Uganda & Rwanda July/August 2020

Monday July 27, 2020 - Monday, August 10, 2020

Uganda & Rwanda

July 27 - August 10, 2020
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1900 + airfare

See Cost & Payment Tab Below for Details


July 27 – August 10, 2020

Team Leader

Kristen Zimmerman

Team Size

15 people max.

Uganda Portion: While in Uganda, the team will have the opportunity to serve with several different ministries in Jinja. 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 also get to serve at the Amani Baby Cottage as well.

While in Jinja, your team will get to attend church, 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.

Rwanda Portion: This team will spend its time in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Our first stop will be the Genocide Memorial Museum so that our team can gain a perspective of what this country has experienced and how far they have come. While in Kigali we will partner with 2 of our ministry partners in Rwanda.

Under His Umbrella and Vineyard Christian School: We first visited the Twa community of Bugasera in December 2013. The Twas are the smallest ethnic group in Rwanda. In 2014 the Rwandan government donated land for a school with the condition that if one was not built in 6 months, the land would be taken away. Go Be Love team members stepped in to raise the funds needed and also to start UHU, which provides sponsorship to children and salaries to teachers. Our time here will be spent serving in the school, putting on VBS activities and visiting families so we can share our stories with them and allow them to share theirs with us.

Best Family Rwanda: The leaders of BFR were orphaned in the genocide and now they care for a new generation of at-risk and vulnerable children. BFR ministers in 3 communities to children and their families. “Everyday Confident Hope” is their motto and you will see why after your time with them. You will also have the opportunity to learn about Kunda, the ministry that provides sponsors for BFR children.

This team will have the opportunity not only to visit and spend time with children but they will have focused time with the leadership of both ministries so that we can support and encourage them as well. Our ministry partners in Rwanda specifically ask for this type of interaction from our teams.

Rwanda is a beautiful country with even more beautiful people and an amazing story of redemption. As a nation Rwanda has made a commitment to move orphans to families and to keep families together and the ministries we partner with in Rwanda all work towards this goal. If you have a heart for orphans and vulnerable children, a love of missions and a desire to learn how to serve more effectively, this is the trip for you.

 Space on this trip is limited and summer trips fill up fast!

Trip Type
This trip is great for both first-timers and those that have been on many trips. It does involve more travel than some of our trips so team members will want to make sure they consider that when choosing a trip.

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, groups, and families who are able to handle long travel times, staying at several different locations, traveling between countries, 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. Parents considering bringing children will want to consider the amount of travel involved in this trip.

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 and Rwanda in the summer generally range from $1,800-$2,100 out of most US cities. We will always try to get the best possible rate and schedule for our teams.

Estimated at $3700 – $4000 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE FEB 27, 2020 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT (for holding flights with deposit)
DUE MAR 27, 2020 – $1800 SECOND PAYMENT (for remaining flight balance)
*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 Ugandan 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 for Uganda (once flights are booked – approx. 3 months prior to trip)
Your coordinator 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 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.

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.

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

Kristen Zimmerman

Uganda + Rwanda Team Leader

My name is Kristen Zimmerman and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. I graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2016 with a BA in Art with a focus in photography and graphic design. When I was in high school, a group from an organization called Invisible Children came to my high school and did a presentation on all of the kids that had been orphaned by Joseph Kony and his army of child soldiers. Jesus immediately put a passion in my heart for Uganda and I knew I would visit one day.

After talking to a friend who had also gone with Go Be Love (then Visiting Orphans) to Uganda, I decided to sign up for my first trip in the summer of 2012. I will never forget how much Jesus changed my heart on that trip and has continued to change me over the past years. I fell in love with the culture, the people, the kids, and everything that has to do with Uganda. I returned every 6 months for a year and a half after my first trip and was changed even more every time.

I feel extremely blessed to be able to serve along side of Go Be Love and all of my team members. I can’t wait to go back and lead people to my favorite place in the whole world. It will take you deeper than you could ever imagine with your relationship with Jesus. Come with me and experience the life changing journey that Jesus has waiting for you!

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

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