We invite you to journey with us to Uganda to see firsthand the work being done.
Step out, and come experience HOPE!
This experience will give you opportunities to learn, serve, connect, and fall in love with Uganda and its people. Our hope is that you walk away from this trip with a greater understanding of the problems facing the people of Uganda, an appreciation of the unique culture and country in which they live, a deeper connection to the mission of hope, and a stronger desire to advocate on behalf of those in need.
There are two ways to travel with Sole Hope:
Join a Sole Hope Experience Trip OR travel on your own Experience Trip coordinated by Sole Hope.
CLICK ON EACH OPTION FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GENERAL TRIP PLANNING FAQ’s
Do I need a passport?
Yes. You will need a valid passport that does not expire within six months of your return to the United States. For example, if you return from Uganda on June 1 then your passport must not expire before December 2 of that year or you will not be permitted to travel.
What immunizations do I need?
The only required vaccine to enter Uganda is the Yellow Fever vaccine. There are other suggested ones like Hep A and typhoid.
I’ve been to Uganda before, can I take a day away from the team to visit friends or do my own thing?
When you visit with a Sole Hope team, you will need to stick with the team and their itinerary. You are normally given 1 free day to do shopping in town, so if you can make your plans on that day, then we are completely fine with that. Transportation and any additional costs associated with your separate plans are your responsibility. When you take a trip on your own you are welcome to schedule whatever you would like!
How old do I have to be to go on a trip? Can I travel without a parent?
We welcome anyone of any age to come on our trips with us or to travel to Uganda and serve with Sole Hope. In order to travel without a parent/guardian, you need to be 18.
What will we be doing in Uganda?
If you travel on a Sole Hope-lead trip you will have an itinerary that includes serving with Sole Hope daily – sometimes at a jigger clinic, sometimes at the Hope Center, and sometimes with the shoemakers and tailors at the workshop. Every trip is tailored to fit those each team.
INTERESTED IN STEPPING OUT?
If you are ready to apply or simply have more questions
Already in Uganda and want to visit Sole Hope?
We would love to have you come to visit! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to come tour our facilities or sign up to participate in a jigger clinic below. There are no costs associated with this type of service. We are grateful for our volunteers!
Be sure to save something for the Sole Hope Gift Shop so you can go home looking fresh!
Please fill out the linked form and read over the below description in preparation for your day with Sole Hope.
** Space is limited to 10 volunteers per clinic **
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CLINIC DAY
Arrival/Return Time: Please arrive Thursday at 9:30 am in order to be ready for a 10 am sharp departure. Please meet at Plot 47 Wilson Road in Jinja. We normally return between 2 pm and 3 pm, but time can vary.
What to Bring: Water and a light snack (optional).
What to Wear: For men, long pants are required – please no shorts. For ladies, please wear a long skirt (past your knees) and a t-shirt or tank top (if the straps are multiple fingers wide). Please do not wear shorts or pants. We recommend that you wear close-toed shoes as we are working in areas infected with jiggers. While we recommend this, it is not required.
Photography: Most times, we are working in remote villages – often they are first time visits for the Sole Hope team. We want to treat everyone with the utmost respect and dignity. While we allow pictures to be taken within the clinic area, please be sensitive to those you are photographing. We do not want our patients to feel as though they are animals at the zoo. If you are not sure if it is appropriate to take a certain picture, please ask one of the Sole Hope staff members. If you are ever wondering if you should take a picture, first think about how you would feel if someone took a picture of you in that situation. Having said that, pictures are a powerful way to involve people back home and around the world in what you are doing here.
Giving: Please refrain from giving anything to those in the village without permission from a Sole Hope staff member. This may include, but is not limited to, water bottles (empty or full), snacks, candy, bracelets, etc. Gifts like this often cause fights between the children and can end in riots or injuries. Please ask a staff member if there is something you have to be given out.
Flexibility: While we strive to keep things on schedule, this is Uganda and plans change. Please be flexible when it comes to timing, length of the drive, duration of a clinic, or roles assigned. Please come willing to fit wherever you are needed and know that everything doesn’t always happen as we plan for it to happen. Please feel free to ask us any questions along the way!
After the clinic: We are so thankful that you have stepped out and serving alongside Sole Hope. We could not do what we do without the support and encouragement from our volunteers around the globe! We encourage you to speak with our staff about taking a tour of our new facilities.
**TRANSPORTATION: Please email email@example.com if you have your own transportation OR if you have two or more in your group so that she can assist in arranging transportation to Clinic* for you. Transportation costs may vary*.
If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org