Rwanda

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Tiny Rwanda's name may evoke memories of the horrific genocide that brutalized this country in 1994, but the country is better known today as one of Africa's most stable nations, a plucky survivor that has come together in the decades since the dark times to create a promising and dynamic future.

Tourism is once again a key contributor to the economy and the industry’s brightest star is the chance to track mountain gorillas through bamboo forests in the shadow of the volcanoes. Rwanda is know as "Land of a Thousand Hills."

So, while Rwanda’s scars may run deep, now is the time to help the country look to its future and embrace its new-found optimism. Bible translation in this country is a need now more than ever. Please help us with a MAST in Rwanda.

Quick Jump

MAST

 Visa:

  • Visa on Arrival is available on arrival at the aiport for U.S. citizens – USD $30. 
  • Citizens of other countries should research visa requirements well in advance of travel.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.
     

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or MAST Team Lead

 

Medical Requirements:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Rwanda for the most up to date health information on traveling to Rwanda.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat's shoes. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season(July- September).

 

Things to bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with DEET usually available in the camping department.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.)
  • Tylenol/Aleve, pepto bismal, Imodium, Vaseline, and other seldom used but useful when needed medications.
  • Food could be spicy: bring antacids if needed.
  • Small flashlight and a small battery operated fan.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling) and a copy of your passport.


Things to Know

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity, or internet on occasion.
  • Unlike some parts of East Africa where travelers can "get by" with English, many people in Rwanda speak Swahili and other languages.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • ATMs are available. Notify your bank that you will be in Rwanda so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.
  • Gluten Free Diet - the no wheat daily will be very difficult - everything in Africa is carbs. You may need to bring food for your diet.