Journey to Uganda

November 30 - December 7, 2017

Join us in Uganda for the trip of a lifetime.

Travel with JLMC founder Vivian Glyck and take the trip of a lifetime to meet the girls we serve and witness the impact of the Girl Power Project® in Uganda, East Africa.

Once a year, Just Like My Child Foundation travels to Uganda with a group of conscious activists who are committed to changing the world (while having an unforgettable time along the way). You're invited to join us in Uganda to connect with the families we serve and experience the Girl Power Project first-hand. You'll take an African safari along the Nile River, enjoy local shopping and entertainment, and you'll witness the transformation that is happening in the communities that JLMC serves.

Review the following resources for more information:

Cost: $5,000 Donation to Just Like My Child Foundation ($2,500 is Tax-Deductible).

Itinerary dates: Thursday, November 30 - Thursday, December 7, 2017. Itinerary dates do not include travel time. For inquiries, please contact Trisha Difuntorum at (858) 255-1264 or Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org.

How to apply:

Please complete the application below to attend. As soon as we receive your application, we will follow up with you to confirm your attendance and process your payment.

The cost to attend is a $5,000 non-refundable donation to Just Like My Child Foundation due by October 31, 2017. If you prefer to split your donation into installments, please contact us at (858) 255-1264 or Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org. Please note that airfare is not included and trip dates do not include travel time. Payment options include:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Submit your payment online using the link below.
  • Mail a Check to Just Like My Child Foundation, PO Box 22025, San Diego, CA 92192-2025.
  • In lieu of a check, you can send a wire transfer to Just Like My Child Foundation's Bank of America account #026009593.

Prepare for your trip:

Please follow the steps below to prepare for your trip. We encourage you to carefully review the Visitor's Guide and Frequently Asked Questions below if you have any questions or concerns. If you need additional information or have a question that is not already answered, please contact us at (858) 255-1264 or Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org. Click the topics below for more details:

Review JLMC's Visitor's Guide to Uganda and Apply Online for a Ugandan Travel Visa.

The Visitor's Guide has been updated to reflect Uganda’s new visa procedures. Please read it carefully. You are required to complete the online visa application prior to your trip. Apply online here: https://visas.immigration.go.ug

Please refer to this document for step-by-step directions to apply online. After submitting your application, you will receive an email immediately stating that your application has been received. This email will also provide instructions for making an online payment of $50 USD. Within 72 hours you will receive another email confirming receipt of visa payment. You will also receive a separate email confirming that your visa application has been approved. Print the attachment and present this in Uganda upon arrival with your Yellow Fever vaccination card.

Review and Return JLMC's Visitor's Policy & Waiver.

Review and Return JLMC’S Visitor’s Policy. The review and completion of this form prior to your departure is required. Please complete and return the last page by October 31st via email to Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org or via mail to Just Like My Child Foundation, PO Box 22025, San Diego, CA 92192-2025.

Book Your Travel Arrangements.

Review the Trip Itinerary for details to consider when booking your flights. If you haven't already done so, now is a good time to start looking into booking your flights for the best price. Delta or KLM are partner airlines and have the best options if you are departing from a major hub (Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle).

Please plan your flights accordingly:

— Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) on Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Anytime).

— Depart Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) on Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Late Evening). Please note: most international flights out of EBB depart very late at night. We urge you to book one of these late flights as we will arrive in Kampala, the capital city, in the early afternoon on December 7th. After spending the afternoon in Kampala, we will travel to the Entebbe Airport (about 75 minutes away). Booking a late evening flight will help ensure that you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

After booking your trip, please send your itinerary to Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org so that JLMC can coordinate your ground transportation upon your arrival in Entebbe.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

Please review the FAQs listed below. If you need additional information or have a question that is not already answered, please contact us at (858) 255-1264 or Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org.

FAQs:

Our Visitor's Guide to Uganda contains everything you'll need to know about traveling with JLMC in Uganda. If your question is still not answered, please contact us at (858) 255-1264 or by emailing Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org.

Should I arrange my own airport pickup?

If you are arriving earlier than Nov 30, please call Protea Hotel Tel: +256 (0) 414 323 132 to book an extra night and shuttle transportation from the airport to the hotel. If you need to reach a JLMC staff member, you can call our Country Director Audrey Kanysigye at 011 256 772 018 167.

If you are arriving as planned on Nov 30, JLMC will be at the airport to greet you. Our staff will greet you holding a sign that says Just Like My Child Foundation.

What time will we return to Entebbe Airport on December 7th?

We will leave Paraa around 8 a.m. after breakfast, which means we will arrive in Kampala around 1pm, eat a light lunch, do some shopping in the craft market and arrive in Entebbe early evening around 6-7p.m. But it is Uganda and traffic can be unpredictable at times, so our preference is that visitors book the late night flight, so there is less risk. The late night flight means leaving after 10p.m. We are aware that there a few people who booked earlier flights on Thursday. We will arrange for this small group to leave Paraa earlier in the a.m. to ensure they reach the airport in time.

I am trying to figure out my wardrobe for the trip. Are there any articles of clothing that are considered inappropriate?

Please refer to JLMC's Visitor's Guide to Uganda:

Your manner of dress is another way of attracting unwanted attention. Granted, the weather is very nice and warm and tempting for wearing shorts, but women could be targeted if they over expose their thighs. This will be difficult for some women, because they feel they don’t have to dress in a particular way just to please men or another culture. It is a lot safer to protect one’s life than one’s beliefs, especially when one is in a new environment. In addition, such dressing identifies you as a tourist, thus you will get a different type of treatment, tourist treatment. In the village it is best for women to wear a dress or skirt that goes past the knees. If a woman has no skirt then nice looking trousers are the next best option, but you will still likely get stared at wherever you go. It’s not appropriate to wear tank tops or spaghetti straps unless they are covered by a cardigan. It’s best to wear a nice fitting t-­shirt or a blouse.

Kampala is another story altogether. Ugandan women in Kampala are often found wearing jeans or trousers as well as tank tops. If you are a woman attending a meeting with a professional in Kampala it is fine to wear trousers as long as they look “smart”. Men will likely get stared at if they are wearing shorts. It’s best for a man to wear cargo pants or khakis and a “smart” looking t-­shirt or button down. Shoes are also a very big deal. You should never wear flip ­flops whether you are a man or a woman. In Uganda they are only worn around the house to keep your feet clean or worn while bathing. Ugandans would prefer you go barefoot than to walk around with flip­ flops. You should wear tennis shoes, sandals (Chacos or leather) or dress shoes when you aren’t on the Bishop Asili compound.

Is there anything I can bring to donate to the children?

Helpful items for JLMC’s partnering schools such as pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, markers, construction paper, toothbrushes etc. Another idea is to bring a polaroid camera and / or film (a few people have already committed to bringing a few camera’s) and give kids pictures of themselves. They love this, as they don’t often get printed images. Here is the link to the type of camera and film referenced.

What do you recommend packing for our trip?

Please refer to JLMC's Visitor's Guide for the list:

    • Pack Light
    • Kleenex and/or Toilet Paper
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Bandana and/or Hat
    • Mosquito Repellent with a high concentration of DEET
    • Malaria Prophylaxis
    • Travel Mirror
    • Sunscreen with SPF 30+
    • Sunglasses
    • Light Rain Jacket
    • Ear Plugs
    • Swimsuit
    • Soap
    • Fast Drying Travel Towel & Washcloth
    • Snacks (e.g. Nuts, Trail Mix, Granola Bars)
    • Headlamp/Flashlight
    • Electronics Adapter
    • Binoculars, Camera, Film, Memory Cards, Camera Batteries
    • Small Day Backpack
Can you provide an emergency JLMC contact in Uganda?

If you need to reach a JLMC staff member, call JLMC's Country Director Audrey Kanysigye at 011 256 772 018 167.

Will I be able to do laundry at the place where we are staying?

Yes, you will be able to do laundry. Please refer to the following information found in JLMC's Visitor’s Guide:

Many people get house help when they come to Uganda. Although the house help can do laundry it is not culturally acceptable at all to make them wash your underwear. Although your house helper may say it is okay when you ask her to wash your underwear, she is likely saying it out of fear of losing the job. When other community members learn that the person is washing another one’s underwear, she will be ridiculed and lose respect and self esteem. Although the sun is beneficial and freshening to clothes, drying underwear in the sun where everyone can see them is unacceptable. People are embarrassed to see such clothes on the line. Dry them where they cannot be seen. This practice definitely applies at the Bishop Asili guesthouse and any alternative lodging locations.

What is the name of the hotel where we will stay on November 30th (our first night in Entebbe)?

Protea Hotel, Entebbe
Address: 36-40 Sebugwawo Drive, Entebbe, Uganda
Tel: +256 (0) 414 323 132
E-mail: res1@proteaebb.co.ug

Please make careful note that our group is staying at the Protea Hotel in Entebbe, not the Protea Hotel in Kampala. This is especially important if you arrive early and will arrange your own transportation to the hotel.

What are the required and recommended vaccines for Uganda?

Required and optional vaccines:

  • Vaccinations recommended by the Center for Disease Control for Uganda
  • Yellow fever vaccination is required and proof needs to be presented when applying for a Visa
  • Strongly suggest malarone or any other other anti malaria medication
  • Cipro prescription medication as a preventative

Other recommendations to avoid getting sick:

  • Don’t drink water or brush your teeth from the tap
  • Don’t open your mouth in the shower
  • Use mosquito repellent
  • Don’t eat any raw food
  • Wash hands frequently
What type of Visa do I apply for?

Visa Type = Ordinary

Please read how to apply for a Visa in our Visitor’s Guide.

When uploading images for your Visa, we suggest taking a photo of the documents with your smartphone, email them to yourself and then upload. The site is finicky about image size and smartphone images sometimes upload easier than a scan.

What is your opinion about a single female traveling alone in Uganda?

We don’t think it’s possible to rent a car that isn't what Ugandans refer to as "chauffeured". Even when renting a vehicle from the airport, a driver is provided and included in the costs. They typically speak English, have all of the required national driver's licenses and are responsible for their own meals, accommodation and personal expenses.

The Traveler's Guide to Uganda we provided will give you a good understanding of cultural norms and how to dress more conservatively in more rural areas to avoid unwanted attention. Men do have a tendency to holler out to muzungu women, but they are usually marriage proposals and harmless compared to what women deal with in other parts of the world.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR TRAVELERS

WHATSAPP or VIBER - Allows you to text for FREE anywhere with other Whatsapp or Viber users

PREY - This app will find your phone anywhere in the world with pinpoint accuracy. It will actually give you an address if it's in a house. Once it's loaded on your phone and if you lose your phone, you can grab a friend's phone, go to the Prey website & log in to see where your phone is, shut it down, delete all your info or take a picture of the person who has your phone.

XE CURRENCY - Converts currency in seconds- very handy when bargaining at a market. Set "Uganda shilling" at top of your screen then "US dollar" below it.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE -  One of our staff members got haircut in France using this and had full-on conversations with people at coffee shops in countries where nobody spoke English. It will actually SAY the words for you. Set it to translate from English to Luganda. Again, may be good for bargaining in the marketplace/shopping.

Movie suggestions to help prepare for your trip:
  • We will Rise
  • Half the sky
  • A Path Appears
  • Girl Rising
  • Queen of Katwe
  • I am Malala
  • Girl Connected

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