Uganda June 2020

Friday, June 5 - Monday, June 15, 2020

Uganda

June 5-15, 2020
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1900 + airfare

See Cost & Payment Tab Below for Details

Dates

June 5-15, 2020

Team Size

20 people max

Team Leader

Jessica Bruce

Registration for this by:

ASAP, we expect this team to fill up quickly

As part of this team, you will begin your time in Uganda with a visit to the dynamic local ministry duo of Mama Catherine and Pastor Ernest­ in Bwerenga Village just outside of Kampala. You will get to attend church with them and learn more about their ministry in Bwerenga. The rest of your trip will be spent in Jinja, Uganda. In Jinja, you will serve with several ministries including Sole Hope. You will learn all about the work Sole Hope is 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 serve with them for their kids club which is a community outreach to over 300 kids. While in Jinja, you will also get to be part of a fellowship night with local missionaries where you can get to know them and hear about life on the mission field. You will have the opportunity to bring them items from the US (favorite treats from home and items they can’t get there) and pray over them. You will spend a day serving at the Amani Baby Cottage.

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.

Please take some time and ask the Lord if you would like to be a part of this exciting trip, serving and ministering in Uganda!

Trip Type
This trip is great for both first-timers and those that have been on many trips.

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

Age Requirements
9 and over with a parent, 15 and over without.

Total Trip Cost
$1900 + 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 in the summer generally range from $1,800-$2,100 out of most US cities. We try to book flights as early as possible to lock in the lowest rates possible.

Estimated at $3700 – $4000 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE AT SIGN-UP – $250 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
DUE DEC 5, 2019 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT (for holding flights with deposit)
DUE JAN 5, 2020 – $2000 SECOND PAYMENT (for remaining balance on flights)
DUE MAR 5, 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 – coordinate 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.

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

Jessica Bruce

Uganda Team Leader

Hey y’all, my name is Jessica Bruce. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to lead you all halfway across the world to one of the most treasured places in my heart, Uganda, Africa.

I was first given the opportunity to travel to Africa in 2012 with an organization called Man Up and Go. We traveled to Ethiopia and Uganda. Such an eye opening and heart wrenching experience. I will forever be grateful for my first experience and exposure. During that trip while in Ethiopia at a guest house I met Elisa Hyman. At that time, Elisa was leading a team through Visiting Orphans (now, Go Be Love International). We sat and talked forever, exchanged numbers, and she told me one day I had to join one of her teams! Well what do you know, two years later, I did just that! I hopped on a plane to Uganda, Africa with Elisa and the rest of our Go Be Love team! On that trip I created some of the deepest friendships with teammates and connected with some amazing ministries and staff in Uganda. From that trip, I returned to Uganda a year and a half later to co lead with Elisa and partner even further with the ministries and staff there in Uganda! I even got to take my husband to Uganda this past November!

My husband and I live in the beautiful ozarks, known as Branson, Missouri. It’s a touristy town we like to refer to as Las Vegas for old people! Plenty of shows, shops, recreation, and places to eat. Come visit! What we enjoy most about Branson is what we do and what we are surrounded by. My husband, Robert (stud of a man I might add, married him 11-11-17, we are still newly weds) is a Youth Pastor for our local church, and I work in the School District. We are surrounded by awesome community and family, and have a beautiful view of hills and Table Rock Lake.

I am an enneagram seven, so anything fun, I AM IN! Let’s bring hope and joy to a lost and hurting world! It doesn’t just start in Uganda, our mission starts now in our home, with our family, and community! See you all soon!

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

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