Uganda & Ethiopia June/July 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - Saturday, July 11, 2020

Uganda & Ethiopia

June 27 - July 11, 2020
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $2000 + airfare

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Dates

June 27 – July 11, 2020

Team Leader(s)

Megan Roy & Brittany Levy

Team Size

18 people max.

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ASAP – Uganda + Ethiopia combo trips fill up very quickly!

This team will get to visit two amazing countries: Uganda AND Ethiopia

While in Uganda, the team will travel to Jinja, Uganda where you’ll have the opportunity to serve with several different ministries. You will get to work with Sole Hope learning all about the work they are doing to combat the jigger problem in Uganda by holding medical clinics, as well as providing education and jobs for Ugandans. The team members will get to help them with a medical clinic day – washing feet and sharing the love of Christ.

This team will spend several days serving with Heal Ministries. The team will get to experience morning worship and praise time with the women in their program. You’ll get to learn how to roll paper beads, how the women make leather bags and tassels for their jewelry, how the women use sewing machines to make products such as uniforms and jewelry bags, as well as how the women throw clay and fire the pieces that they make right there on the property – you’ll even have the opportunity to purchase some of these beautiful creations. You’ll also be able to spend a full day interacting  with the kids in their childcare program, participate in PE, help serve them lunch, and help get them down for nap after bathtime. You will also get to serve with Heal for their Saturday Kids Club which is a community outreach to over 300 kids.

We will partner with Replenish International to host a fellowship night for local missionaries to celebrate 4th of July! This will be a fun way to get to know the missionaries (and their families) serving in and around Jinja, pray for them, encourage them and bring a little bit of home to their doorstep.

You will get to visit and tour the school at Amazima Ministries. The Amazima School is a Christ-centered Primary and Secondary School that exists to equip Ugandan students with the tools of learning to enable them to live fully for the glory of God.Their Founder, Katie Davis Majors (author of “Kisses from Katie”)  is typically unable to be at the ministry property during this time. A member of Amazima’s staff will be your host to give you an overview of the property and our programs. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this amazing ministry. 

While in Jinja, your team will get to take a boat ride on the beautiful Nile River and shop in the charming downtown Jinja town area. You’ll get to serve missionaries and Ugandan staff and bring items from the US to bless and pour into them as they serve day in and day out in Uganda caring for children, families, widows, single moms, and communities.

While in Ethiopia, this team will spend their time in the capital of Addis Ababa serving for several days at Brighton Academy. Brighton Academy is a primary school started in honor of Brighton Asher Hoffman. He passed away in an orphanage while waiting to be brought home from Ethiopia – but his 76 days of life changed everything for Laura and Tymm Hoffman, who started Brighton Their World, a ministry designed to provide formula and nutrition to babies in orphanages. Brighton Academy exists to provide a solid education, loving atmosphere, 2 meals a day and clean water to the students and families in the Shero Meda area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The kids at the school have been learning to speak English. This team will teach a subject to each grade. We welcome ideas and experience of the team members as we plan for what we will teach. You do not have to be a teacher to join this team.

You will also serve with Selamta during your time in Ethiopia. Selamta serves orphaned children but they are not an orphanage. Come learn about their Forever Family program and have the opportunity to get to know some of the families in this amazing program. A Selamta Forever Family unites 8-10 children with a Selamta-trained mother in their own home, integrated into their local community. Children grow up as a family over a 10-20 year period before launching into independence. The Selamta staff serves each family with an emphasis on education, wellness, psychosocial support, and spiritual development. The Selamta Team makes every effort to explore the options of parental reunification, biological kinship care and/or domestic adoption before a child or sibling group is permanently placed into a Selamta Forever Family.

You will also get to visit the Carry 117 workshop to learn more about their products, see how these beautiful creations are made and  have the opportunity to shop. The Carry 117 model revolves around this belief: going beyond charity to support income alternatives. As the women involved in this project are empowered, their families will be strengthened and preserved. The community of Korah and the country as a whole will benefit. Carry 117 hires at-risk women in Korah, train them to sew, and provide them with a job. Each month, they earn a paycheck, which in turn allows them to provide for themselves and their families.

While in Ethiopia, the team will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Ethiopian meal and dance performance at a wonderful restaurant called Yod Abyssinia. Going here is always a team favorite. You will also get to experience an Ethiopian coffee ceremony which is always a treat.

This is a unique opportunity to experience two equally wonderful yet distinctly different cultures. Sign up today! Uganda Ethiopia combo trips tend to fill up quickly and space is limited!

 

Trip Type
Community ministry, community outreach, family ministry, orphan care

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, families and groups who are able to handle long travel times, walking, rides on bumpy roads, long days and the difficulties involved in seeing impoverished and difficult conditions. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor and trip coordinator before planning to travel.

Age Requirements
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
$2000 + airfare
*Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. Flights to Uganda and Ethiopia in the summer generally range from $1,800-$2,200 out of most major US cities. We will always try to get the best possible rate and schedule for our teams.

Estimated at $3800 – $4200 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE AT SIGN-UP – $250 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
DUE FEB 27, 2020 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT (for holding flights with deposit)
DUE MAR 27, 2020 – $2500 SECOND PAYMENT (for remaining flight balance, lodging and other deposits)
DUE APR 27, 2020 – 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.

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 & Guidelines document
2. Signed Code of Conduct document
3. Signed Short-Term Mission Trip Guide document
4. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
5. Signed Cancellation Policy
6. Signed Background Check Consent Form
7. Signed Statement of Faith
8. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
9. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

VISA documents needed (once flights are booked – approx. 3 months prior to trip)
Your coordinate will handle the visa process for your team but you will need to provide the following once flights are booked. Your coordinator will connect with you with further details.
1. Scanned color copy or clear photo of your passport photo page.
2. Scanned color passport size photo – not the one on your passport – you’ll need an extra copy or a new one with a white background. You can use Passport Photo app to create one.
3. Scanned color copy showing proof of your yellow fever vaccination. Please note: this immunization is in short supply so call around and schedule it far in advance of your trip – it’s required to enter Uganda.
4. Return questionnaire to your trip coordinate fully filled out – coordinator will send this out to the team once flights are booked and you can also find it available for download on Managed Missions once you’ve been added to the trip.

*A background check will be run on all teams members over the age of 18.
*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.

Vaccinations
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

Megan Roy

Uganda Ethiopia Team Leader

Megan Roy lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has been a hairstylist for 6 years now and is currently a full time student at The University of Central Oklahoma. She is studying Psychology and plans to use her degree to work for a non-profit in the future with children in human trafficking.

Megan fell in love with Africa when she went on her first trip with Go Be Love (then called “Visiting Orphans”) in 2013. She immediately fell in love with the children and people of Africa. She has been on several trips since to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and moved to Lesotho, Africa for a year in 2014. She loves the mission and vision of Go Be Love and is excited to be a part of leading another team back to the place where her heart belongs! 

She is more than ready to see what the Lord has planned for this team and their time in Uganda and Ethiopia. She can not wait to meet you and is ready to GO BE LOVE!

Brittany Levy

Uganda Ethiopia Team Leader

Brittany Levy lives in Lexington, South Carolina and has been a kindergarten teacher for 6 years. Brittany attended Clemson University for undergrad and Liberty University for grad studies. She has a passion for children.

Brittany fell in love with Africa when she went on her first mission trip with Visiting Orphans (now Go Be Love) in 2012. She instantly fell in love with the people, culture, and children of Africa. She has been on several trips to Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. She is excited to be back in her favorite place and serve alongside each of you. She cannot wait to Go Be Love to the people of Africa, as well as the missionaries in these countries.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.
I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

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