UGANDA MISSION TRIP INFORMATION

 

Cost & Deadlines

2 WEEK BASE COST: $1600 plus airfare

  • $50 non-refundable deposit when applying.
  • $500 Deposit due by December 20th, if application is accepted.
  • $750 Deposit due by January 20th.
  • $750 Deposit due by March 10th plus copy of passport.
  • Final $750 Deposit plus immunization records due by April 10th.                        
  • **2.7% processing fee will be applied for credit/debit cards**                    

Cost includes group airfare, lodging, bus transportation, full time driver, leaders, travel insurance, translators. 

Cost does not include passport or visa, vaccines, meals, bottled water, souvenirs, hotel fees due to damage, refunds due to team member being sent home for behavior or illness. 

Other Costs: We will work together to share with churches the need for additional costs that they can partner in to donate.

 

Vaccines


You are required to have the Yellow Fever vaccine to be admitted into into Uganda and it must have proper documentation upon entry of Uganda. Vaccines must be administered at a CDC verified location. You must show your yellow CDC immunization record along with your passport when entering and  leaving Uganda. 

  • Yellow Fever; cost $110-150. 

Speak to your family physician about extra vaccines they feel you need. Your physician can help you decide which ones are best for traveling to that area.

Other Optional Vaccines

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda


Health & Traveler's Insurance

Travelers health insurance  is included  in your base cost but we must also have a copy of your health insurance information on file as well along with your ACG medical form in case of emergency.


Money

EXCHANGE INFO:  For the best exchange rate, it is important to bring only $50 or $100 dollar bills newer than 2003 with no tears or blemishes on them. If you exchange  smaller or older bills your exchange rate will not be as good.

Our team leaders will handle setting up the exchange time and location.

It is recommended to have approximately $30 budgeted per day.

Credit Cards: Even the UK government suggests not using credit cards in Uganda due to the possibility of someone stealing your card information. Cases of such have happened even in high end hotels according the UK government website. Cases of employees stealing your credit card information has happened here and other African Countries. Credit Card fraud and thefts have been on the rise in Uganda and become more sophisticated, and credit card fraud or theft has even been reported in major International Hotels If you have no other choice, the first choice of Credit Cards here is Visa and secondly Master Card. Barclays, Standard Chartered and Stanbic banks, have now been upgraded to accept international credit cards.

Money Changers:  Avoid them.  At border crossings, you will be haunted by them and many are con-artists who can make you think you are getting one amount, while in reality, you will get a lot less. Even if you are counting along, their hands are quicker than your eyes. It is best to go to a Forex Bureau or a Bank, do not use a Money Changer. The best advice – avoid Money Changers at the Border.

Money Safety: Wear a money belt around your waist to hide cash. Use safe in Hotel to put your airline ticket and also your passport. Make copies of passport, airline tickets and anything else that is an important document. Never flash any money in public such as in restaurants or public places since it will attract unwanted attention and it will be your loss.

Purchasing Items: Avoid using dollars when buying things such as crafts and souvenirs. You will lose money in the process. Convert your money to shillings at a Forex Bureau.

Restaurants & Hotels: Avoid hotels that charge in US$, it limits where you can stay but if you come from the USA your dollar converted will stretch further. Use Uganda Shillings at restaurants.


Cultural Tips

Ministry Team Expectations

There is no golden rule about what to wear, but the believers in Uganda would never expect to see the following: 

  1. A minister of the gospel wearing tattered pants.
  2. A minister of the gospel addicted to drugs or who smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol.
  3. A minister of the gospel who dresses in a sexually provocative way.
  4. A minister of the gospel who curses, swears and delights in obscenity.

Uganda is tropical.  The equator passes crosses through it.  It is warm though not as humid as our summers here in the US.  Light clothes and short sleeves or sleeveless clothes are great in such a hot environment and are executable. Please do not wear t-shirts with cultural references that may be offensive there. Please do not wear tight clothing or short clothing. Dresses need to be below the knee. No one should have their undergarments should not be showing..  

On Sunday mornings, all men would be expected to be in dress clothes including dress shirt and dress pants and women should wear  a dress or skirt that comes below the knee.

Make up is acceptable to for women to wear as well as jewelry. Keep in mind to not wear expensive jewelry however when traveling. Some of the Church vices:

1. Many people in Uganda and other less developed countries believe everyone in the US has so much money and will finance their dreams.  So no one should be surprised when they get a project proposal that requires some dollars.

2. When asked for personal contacts and addresses or for invitation letters to the US, there is wisdom in directing them to me in case anyone finds it hard to say NO.

 

SMELLS

  • Remember that cultures differ on how often people shower and the scents they use. You may find, depending on how sensitive your sense of smell is, to be bothered by smells soap products, body odor, food odor, or even sewer odors. A great tip is to have a small essential oil with you such as peppermint in a carrier oil to roll under your nose (on the down low of course as not to offend any of our country hosts).

TIME

  • Ugandans have a saying, " “Americans own watches but Ugandans own time”. 
  • You will find that many cultures outside of the US have a different idea of honoring people's times. Our role is to not make them act like Americans, but for all of us to act like Christ-followers. Sometimes it means explaining why being honoring of someone's time, is a way to honor all men.

WASHING OF HANDS

  • Don’t hand sanitize in front of your hosts. 
  • They may bring around a bowl for you to put your hands over and they will pour water over your hands to rinse them before eating.

Food

Budget $30 per day for your meals and snacks in Uganda. Of course, it is all subjective if you choose to buy steak or lobster at a meal verses chicken and rice dish.

There will also be times that you will only eat two meals a day because you simply do not have time to go out to eat because we are doing ministry. We will communicate daily what everyone needs to do with regards to purchasing food to pack a dinner to eat during Crusade time, etc. 

Due to our ministry time be around the city of Kampala instead of in more rural areas, there will be more opportunities to visit small grocers to grab snacks for your backpack to eat while on Crusade days.

Bottled Water: You will need to keep your water bottle with you to keep refilling, but you can also purchase bottled water in grocers or restaurants. We will also try to buy cases of water to have on crusade days.


Lodging

 

We will have a minimum of two team members per room. 

Our lodging should include:

  • Water
  • Indoor bathroom & shower
  • Protection from mosquitos
  • Eating area

Do not expect:

  • Dependable electricity. Electricity is not always guaranteed but in most cases we should have electricity. They do turn power off at certain times of the day to overpower their grids.
  • Wifi, though some hotels will have it. It is recommended to leave your phone on airplane when departing the US until you land back in the US. Simply taking your phone off of airplane mode can incur high charges when traveling internationally. 

Packing

Uganda is tropical.  The equator passes through it.  Uganda is warm, but not as humid as our summers here in the US.  Light modest clothes and short sleeves or sleeveless clothing is great in such a hot environment.  They are acceptable.  Nevertheless, very short dresses or extremely mini shorts would be considered offensive.

Please note that on Sunday mornings, all men would be expected to be in dress clothes including shirt, tie, jacket, belt, and dress shoes. Women would be expected to wear a modest dress or skirt that comes below the knee.

  • Borrow what you can.  No sense in making a big investment in shoes and clothing you may only wear for this week. 
  • Second-hand and Discount Shopping: It is a great idea to bargain shop for your trip needs so that if your luggage was to get lost, you would only be losing out on the items needed for the trip and not valuable clothing. You may also choose to leave the items behind to bless someone else. 

How Many Bags Am I Allowed?

  • 1 Carry On Plus Personal Bag (recommend a backpack with a lock on it)
  • 2 Checked Bags

Carry On:  It is common for bags to be lost while traveling to Africa, though they are normally recovered and returned at some point, this could include after you return from your mission trip. Please pack your essentials (glasses/contacts, medicine, toothbrush, etc.) of what you would need should your luggage get lost and a minimum of one change of clothes. 

Checked Bags: We want to use one bag for your personal items and the other for team supplies. We are told that it is wise to split your personal items between the two bags in case one is lost. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Clothing:

  • Shoes: Plan to wear shoes that are comfortable and cover your feet. Close toed shoes with backs are suggested for Crusade week. Flip flops are great for in your room and in the shower. 
  • Women: Plan to wear modest dresses or skirts that come past the knee daily. I would pack three to five and hand wash and hang in hotel room to dry. No bra straps/underwear are to be showing.  Wear clothing that fits comfortably, do not wear anything that looks like you were "poured" into it. Modesty is key, especially for ministry teams.
  • Men: Plan to wear dress slacks/khakis with a belt, dress shirt/tie with an optional jacket to all ministry events. We suggest packing three sets of shirts/pants and hand washing them and hanging dry in your hotel room.
  • Sweatshirts, sweat pants and jeans. It will be chilly in the mornings and evenings.
  • No tank tops of any kind for boys or girls.
  • Lightweight poncho or rain cover, shoes that can get wet or muddy and still be comforable if you are not able to change out of them. 
  • Work gloves, water resistant/proof would be best.
  • Sunglasses/hat or cap. For crusades, it will need to be a "dress hat" to match your church clothes if you have a bald head.

Toiletries:

Do not assume that toilet paper or soap are available wherever you go. For that matter, don't assume bathrooms are available. In most rural areas, the bathroom is literally a hole in the ground.

  • At least 1 roll of toilet paper. Travel Tip: Remove the card tube for easier packing
  • Travel tissues
  • Feminine Hygiene Needs
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Regular bathroom toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, etc.
  • Antidiarrheal/indigestion/allergy medications
  • Pack of baby wipes in case water is off and you want to freshen up a little
  • Medication: Double the amount you need for the number of days the trip will last

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ITEMS:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Water bottle with filter built in or mission straw
  • Insect spray (at least 50% Deet)
  • Sunscreen

MISC:

  • Photocopy of your passports stored in a different suitcase. 
  • Completed Team Member Medical and Liability Form.
  • Camera, extra batteries, film or SD card.
  • Ink pen, bible, notebook.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Candy or small toys to give to the children as gifts.
  • English Bibles to give out at churches 

Photos & Videos

While we want to be sensitive to only show what God is doing and never take photos that portray our host country in an undignified manner, we have been told that we can video the Pastoral Conference and Gospel Crusade with no problem.


Safety

 Barbed Wire & Driving Safety: Just like traveling to other 2nd and 3rd world countries, it is not uncommon to see homes, hotels, and business with barbed wire at the tops of the fences/walls around the property and bars on windows or for driving safety to be very different that in the States.

We will use a hired driver for our time in Uganda, along with transportation being provided by pastors of churches we will minister to at on Sundays.

General Safety: Uganda is probably one of the safest countries in Africa to travel currently. However, just like when traveling in a city in the U.S. or Europe, it is important to use wisdom and keep valuables hidden so they can not be easily accessed.

Uganda government and people are very welcoming to Americans.

Theft: Just like any other city, the street kids snatch jewelry, wallets, cellphones, laptops, etc.

Tips:

  • Keep passport, wallet, and money in your front pocket or better yet, put them in a passport holder under your shirt. Keep your backpack zipped and use a lock on your zippers, keeping the key on a chain on your neck.
  • As a rule for our team, you should always travel in groups of two or three at a minimum. No one should ever go alone anywhere for wisdom's sake.

SAMPLE UGANDA SCHEDULE

Day 1 & 2  | Travel Time & Get Settled Meeting The Locals
Day  3 - 7   | Ministry
Day  8         | Rest Day & Laundry

Day  9 - 11 | Ministry
Day  12-13| Ministry & Tourist Day Combo
Day  14       | Pack & Leave


Weather

Uganda is tropical.  The equator passes crosses through it.  It is warm though not as humid as our summers here in the US.  Light clothes and short sleeves or sleeveless clothes are great in such a hot environment.  They are acceptable.  Nevertheless, very short dresses or extremely mini shorts would be considered offensive.

Please note that on Sunday mornings, all men would be expected to be in dress clothes including shirt, tie, jacket and dress shoes and women wearing a dress or skirt that comes below the knee.