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: Morning visit to Namulanda to see the Jewish Agency and their Project Ten volunteers in Uganda.

At 11:00: Tour of Parliament. Meet Rabbi Gershom, Member of Parliament and hear how government works in Uganda. (Dependent on parliament’s schedule)
Afternoon: After lunch depart for Mbale. Approx 4-6 hours

Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale

DAY 4: WED NOV 13
Morning: Drive to Tikkun Olam (45 min) to begin working alongside the community. Help build and teach
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale 

DAY 5: THU NOV 14
Morning: Drive to Tikkun Olam (45 min). Help build and teach.
Afternoon: Student performance and celebration. Drive back to Mbale (45 min)
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale

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. Visit the local market. (Here’s an opportunity to buy things for Shabbat and Tikkun Olam’s wish list.)
Evening: Attend Friday night musical services at the Stern synagogue followed by Shabbat dinner with the community.
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale

DAY 7: SAT NOV 16

Morning: Shabbat services at synagogue in Namatumba or Nasenyi.

Afternoon options include:  Options include Torah study, visit Putti Jewish community or free time.

Evening: Havdalah
Accommodation: Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale

 

DAY 8: SUN NOV 17

Morning: Beautiful and scenic Sipi Falls hike and lunch

Afternoon/Evening: Hope Dance Troupe. Learn to dance, drum and see Hope Troupe perform. Not to missed!

Accommodation: Sipi Falls Lodge and Rafiki Lodge

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. Visit a goat recipient’s home. Overnight in Jinja

Accommodation: The River Bend Resort, Jinja 
< div>DAY 10: TUE NOV 19

Morning: Drive to Entebbe.  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.

Please make sure flights depart after 5 pm.


DAY 11: WED NOV 20
Arrive in the US 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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