JOURNEY TO UGANDA

December 7—14, 2019

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 experience along the way. You are 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 will witness the transformation that is happening in the communities that JLMC serves.

Please review the following resources for more information:

2019 Trip Itinerary

Visitor’s Guide to Uganda

Visitor’s Policy & Waiver

COST: $5,000 Donation to Just Like My Child Foundation ($2,500 is Tax-Deductible)
ITINERARY DATES: Saturday, December 7—Saturday, December 14, 2019. (NOTE: Itinerary dates do not include travel time.)

  • ARRIVAL: Plan to depart North America on Friday, December 6, 2019, so that you arrive in Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) late night on Saturday, December 7.
  • DEPARTURE: Plan to depart EBB late night on Saturday, December 14, 2019, and return home on Sunday, December 15.

 

For inquiries, please contact Jenny Scholl at Jenny@JustLikeMyChild.org.

How to apply:

Please complete the application below if you are interested in joining us in December. As soon as we receive your application, we will follow up with you to confirm your attendance and process your payment.

Journey to Uganda Application

How to pay:

The cost to attend is a $5,000 non-refundable donation to Just Like My Child Foundation due by September 30, 2019. If you prefer to split your donation into installments, you can make a $2,500 deposit upon completing your application and the $2,500 balance is due by September 30, 2019.

Payment options include:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Submit your payment online using the link below.
  • Mail a personal check to Just Like My Child Foundation at P.O. 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.

Please note that airfare is not included and trip dates do not include travel time.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at Jenny@JustLikeMyChild.org.

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 Jenny@JustLikeMyChild.org. Click the topics below for more details:

Applying Online for a Ugandan Travel Visa

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 September 30, 2019 via:

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 Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Late Evening).

— Depart Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) on Saturday, December 14, 2019 (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 14. 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 Jenny@JustLikeMyChild.org so that JLMC can coordinate your ground transportation upon your arrival in Entebbe.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please review the FAQs listed below. If you need additional information or have a question that is not already answered, please contact us at Jenny@JustLikeMyChild.org.

Frequently Asked Questions (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 Trisha@JustLikeMyChild.org.

Should I arrange my own airport pickup?

If you are arriving earlier than December 7, 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 December 7, 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 to depart on December 14?

We will leave Paraa around 8 a.m. after breakfast, which means we will arrive in Kampala around 1 p.m., eat a light lunch, do some shopping in the craft market and arrive in Entebbe early evening around 6-7 p.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 10 p.m.

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.

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

One idea is to bring a Polaroid camera and film 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. Just Like My Child Foundation will make you aware of any other appropriate items to donate during the pre-trip conference calls.

What do you recommend packing for our trip?

Please refer to JLMC’s Visitor’s Guide for the list. We recommend you pack light, but bring the following:

  • 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 JLMC’s Visitor’s Guide for additional information. Note that you must wash your own underwear in respect of Ugandan culture where most clothing is hand washed.

What is the name of the hotel where we will stay on December 7th (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 vaccines:

  • Yellow fever vaccination is required and proof needs to be presented when applying for a Visa

 

Vaccinations recommended by the Center for Disease Control for Uganda:

  • 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 Visa Instruction 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.

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 a 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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