Hands-On Global Experience: Uganda

November 10 – 20, 2019

Travel to Uganda with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Global Village Connect to meet the Jewish Community in Uganda!

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Global Village Connect invite you to join us in Uganda to spend time with the Abayudaya, the Jews of Uganda, as part of The David Tychman Global  Experiences Program! Meet the community, help the Tikkun Olam Primary School build a kitchen and an organic school farm so students can eat lunch, learn about Ugandan Jewish life, and celebrate Shabbat, African style. We will be staying in eastern Uganda amid lush agricultural plains surrounded by hills and mountains.

You will get to know students, teachers, and community members—and enjoy spectacular sightseeing. Average summertime temperature is a comfortable 78 F.

● Spend Shabbat in the Abayudaya community
● Help build an organic school farm and kitchen with a fuel efficient oven so students can eat lunch at school, which gives parents an incentive to send children to school.
● Use your skills to teach a class
● Learn how to make challah, African style
● Make Ugandan handcrafts with the Namutumba Women’s Group
● Participate in a Goat Give with Buyanga students and their families
● Optional: Enjoy a 3-day gorilla trek or 5-day gorilla trek and wildlife safari combination add-on.

Base Trip Cost: $3856
Single Supplement: additional $485

Optional 3-day Gorilla Trek: $2550
Single Supplement: additional $200

Optional 5-day Gorilla Trek & Wildlife Safari: $3584
Single Supplement: additional $370

Deposit and payment details are in the application below.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: SUN NOV 10
Depart Minneapolis for Uganda

DAY 2: MON NOV 11
Arrive in Entebbe. Overnight in Entebbe
Accommodation: Protea Marriott Entebbe

DAY 3: TUE NOV 12
Morning: Tour of Parliament. Meet Rabbi Gershom, MP, and hear how government  works in Uganda.
Afternoon: Drive to Namatumba and spend an afternoon with students and community at Tikkun Olam, Jewish Primary School. Help build and teach. Drive to Jinja (1 hr drive) for overnight stay.
Accommodation : Gately on the Nile

DAY 4: WED NOV 13
Morning: Drive to Namatumba to begin working alongside the community. Help build and teach.
Accommodation: Gately on the Nile

DAY 5: THU NOV 14
Morning: Drive to Namatumba. Help build and teach in the morning.
Afternoon: Learn how to make crafts with the NamatumbaWomen’s Group. Late afternoon drive to Mbale (1.25 hr drive)
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel

DAY 6: FRI NOV 15
Morning: Challah baking, African style, with the Shalom Women’s Bakery.
Afternoon: Visit Tobin Heath Center and see the maternity ward built by Ilana Shemesh. Tour of Nabagoye, the founding site of the Abayudaya.
Evening: Attend Friday night musical services at the Stern synagogue followed by Shabbat dinner with the community.
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel

DAY 7: SAT NOV 16
Morning: Shabbat services at synagogue.
Afternoon options include : Torah study, a visit to nearby Namanyoni synagogue or time to rest.
Evening: Havdalah.
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel

DAY 8: SUN NOV 17
Morning: Sipi Falls hike and lunch
Late afternoon: Visit with the Hope Dance Troupe. Learn to dance, drum and see them perform. A performance not to missed!
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel

DAY 9: MON NOV 18
Morning: Drive to Buyanga (2.5 hrs)
Afternoon: Visit Buyanga Primary School  and farm. Participate in a Goat Give, which  helps students pay for school fees. Overnight in Jinja.
Accommodation: Gately on The Nile

DAY 10: TUE NOV 19
Morning: Drive to Entebbe. Stop en route in  Namulanda to see what the Jewish Agency is doing with their Project Ten volunteers in Uganda. Stop en route at the craft market in  Kampala.
Evening: Drive to airport for evening flight home or overnight in Entebbe for morning  flight for safari.

DAY 11: WED NOV 20
Arrive in Minneapolis or continue on to safari and gorilla trek.

Questions? Please contact Dan Mogelson, Director of Affinities and Global Experiences, at 952-417-2311 or dmogelson@jewishminneapolis.org.

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