SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Uganda/Rwanda

Stand UP for education and community empowerment and immerse yourself in the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Experience a three-day wildlife safari.

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours

    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBD
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Economic Development

Stand UP for education and immerse yourself the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda, with it’s lush agricultural valleys and forested mountains. Spend time with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda), Buyanga Primary School students and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to youth orphaned during and after the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

 

Elements of the Experience

Stand up for childhood education

Located in the southeastern region of Uganda, the Buyanga Primary School enrolls close to 1000 children between the ages of 5 and 16. That’s a lot of lunches, the only meal of the day for some students. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes. You’ll be helping on the farm, donating goats so kids can pay their school fees, helping in the classroom and working with students on sports development. We will have an opportunity to visit students in their homes and in their community.

Learn about Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and discuss tikun olam with vulnerable young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is repairing itself after the 1990 genocide. 
Spend time with students and families.

Trade study

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

Jewish roots

Spend a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda) and spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association. Make challah, African style, with the Shalom Women’s Bakery.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. We’ll experience a 3 day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where we’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Program Highlights

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

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Participate in service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income.
Hike Sipi Falls
White water rafting on the Nile
Experience a 3 day safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hike Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Part #1 | Education and Economic Development

Work, teach, learn, and play alongside Ugandan students and communities, building relationships and changing lives. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education and to work in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes.

Part #2 | Adventure

Hike, white water raft and safari your way through Uganda and Rwanda experiencing places like Sipi Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and more!

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 | En Route to Uganda

  • Fly to Uganda

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Arrival in Uganda

  • Arrive to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Check-in to accomodations

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Drive to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Meet AYA (Abayudaya Youth Association)
  • Programming designed by Abayudaya youth, evening celebration

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Make Challah with the Abayudaya women at Shalom Bakery
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoy a day of rest
  • Havdalah under the stars

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Sipi’s 3 Falls
  • Spend time roasting coffee with a local farmer

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Drive to Iganga
  • Spend the day with Buyanga Primary School collecting stories, doing photography and videos with Global Village Connect recipients in their homes and communities

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Spend time with the Namatumba Women’s Group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #10 | Thursday | Day of Service

  • Service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students

DAY #11 | Friday | Wrap-Up and Drive

  • Finish service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at the school
  • Drive to Jinja
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Services at the Nile
  • Enjoy a restful day
  • Havdalah

DAY #13 | Sunday | White Water Rafting

  • White water rafting on the Nile!
  • Enjoy an evening of cultural dance performance with the Ndere dance company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Experience the Cultural Center to learn about Ankole Culture
  • Evening game drive, time permitting

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari

  • Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the forest to see birds and primates

DAY #17 | Thursday | Service Education

  • Learn how refugees are creating their own in-camp economies with farming and healthy eating

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Education and Shabbat

  • Drive to Rwanda
  • Shabbat and education with Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Sing songs and watch school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat services at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Enjoy restful day
  • Havdalah
  • Say goodbye to new friends from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Drive to Lake Kivu

DAY #20 | Sunday | Boat Ride, Kigali & Goodbyes

  • Drive to Kigali
  • Experience the Kigali Museum and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial
  • Artisan shopping
  • Late night departure back to the US

DAY #21 | Monday | Arrive Home

  • Arrive back to the US 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 Thailand. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels. 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, evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. This is the beginning of the dry season so we should not see much rain.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. 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 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. 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.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. We will provide more details about the visa upon registration.

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

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBD
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Economic Development

Stand UP for education and immerse yourself the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda, with it’s lush agricultural valleys and forested mountains. Spend time with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda), Buyanga Primary School students and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to youth orphaned during and after the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

 

Elements of the Experience

Stand up for childhood education

Located in the southeastern region of Uganda, the Buyanga Primary School enrolls close to 1000 children between the ages of 5 and 16. That’s a lot of lunches, the only meal of the day for some students. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes. You’ll be helping on the farm, donating goats so kids can pay their school fees, helping in the classroom and working with students on sports development. We will have an opportunity to visit students in their homes and in their community.

Learn about Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and discuss tikun olam with vulnerable young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is repairing itself after the 1990 genocide. 
Spend time with students and families.

Trade study

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

Jewish roots

Spend a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda) and spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association. Make challah, African style, with the Shalom Women’s Bakery.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. We’ll experience a 3 day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where we’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Program Highlights

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

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Participate in service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income.
Hike Sipi Falls
White water rafting on the Nile
Experience a 3 day safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hike Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Part #1 | Education and Economic Development

Work, teach, learn, and play alongside Ugandan students and communities, building relationships and changing lives. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education and to work in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes.

Part #2 | Adventure

Hike, white water raft and safari your way through Uganda and Rwanda experiencing places like Sipi Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and more!

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 | En Route to Uganda

  • Fly to Uganda

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Arrival in Uganda

  • Arrive to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Check-in to accomodations

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Drive to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Meet AYA (Abayudaya Youth Association)
  • Programming designed by Abayudaya youth, evening celebration

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Make Challah with the Abayudaya women at Shalom Bakery
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoy a day of rest
  • Havdalah under the stars

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Sipi’s 3 Falls
  • Spend time roasting coffee with a local farmer

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Drive to Iganga
  • Spend the day with Buyanga Primary School collecting stories, doing photography and videos with Global Village Connect recipients in their homes and communities

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Spend time with the Namatumba Women’s Group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #10 | Thursday | Day of Service

  • Service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students

DAY #11 | Friday | Wrap-Up and Drive

  • Finish service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at the school
  • Drive to Jinja
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Services at the Nile
  • Enjoy a restful day
  • Havdalah

DAY #13 | Sunday | White Water Rafting

  • White water rafting on the Nile!
  • Enjoy an evening of cultural dance performance with the Ndere dance company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Experience the Cultural Center to learn about Ankole Culture
  • Evening game drive, time permitting

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari

  • Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the forest to see birds and primates

DAY #17 | Thursday | Service Education

  • Learn how refugees are creating their own in-camp economies with farming and healthy eating

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Education and Shabbat

  • Drive to Rwanda
  • Shabbat and education with Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Sing songs and watch school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat services at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Enjoy restful day
  • Havdalah
  • Say goodbye to new friends from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Drive to Lake Kivu

DAY #20 | Sunday | Boat Ride, Kigali & Goodbyes

  • Drive to Kigali
  • Experience the Kigali Museum and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial
  • Artisan shopping
  • Late night departure back to the US

DAY #21 | Monday | Arrive Home

  • Arrive back to the US 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 Thailand. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels. 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, evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. This is the beginning of the dry season so we should not see much rain.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. 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 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. 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.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. We will provide more details about the visa upon registration.

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

Stand UP for education and community empowerment and immerse yourself in the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Experience a three-day wildlife safari.

Stand UP Uganda/Rwanda

Stand UP for education and community empowerment and immerse yourself in the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Experience a three-day wildlife safari.

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~36 Hours

    Location: Uganda & Rwanda

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBD
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Economic Development

Stand UP for education and immerse yourself the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda, with it’s lush agricultural valleys and forested mountains. Spend time with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda), Buyanga Primary School students and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to youth orphaned during and after the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

 

Elements of the Experience

Stand up for childhood education

Located in the southeastern region of Uganda, the Buyanga Primary School enrolls close to 1000 children between the ages of 5 and 16. That’s a lot of lunches, the only meal of the day for some students. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes. You’ll be helping on the farm, donating goats so kids can pay their school fees, helping in the classroom and working with students on sports development. We will have an opportunity to visit students in their homes and in their community.

Learn about Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and discuss tikun olam with vulnerable young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is repairing itself after the 1990 genocide. 
Spend time with students and families.

Trade study

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

Jewish roots

Spend a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda) and spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association. Make challah, African style, with the Shalom Women’s Bakery.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. We’ll experience a 3 day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where we’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Program Highlights

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

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Participate in service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income.
Hike Sipi Falls
White water rafting on the Nile
Experience a 3 day safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hike Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Part #1 | Education and Economic Development

Work, teach, learn, and play alongside Ugandan students and communities, building relationships and changing lives. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education and to work in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes.

Part #2 | Adventure

Hike, white water raft and safari your way through Uganda and Rwanda experiencing places like Sipi Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and more!

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 | En Route to Uganda

  • Fly to Uganda

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Arrival in Uganda

  • Arrive to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Check-in to accomodations

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Drive to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Meet AYA (Abayudaya Youth Association)
  • Programming designed by Abayudaya youth, evening celebration

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Make Challah with the Abayudaya women at Shalom Bakery
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoy a day of rest
  • Havdalah under the stars

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Sipi’s 3 Falls
  • Spend time roasting coffee with a local farmer

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Drive to Iganga
  • Spend the day with Buyanga Primary School collecting stories, doing photography and videos with Global Village Connect recipients in their homes and communities

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Spend time with the Namatumba Women’s Group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #10 | Thursday | Day of Service

  • Service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students

DAY #11 | Friday | Wrap-Up and Drive

  • Finish service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at the school
  • Drive to Jinja
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Services at the Nile
  • Enjoy a restful day
  • Havdalah

DAY #13 | Sunday | White Water Rafting

  • White water rafting on the Nile!
  • Enjoy an evening of cultural dance performance with the Ndere dance company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Experience the Cultural Center to learn about Ankole Culture
  • Evening game drive, time permitting

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari

  • Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the forest to see birds and primates

DAY #17 | Thursday | Service Education

  • Learn how refugees are creating their own in-camp economies with farming and healthy eating

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Education and Shabbat

  • Drive to Rwanda
  • Shabbat and education with Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Sing songs and watch school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat services at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Enjoy restful day
  • Havdalah
  • Say goodbye to new friends from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Drive to Lake Kivu

DAY #20 | Sunday | Boat Ride, Kigali & Goodbyes

  • Drive to Kigali
  • Experience the Kigali Museum and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial
  • Artisan shopping
  • Late night departure back to the US

DAY #21 | Monday | Arrive Home

  • Arrive back to the US 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 Thailand. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels. 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, evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. This is the beginning of the dry season so we should not see much rain.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. 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 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. 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.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. We will provide more details about the visa upon registration.

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

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBD
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Medical insurance
    • Transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Economic Development

Stand UP for education and immerse yourself the beautiful countries of Uganda and Rwanda, with it’s lush agricultural valleys and forested mountains. Spend time with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda), Buyanga Primary School students and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to youth orphaned during and after the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

 

Elements of the Experience

Stand up for childhood education

Located in the southeastern region of Uganda, the Buyanga Primary School enrolls close to 1000 children between the ages of 5 and 16. That’s a lot of lunches, the only meal of the day for some students. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes. You’ll be helping on the farm, donating goats so kids can pay their school fees, helping in the classroom and working with students on sports development. We will have an opportunity to visit students in their homes and in their community.

Learn about Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and discuss tikun olam with vulnerable young people who are learning to be engaged change-makers in a country that is repairing itself after the 1990 genocide. 
Spend time with students and families.

Trade study

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

Jewish roots

Spend a musical shabbat with the Abayudaya community (the Jews of Uganda) and spend time with the Abayudaya Youth Association. Make challah, African style, with the Shalom Women’s Bakery.

An Authentic African Adventure

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Uganda. We’ll experience a 3 day wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park where we’ll see lions, water buffalo, hippos, crocs, leopards, monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Program Highlights

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

Immerse yourself in village life and local Ugandan culture
Participate in service projects
Learn to make jewelry and crafts to help the Namatumba Women’s Group generate an income.
Hike Sipi Falls
White water rafting on the Nile
Experience a 3 day safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hike Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Learn about the genocide and how Rwanda has been transformed into a peaceful country with a vibrant and healthy economy

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Part #1 | Education and Economic Development

Work, teach, learn, and play alongside Ugandan students and communities, building relationships and changing lives. You’ll learn what it takes to get an education and to work in rural Uganda, with all it’s challenges and successes.

Part #2 | Adventure

Hike, white water raft and safari your way through Uganda and Rwanda experiencing places like Sipi Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and more!

Our Community Partners

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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 | En Route to Uganda

  • Fly to Uganda

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Arrival in Uganda

  • Arrive to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Check-in to accomodations

DAY #3 | Thursday | Service

  • Drive to Nabogoye (5-6 hour drive)
  • Meet AYA (Abayudaya Youth Association)
  • Programming designed by Abayudaya youth, evening celebration

DAY #4 | Friday | Jewish Connection

  • Make Challah with the Abayudaya women at Shalom Bakery
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoy a day of rest
  • Havdalah under the stars

DAY #6 | Sunday | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Sipi’s 3 Falls
  • Spend time roasting coffee with a local farmer

DAY #7 | Monday | Travel to Iganga

  • Drive to Iganga
  • Spend the day with Buyanga Primary School collecting stories, doing photography and videos with Global Village Connect recipients in their homes and communities

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Day of Service

  • Continue service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Spend time with the Namatumba Women’s Group making crafts and musical instruments

DAY #10 | Thursday | Day of Service

  • Service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students

DAY #11 | Friday | Wrap-Up and Drive

  • Finish service project at Buyanga Primary School
  • Morning goat give with Buyanga students
  • Say goodbye to new friends at the school
  • Drive to Jinja
  • Shabbat Services

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Services at the Nile
  • Enjoy a restful day
  • Havdalah

DAY #13 | Sunday | White Water Rafting

  • White water rafting on the Nile!
  • Enjoy an evening of cultural dance performance with the Ndere dance company

DAY #14 | Monday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Experience the Cultural Center to learn about Ankole Culture
  • Evening game drive, time permitting

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Safari

  • Safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon safari cruise on the Kazinga Channel

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Rainforest Hike

  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Afternoon hike through the forest to see birds and primates

DAY #17 | Thursday | Service Education

  • Learn how refugees are creating their own in-camp economies with farming and healthy eating

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Education and Shabbat

  • Drive to Rwanda
  • Shabbat and education with Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Sing songs and watch school talent show

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat services at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Enjoy restful day
  • Havdalah
  • Say goodbye to new friends from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Drive to Lake Kivu

DAY #20 | Sunday | Boat Ride, Kigali & Goodbyes

  • Drive to Kigali
  • Experience the Kigali Museum and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial
  • Artisan shopping
  • Late night departure back to the US

DAY #21 | Monday | Arrive Home

  • Arrive back to the US 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 Thailand. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels. 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, evening temperatures can get down to the 50s. This is the beginning of the dry season so we should not see much rain.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. 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 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. 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.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
Yes, a visa is required for this program. We will provide more details about the visa upon registration.

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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