I Am Family Ministries gives you an opportunity to visit Uganda and experience first hand what we do. You can change a life by sharing your skills and resources. We welcome you on this life-changing journey to Uganda and enjoy an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to Children and women in Uganda. Below are some of the teams proposed by I Am Family to visit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Get involved in the construction of I Am Family School or make a contribution to setting up the structures needed to educate a village.
You can also participate in the development of the infrastructure attached to these projects like painting, landscaping, general maintenance of the children’s home and more.
If you are a health professional, you may want to get a team together to help improve medical care for the children in Uganda. These teams participate in helping to meet the medical needs of children and women under our care. You can also come and provide health education and training of the staff and community and facilitate outreach clinic for I Am Children’s Home.
If you desire to minister to the hearts of those who are less fortunate through discipleship, social work, or prison ministry, we would love to work with you.
If your gift is to tell stories and share them through visual effects and photos, we welcome you to create a team and visit us in Uganda. This will give you an opportunity to visit some of the slums where many of the children we support live. This program also involves teaching and mentoring children and youth in Uganda who have dreams to become film makers and photographers.
Each trip schedule depends on team composition and the needs of the ministry in UGANDA. We want to use each team’s gifts, heart, and passion! Each trip is created according to the dynamics of the team.
Below are some of the activities that most teams will participate in:
• Visit communities where I AM Family Ministries works
• Attend church in one of the I AM Family Ministries communities
• Interact with a ministry or community specific to the sending church
• Participate in home visits – an opportunity for sponsors to meet their sponsored child
• Visit tourist sites
• Work with the education Program for children
• Visit the Women and Youth Vocational Training Center
Base Trip Cost: $1,850 + airfare, per person
This cost reflects an 8 day, 8 night trip with I AM FAMILY MINISTRIES. For variations of trip length, the cost will change +/- $75 per day as adjusted from the 8 days. This trip cost will only be applied to teams greater than 4 people and serving more than 4 days. Trips that do not meet these requirements will have a custom built trip budget. Given a number of variables and your team’s goals for the trip, I AM Family Ministries will create a budget that is tailored to each team member.
Trips with I AM Family Ministries are 8 days on the ground. Please factor in one day for travel on either end to get to and from Uganda.
Currently, there are no vaccines required for entering Uganda from the United States. Uganda historically required everyone entering the country to have the Yellow Fever immunization. You may read the current vaccination policy in Uganda. There are other vaccinations that cater for disease control recommended in order to keep you safe while traveling. These include Typhoid, Tetanus Booster, Hepatitis A & B, Polio Booster, and Meningitis. Travelers should also take an anti-malarial medication during the trip.
Each team member should expect to raise or pay $1,850 plus airfare for an 8 day, 8 night trip. For variations of trip length, the cost will change +/- $75 per day as adjusted from the 8 days.
Airfare costs vary wildly from the summer to winter months. It is best to prepare for your plane ticket to cost around $2,600 in the summer and $1,800 in the winter. These are simply generalizations based on past years.
Typical airfare routes take between 20 and 25 hours to get from the United States to Entebe, Uganda.
Yes. I AM Family Ministries takes one trip every year that is a great fit for individuals to join. If you are interested, please email email@example.com
I AM Family Ministries trips are relationally focused. Trip goals and objectives are centered on this pillar. In light of that, a trip may be teaching, evangelical, medical or vision focused. All trips have a focus on developing relationships with the children in our program.
Yes. We make our best effort to have all sponsors visit their sponsored child while on the ground in Uganda.
Yes. It is culturally appropriate to bring a gift for your sponsored child when you visit their home. We ask that this gift fits in a small backpack. Appropriate items include sports equipment, clothes, school supplies, books, card games, jump ropes, pictures of your family, stickers, etc. Inappropriate items include shampoo, toiletries or cosmetics like nail polish or perfume, medicine, vitamins, electronics, candy or money.
I AM Family Ministries partners with a Guest House in the capital city of Kampala where we house the teams that come to serve. The house has beds, running water, Wi-Fi, and electricity.
Yes. While it is always important to be cautious when traveling internationally, Uganda is a safe country to be in.
No. The water from the tap in Uganda is not safe to drink. Drinking only bottled or boiled water in Uganda is the best way to stay healthy while on the ground.
You will need a passport and a visa to travel to Uganda For U.S. Citizens, the visa is applied and paid for upon arrival in country. If you are from outside of the U.S. please investigate the visa requirements for your home country.
No. I AM Family Ministries will provide transportation for the team once in country. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the stateside airports.
The Guest House where you will be staying in Kampala does provide internet access via Wi-Fi. Please note that due to high usage or occasional power outages, there can be inconsistency in this service. We encourage you to be present in Uganda!
At the Guest House there are cooks who prepare the majority of meals that you will have during your trip. The food is prepared tasty and safely! Please expect to try local cuisines as well as some Western style foods.
As an individual traveler we require that you are over the age of 18. If you are traveling with your immediate family, then we think that all ages are able to make an impact in Uganda.
Yes. Families with kids are more than welcome to come to Uganda. It is up to the discretion of the parents to know if the children have the maturity and disposition to benefit and serve on the team.
The central region language in Uganda is Luganda, which everyone grows up learning. English is the national language. There will be translators provided for those that only speak Luganda.
The climate in Uganda is pleasurably consistent due to its close proximity to the equator. Expect temperatures to average between 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also 2 rainy seasons in Uganda (March – April and September – December).
Getting traveler’s medical insurance is a smart option when traveling internationally. I AM Family Ministries facilitates the purchase of trip medical insurance for teams.
No. We welcome anyone to travel with I AM Family Ministries. However, we ask that all people traveling with us be respectful of our organization’s beliefs and statement of faith.
The majority of your time will be spent in the communities that I AM Family Ministries serve. The 4 communities where we work are the country. They are as follows: Lugunjja, Busega, lwanjaba, and Maya on Masaka road.
Yes. Funds raised toward this trip can be done through our office. More information on fundraising will be provided for you when you are a committed traveler with I AM Family Ministries.
If you are an individual, begin looking for trip announcements on the website and in our bi-monthly e-newsletter. If you are a church or organization looking to take a team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. Teams are planned 1 year in advance and trip spots are reserved up to two years in advance.