Sozo Children mission trips provide individuals with a life-changing experience that leaves a lasting impact on their own lives and the lives of others. We do mission trips year round and hope to serve alongside you during dates that best fit your schedule. These questions below mainly address Uganda teams, but we are happy to answer any others you may have. We hope these questions and answers can better help you understand how we work. Let us know if you need help!
Where do we stay?
Your security is our first priority. You will stay in one of our fenced and gated compounds in the team quarters guesthouse. The guest house is split into a girl’s room and a boy’s room with a kitchen, indoor plumbing, and a shower.
What do we eat?
Teams will eat traditional Ugandan food cooked by our house moms every night. Teams will also eat at trusted local restaurants that serve American-style meals.
What is the total travel time?
This will depend on which airport you begin your travel and layovers along the way, typically you should expect between 22-26 hours of total time of travel. Your will have two eight-hour international flights to and from one of Delta’s major hub airports. If you fly from a non-hub airport you will have an additional domestic flight.
Can I book my own flight through points?
You can book your own flight to Uganda through points. However, you must send your proposed itinerary to our Commissioning Coordinator prior to booking. If you book before receiving approval, you will be required to change the flight to an approved flight and will be responsible for any associated fees.
will the team travel together?
The team may be flying from different areas of the United States and will likely meet in the Atlanta airport. However, some team members may meet up with the rest of the team in Amsterdam depending on flight schedules. Although, all team members will be on the same flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe.
How do we travel once we arrive land in country?
In order to ensure the safety of our trip participants, we use our own personal vehicles that are driven by Sozo staff. If our Sozo transportation is unavailable, we hire private transportation with drivers we know and trust having worked with them over many years.
What is a typical day like?
Teams begin their day with breakfast and morning quiet time. This time is followed by household chores and food prep, which we assist our Ugandan staff with each day. Our days are spent in the village, around our homes helping with projects or homework while investing in the children’s lives and submersing into Ugandan culture. During the evening, we’ll join our kids for nightly devotion followed by dinner and a time of team debrief. We also spend a day during your time in Uganda for an off day where we will either go to Jinja to visit the Source of the Nile River or a game-drive safari.
What does our trip cost include?
Your trip cost will include lodging, utilities, food, water, transportation, wifi, supplies and project costs. The price of your Visa is not included in the trip cost and the team will be responsible for the application and payment. This cost is $50. You will want to plan to bring enough money to cover any crafts or souvenirs you choose to buy during your time in Uganda. We typically suggest bringing $100-$150 dollars to cover these items. Medical costs, passport and other supplies you wish to buy for your trip will also be the team member’s responsibility.
What is Sozo Children's Refund policy?
At the time of every trip registration, an $100 non-refundable registration is required. Any additional donations Sozo Children receives toward the cost of trip are non-refundable. We are aware of circumstances that may inhibit your ability to serve on a team; therefore, we have three options if you are unable to go on your team. The options include leaving funds in your account to be used on a trip within the calendar year, applying your donations toward another team member’s trip cost, or donating towards Sozo Children’s greatest need. If you over-fundraise for your trip, the same policy applies.
Do I have to apply for my visa before i travel?
Yes! Once your flight has been booked, you will begin the process of applying for your Visa online. Prior to applying, you will need a copy of your passport, a copy of your yellow fever card, and a passport photo. You will receive directions on this process from the Commissioning Coordinator once it is time to apply.
How long is a standard mission trip?
Most trips range from 8 to 12 days, although we can facilitate trips that last up to 21 days.
Do you have an age requirement for mission trip participation?
We have had mission trip participants ranging in age from 6 to 75. However, we do require participants to be at least 16 years old in order to travel without a parent. Anyone younger than that must travel with a parent or a legal adult.
Do mission teams evangelize?
Sozo Children is a ministry that is centered on building relationships. We strongly desire and pray that each child and family we serve will come to know Jesus as his or her personal Savior and begin a relationship with Him. As we focus on serving and building lasting relationships, we use that as a platform to share God’s love and His desire for us to know and be known by Him. We share the Gospel to others by sharing our lives and serving. However, we do not withhold help or services from any child or home based on their religion or beliefs. We serve all children alike, regardless of their faith or religious beliefs.
What is the weather like in Uganda?
In general, the temperatures during the day range from the mid to upper 70’s to the mid to upper 80’s. The temperature in the evening can drop into the mid 60’s during certain times throughout the year. The weather does vary a bit based on the season, but is hard to predict due to the seasons changing from the norm.