Africa "Catalyst Trip"

Uganda April 2020: Thursday, April 2 - Sunday, April 12, 2020

Africa "Catalyst Trip": Uganda

April 2-12, 2020

Please note:
This trip is open to high school students in Marietta City and Cobb County (GA) areas only.

Trip Details

Trip Cost: $2000 + airfare

See Cost & Payments Tab Below for Details


April 2 – 12, 2020 (Spring Break)

Team Size

Student spots available: 25

Team Leaders

Dan & Shelly Owens
Delight Corbin, Assistant Principal Hickory Hills Elementary School

Application Process & Dates

April 15: Application available online
May 2: Mandatory parent meeting for interested students
May 15: Applications due
June 1: 2020 Catalyst Team announced

Pre-Approval Application Deadline Has Ended

We are no longer accepting pre-approval applications. If you already submitted one prior to the May 15th deadline, we will announce the team roster on or before June 1, 2019. Please do not start fundraising until you have been notified to do so by Go Be Love.

This trip is open to high school students in Marietta City and Cobb County (GA) areas only.

Africa “Catalyst Trip” 2020: Not Your Typical Mission Trip

Catalyst is designed to be a cross-cultural, immersive learning experience, culminating with an 11-day spring break trip to Uganda, East Africa. The trip includes various service components interspersed with a range of learning opportunities, while the team covers hundreds of kilometers in ground travel across the country. It is truly the trip of a lifetime.

Catalyst team members spend a full year in training and preparation for the trip, utilizing a unique curriculum, required reading, and guest speakers. Participating students understand that they are traveling to East Africa as learners and observers rather than teachers or doers. The end-goal is not the trip itself but for students to carry home the understanding, vision, and connections necessary to develop their own multi-year service projects to last throughout high school and beyond. The trip is intended to be a starting point and a catalyst to something more.

Participants of the Catalyst Trip must be emotionally mature, flexible, and comfortable with traveling long distances, including long-haul international flights and extensive ground travel.

Dates: April 2-12, 2020 (Spring Break)
Student spots available: 25
Cost: $2,000 + airfare (airfare is currently pricing approximately $1,700)

Trip Type
Catalyst trip is designed to be a “vision trip” rather than a mission trip; students will be going primarily to learn and to gain exposure to various needs and opportunities.

Ideal Participant
Participants of the Catalyst Trip will need to be emotionally mature, flexible, and comfortable with traveling long distances, including long-haul international flights. Pre-approval process is required.

This trip is for high school students in Marietta City and Cobb County areas.

Total Trip Cost
$2000 + airfare
*Final total varies depending flight costs. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. We are seeing flights currently pricing approximately $1,700 but this can range from $1400 – $1900 per person. Our goal will be to secure space early to take advantage of the lowest rates possible for airfare.

Estimated total trip cost: $3400 to $3900 max including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE OCT 2, 2019 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT
DUE NOV 2, 2019 – $2000 SECOND PAYMENT (for booking flights, visas, etc)
*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)
✓ meals 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
✓ Excursions

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 any items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children or people you serve are also not included in the trip cost.

Required Documentation
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date (we will need a copy of it for the visa process but not up front – trip coordinator will notify you when it’s needed)

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Child Protection Policy
2. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
3. Signed Cancellation Policy
4. Signed copy of Code of Conduct
5. 2 references filled out on your behalf here

*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 team meetings or 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 team meetings or conference calls leading up to the trip.

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 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. Yellow fever is a required vaccination for entering Uganda and proof of this vaccination is also required in the pre-trip visa process. We recommend travelers schedule their yellow fever shot as early as possible as it can often take some time to find a clinic who has it in stock and get scheduled for it.

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.

About Your Leaders

Shelly Owens

CEO of Go Be Love International,
Africa “Catalyst Trip” Team Leader

Shelly serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Go Be Love International. She has over 15 years of non-profit fundraising and development experience, having previously served as both a Regional Director and National Director for the March of Dimes. In 2010, Shelly and her husband, Dan, founded SixtyFeet, an international juvenile justice ministry.

She has organized and led countless short-term missions trips and has also served as a long-term missionary while living in Kampala, Uganda for a period of 18 months with her husband and children. Today, Shelly and Dan live in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with their 5 children, three biological and two adopted.

When she’s not working for Go Be Love or driving kids around, Shelly enjoys trail running, hiking, and other activities that keep her outside, active, and close to the ground.

Dan Owens

Africa “Catalyst Trip” Team Leader

Dan is Shelly’s husband and ministry partner a couple of times over. Besides living overseas on different occasions, Dan has led multiple teen and adult trips to various ministry locations over the years. He is extremely excited to get back to his second home, Uganda, and thrilled to be introducing this beautiful country to a new group of people.

Dan is currently the Chief Technology Officer at PatientPoint, based in Cincinnati and has been working in technology for nearly 25 years. His technical background has served him well on previous mission trips and has allowed teams to stay connected with family and friends back home even while traveling in remote areas of the country.

When not in Uganda or Cincinnati, Dan enjoys taking his motorcycle around Marietta and Kennesaw Mountain.

Delight Corbin

Assistant Principal Hickory Hills Elementary School, Africa “Catalyst Trip” Team Leader

My name is Delight Corbin and I’m the Assistant Principal at Hickory Hills Elementary and have been a part of the MCS family for almost 15 years. Although I consider my daily work to be my mission field, this past summer I decided to step out of my comfort zone and complete a Catalyst trip to Uganda. From the moment my feet touched the ground, I fell in love with everything about the country and the opportunity to serve and love others. When asked if I would serve as a leader on this trip, I jumped at the chance! I’m excited to walk this journey with the students and to be able to go back to Uganda which holds a special place in my heart. 

I live in Smyrna, GA with my trusty side-kick, Georgia Louise (dog). 

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