Accommodations based on sharing rooms with other team members (see FAQ page for more info on room arrangements)
✓ In-country transportation
✓ Translator/Guide (if needed)
✓ Trained leader for the team
✓ Visa fee (if any)
✓ ACE Travel Insurance Coverage (medical, liability, travel and security assistance services)
✓ Tipping for guides, meals out, etc.
✓ Administrative costs
✓ Excursion costs (if any)
Costs not included in the trip price are: meals on airport travel days when traveling to and from the US, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage or immunizations, passport, personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. Costs for arts & crafts and other items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children are also not included in the trip cost.
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date (we do not need a copy of it)
Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
2. Signed Cancellation Policy
3. Signed Background Check Consent Form
4. Signed Statement of Faith
5. Signed and notarized copy of Code of Conduct for GBLI and the ministries we visit on the trip
6. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
7. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2
*A background check will be run
*All documents should be turned in to us within two weeks from the time you sign up for the trip.
Team Member Commitment
I understand that the mission trip starts the day I apply for the trip and agree that, as a part of a Go Be Love mission team, I am committing to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. I understand that these communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of my team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include 4 to 8 conference calls leading up to the trip. I understand that a large part of these conference calls will focus on a spiritual preparation and will include doing a pre-trip discipleship study together.
Go Be Love advises all travelers to read the US Department of State background notes on their website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling abroad.
Paying for Your Trip
Go Be Love encourages our team members to raise support. Once you are signed up for a trip, you can fundraise with all items on the team member fundraising section of our online store, you can send out support letters or come up with your own creative ideas. We use a team member database called Managed Missions that allows you to create your own custom fundraising page. Unlike other online fundraising pages, those donations will go directly into your trip account and will also be tax deductible for your donors. This feature is called Public Profile and we encourage all team members to create one and send the link to your donors who would like to give online. You and your donors can also make tax deductible payments toward your trip total by mailing checks to Go Be Love.
Flight and Travel Info
One thing that sets Go Be Love mission trips apart is that we book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.
About Your Leader
Ryan & Kara Higgins
Rwanda Team Leaders
Ryan and Kara have been married since 2001 and are parents to four children. In 2009, they traveled to Rwanda to bring their two of their sons home. During their time in country, they fell in love with the people of Rwanda and grew hearts for orphans. They desired to remain connected to Rwanda not only for their sons' sake but also because they believed they had work yet to do there.
Working as team leaders for GBLI Rwanda trips was always God's plan. In the summer of 2013, Ryan and Kara led a team that spent their time exclusively at Kimisagara Orphanage in Kigali. Kimisagara is an unregistered, crowded orphanage nestled into a cliff overlooking the city. Home to 93 street children, Kimisagara became Ryan and Kara's second family.
In July, 2013, they launched a non-profit, Imana Kids: Orphan Care Ministry. Imana Kids has placed 93 Kimisagara orphans with sponsor families that pray for them, encourage them through letter writing, financially provide for them to attend boarding school and also visit their sponsored child through GBLI trips.
When not running Imana Kids, Ryan teaches Project Lead the Way, a high school engineering program and Kara works as a CNM at a community health center. They both take joy in saying that they are a part of the GBLI family.
I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.
I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.