Uganda Recap

Posted by Beth | April 25, 2016

Yesterday marked one month from us leaving Uganda. Though we’ve been having a great time traveling through New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, we miss our time in Uganda and the relationships we had there fiercely.

In the past few weeks we’ve posted several blogs on Uganda, and today will be the final recap post before we backtrack to cover South Africa, then move on to our current countries. In case you missed it, you can read more about our thoughts on our experience volunteering near Kampala for two months in the posts below.

Beth’s thoughts on moving on

Mizungus in Church

Best and worst of daily life in Uganda

Meet our Ugandan friends

How to use miles to fly to Uganda

Rafting the Nile River 

Uganda crew

As Caleb mentioned in one of his posts, one of the goals of Come Let’s Dance is “people over projects,” and while that was a bit challenging for our personalities at first, in the end it was truly the people we will remember most about Uganda. While we learned to love (or at least appreciate) the Ugandan culture and all the Ugandans we had a chance to serve and come alongside, we were also deeply impacted by the relationships we formed with the other Americans. To Aaron, Jaymie, Nick, the Jenkins family, Brian and Roger, thanks for loving us well and teaching us more about Jesus. We miss you all!

How you can get involved with Come Let’s Dance, Uganda

GO: If you’ve ever wanted to do a mission trip to Africa, we would highly recommend the organization Come Let’s Dance. While certainly not for everyone, we’d love to talk it through with you if you’re considering it even in the slightest.

The trip fees are currently $1,000 for two weeks, or $1,500 per month, which are essentially considered a donation to the organization and therefore tax deductible. Caleb and I made the decision to pay our own way as part of our overall trip budget, but you could certainly support raise for your trip. In addition to the trip fees you can expect to pay very little since everything in Uganda is crazy cheap! Meals are about $.30 on the street. Our grand total spent for the two months, including $200 on our visas and $280 on rafting the Nile, was $1,076.

To our family and friends, since Caleb and I did not hit you up for money give you the opportunity to support what we were doing before we went, we invite you now to consider making a gift to the organization directly.

GIVE: If you are unable to visit yourself but still want to be a part of what’s happening, we encourage you to prayerfully consider giving to CLD. One great way to get involved is to give through the Child Scholarship Fund. Your monthly gift of $45 will give a child the opportunity to attend Wakiso Christian International Academy. It’s super simple to set up a recurring credit card gift and is of course tax deductible. There are other projects you can directly support, and I’m happy to talk to anyone who is interested in making an impact. I’m committed to helping CLD with their fundraising efforts, and would greatly appreciate your support!

Uganda Tourism

The only true “touristy” thing we did in Uganda was rafting the Nile in Jinja, but there are plenty of nature and adventure activities for travelers passing through Uganda. This is a great read about how Uganda is re-emerging as a top African tourist destination. Perhaps the most popular activity is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest, where roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas reside. If that’s on your bucket list, be aware that the price is quite steep (over $500/person) and that you need to book months in advance. There are also places to see chimpanzees, both in the wild and in the chimp sanctuary in nearby Entebbe, which some of our volunteers recently saw. Another group that came through CLD while we were there did a safari in Murchison Falls National Park and really enjoyed it, even seeing lions up close.

We skipped on the safari since we had recently done a safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which is the next blog post in the queue!

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