A SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You are responsible for purchasing your own airline tickets to Uganda. All team members must arrive at Entebbe airport (EBB) on March 16th and depart on March 28th. The costs for any extended stay beyond these dates are at your own expense. Please do not purchase airline tickets until you have sent your itinerary tfor approval. You will be responsible for any charges incurred if you have to change your ticket.
Passports & Visas
Make sure your passport does not expire within 6 months of travel date. Please bring a photocopy of your passport and return air tickets. If you arclick on your country of citizenship to find information on applying for an entry visa to Uganda. In past trips people were able to get their visa upon entry to Uganda, but it is always good to check with the Ugandan consulate. The Visa’s upon entry were $50 US. It’s recommended to have the application form filled out before you get there and have exact change in USD.
Each team member may bring only one check-in piece and one carry-on piece of luggage. Please see packing list under helpful information.
In Uganda it is critical that you have the appropriate clothes for church.
• Women: You must have a skirt or dress below the knee and no low cut or form fitting shirts.
In addition, we will be in rural villages where it is more acceptable to wear skirts.
For more information and tips see dress code and packing list under helpful information.
All travelers should review which vaccinations are required and recommended. These recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time. All travelers need to have their vaccination records on the trip.
HERE’S A LETTER FROM OUR MEDICAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR:
I hope you are geting excited for the upcoming trip to Uganda! I want to remind you of the health precautions that are
recommended for travel in Uganda. Al travelers should visit a local health travel clinic 4-8 weeks prior to departure. The health
travel clinic is up to date on al necessary vaccinations, immunizations and health advisories for the specific areas where we will
Anti-Malarial medication is
indicated and recommended for travel in Uganda. There are three diferent types: Lariam
(mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone) or Doxycycline. Please clarify with your doctor or health travel clinic professional how
frequently they are to be taken, when to start them and which one is best for you. Please also check any side efects or
contraindications for the medication. At the travel health clinic, they wil provide you with education and information needed to
help prevent mosquito bites. I bought my mosquito spray there. Please buy the bug spray before entering Uganda. I cannot
guarantee the strength of the spray in Uganda and would feel more comfortable if you had it before you arived.
Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A & B
, Yel ow Fever
-you wil receive a certificate that you have
been immunized and wil need to show it to customs oficials when returning to your country, Polio
-one time booster is
recommended for any adult that received the childhood series, Tetanus-diphtheria
-re-vaccination required every ten years,
and Measles, Mumps and Rubel a (MMR
Please bring any medications in the original container, clearly labeled. If you have a serious medical condition, it is advised that
you bring a signed leter from your physician regarding pertinent medical history and medications (including any generic
For Travel er's diarrhea,
please ask your physician or travel clinic doctor to write you a prescription for some antibiotics in case
you do come down with it. These can be taken (usualy ordered for 3-5 days) IF
you experience signs of traveler’s diarhea:
cramping, achy, diarhea, or fever (some or al of these symptoms). I do not recommend taking Imodium as this tends to cause
constipation and only prolongs the infection and causes the bacteria to remain in your body longer. Also, please remember to
pack enough sunblock for the trip and that you have appropriate health insurance.
I recommend taking a smal amount of motion sickness medication with you (gravol/dimenhydrinate, dramamine, scopolamine
or even ginger). Also, bringing some form of sleeping medication is helpful for jetlag recovery. (I bring melatonin with me).
If you require clarification on any of this information or have specific questions, please feel free to email me.
Schedule Your trip to Uganda will take place from March 16th – 28th, 2014.
The following is the presently anticipated schedule for the trip. Please remember to be flexible. Almost every trip will experience changes in schedule and/or locations. Once we’re on the ground at the destination things might change so please hold the following with an open hand.
Sunday March 16th
- You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport. [Don’t forget $50 USD cash for
For more information visit Remember to send your itinerary
tbefore you purchase your flights.
Someone from the Impact team will greet you. Since the team is comprised of people from all over the world you might have to wait a bit for more people to arrive before driving to Mityana (2+ hours).
- In Mityana, we will start with an orientation time with Steve, Christina and the team.
The orientation is for training, sharing, impartation and ministry, as well as addressing administrative
needs. Afterwards, the medical team will need help sorting through all the medicines for the Medical
Wed. March 19th - Thurs. March 27th
- For the time remaining, we will be ministering in a variety of
ways in villages around Mityana- i.e. helping with medical clinics, street evangelism, children’s’ ministry
and so on. In the evening we will usually hold open-air meetings in different locations and you will be
part of the ministry team, praying for the sick, crippled and oppressed. You will have the opportunity to
participate in all these activities. The team will minister in different churches on Sunday, and some rest
time will be built into the schedule. We will also find an opportunity to go shopping for souvenirs, etc.
Friday March 28th
- Departure Date
Each team member may bring only one check-in piece and one carry on piece
. (The airline will
allow you two check-in pieces, but to accommodate the ground transportation, you should pack
everything into one check-in piece). If you are flying out of Vancouver we may also be asking you to
check in one bag of medicine. Remember that you will be responsible to carry your own luggage so
please choose a style and size that you will be able to manage by yourself.
Label your luggage inside and out with your full name and home address, including country. Also
include a destination address with the dates you will be there. It is not uncommon to find luggage
identical to yours on the airport conveyors so marking your luggage in some way for easy identification
is a good idea. Be sure your suitcase can be locked while in the hotel.
Any carry-on toiletries must be in containers less than 90 ml/3oz. and placed within a 1liter/quart sized
clear Ziploc bag.
DON’T FORGET TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY-ON ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS THAT YOU
NORMALLY NEED TO USE. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THEM WHILE IN UGANDA.
Bring a small backpack as your carry-on or in your luggage to carry your water, toilet paper and any
other personal items when doing village ministry. If you have a favorite water bottle you can bring that
along as well, but remember, water cannot be taken on the plane.
Dress Code Women DAYTIME AND EVENING MEETINGS Most of the local women only wear skirts below the knee and some women that have gone actually feel out of place when wearing pants. One alternative to that is wearing pants/scrubs but having a long sarong or scarf and wrapping it around your waist. Please no form fitting or low cut t-shirts, blouses or short skirts. Always make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. Shorts can only be worn in your room.
SUNDAYS A dress or skirt and blouse. Dresses and skirts should be below the knee and make sure your shirts cover your chest.
Jeans and a t-shirt are fine but avoid shirts with slogans or humor. Words are used differently in other cultures and this can often cause offense. Shorts can only be worn in the hotel.
Nice casual long slacks. No jeans.
Shirt with a collar either long or short sleeve (this may be of a button down style or a golf shirt style): No T-shirts please. Be prepared to wear a tie. This depends on which congregation you will be visiting. Chances are you won’t need it, but bring one nevertheless.
Everyone Comfortable shoes!
You could be standing a long time. Avoid open toed shoes as you will be walking
on rough paths in the villages that are often littered with animal droppings.
Also, in many places, body piercings
, except for women’s earrings, are offensive and should be
removed for the trip.
During personal time be we ask that all dress remain modest. We do not expect any opportunity for a swim, but you can bring your best conservative swimsuit just in case.
Spending Money The amount of spending money you bring depends on you, but for 14 days, you’ll probably find $50 US sufficient (more if you would like to buy souvenirs). Bring only new USD (2006 and newer) and we will
arrange for you to be able to change currency. There is little to spend money on, although we will try to schedule a few hours of shopping. There will also be opportunities for offerings. Your trip fee includes 3 meals a day, water, your accommodation (March 16th - 28th) and domestic transportation in Uganda. Please be aware that it does not cover additional costs such as telephone calls from the hotel (expensive!), personal shopping, laundry, etc. The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). At the time of writing this document $1 USD was equal to 2,310.00 UGX. For the latest exchange rate in your currency, visit
Medical Insurance Impact Nations provides secondary travel medical insurance that is meant to supplement the insurance you have already arranged. It is accident coverage only - no pre-existing conditions covered. It also includes
$50,000 Medical coverage with a $50 deductible
Climate Uganda has a tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. The
hottest months are from December to February. Rainfall is likely to happen off and on. In the medical
clinic’s closed toe shoes are preferable to sandals.
Hotel Accommodation You wil be staying at the Enro Hotel in Mityana. Their reception phone number is 256.772.442007 if
you’re calling from the US and Canada just dial 011 and the number above.
All rooms will be booked for double occupancy. There may be extra rooms available in which case you
can request and pay the additional cost for a single room. Married couples will be assigned together!
We strongly recommend earplugs as we have found out that it gets noisy at night.
Our hotel in Mityana does not have AC but every room wil have a fan. In addition, hot showers are
not guaranteed, as depending on locales, they are not always available.
If you plan on reading after dark, you need to bring a personal reading light.
Electric Current Uganda’s electrical power is distributed at 220 volts cycling at 50 Hz with flat plugs. Check over the
electrical devices you’re planning to bring. Many of them can handle both 120/60 and 220/50 and do
not need voltage converters. Hair dryers are usually not adaptable and require a converter that can
Note that there are “adaptors” and “converters”. Adaptors are passive
devices that allow your plug to fit into the local outlets. Converters are
active devices that transform voltage levels.
This plug and receptacle is technically known as the BS 1363 (British
13 A/230-240 V 50 Hz earthed and fused).
Requests for money, gifts or personal information It is culturally normal in most developing countries, or the poor areas of other nations, for the locals to
request donations of money and gifts from ministry team members. They wil also often want to have
your personal telephone and email contact information so that they can continue to request
donations. As a team member, how you handle these requests affects the whole team and other
teams that may be coming in the future, so we ask you to adhere to the following policies:
is a ministry
, not a foundation. What we have to give is spiritual impartation, training,
primary local medical assistance during a Journey, power evangelism, healing and love. We seek
through Kingdom principles. We therefore ask our team members to refrain from
giving out money or personal contact information. We sometimes will give the team the opportunity
to give a love offering to the local church which will be administered by the local church leaders. We
also sometimes do likewise for our translators and others who have served the team faithfully (drivers
When requested for personal contact information, you can provide them with our Impact Nations
websit and our email address. We will forward
any inquiries to you that come through us if you wish.
If a Team Member feels that the Lord has put it on their heart to give a donation to an individual or for
a specific local cause, we ask that they discuss this with the Impact team leadership who wil consult
It is important to understand that this tendency to ask for support is cultural y normal, and should not
be viewed by us as wrong or bad behavior on their part. But in the long term, we can easily be
hindering God’s work through monetary gifts rather than helping it.
Security Some tips for cash & valuables: try not to appear wealthy, only carry what is necessary, remove all
excess materials, and carry your money on the front side of your body. It is highly recommended
that you have a money belt or document pouch, which is worn around your neck or under your
clothing to store your money and important papers.
These are readily available at travel stores and
wilderness outfitters. Bring a lock so that you can lock your suitcase while you are out of your room.
You will receive a name badge on the first day of the mission along with an emergency contact phone
number and address that fits in your badge holder. One or two of the team wil be carrying a cel
phone and will be available for emergency assistance.
Because this is a ministry trip rather than a vacation, we encourage you to let go of home issues and
focus on ministry. In any case, you should not make promises with friends and family that you will be
in touch frequently by phone or by email as this is not likely possible.
If you have a cell phone you hope to use during the trip, or a calling card from your telephone service
provider, please call your service provider before the trip to learn whether these are operational in
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Internet services are not easily available in villages.
Your family and friends contacting you:
Shortly after we arrive we will have a cell number that your family can use for emergencies.
Language English is the official language in Uganda. Kiswahili and Luganda are widely spoken and we will mostly likely be
using translators when we travel into smaller and more remote places.
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