a life changing experience

Unified for Uganda
Summer 2018 Trip to Gulu
Information and Application


Unified for Uganda takes 8 students on a trip to Gulu, Uganda, every summer. This is a reverse mission trip. While in Uganda, students will immerse themselves in Acholi culture, meet the children we support, work side by side with our Ugandan Staff, and understand how U4U is run from both sides of The Atlantic. Upon their return, the work begins. After this experience, our trip takers become the best representatives of our mission statement and the children we support. It is the expectation of U4U that those selected for this trip will continue their work with U4U on a level that others cannot achieve, having not taken the trip.

The dates for the trip are roughly June 20 – July 4.

Based on the expenses from our trip in past years, here is a rough itemized list of costs this year.

  • Flight, including all taxes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$1900
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 weeks in Uganda --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$260
  • Charge to enter Uganda (visa)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$50
  • Travel expenses, including all vehicle rentals ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$300
  • Cost for safari-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$120
  • Food-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$100
  • Passport--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$100
  • Spending money ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$100
  • Shots and Medications -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$300
  • Estimated total cost --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$3230

The application is due via website form submission on or before October 31, 2017. Late applications will not be considered!!!

If you are chosen for the trip, your flight cost is due to U4U before December 31, 2017. If your flight funds are not received by U4U on or before December 31, 2017, you will no longer be eligible for the trip.

Medications and Shots
You can get all of your meds and shots in one location if you choose: Passport Health.

If you choose to visit Passport Health, please keep in mind that they are a for-profit organization and
thus they might be a bit pricy…

● Yellow Fever defense
This vaccine is a shot and it needs to be given at least 10 days before we leave. The Ugandan government – as
well as almost every country in Africa – requires immunity against Yellow Fever. This is a shot. The vaccine
will last 10 years. More information about yellow fever vaccine:

● Malaria defense
Chloroquine is not an effective Malaria medicine for Uganda. The recommended drug is Malarone. It is in
pill form. Please try to avoid Mefloquine, as it can cause nightmares. For more information about the diverse
meds for malaria defenses, visit:

● Typhoid defense
You have the choice of either pills or a shot. The shot provides 2 years of protection and the pills provide 5
years of protection.
The primary vaccination with oral Ty21a vaccine consists of 4 capsules, 1 taken every other day. The capsules
should be kept refrigerated (not frozen), and all 4 doses must be taken to achieve maximum efficacy. Each
capsule should be taken with cool liquid no warmer than 98.6°F (37°C), approximately 1 hour before a meal.
This regimen should be completed at least 1 week before potential exposure.
The primary vaccination with ViCPS consists of one 0.5-mL (25-mg) shot administered intramuscularly. One
dose of this vaccine should be given ≥2 weeks before expected exposure.
For more information about typhoid and how to defend against it, visit:

● Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
For Hep A, you will receive 2 doses in shot form that are 6 months apart. You need at least one of those shots 1
month before we leave.
For Hep B, you need to be given this 2 months before we leave. Three shots are given: the second is one
month after the first. The third is 6 months after the second. You need to get at least 2 of these 3 shots before
we leave.
Both Hep A and Hep B vaccine series can usually receive these from your family doctor through your insurance
company for the cost of an office call.
For more information about Hep A, visit:
For more information about Hep B, visit:

● Meningitis
Make sure that you are inoculated against meningitis. Almost all teens were inoculated during their
childhood, so this is most likely already complete. Talk to your family doctor about your records.

● Tetenus Booster
You can usually receive this from your family doctor through your insurance company for the cost of an office
call. We STRONGLY recommend that you get a prescription for ciprofloxacin or a Z-Pack, which is a bacterial
antibiotic you can take if and WHEN you get diarrhea. This is just a precaution and most students on the trip
never need it.


There is no active fighting, rebel activity, or war in Uganda and has not been since 2007.
During our trip, we are at all times escorted by dear friends associated with Unified for Uganda, namely the u4u
staff in Uganda. With all this being said, we cannot GUARANTEE your safety, and neither can anyone else
any given day of your life. We can, however, tell you that we will do the best we can to take care of you.

Below is a sample letter that you can edit and send to friends and relatives to help you raise funds for the trip:

Dear Family, Friends, and Neighbors,
      I hope this letter finds you well! I have recently been blessed with the opportunity to venture
across the globe this summer! I am involved with a program at my high school called Unified for
Uganda and our chapter of the organization has the incredible opportunity to send one of its
members to Uganda this June. I am one of the lucky ones that get to take part in this life-changing
experience! I was so excited to go, that I began drafting this letter in my head the moment I received
the news!
      Here’s a summary of the situation in Uganda: From the 1980’s until 2007, there was a group of
rebels in Uganda who abducted young children and forced them to be soldiers through a scarring
indoctrination process. I am happy to say that there has been peace in Uganda since 2007. But the
work does not stop with peace. After more than 20 years of active war and child abductions, there are
generations of people who are vastly undereducated. That’s where Unified for Uganda steps in. U4U
is a student-run non-profit organization that financially and emotionally supports the education of
destitute children in northern Uganda through the empowerment of American youth…like me! In all,
u4u sponsors 75 students, and I have worked hours in the last few years to help maintain that
sponsorship. Now I have the amazing opportunity to come face to face with the children that my
school and I help sponsor!!
      This summer, I will be in Uganda for two weeks and will be meeting with, interviewing, and
taking pictures of all the sponsored children to provide information for their sponsors. I will also visit
and stay with the children in their homes to meet their parents or guardians and see how they live.
While in Uganda I will attend cultural immersion opportunities, where I will learn about the Acholi
language (called Luo), the tribal dances, food preparation, and other aspects of their culture. We will
visit a variety of primary and secondary schools where are sponsored children are attending. I
absolutely cannot wait to go and bring back many stories that will inspire others to join in the cause!
Here’s how YOU can help!
● Make a monetary donation to the cause. Make tax-deductible checks out to Unified for Uganda and send to:                                     Unified for Uganda, PO Box 42177, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242.                                                                                                                                                                                               You will receive a receipt for your tax purposes in the mail.
● Check out the website and spread awareness. This is free and a very effective way to help.
● Please consider making a contribution to help cover my expenses by sending a donation to me in the next few months. Although i am honored by the change to go on this trip, I still have to pay for it! :) The out of pocket cost of the trip is about $3,300. Additionally, if you have any jobs for me such as babysitting, pet sitting, house sitting, etc. please let me know. You can make checks out to me. 


*If you choose to help me out financially with the trip, please include your email address with your check and when I get back I can send you pictures of the trip, and details of what we accomplished!

I am so blessed to have amazing friends and family who believe in me. I can’t thank you enough for supporting me on this life changing opportunity.

Peace and Love,





f you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Connie Ring at (513) 260-3054 or by email connie.ring@unifiedforuganda.com

I have read the above information and understand everything found within the guide. *
DEADLINE: Application due october 31, 2016
this application will be reviewed and a selection will be made by a committee of U4U supporters. the final decision regarding acceptance will be communicated to you on or before November 26th.
Personal contact information
Name *
Current Grade *
Parent/Guardian #1 *
Parent/Guardian #1
Parent/Guardian #1 Cell Number *
Parent/Guardian #1 Cell Number
Parent/Guardian #2
Parent/Guardian #2
Parent/Guardian #2 Cell Number
Parent/Guardian #2 Cell Number
Home Phone Number
Home Phone Number
Your Cell Phone Number *
Your Cell Phone Number
Your Address *
Your Address
Part 2: Curricular and Extra-curricular Involvement
List any clubs/organizations/sports in which you have participated and the position you held in each.
Part 3: Essays
Please answer the following questions in as much detail as possible.
List leadership positions you hold/held, events and meetings you attended or planned, children sponsored, etc.
Part 4: References
Please provide the names of two teachers/professors you have this school year that can serve as references for you.
Teacher/Professor #1 *
Teacher/Professor #1
Teacher/Professor Phone Number
Teacher/Professor Phone Number
Teacher/Professor #1
Teacher/Professor #2 *
Teacher/Professor #2
Teacher/Professor Phone Number
Teacher/Professor Phone Number
Teacher/Professor #2
Part 5: The Agreement
Read and agree below stating that you agree to the following terms:
attend mandatory immersion training overnight the weekend before the trip.
Study names and photos of your school`s sponsored children ahead of time
Carry a suitcase of donations to Uganda
Take photos/videos and help conduct interviews with the children
Visit the children and their caretakers in their homes, which are mud hut communities
Play and interact with the children every day.
Process your emotions out loud with the other students and chaperones on the trip every evening.
Keep a written journal of your experiences for the duration of the trip.
***************Agree to continue your involvement with u4u upon your return to your school***************
Upon arrival home, participants from the trip often times feel a drastic wave of emotions ranging from guilt, sadness, anger, or frustration. These emotions can happen immediately or can be delayed by days, weeks, or even months after the trip in some cases. It can be difficult to work through these emotions, so it is extremely important that you agree to keep in communication with the chaperons on the trip about emotional and physical adjustments after arrival back to the States. We highly recommend that trip participants plan NOTHING for at least the first 4 days upon returning home, and that family vacations are not planned until at least 7 – 10 days upon returning home from this trip. When you turn in this application, it is understood that you have discussed this trip with your parents, and you have permission from them to travel with Unified for Uganda to Gulu, Uganda. $2000 are due to Unified for Uganda no later than December 31, 2016. If you do not turn in these funds by Dec 31, 2016, you will no longer be eligible for the trip.
Your electronic signature and the electronic signature of your parents below signifty that you and your parents have read, understand, and agree to all items above, and that everything on this application is true to the best of your knowledge.