Uganda & Ethiopia June 2019Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Saturday, June 29, 2019
Uganda & EthiopiaJune 15-29, 2019
Trip Cost: $2000 + airfare
You may sign up for the waiting list and we will notify you IF a space opens up. There is no guarantee that a space will open but if one does, we will go down the waiting list and offer the open spot to the next person on the list. If a spot opens up, a $250 deposit will be due immediately in order to secure the space. Please do not begin fundraising until you hear from us that you’ve been added to the team.
While in Uganda, the team will spend one day serving in Bwerenga village with the ministry: His Love and Sonshine. The school provides a Christ-centered and high quality education that leads many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and allows families of Bwerenga Village to remain living in their community and additionally, takes in children rescued from the prison system.
Next 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 also spend several days serving with Heal Ministries. The team will get to experience morning worship and praise time with women there and you will get to serve with them for their kids club which is a community outreach to over 300 kids.
You will spend several days serving at the Amani Baby Cottage as well.
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 primarily at Brighton Academy. Brighton Academy is a primary school started in honor of Brighton Asher Hofman. 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.
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.
Community ministry, community outreach, family ministry, orphan care
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.
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
*This team will fly to a major airport such as Washington DC or Chicago and from there to Addis Ababa. Final total varies depending on team size and 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 these locations in the $1800-$2200 range but we will always try to get the best price available. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. An overnight stay in DC or Chicago the night before your international flight may be required. We will let you know.
Estimated at $3800 – $4200 total including flights.
Trip Payment Schedule
DUE AT SIGN-UP – $250 DEPOSIT
DUE JAN 15, 2019 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT
DUE FEB 15, 2019 – $2200 SECOND PAYMENT (for booking flights)
DUE APR 15, 2019 – 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 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 under 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.
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.
Uganda & Ethiopia Team Leader,
Chief Operating Officer at Go Be Love International
Before coming on staff at Go Be Love, Autumn worked in the advertising agency world for 11 years. Her background is design and writing but her passion is to live out James 1:27. This passion came alive on a trip to the Philippines in 2007 where she went on a group tour with Compassion International to meet her sponsored child. This trip was truly life changing and Autumn returned home with a heart on fire for missions and doing more to help children around the world. She currently sponsors 2 children through Compassion and has been on mission trips to the Philippines, India, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Ecuador, the Bahamas, and Haiti.
It was on a Uganda Ethiopia combo trip like this one in 2011 that Autumn met her son Mihretu and her life changed forever in the best possible way. Autumn adopted Mihretu as a single mom and brought him home from Ethiopia in 2012. She is thrilled to be going back to both countries and to be able to bring her son with her – Mihretu is now 9 years old and has already been on mission trips to Bahamas and Haiti with his mom.
Autumn and Mihretu live in Sarasota, FL and enjoy pool and beach time as well as frequent trips to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. They also love to travel and just recently returned from an amazing trip to Ethiopia.