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Social Workation in Uganda
March 5, 2017 - March 26, 2017
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Reconnect with nature, connect with local communities and make a difference! Uganda has many talented people, learn from each other and grow together. With this trip, you will not only leave Uganda having made an impact on many people’s life, but it will also be a positive life changing experience for you.
We will spend two weeks in buzzling Kampala, the capital of Uganda. And one week in Bujagali village, close to Jinja, the adventure town for adrenaline junkies and nature freaks. We work together with local travel organizations on the ground. Our first weekend trip will be OFFLINE camping in the Murchison Falls National Park, visiting the waterfalls, sitting together around a fire, hearing wild animals roaring around us and connecting with nature. You will soon realize that three weeks are rather short. There is a lot to see and to do! We assure you, you will leave Uganda with a bag full of life time changing experiences and if you got the time, plan a road trip after the workation or stay a bit longer with us.
We partnered up with FLAKS, who held a social workation in Uganda in 2014, and are holding our mastermind sessions according to the FLAKS model! Every week we will have two mastermind sessions to which Ugandan entrepreneurs and start-ups are invited for free. The groups will help you and your group members to achieve success. They will offer you a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support to sharpen your business and personal skills. Every week, we will also have two visits to the 22STARS projects in the field. Share your skills with the others by for example teaching English or computer skills, give a business course, classes in social media, photography, art or music. As the workation is non-profit we would like to ask you to help us raising more awareness and sponsors by setting up your own GOFUNDME page. Besides the masterminds, city tours and visits to several social projects, we schedule also a lot of free time in for you, so you will be able to get your own work done!
With this Social Workation we want to support the 22STARS KIDS foundation by finding more longterm sponsors for the children. At the moment we have 55 children long term sponsored, of which 10 go to higher education. By the end of 2017 we want to have 200 children sponsored throughout primary and secondary schools!
By exchanging skills with each other and local entrepreneurs during the mastermind sessions and project visits, we all will learn from one another and get our businesses to the next level. Also after the Workation you will stay connected with your mastermind group members to continue holding each other accountable and celebrate business successes.
With the GOFUNDME campaign we will collect money for medicine, water filters, food and school supplies for the 22STARS KIDS foundation and help micro financing small local businesses.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 21 Nights Accommodation in Kampala, Murchison Falls and Jinja
- 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Airport pickup
- Free participation for locals to mastermind session
- Contribution in food for the 22STARS families
- Local sim card with 5 GB internet
- Weekend excursion to Murchison Falls National Park (worth €300!)
- Continuous access to the 22STARS FB community and mastermind google docs
- Programming & Activities:
- 6 mastermind sessions
- 6 visits to 22STARS projects
- 2 half day city tours in Kampala
- 1 city tour in Jinja including boat trip
- park fees for the national park, including boat trip
- kayaking and yoga facilities in Bujagali
- 2 movie nights
- a couple of times we will eat in restaurants
- sunset cruise including drinks and snacks in Bujagali
- Welcome & closing ceremony
WHAT TO EXPECT DAY TO DAY
WEEK 1 KAMPALA
SUNDAY: After your arrival at Entebbe Airport, hop on arranged transport to the nomad house in Kampala. Meet the 22STARS crew, get your welcome package including a local simcard with 5GB internet and settle in.
MONDAY: The next day we will start with a welcome ceremony, followed by a city tour in which you will learn more about Uganda’s history. For the party animals: there is a reggae party at night. Kampala is a big city that never sleeps!
TUESDAY: After breakfast hop on a boda boda (motorbike) or take a taxi towards the Acholi Quarter slum in Kampala to visit the 22STARS women. You will learn more about their needs and how to make an impact. We will cook, eat and dance together. In the evening relax at the nomad house and later at night join us towards Kabalagala: the local nightlife street of Kampala.
WEDNESDAY: Today we will have our first mastermind session, which is open for free for local entrepreneurs and start-ups. The groups will help you and your group members to achieve success. They will offer you a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support to sharpen your business and personal skills. In the evening we will enjoy live music at Bubbels.
THURSDAY: We start the day with some free time to either rest or get work done. After lunch we will go to the Acholi Quarter slum and visit several schools where the 22STARS kids are going to. If you already sponsor children of us, this is the day you can meet them! After dinner we will go to Big Mikes for live music.
FRIDAY: We gather together for our second mastermind session. What are you working on? And what are your goals for the next weeks? In the evening let’s go to the cinema, or if you like to watch a movie at home we suggest “Queen of Katwe”. This film is a very inspiring story about a girl living in the slums of Kampala who escaped poverty.
SATURDAY: The OFFLINE weekend will start, which is included in the ticket price. We rent the cars for you with Roadtripuganda.com and self-drive towards the Murchison Falls National park, which is about 5 hours’ drive. We provide you with all necessary camping gear! In the afternoon will hike to the waterfall, sit together around a fire, hear wild animals roaring around us, connect with nature and sleep under the stars.
SUNDAY: We cross the river of the national park to start exploring the northern side which is full with wild animals. You will see elephants, deer, zebra, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, all sorts of birds and if you are lucky even lions. We end the day with a sunset cruise on the Nile river.
WEEK 2 KAMPALA
MONDAY: If you have not woken up yet by the sound of the hippos, we will wake you up for a morning game drive to search for the lions. After lunch we drive 5 hours back to Kampala. Who still has energy at night can join us for the reggae party and show us your best dance moves.
TUESDAY: You thought you had seen Kampala in a week? Boy, were you wrong, we all will get on bikes and discover more hidden parts of this interesting city. In the evening join us for drinks at the Kabalagala street and eat a ROLEX! No Kampala experience is complete without having tasted some of Ugandans rich street foods.
WEDNESDAY: Prepare for the third mastermind session that we will have this afternoon. Share with us a resource you believe others would appreciate, tell us about what goes well in your business and what you still need help with. In the evening, we eat together at Que Pasa; tacos and tequila for everyone!
THURSDAY: We meet up with the 22STARS women in the Acholi Quarter and show you how to make jewellery from recycled paper. You will make some bracelets yourselves and we encourage you to engage with our group members and share your skills. After lunch we head back to the nomad house. In the evening, join us for our small pool competition in Capital Pub.
FRIDAY: Today is our fourth mastermind session. How much progress did you make? Did you found the connections you needed? In the evening let’s go to the cinema, or if you like to watch a movie at home we suggest the “Last King of Scotland”. The film tells the fictional story of a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal physician of President Idi Amin.
SATURDAY: Today is your day! Get up early or sleep as long as you want. You can get some work done, and have a good coffee at Prunes cafe, where the weekly farmers market will take place. After that, go to the beach of Victoria Lake to watch the local fishermen.
SUNDAY: Sunday Fun day! Every Sunday the 22STARS kids come together in our office in the Acholi Quarters to eat and play. We will join them and we will also say goodbye to the 22STARS women in Kampala, as the next day we will be heading towards Jinja.
WEEK 3 JINJA
MONDAY: After breakfast, we leave with all our things to Jinja, the outdoor activities town of Eastern Uganda. It will be a 2 to 3 hour drive and we are going to stay in Bujagali, 8 km away from Jinja. This beautiful spot at the lake is perfect to relax and reflect on the past two weeks. After lunch we go on a city tour around Jinja and discover the source of the Nile by boat.
TUESDAY: You will soon realize that this spot is perfect to start the day with a yoga session. After that take the opportunity to go on one of the many adventures that Jinja has to offer: go horseback riding, wild water rafting, mountain biking or bungee jumping.
WEDNESDAY: Have a fresh smoothie and begin the day with yoga and meditation. In the afternoon, we will go to the Danida slums, one of the poorest areas of Jinja where 22STARS has their second project. You soon will realize that this slum is very different from the Kampala. The women have a different cultural background and speak another language. In the evening, we will have typical Ugandan food with a local family.
THURSDAY: Yoga! And then off to our fifth mastermind session with some new faces from the Jinja entrepreneur/startup scene! Share with us the successes and failures you had while starting your business. Also, some of our 22STARS women in Jinja run small businesses, let’s brainstorm and see how to help them growing. In the evening, we go to Lantern for some candlelight dinner next to the lake. The sound at night will amaze you.
FRIDAY: Watch the sunrise over Bujagali lake and practice new yoga moves. In case you could not do all your favourite outdoor activities last Tuesday, no worries, today is another chance. So, no excuse for not having enough time to go bungee jumping. At night we will discover Jinja’s nightlife and check out “The Office” bar which is the place to be.
SATURDAY: Starting the day with a swim in lake Bujagali and yoga is the best way to wake up. We will have our final mastermind session and do a wrap-up of what we have achieved the past three weeks. After our Uganda workation stay connected with the group through our exclusive FB community and continue using Google docs to share your business progress. At 17.00 we will cruise the Nile to see the sunset, followed by the closing ceremony.
SUNDAY: Sunday morning we will visit the 22STARS women in the Danida slums and experience a local church session with them. After this hop on your transport to the airport or continue your journey in Uganda. We are more than happy to help you with road trip arrangements or host you a bit longer and have you around for our projects. This is not a goodbye, but a hello to the 22STARS community, accessible from wherever you are!
Being in the best spot is a must for us, therefor we will not save on accommodation, which is included in your ticket price. We will sleep in Kampala in a shared apartment in the Kololo area. You can share your room with a friend, or we will match you with someone from the group. In Murchison Falls National Park we will camp in tents for two nights, however if you prefer to stay in a safari tent, this can be arranged for an additional €27,- per night, and a banda for an additional €32,-. In Jinja we will sleep in already setup safari tents with two single beds inside overlooking lake Bujagali or if you prefer you can also have an ensuite double room. Prefer a private room? For €250,- more you will have a private room during the entire workation.
YOUR WORKATION LEADER
Stella Romana Airoldi
is the founder of 22STARS and wants to inspire others to also think about the impact they can make with their business. Stella has a master degree in International Law and Human Rights and Democratization. Her studies brought her to Africa where she interviewed refugees in Kampala, Uganda. Some of these women, mainly widows and HIV positive, made jewelry out of recycled paper. In order to have an impact, Stella started to buy this jewelry to sell it to her friends in the Netherlands. The project evolved: there is now a professional brand, 2 production units and a sponsor project for school fees of the children. When Stella is not in Uganda, she travels the world, alone or with her friends from the digital nomad community.
Wait, what, you would like to come and help us, but have not enough means to finance the trip?
You probably have heard about Gofundme.com: the personal online fundraising website that is perfect for individuals, groups & organizations! After approval of your application, explaining to us why you need financial support and how you will contribute to our project, we will help you set up your own personal Gofundme page, related to the 22STARS workation trip to Uganda. We will provide you with text and pictures. And you are ready to start your campaign to finance your trip (partly or completely). We are sure you will have friends, uncles, aunties, or some other angels in your social network who would like to help you. With the additional money that you raise with your Gofundme campaign we would like you to contribute to the 22STARS projects, by micro financing small businesses, buying food, clothes, school supplies, medicine and so forth. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for money, if you have been selected to join our program, we are sure that you will make a valid contribution with your knowledge and skill set to the 22STARS workation!
To everyone else, we would still like to ask you to also help us raising more awareness and money by setting up your own GOFUNDME page. Once in Uganda we will make a financial plan together and see how best to use all raised money. Let’s make impact!
A FEW TRAVEL NOTES
- Arrive the latest on Sunday to Entebbe International Airport
- Make sure that you have all necessary vaccinations and visa
- We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the nomad house in Kampala
- Once you arrived in Uganda all lodging and three meals a day will be taken care of until the workation finishes.
- What’s not included: visa, flights, mandatory travel insurance, incidentals.
- After your booking is confirmed we will send you a packing list, detailed program
and access to the 22STARS FB community.
- More questions? Visit our FAQ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- €1249,- Shared Accommodations/ €1.499,- Single Accommodations
/€250,- initial deposit required to sign up.
- Outstanding amount is only required 30 days before start of the workation.
- Payments can be made via Paypal or bank transfer.
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