Traveling to Tanzania

For the majority of those who have made the journey, traveling to Tanzania and spending time with our companions in Iringa has been a life changing experience. Facilitated by the Saint Paul Area Synod and partner congregations or organizations, these trips are not ‘mission trips’ in the classic sense of going and doing things for overseas partners. Rather their focus is on building relationships between communities of faith and deepening understandings of the global sweep of God’s mission and our roles as co-participants in it.


For new and experienced travelers alike, planning a journey to a place like Tanzania can be a daunting experience. To accompany you and your congregation or organization in that process, a team of volunteers is ready to assist you along the way. The first step in travel planning begins by completing the Initial Contact Form below. For additional information, review the resources below, contact your cluster leader, or email


Asante Sana & Safari Njema! (Many Thanks and Safe Travels)!



Travel Planning Resources

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*from ELCA Global Mission



Initial Contact Form

To begin planning your visit to Tanzania and the Iringa Diocese, please complete this initial contact form and submit it to the Saint Paul Area Synod office. We’ll be in touch with you shortly to accompany you through the planning process.


Questions? Please contact