SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda

Travel to East Africa for a summer full of volunteering, connecting with remote Jewish communities, and eye-opening discoveries.

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours

    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $6,385
    Complimentary travel insurance is available for a limited time – a $187 value. Limitations apply.

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Travel to the exotic and lush lands of Uganda and Rwanda! This Stand UP experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the hidden gems of Africa through volunteer projects, cultural discovery, and iconic touring adventures.

You’ll learn the fascinating story of the Abayudaya (Uganda’s indigenous Jewish community), volunteer with students at a local primary school, and visit the inspiring Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to children impacted by the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s. You’ll experience wildlife safaris, rafting down the upper Nile River, and develop a new appreciation for the natural beauty and diverse peoples of East Africa.

Elements of the Experience

Village Life

This piece of your Stand UP experience will engage you in daily life challenges. See what it’s like to get an education in Uganda and experience the resilience of villagers in Rwanda that are rebuilding their communities.

First, visit the Buppala Primary School in Uganda, that enrolls close to 1,000 school age children. Learn about the challenges of what it’s like to get an education in rural Uganda. You’ll volunteer on the school farm, in the classroom, and work with students on sports development. Spend time with students, both at school and home, to experience what everyday life is like in their village.

Second, spend time with students and families at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Discuss Tikun Olam with young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is still repairing itself after the 1990s genocide.

Trade Study

Working with the Namutumba and Nasenyi communities in the eastern part of Uganda, learn how to make beaded bracelets and necklaces from recycled paper. Women in the village sell these items in local markets and on the Global Village Connect website.

Jewish Roots

Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style. Then, enjoy a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community, the Jews of Uganda. You’ll also spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association who’s mission is empowering others to be greater leaders in society.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. Experience a three day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of birds, and much more.

Why Uganda & Rwanda?

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. These East-African gems along the equator are full of natural beauty, impressive wildlife, friendly people, and rich culture. Uganda and Rwanda offer unique experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds, and more! The adventure continues with world-class white-water rafting on the upper Nile River, which commonly attracts the best kayakers and white-water rafters from around the world. These beautiful countries are also filled with immense cultural experiences! From a traditional African Shabbat with the Abayudaya community in Uganda, to learning the history of Rwanda, this journey has so much to offer. Take in all of the sights, smells, tastes, and vibrant culture the ‘Pearl of Africa’ has to offer on this incredible, exotic African adventure!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Experience the Give-a-Goat program and participate in other service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income
Take in the beautiful sights as you hike all three Sipi Falls
Cool off and white-water raft down the Nile River
Journey through Queen Elizabeth National Park on a three day safari
Weave through paths and dense trees in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to many butterflies, birds, and other animals
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Our Community Partners

global village connect travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
  • Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Uganda!

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Uganda

  • Late night arrival to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Meet local program staff and check-in to accomodations
  • Program orientation and ice-breakers

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Travel to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Lunch by the Nile River in Jinja
  • Learn about AYA’s(Abayudaya Youth Association) mission to empower others to be greater leaders in society
  • Tour the Abayudaya community and see the surrounding areas
  • Enjoy a traditional African dinner and musical evening celebration with the Abayudaya youth

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style
  • Head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services as a group at the hotel with the Abayudaya community

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Torah study under the trees with Rabbi Gershom
  • Traditional African lunch with the local Abayudaya community
  • Relax, swim, and take in your surroundings with new found friends
  • Enjoy our first Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Take in the beautiful sights as you hike through the rich greenery of all three Sipi Falls
  • Visit a local Ugandan farmer’s home to experience the traditional way of roasting coffee and make some yourself

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Check-out of our hotel and head to Iganga
  • Service project discussion and preparation
  • Orientation and tour with Buppala Primary School and the community

DAY #8 – Day #10 | Tuesday – Thursday | Community Service Projects

  • Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at Buppala Primary School with hands-on activies including letter writing, art lessons, and science projects
  • Enjoy an afternoon with the Namatumba women’s group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #11 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Participate in the Give-a-Goat program with Buppala students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at The Buppala Primary School
  • Reflect on experiences from our service project
  • Travel to Jinja on the Nile River
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services under the stars as a group

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat programming river-side at the Nile
  • Explore the town of Jinja and enjoy the sites
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day of relaxation
  • Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #13 | Sunday | White-Water Rafting

  • Cool off and enjoy white-water rafting on the upper Nile River!
  • BBQ lunch on a Nile River island
  • Travel to Kampala
  • Participate in an evening of cultural music and dance performance with the Ndere Dance Company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day & Evening Game Drive

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stop at the cultural center to learn about Western Uganda Ankole Tribe culture
  • Night time game drive – observe animals hunting at night

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari Adventure

  • Get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds and much more as you Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise to view water buffalo, crocodiles, warthogs and more as they head to the water to hunt  on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the high canopy forest to see hundreds of birds, monkeys, waterfalls and if you are lucky, you may even cross paths with the mountain gorillas

DAY #17 | Thursday | Batwa Forest People

  • Learn the history and traditions of the Batwa forest people. They will guide our group through the forest and teach us about plants and their uses
  • Afternoon hike through rural farming lands to Lake Mutanda
  • Relax in a dugout canoe as you are paddled across Lake Mutanda surrounded by mountains and volcanoes

DAY #18 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Rwanda
  • Meet and tour the community of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (Kibbutz style village)
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy Shabbat dinner with local residents of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Continue the Shabbat celebration singing songs with local youth and watch a school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Morning Shabbat services together as a group
  • Spend time bonding with the local Agahozo Shalom Youth Village community
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day with friends
  • Havdalah and reflection as a group – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #20 | Sunday |  Kigali & Farewell!

  • Travel to Kigali
  • Learn and reflect at the Kigali Museum, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial to honor the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building
  • Artisan shopping at the local craft market in Rwanda
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to the USA

DAY #21 | Monday | Welcome Back Home

  • Arrive back to the USA in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered from the Continental United States. The departure city will be announced in the spring along with the flight details. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Uganda. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures are between the 70s and 80s. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, mornings will bring a mist and evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. Although this is the beginning of the dry season, we do recommend bringing a rain jacket. The weather should be mostly sunny during the day time throughout the trip and a little cooler at night.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Uganda and Rwanda are two of the safest, stable, and secure countries in Africa. The Ugandan government fully realizes the importance of safety of visitors to Uganda and it’s own citizens. The presence of police is found almost everywhere, ranging from traffic police to tourism police. This is to make sure that tourists and visitors are safe. The group will only visit areas that have previously been approved by our travel partners. We constantly monitor policital situations and health concerns including disease outbreaks in both countries. Should any sort of unplanned situation occur, we will react accordingly, including and up to cancellation or early termination of the trip. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12 teens.

What’s the food like?
When the group eats with the Abayudaya community, all meals served there will be Kosher-style. When meat is served, it will be Kosher meat. Meals throughout the rest of the trip will be Pescatarian. All ingredients are local and will be cooked specifically for our group. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Uganda expect to eat a lot of fresh local fruit. Uganda grows more bananas than any other country in the world except India. You can also expect fresh potatoes, pasta, bread, maize (corn-not yellow like in USA) tomatoes, onions, fresh stews and meats. Be sure to try the staple of Uganda, Matoke, a dish made from baked or steamed plantains. In Rwanda you can expect to find rice, pasta, bread, sweet potatoes, corn, chicken, and vegetables. You can also expect to find traditional items like ugali, chips, collard greens, and chapattiin in both countries.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. You will need have your visa completed by the begining of May. Both Uganda and Rwanda require travelers to have a valid passport. Passports must be valid for 6 months after entry and must have at least 2 pages unused. When choosing your via, please select the East African Tourist visa which will cover both countries.  We will check with the Ugandan and Rwandan consulates at least 3 weeks prior to departure to ensure nothing has changed.

Please visit http://www.ugandaembassy.com/page/visa-requirements to apply for your visa.

Please make sure you apply for an East African Tourist visa. You will need the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport (the page with your photo)
  • Copy of recent Passport size photograph
  • Travel itinerary
  • Vaccination certificate (Yellow fever)
  • Return ticket

After applying, you may receive an email asking for a letter allowing your minor to go on this trip to Uganda and Rwanda. No notary is necessary. Click here to see the template.

Your Ugandan contact when applying for a visa is listed below.

Lydia Eva Mamapamga

Papyrus Guest House

Plot 2, Uringi Close Kiwafu, Entebbe

Tel: +256-774-805580

lydia@nkuringolodges.com

Will my teen need a vaccinations for this experience?
The only vaccination you are required to receive to enter Uganda and Rwanda at this time  is Yellow fever. Please note that some may be allergic to the Yellow fever vaccine. If you are allergic, you will need a note of permission from your doctor stating such. Please consult with your doctor for other suggested vaccines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
  • At a Glance

    21 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $6,385
    Complimentary travel insurance is available for a limited time – a $187 value. Limitations apply.


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Travel to the exotic and lush lands of Uganda and Rwanda! This Stand UP experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the hidden gems of Africa through volunteer projects, cultural discovery, and iconic touring adventures.

You’ll learn the fascinating story of the Abayudaya (Uganda’s indigenous Jewish community), volunteer with students at a local primary school, and visit the inspiring Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to children impacted by the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s. You’ll experience wildlife safaris, rafting down the upper Nile River, and develop a new appreciation for the natural beauty and diverse peoples of East Africa.

Elements of the Experience

Village Life

This piece of your Stand UP experience will engage you in daily life challenges. See what it’s like to get an education in Uganda and experience the resilience of villagers in Rwanda that are rebuilding their communities.

First, visit the Buppala Primary School in Uganda, that enrolls close to 1,000 school age children. Learn about the challenges of what it’s like to get an education in rural Uganda. You’ll volunteer on the school farm, in the classroom, and work with students on sports development. Spend time with students, both at school and home, to experience what everyday life is like in their village.

Second, spend time with students and families at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Discuss Tikun Olam with young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is still repairing itself after the 1990s genocide.

Trade Study

Working with the Namutumba and Nasenyi communities in the eastern part of Uganda, learn how to make beaded bracelets and necklaces from recycled paper. Women in the village sell these items in local markets and on the Global Village Connect website.

Jewish Roots

Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style. Then, enjoy a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community, the Jews of Uganda. You’ll also spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association who’s mission is empowering others to be greater leaders in society.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. Experience a three day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of birds, and much more.

Why Uganda & Rwanda?

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. These East-African gems along the equator are full of natural beauty, impressive wildlife, friendly people, and rich culture. Uganda and Rwanda offer unique experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds, and more! The adventure continues with world-class white-water rafting on the upper Nile River, which commonly attracts the best kayakers and white-water rafters from around the world. These beautiful countries are also filled with immense cultural experiences! From a traditional African Shabbat with the Abayudaya community in Uganda, to learning the history of Rwanda, this journey has so much to offer. Take in all of the sights, smells, tastes, and vibrant culture the ‘Pearl of Africa’ has to offer on this incredible, exotic African adventure!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Experience the Give-a-Goat program and participate in other service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income
Take in the beautiful sights as you hike all three Sipi Falls
Cool off and white-water raft down the Nile River
Journey through Queen Elizabeth National Park on a three day safari
Weave through paths and dense trees in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to many butterflies, birds, and other animals
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Our Community Partners

global village connect travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
  • Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Uganda!

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Uganda

  • Late night arrival to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Meet local program staff and check-in to accomodations
  • Program orientation and ice-breakers

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Travel to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Lunch by the Nile River in Jinja
  • Learn about AYA’s(Abayudaya Youth Association) mission to empower others to be greater leaders in society
  • Tour the Abayudaya community and see the surrounding areas
  • Enjoy a traditional African dinner and musical evening celebration with the Abayudaya youth

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style
  • Head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services as a group at the hotel with the Abayudaya community

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Torah study under the trees with Rabbi Gershom
  • Traditional African lunch with the local Abayudaya community
  • Relax, swim, and take in your surroundings with new found friends
  • Enjoy our first Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Take in the beautiful sights as you hike through the rich greenery of all three Sipi Falls
  • Visit a local Ugandan farmer’s home to experience the traditional way of roasting coffee and make some yourself

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Check-out of our hotel and head to Iganga
  • Service project discussion and preparation
  • Orientation and tour with Buppala Primary School and the community

DAY #8 – Day #10 | Tuesday – Thursday | Community Service Projects

  • Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at Buppala Primary School with hands-on activies including letter writing, art lessons, and science projects
  • Enjoy an afternoon with the Namatumba women’s group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #11 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Participate in the Give-a-Goat program with Buppala students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at The Buppala Primary School
  • Reflect on experiences from our service project
  • Travel to Jinja on the Nile River
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services under the stars as a group

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat programming river-side at the Nile
  • Explore the town of Jinja and enjoy the sites
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day of relaxation
  • Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #13 | Sunday | White-Water Rafting

  • Cool off and enjoy white-water rafting on the upper Nile River!
  • BBQ lunch on a Nile River island
  • Travel to Kampala
  • Participate in an evening of cultural music and dance performance with the Ndere Dance Company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day & Evening Game Drive

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stop at the cultural center to learn about Western Uganda Ankole Tribe culture
  • Night time game drive – observe animals hunting at night

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari Adventure

  • Get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds and much more as you Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise to view water buffalo, crocodiles, warthogs and more as they head to the water to hunt  on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the high canopy forest to see hundreds of birds, monkeys, waterfalls and if you are lucky, you may even cross paths with the mountain gorillas

DAY #17 | Thursday | Batwa Forest People

  • Learn the history and traditions of the Batwa forest people. They will guide our group through the forest and teach us about plants and their uses
  • Afternoon hike through rural farming lands to Lake Mutanda
  • Relax in a dugout canoe as you are paddled across Lake Mutanda surrounded by mountains and volcanoes

DAY #18 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Rwanda
  • Meet and tour the community of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (Kibbutz style village)
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy Shabbat dinner with local residents of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Continue the Shabbat celebration singing songs with local youth and watch a school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Morning Shabbat services together as a group
  • Spend time bonding with the local Agahozo Shalom Youth Village community
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day with friends
  • Havdalah and reflection as a group – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #20 | Sunday |  Kigali & Farewell!

  • Travel to Kigali
  • Learn and reflect at the Kigali Museum, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial to honor the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building
  • Artisan shopping at the local craft market in Rwanda
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to the USA

DAY #21 | Monday | Welcome Back Home

  • Arrive back to the USA in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered from the Continental United States. The departure city will be announced in the spring along with the flight details. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Uganda. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures are between the 70s and 80s. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, mornings will bring a mist and evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. Although this is the beginning of the dry season, we do recommend bringing a rain jacket. The weather should be mostly sunny during the day time throughout the trip and a little cooler at night.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Uganda and Rwanda are two of the safest, stable, and secure countries in Africa. The Ugandan government fully realizes the importance of safety of visitors to Uganda and it’s own citizens. The presence of police is found almost everywhere, ranging from traffic police to tourism police. This is to make sure that tourists and visitors are safe. The group will only visit areas that have previously been approved by our travel partners. We constantly monitor policital situations and health concerns including disease outbreaks in both countries. Should any sort of unplanned situation occur, we will react accordingly, including and up to cancellation or early termination of the trip. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12 teens.

What’s the food like?
When the group eats with the Abayudaya community, all meals served there will be Kosher-style. When meat is served, it will be Kosher meat. Meals throughout the rest of the trip will be Pescatarian. All ingredients are local and will be cooked specifically for our group. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Uganda expect to eat a lot of fresh local fruit. Uganda grows more bananas than any other country in the world except India. You can also expect fresh potatoes, pasta, bread, maize (corn-not yellow like in USA) tomatoes, onions, fresh stews and meats. Be sure to try the staple of Uganda, Matoke, a dish made from baked or steamed plantains. In Rwanda you can expect to find rice, pasta, bread, sweet potatoes, corn, chicken, and vegetables. You can also expect to find traditional items like ugali, chips, collard greens, and chapattiin in both countries.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. You will need have your visa completed by the begining of May. Both Uganda and Rwanda require travelers to have a valid passport. Passports must be valid for 6 months after entry and must have at least 2 pages unused. When choosing your via, please select the East African Tourist visa which will cover both countries.  We will check with the Ugandan and Rwandan consulates at least 3 weeks prior to departure to ensure nothing has changed.

Please visit http://www.ugandaembassy.com/page/visa-requirements to apply for your visa.

Please make sure you apply for an East African Tourist visa. You will need the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport (the page with your photo)
  • Copy of recent Passport size photograph
  • Travel itinerary
  • Vaccination certificate (Yellow fever)
  • Return ticket

After applying, you may receive an email asking for a letter allowing your minor to go on this trip to Uganda and Rwanda. No notary is necessary. Click here to see the template.

Your Ugandan contact when applying for a visa is listed below.

Lydia Eva Mamapamga

Papyrus Guest House

Plot 2, Uringi Close Kiwafu, Entebbe

Tel: +256-774-805580

lydia@nkuringolodges.com

Will my teen need a vaccinations for this experience?
The only vaccination you are required to receive to enter Uganda and Rwanda at this time  is Yellow fever. Please note that some may be allergic to the Yellow fever vaccine. If you are allergic, you will need a note of permission from your doctor stating such. Please consult with your doctor for other suggested vaccines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda

Travel to East Africa for a summer full of volunteering, connecting with remote Jewish communities, and eye-opening discoveries.

Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda

Travel to East Africa for a summer full of volunteering, connecting with remote Jewish communities, and eye-opening discoveries.

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours

    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $6,385
    Complimentary travel insurance is available for a limited time – a $187 value. Limitations apply.

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Travel to the exotic and lush lands of Uganda and Rwanda! This Stand UP experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the hidden gems of Africa through volunteer projects, cultural discovery, and iconic touring adventures.

You’ll learn the fascinating story of the Abayudaya (Uganda’s indigenous Jewish community), volunteer with students at a local primary school, and visit the inspiring Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to children impacted by the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s. You’ll experience wildlife safaris, rafting down the upper Nile River, and develop a new appreciation for the natural beauty and diverse peoples of East Africa.

Elements of the Experience

Village Life

This piece of your Stand UP experience will engage you in daily life challenges. See what it’s like to get an education in Uganda and experience the resilience of villagers in Rwanda that are rebuilding their communities.

First, visit the Buppala Primary School in Uganda, that enrolls close to 1,000 school age children. Learn about the challenges of what it’s like to get an education in rural Uganda. You’ll volunteer on the school farm, in the classroom, and work with students on sports development. Spend time with students, both at school and home, to experience what everyday life is like in their village.

Second, spend time with students and families at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Discuss Tikun Olam with young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is still repairing itself after the 1990s genocide.

Trade Study

Working with the Namutumba and Nasenyi communities in the eastern part of Uganda, learn how to make beaded bracelets and necklaces from recycled paper. Women in the village sell these items in local markets and on the Global Village Connect website.

Jewish Roots

Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style. Then, enjoy a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community, the Jews of Uganda. You’ll also spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association who’s mission is empowering others to be greater leaders in society.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. Experience a three day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of birds, and much more.

Why Uganda & Rwanda?

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. These East-African gems along the equator are full of natural beauty, impressive wildlife, friendly people, and rich culture. Uganda and Rwanda offer unique experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds, and more! The adventure continues with world-class white-water rafting on the upper Nile River, which commonly attracts the best kayakers and white-water rafters from around the world. These beautiful countries are also filled with immense cultural experiences! From a traditional African Shabbat with the Abayudaya community in Uganda, to learning the history of Rwanda, this journey has so much to offer. Take in all of the sights, smells, tastes, and vibrant culture the ‘Pearl of Africa’ has to offer on this incredible, exotic African adventure!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Experience the Give-a-Goat program and participate in other service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income
Take in the beautiful sights as you hike all three Sipi Falls
Cool off and white-water raft down the Nile River
Journey through Queen Elizabeth National Park on a three day safari
Weave through paths and dense trees in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to many butterflies, birds, and other animals
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Our Community Partners

global village connect travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
  • Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Uganda!

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Uganda

  • Late night arrival to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Meet local program staff and check-in to accomodations
  • Program orientation and ice-breakers

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Travel to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Lunch by the Nile River in Jinja
  • Learn about AYA’s(Abayudaya Youth Association) mission to empower others to be greater leaders in society
  • Tour the Abayudaya community and see the surrounding areas
  • Enjoy a traditional African dinner and musical evening celebration with the Abayudaya youth

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style
  • Head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services as a group at the hotel with the Abayudaya community

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Torah study under the trees with Rabbi Gershom
  • Traditional African lunch with the local Abayudaya community
  • Relax, swim, and take in your surroundings with new found friends
  • Enjoy our first Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Take in the beautiful sights as you hike through the rich greenery of all three Sipi Falls
  • Visit a local Ugandan farmer’s home to experience the traditional way of roasting coffee and make some yourself

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Check-out of our hotel and head to Iganga
  • Service project discussion and preparation
  • Orientation and tour with Buppala Primary School and the community

DAY #8 – Day #10 | Tuesday – Thursday | Community Service Projects

  • Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at Buppala Primary School with hands-on activies including letter writing, art lessons, and science projects
  • Enjoy an afternoon with the Namatumba women’s group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #11 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Participate in the Give-a-Goat program with Buppala students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at The Buppala Primary School
  • Reflect on experiences from our service project
  • Travel to Jinja on the Nile River
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services under the stars as a group

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat programming river-side at the Nile
  • Explore the town of Jinja and enjoy the sites
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day of relaxation
  • Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #13 | Sunday | White-Water Rafting

  • Cool off and enjoy white-water rafting on the upper Nile River!
  • BBQ lunch on a Nile River island
  • Travel to Kampala
  • Participate in an evening of cultural music and dance performance with the Ndere Dance Company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day & Evening Game Drive

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stop at the cultural center to learn about Western Uganda Ankole Tribe culture
  • Night time game drive – observe animals hunting at night

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari Adventure

  • Get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds and much more as you Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise to view water buffalo, crocodiles, warthogs and more as they head to the water to hunt  on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the high canopy forest to see hundreds of birds, monkeys, waterfalls and if you are lucky, you may even cross paths with the mountain gorillas

DAY #17 | Thursday | Batwa Forest People

  • Learn the history and traditions of the Batwa forest people. They will guide our group through the forest and teach us about plants and their uses
  • Afternoon hike through rural farming lands to Lake Mutanda
  • Relax in a dugout canoe as you are paddled across Lake Mutanda surrounded by mountains and volcanoes

DAY #18 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Rwanda
  • Meet and tour the community of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (Kibbutz style village)
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy Shabbat dinner with local residents of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Continue the Shabbat celebration singing songs with local youth and watch a school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Morning Shabbat services together as a group
  • Spend time bonding with the local Agahozo Shalom Youth Village community
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day with friends
  • Havdalah and reflection as a group – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #20 | Sunday |  Kigali & Farewell!

  • Travel to Kigali
  • Learn and reflect at the Kigali Museum, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial to honor the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building
  • Artisan shopping at the local craft market in Rwanda
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to the USA

DAY #21 | Monday | Welcome Back Home

  • Arrive back to the USA in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered from the Continental United States. The departure city will be announced in the spring along with the flight details. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Uganda. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures are between the 70s and 80s. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, mornings will bring a mist and evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. Although this is the beginning of the dry season, we do recommend bringing a rain jacket. The weather should be mostly sunny during the day time throughout the trip and a little cooler at night.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Uganda and Rwanda are two of the safest, stable, and secure countries in Africa. The Ugandan government fully realizes the importance of safety of visitors to Uganda and it’s own citizens. The presence of police is found almost everywhere, ranging from traffic police to tourism police. This is to make sure that tourists and visitors are safe. The group will only visit areas that have previously been approved by our travel partners. We constantly monitor policital situations and health concerns including disease outbreaks in both countries. Should any sort of unplanned situation occur, we will react accordingly, including and up to cancellation or early termination of the trip. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12 teens.

What’s the food like?
When the group eats with the Abayudaya community, all meals served there will be Kosher-style. When meat is served, it will be Kosher meat. Meals throughout the rest of the trip will be Pescatarian. All ingredients are local and will be cooked specifically for our group. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Uganda expect to eat a lot of fresh local fruit. Uganda grows more bananas than any other country in the world except India. You can also expect fresh potatoes, pasta, bread, maize (corn-not yellow like in USA) tomatoes, onions, fresh stews and meats. Be sure to try the staple of Uganda, Matoke, a dish made from baked or steamed plantains. In Rwanda you can expect to find rice, pasta, bread, sweet potatoes, corn, chicken, and vegetables. You can also expect to find traditional items like ugali, chips, collard greens, and chapattiin in both countries.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. You will need have your visa completed by the begining of May. Both Uganda and Rwanda require travelers to have a valid passport. Passports must be valid for 6 months after entry and must have at least 2 pages unused. When choosing your via, please select the East African Tourist visa which will cover both countries.  We will check with the Ugandan and Rwandan consulates at least 3 weeks prior to departure to ensure nothing has changed.

Please visit http://www.ugandaembassy.com/page/visa-requirements to apply for your visa.

Please make sure you apply for an East African Tourist visa. You will need the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport (the page with your photo)
  • Copy of recent Passport size photograph
  • Travel itinerary
  • Vaccination certificate (Yellow fever)
  • Return ticket

After applying, you may receive an email asking for a letter allowing your minor to go on this trip to Uganda and Rwanda. No notary is necessary. Click here to see the template.

Your Ugandan contact when applying for a visa is listed below.

Lydia Eva Mamapamga

Papyrus Guest House

Plot 2, Uringi Close Kiwafu, Entebbe

Tel: +256-774-805580

lydia@nkuringolodges.com

Will my teen need a vaccinations for this experience?
The only vaccination you are required to receive to enter Uganda and Rwanda at this time  is Yellow fever. Please note that some may be allergic to the Yellow fever vaccine. If you are allergic, you will need a note of permission from your doctor stating such. Please consult with your doctor for other suggested vaccines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
  • At a Glance

    21 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $6,385
    Complimentary travel insurance is available for a limited time – a $187 value. Limitations apply.


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Travel to the exotic and lush lands of Uganda and Rwanda! This Stand UP experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the hidden gems of Africa through volunteer projects, cultural discovery, and iconic touring adventures.

You’ll learn the fascinating story of the Abayudaya (Uganda’s indigenous Jewish community), volunteer with students at a local primary school, and visit the inspiring Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to children impacted by the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s. You’ll experience wildlife safaris, rafting down the upper Nile River, and develop a new appreciation for the natural beauty and diverse peoples of East Africa.

Elements of the Experience

Village Life

This piece of your Stand UP experience will engage you in daily life challenges. See what it’s like to get an education in Uganda and experience the resilience of villagers in Rwanda that are rebuilding their communities.

First, visit the Buppala Primary School in Uganda, that enrolls close to 1,000 school age children. Learn about the challenges of what it’s like to get an education in rural Uganda. You’ll volunteer on the school farm, in the classroom, and work with students on sports development. Spend time with students, both at school and home, to experience what everyday life is like in their village.

Second, spend time with students and families at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Discuss Tikun Olam with young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is still repairing itself after the 1990s genocide.

Trade Study

Working with the Namutumba and Nasenyi communities in the eastern part of Uganda, learn how to make beaded bracelets and necklaces from recycled paper. Women in the village sell these items in local markets and on the Global Village Connect website.

Jewish Roots

Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style. Then, enjoy a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community, the Jews of Uganda. You’ll also spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association who’s mission is empowering others to be greater leaders in society.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. Experience a three day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of birds, and much more.

Why Uganda & Rwanda?

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. These East-African gems along the equator are full of natural beauty, impressive wildlife, friendly people, and rich culture. Uganda and Rwanda offer unique experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds, and more! The adventure continues with world-class white-water rafting on the upper Nile River, which commonly attracts the best kayakers and white-water rafters from around the world. These beautiful countries are also filled with immense cultural experiences! From a traditional African Shabbat with the Abayudaya community in Uganda, to learning the history of Rwanda, this journey has so much to offer. Take in all of the sights, smells, tastes, and vibrant culture the ‘Pearl of Africa’ has to offer on this incredible, exotic African adventure!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Experience the Give-a-Goat program and participate in other service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income
Take in the beautiful sights as you hike all three Sipi Falls
Cool off and white-water raft down the Nile River
Journey through Queen Elizabeth National Park on a three day safari
Weave through paths and dense trees in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to many butterflies, birds, and other animals
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Our Community Partners

global village connect travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Uganda & Rwanda.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised group flight (optional)
  • Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Uganda!

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome to Uganda

  • Late night arrival to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Meet local program staff and check-in to accomodations
  • Program orientation and ice-breakers

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Travel to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Lunch by the Nile River in Jinja
  • Learn about AYA’s(Abayudaya Youth Association) mission to empower others to be greater leaders in society
  • Tour the Abayudaya community and see the surrounding areas
  • Enjoy a traditional African dinner and musical evening celebration with the Abayudaya youth

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Join alongside the Shalom Women’s Bakery to make Challah African style
  • Head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services as a group at the hotel with the Abayudaya community

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Torah study under the trees with Rabbi Gershom
  • Traditional African lunch with the local Abayudaya community
  • Relax, swim, and take in your surroundings with new found friends
  • Enjoy our first Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Take in the beautiful sights as you hike through the rich greenery of all three Sipi Falls
  • Visit a local Ugandan farmer’s home to experience the traditional way of roasting coffee and make some yourself

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Check-out of our hotel and head to Iganga
  • Service project discussion and preparation
  • Orientation and tour with Buppala Primary School and the community

DAY #8 – Day #10 | Tuesday – Thursday | Community Service Projects

  • Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at Buppala Primary School with hands-on activies including letter writing, art lessons, and science projects
  • Enjoy an afternoon with the Namatumba women’s group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #11 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Participate in the Give-a-Goat program with Buppala students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at The Buppala Primary School
  • Reflect on experiences from our service project
  • Travel to Jinja on the Nile River
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat dinner and services under the stars as a group

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat programming river-side at the Nile
  • Explore the town of Jinja and enjoy the sites
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day of relaxation
  • Havdalah as a group under the stars – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #13 | Sunday | White-Water Rafting

  • Cool off and enjoy white-water rafting on the upper Nile River!
  • BBQ lunch on a Nile River island
  • Travel to Kampala
  • Participate in an evening of cultural music and dance performance with the Ndere Dance Company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day & Evening Game Drive

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stop at the cultural center to learn about Western Uganda Ankole Tribe culture
  • Night time game drive – observe animals hunting at night

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari Adventure

  • Get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, baboons, birds and much more as you Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise to view water buffalo, crocodiles, warthogs and more as they head to the water to hunt  on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the high canopy forest to see hundreds of birds, monkeys, waterfalls and if you are lucky, you may even cross paths with the mountain gorillas

DAY #17 | Thursday | Batwa Forest People

  • Learn the history and traditions of the Batwa forest people. They will guide our group through the forest and teach us about plants and their uses
  • Afternoon hike through rural farming lands to Lake Mutanda
  • Relax in a dugout canoe as you are paddled across Lake Mutanda surrounded by mountains and volcanoes

DAY #18 | Friday | Travel Day

  • Check-out of our accomodations and travel to Rwanda
  • Meet and tour the community of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (Kibbutz style village)
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy Shabbat dinner with local residents of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Continue the Shabbat celebration singing songs with local youth and watch a school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Morning Shabbat services together as a group
  • Spend time bonding with the local Agahozo Shalom Youth Village community
  • Enjoy a much needed restful day with friends
  • Havdalah and reflection as a group – celebrate the start of a new week

DAY #20 | Sunday |  Kigali & Farewell!

  • Travel to Kigali
  • Learn and reflect at the Kigali Museum, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial to honor the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building
  • Artisan shopping at the local craft market in Rwanda
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to the USA

DAY #21 | Monday | Welcome Back Home

  • Arrive back to the USA in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered from the Continental United States. The departure city will be announced in the spring along with the flight details. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Uganda. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures are between the 70s and 80s. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, mornings will bring a mist and evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. Although this is the beginning of the dry season, we do recommend bringing a rain jacket. The weather should be mostly sunny during the day time throughout the trip and a little cooler at night.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Uganda and Rwanda are two of the safest, stable, and secure countries in Africa. The Ugandan government fully realizes the importance of safety of visitors to Uganda and it’s own citizens. The presence of police is found almost everywhere, ranging from traffic police to tourism police. This is to make sure that tourists and visitors are safe. The group will only visit areas that have previously been approved by our travel partners. We constantly monitor policital situations and health concerns including disease outbreaks in both countries. Should any sort of unplanned situation occur, we will react accordingly, including and up to cancellation or early termination of the trip. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12 teens.

What’s the food like?
When the group eats with the Abayudaya community, all meals served there will be Kosher-style. When meat is served, it will be Kosher meat. Meals throughout the rest of the trip will be Pescatarian. All ingredients are local and will be cooked specifically for our group. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Uganda expect to eat a lot of fresh local fruit. Uganda grows more bananas than any other country in the world except India. You can also expect fresh potatoes, pasta, bread, maize (corn-not yellow like in USA) tomatoes, onions, fresh stews and meats. Be sure to try the staple of Uganda, Matoke, a dish made from baked or steamed plantains. In Rwanda you can expect to find rice, pasta, bread, sweet potatoes, corn, chicken, and vegetables. You can also expect to find traditional items like ugali, chips, collard greens, and chapattiin in both countries.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. You will need have your visa completed by the begining of May. Both Uganda and Rwanda require travelers to have a valid passport. Passports must be valid for 6 months after entry and must have at least 2 pages unused. When choosing your via, please select the East African Tourist visa which will cover both countries.  We will check with the Ugandan and Rwandan consulates at least 3 weeks prior to departure to ensure nothing has changed.

Please visit http://www.ugandaembassy.com/page/visa-requirements to apply for your visa.

Please make sure you apply for an East African Tourist visa. You will need the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport (the page with your photo)
  • Copy of recent Passport size photograph
  • Travel itinerary
  • Vaccination certificate (Yellow fever)
  • Return ticket

After applying, you may receive an email asking for a letter allowing your minor to go on this trip to Uganda and Rwanda. No notary is necessary. Click here to see the template.

Your Ugandan contact when applying for a visa is listed below.

Lydia Eva Mamapamga

Papyrus Guest House

Plot 2, Uringi Close Kiwafu, Entebbe

Tel: +256-774-805580

lydia@nkuringolodges.com

Will my teen need a vaccinations for this experience?
The only vaccination you are required to receive to enter Uganda and Rwanda at this time  is Yellow fever. Please note that some may be allergic to the Yellow fever vaccine. If you are allergic, you will need a note of permission from your doctor stating such. Please consult with your doctor for other suggested vaccines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

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