Here are some proven fundraising ideas to raise funds for Africa trips for school groups, youth groups, mission teams, and individual volunteers:
Have a fundraising work plan: Make a list of 100 people you know. Include everyone you can think of: old neighbors, high school sweethearts, former teachers or coaches, your doctor, your dentist, family attorneys, high school and college alumni, vendors, restaurateurs or other professionals you have patronized on a regular basis. List your parents friends, members of civic clubs, religious affiliations, boards or organizations to which you, a friend or family member may belong.
Examine all the possibilities and rate them on a scale from 1 to 5; the “ones” are the people you know well, and the “fives” are your acquaintances. Ask the “ones” and “twos” to furnish the names and addresses of 2 to 5 people they know who might be interested in your volunteer work. Ask them if they will contact their friend first on your behalf, or if they will introduce you.
Form a support group: One of your best support structures is to have the people closest to you act as your fundraising committee. Have them write letters on your behalf and distribute pledge forms to their immediate family and good friends. The best fundraisers have even gone as far as to officially organize something like “The Committee to Send Jazmine to Uganda”- which is personal, catchy, and shows you have organized support.
Promise an educational presentation: Promising to speak to groups or show pictures when you return can be great way to secure funding from religious organizations, civic groups, alumni associations and educational institutions. Remember, often the prime motivation for giving is how it makes the giver feel, not how it makes the receiver feel. Hopefully, your supporters will feel good each time they look at your picture or receive an update from you.
Make it convenient for them to give you money: The more flexible you are, the more money you can make. Whatever you do, get a commitment for payment rather than a promise. Ask them to fill out a sponsorship form and then get back to them at a designated time. If they tell you “I’ll send you the check when I get paid,” chances are, you will never see that money.
Telephone campaign: Getting permission to call a friendly membership list can be tricky, but if you are successful in persuading a group to let you call their members this can be an effective fundraising tool, especially if the group shares something with you (alumni, international development, religious, etc.)
Skip a Movie for Missions: As a creative idea to help others realize how much small contributions count, encourage others to consider what would be spent on a dinner out or a family night at the movies. Instead of going out, ask them if they would be willing to donate the money toward the trip. This might be particularly appealing to families with small children, in which the parents have a burden for missions but feel homebound due to the age of their children.
Movie Night: Set up a big screen in the church parking lot and feature a night as the drive-in movie night. Then advertise to church members and
others about this special event. Entrance to the movie will be based solely upon donations that are made per carload. You could also sell refreshments as part of the fund raising.
1. Big screen, movie, projector, sound system
2. Refreshments – popcorn, soda, candy
Coupons for Missions: Ask people to donate the money they have saved with coupons during the week to the trip. The parents of the youth group or other Sunday school classes is a great place to start. Declare a certain week for everyone to donate their money, or perhaps ask some families to donate a month’s worth of coupons.
Parents’ Night Out: Offer one night (or several nights) for parents to let you watch their kids. This is a great way for parents to have a date night, do
Christmas shopping, or just escape their usual responsibilities for an evening. It would be best to have a youth group or Sunday school class as a whole cover a night for the parents, in order to
watch a group of children at once. All proceeds will go toward the cost of the trip.
1. Make sure you have a place to hold the event
2. Have toys, activities, and snacks available for the children
Christmas Post Office: Set up a table in the entryway or lobby of the church starting a month before Christmas. Church members drop their Christmas greeting cards, which are intended for other church members, in a box. Then have them pay the amount they would have spent on postage toward the trip, or they can give a donation. Then the mail could be delivered after the service. 1. Box or a bag to drop the mail in 2. A big table to sort them on and then set them out on
Support Letters: The infamous support letter is a classic way of not only sharing the purpose of the trip, but also collecting necessary funds. Each team member should compile a list of contacts, whether through work, parents, church, or friends. Be sure to send out the letters far enough in advance, in order that families can plan accordingly for their budget. Also, it is necessary to include who the checks need to be made out to and where to send it.
Upon return, a report letter can be mailed to each supporter.
1. Envelopes, stamps, paper
2. Access to typewriter/computer
3. Addresses of families, friends, etc.
Babysit for parents in need of free time: Use your time when the kids are sleeping for reading, study and planning.
Yard work, trimming and mowing lawns is a sure bet. Everyone needs this service. Also think about house cleaning – it’s easy, fun and appreciated.
Brainstorm with friends and try anything that you think may work. Your enthusiasm and motivation will move others to help you. So keep a positive attitude and keep trying. In all of these cases, personal contact and accountability are key to the success of your fundraising efforts.
Garage or car boot sale:This is a great way to get particular Sunday school groups involved with an area of the church they may not be connected with on a regular basis. Approach the teachers/leaders of adult classes and ask them to donate items toward a garage sale. Then, organize shifts of people to help set up the garage sale items, run the cash register, and help with carrying the items to the designated location.
Advertise this in bulletins and announcements in Sunday school, in order for people to not only donate items, but also to purchase things. Local ice cream shops or grocery
stores could be approached as well, because they might be willing to donate snacks and refreshments. All of the money will be donated toward the cost of the mission trip.
1. Collect the items that will be sold
2. Tables to set the items on
3. Stickers / price tags
4. Signs/ posters throughout community
Ten-pin Bowling challenge: Rally each team member to participate in a night at the lanes. Two to three weeks before the actual event happens, each participant should ask others either to donate a specific amount, or to pledge a certain amount of money per pin. This is a great opportunity to get local businesses involved as well. This would be a wonderful time to ask the church or businesses to match the overall amount that was raised by the team. Not only does this type of event raise needed support, but is also a wonderful way to unite the team through a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
1. Pledge sheets
2. Reservations at a local bowling alley
3. Business contacts
Egg Sellers: Individuals of the team should purchase a given number of dozens of eggs. By going door to door through neighborhoods, sell each egg for one dollar. Explain the purpose
of the trip and offer them an egg, in which the proceeds would go toward the overall expense. This could also lead to discussions about Jesus Christ, and perhaps some could hear the
Gospel for the first time. It could also act as a way of educating others about how the local church can serve in ways beyond their own community.
1. Dozens of eggs
2. Something to collect the money in
Bake Sale/Auction: Have women in the church volunteer to bake various dishes and then have a designated night to auction them. You could even have
them set up on a table before Sunday classes and then allow everyone to secretly bid. Whoever puts in the highest bid, receives the baked goods.
1. List of women and their recipes
2. Table to set them up on (if they’re going to bid)
Sponsored town clean: Organize through the council to clean parts of the town. This could even be done for Churches if you ask to take the team to work for them for a pay.
Supermarket bag packing: Talk to Tesco, Asda, etc. about going in for a couple of hours and packing people’s bags. As your team does that, they get the chance to tell people what they are going to do in Uganda. Try to see if you can get an MP or someone like that to come along to give the event some weight.
African Night: This can be done with music and some African food. Anyone who comes has to pay an entrance fee, donation and also for the food.
Talent show evening or ‘stars in their eyes’: Invite people from the Church with their friends and family to attend. Ask as many people even those not going on the trip to take part. Do a song, dance, poem – make it a fun church evening.
Cardboard city night: Get people going on the trip and anyone else interested in joining in to come and spend a night out in small cardboard houses built by those taking part. This can be done at the church or on a farm somewhere nearby. The people staying out for the night have to be sponsored to do it. It also helps to create awareness about the work you are going to do, working with people that do not have much and often sleep like that.
‘Face your fears’ challenge: Plan to take the team, their family and anyone else who wants to help to a zoo, forest, rock climbing gym, etc. and people have to be sponsored to do things they are most scared of, i.e. pick up snakes, touch a spider, climb a high wall.
Fashion show: Ask any shop in town to donate clothes, which people can wear for the evening. You can borrow the clothes for the evening and take them back to the shop afterward. Get men, women and children to come and do a catwalk. Have some clothes or other items to auction and raise some money too.
Do a sponsored walk or sponsored bike ride or even a commando challenge: To make these fundraising events work, try to encourage even people who are not going on the trip to take part because that way you get bigger numbers hence more support and money.
Car wash: Ask people from the church or community to bring their cars to be washed. You can even ask Taxi companies to bring their cars and set a fee to wash them. Sell car wash coupons ahead of time. Some will buy just to support and not show up and others will show up along with any you happen to draw in from advertising. Doing it this way raised more money for us than just doing a regular car wash.
Safari Supper: Ask members of the church or community to help prepare a 3-course meal for people who buy the coupons.
One member could plan the starter and people will go to that home to eat it, they then to go another home for the main course and after that move on to the next home for the pudding. In this way you serve 3 meals in 3 homes.
Games evening: There are lots of possibilities for Games Evenings. You can make one particular game the focus of the evening – like a dominoes competition. Or you can have several different games, which everyone has to try in turn.
Quiz nights can be very popular: Whatever the games, don’t forget that selling refreshments is always a good way of raising funds – and helps to make for a lively social gathering that people want to join in again.
The Better Bones Lunch Bunch: Encourage everyone in your office to bring a brown bag, bone-healthy lunch to work one day a week for a month, then donate the money they would have spent that day on lunch to your effort. (You could also do this in your home. Instead of meeting friends out for lunch or dinner invite them to bring a brown bag meal to your home, and then donate what you would have spent).
Business Partnerships: Ask a popular local restaurant to donate £1 or $1.00 for every meal sold during a specific month. You may also want to ask a popular local store or salon/spa to donate a percentage of one day’s revenue during a particular month.
Community Events: Other kinds of community events could be a special event/activity at your local gym. Golf and tennis tournaments are also popular events that bring together people to support a cause. Contact the manager of your local gym, golf or tennis club to find out how to organize such an activity.
Here is our latest Uganda entry visa advice for volunteers,Visitors, tourists, students. All British, American and other nationals need a visa to enter Uganda
A visa is a clearance permitting an individual to visit Uganda. Uganda entry visa are issued at foreign missions/embassies abroad and also at the entry and exit points of each specific country (i.e. Entebbe International Airport for Uganda). You can contacted the Uganda embassy nearest to you for up to date Uganda entry visa advice
Uganda Visa Fees – Effective June 2007
Single Uganda Entry Visa: US$50
Multiple Uganda Entry Visa (6 months): US$100
Multiple Uganda Entry Visa (1 year): US$200
Inland Transit Visa: US$15
In 1999, Uganda introduced Uganda entry visa requirements for all visitors and people entering the country except nationals of a few countries, including:
Antigua, Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Seychelles, Vanuatu, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Grenada, Singapore, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, Italy (Diplomatic Passports), Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, and Tanzania
Uganda entry visa advice – Check List:
There are different types of visas needed depending on what you are going to Uganda for: student visas, single Uganda entry visa, multiple entry 6 months visas, multiple entry 1 year visas, or inland transit visas.
If you arrive or enter Uganda without a valid travel visa, you may be fined and immediately deported at your own expense.
1. A passport valid for at least six months (passport must be signed)
2. One completed visa application form.
3. Two passport-size photos taken within the past six months.
4. International certificate of vaccination for yellow fever.
5. Letter from applicant’s company if traveling for business (on company letterhead and signed by someone other than the applicant).
Requirements for visas and entry differ from country to country, are subject to change, and each visa application is treated as an individual case. Always make visa inquiries before traveling.
Uganda entry visa advice – The Immigration Office Uganda
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
P.O.Box 7048, Kampala
2A/B Apollo Kaggwa Road
Learn free Luganda words and phrases online, lessons such as Luganda Adjectives, Luganda Adverbs, Luganda Nouns, Luganda Numbers, Luganda Phrases, Luganda Plural, Luganda Pronouns and more for visitors, tourists, volunteers and students.
Luganda or Oluganda, is the major language of Uganda, spoken by about seven million people in the Buganda region and about ten million others in the central and Southern parts of Uganda. Luganda is a Bantu branch of the languages family and is widely spoken in most towns and in Uganda’s capital city Kampala. It is good to learn Luganda words you can use on your tour; the local people love hearing visitors attempt to speak it.
Good morning: Wasuze otya
Good afternoon: Osiibye otya
Good evening: Osiibye otya
Hi: Ki kati
How are you? Oli otya?
I am fine: Gyendi
Have a nice day: Siiba bulungi
Good night: Sula bulungi
Good bye (singular): Weeraba
Goodbye (plural): Mweraba
Welcome (singlular): Tusanyuse Okukulaba
Welcome (plural): Tusanyuse okubalaba
See you later: Tunaalabagana
Thank you (singular): Weebale
Thank you (plural): Mweebale
You are welcome: Kale
What did you say? Ogambye ki?
I’m sorry (apology): Nsonyiwa
Be careful: Wegendereze!
Help me: Nnyamba
It is possible: Kisoboka
It is not possible: Tekisoboka
I am ready: Nneetegese
Slow down: Genda mpola!
Come here: Jangu wano
Go away: Genda eri!
I forgot: Neerabidde
It is important: Kikulu
It is not important: Si kikulu
What is the time: Saawa mmeka?
Where are you going: Ogenda wa?
What is this called: Kino kiyitibwa kitya?
What is that: Ekyo kiki?
Can I take a photo: Nsobola okukuba ekifananyi?
Can I take a photo: Ekyo nsobola okukikuba ekifananyi?
It doesn’t matter: Tofaayo
How old are you? Olina emyaka emeka?
I am: Nina
18 years old: Emyaka kumi na munana
20 years old: Emyaka abiri
What is your name: Erinnya lyo ggwe ani?
My name is: Erinnya lyange nze
I am a/an: Ndi …
Sudanese : Musudani
Foreigner: Mugwiira, Munnamawanga
Emotions and feelings:
Angry: Ndi munyiivu
Cold: Mpulira empewo
Determined: Ndi mumalirivu
Full: Ndi mukkufu
Happy: Ndi musanyufu
Hot: Mpulira ebbugumu
Hungry: Enjala ennuma
Sad: Ndi munakuwavu
Sick: Ndi mulwadde
Thirsty: Ennyonta ennuma
Worried: Ndi mweraliikirivu
I am from: Nva
Work and Occupations:
Accountant: Ndi Mubazi wa bitabo
Actor/Actress: Ndi Munnakatemba
Architect: Ndi Muzimbi
Business person: Ndi Musuubuzi
Carpenter: Ndi Mubazzi
Clerk: Ndi Kalaani
Doctor: Ndi Musawo
Driver: Ndi Dereeva
Engineer: Ndi Yinginiya
Farmer: Ndi Mulimi
Journalist: Ndi Munnamawulire
Lawyer: Ndi Looya or Puliida or Munnamateeka
Mechanic: Ndi Makanika
Musician: Ndi Muyimbi
Nurse: Ndi Nansi or Mujjanjabi
Civil Servant: Ndi Mukozi wa gavumenti
Scientist: Ndi Munnasaayansi
Secretary: Ndi Sekulitale or Muwandiisi
Student: Ndi Muyizi
Teacher: Ndi Musomesa
Volunteer: Ndi Nnakyewa
Self Employed: Ndi Neekolera gyange
Unemployed: Sirina mulimu
Mother: Maama wange
Father: Taata wange
Wife: Mukyala wange
Husband: Mwami wange
Child: Mwana wange
Nephew/Niece: Mwana wange
Grandchild: Muzzukulu wange
Son: Mutabani wange
Daughter: Muwala wange
Older brother/sister: Mukulu wange
Younger brother/sister: Muto wange
Sibling (same sex): Muganda wange
Sibling (opposite sex): Mwannyinaze
Aunt (paternal): Ssenga wange
Aunt (maternal): Maama wange omuto
Uncle (paternal): Taata wange omuto
Uncle (maternal): Kojja wange
Grandparent: Jjajja wange
Here is our Top Tips to save money on African safari for groups and individuals on tours, trips and excursions:
A poorly planned itinerary often results in a much more expensive safari due to hidden costs that add to the price, which in turn do not add much to your enjoyment when in Africa.
Here is an extensive list of tips to help you save money:
1.Get your flights booked early: This is particularly important if you are restricted to the Christmas, New Year, half-term or Easter holidays. As flight availability to Africa decreases, prices increase. We can’t recommend enough that you get your flights on hold as early as possible to secure the best prices.
2. Connecting flights: You might think connecting sucks and can be tiring but it sure saves you a good chunk of money doing it. Consider the pros and cons and don’t write it off right away. There are very few direct flights to Uganda – the cheapest flights go through other countries.
3. Choose your dates carefully: The price of your holiday, vacation, tour or trip can vary considerably, depending on the day you depart, especially at peak holiday times. Knowing when flight and accommodation prices go up and working around them can make a huge difference to save money.
4. Travel light: Airlines are starting to charge for everything now and if you have 2 bags or more, expect to be charged for it. Remember to not use oversized bags whenever possible and try to keep it all within one bag per person. This makes travel while in Africa easier and cheaper too. If we don’t have to use an extra van to transport your luggage, the overall trip cost will be cheaper.
5. Visas: You can buy a Uganda visa before you travel in many of the countries where you live, but you spend a bit extra for mailing and passport photos. In the UK, it costs you close to £10 for registered post, overnight being required plus the visa fee of £30. At Entebbe International Airport, you only pay the £30 fee or $50 saving you money.
6. Substitute: Consider packing old clothes which you can use and then donate to the needy people you meet in Africa. This way, you can use only one bag and still have room for purchases.
7. Opt for small, owner-operated service providers like us: Without the high overhead costs of chains, small non-profit Volunteer organizations like Mission Trips Uganda are more competitive on price and offer more flexibility. Additionally, the majority of lodges, guesthouses and hotels we use are owner operated. You’ll also get a more personalized experience with knowledgeable people who really love what they are doing.
8. Tourist spots may not be that hot: Uganda has tourist spots that aren’t really the most interesting places to go to, not to mention that everything is more expensive around that area. If you’ve been to that place already, there’s no point seeing it again and again. Instead, go to locally recommended areas and observe life. It might just spice up your vacation and help you save money.
9. Enjoy the local version: Many consumables are less expensive when it’s made in the country. Consider trying local wine, coffee or food. You might be surprised at how great and cheap it really is!
10. Talking to the locals may help save money too! If you are an independent traveller, sometimes, they will tell you where to eat and some may even offer for you to stay over (works best in small towns).
11. Take a guided driving safari: You’ll be driven in comfortable 4×4 vehicles by an experienced driver-guide who knows the animals and the roads. You are still likely to travel very long distances but you’ll see more of the countryside and you’ll make major savings on accommodation.
12. Share the cost: If you can bear to share with friends, family or a group, it will cut your own costs down.
13. Getting cash: Ask an Mission Trips Uganda staff member to take you to good places to get rate cash in the local currency.
14. Check the latest exchange rates: Fluctuations in the value of the pound/dollar can mean the difference between being able to afford a trip to Africa and not. Choose dates of travel when the exchange rate is likely to be high; check the Internet.
15. Find a low-cost insurance policy online: Go online or talk to a broker and you’ll find cheap single-trip policies. If you’re going away more than once in the year, consider an annual policy. Just make sure you understand what you need and read the small print. Tip: single-trip policies cover you for cancellation as soon as you take out the policy even if your travel dates are months ahead. This is not the case for annual policies, which start from the day you take out the policy, not the date of your first trip.
16. Don’t fly on Fridays or Saturdays: Useless advice if you want to get away for a week at half term but during the summer or Easter if you can fly on weekdays you can save a lot of money. BA.com has a useful fare search tool that allows you to select the cheapest day to fly.
17. Beware the mobile phone sting: Do you know how much it will cost you to make and receive mobile phone calls in Africa? Check your contract – at up to £1.49 a minute, you may want to leave the phone at home!
18. Check your passport at least a month before you go: If you leave this to the last minute and you have lost your passport, you won’t be going away at all. If it has expired, you will need to pay for a rush application.
19. Travel outside of peak season: Make good use of the varying seasons if you are flexible as to when you can travel. You can save a lot of money if you travel in what is perceived to be ‘low season’ and yet in many cases the area is as attractive as in high season.
20. Get a group together: Another tip is to go on a trip with a group of friends, school group, Church or family. This can be terrific value for money and we can suggest a couple of different options in Africa.
21. Avoid brand names: Somewhat contentiously, if you are keen to save money, beware of the brand names. Yes, some of the places major brands suggest are wonderful. But Mission Trips Uganda is a Mission Trip management expert; we also know of wonderful places that are not as well known and we choose to spend less money on big marketing campaigns.
22. Mix it up: If you really want to stay at a particular hotel or safari camp but your budget can’t stretch that far, make a conscious decision to mix it up – splash out for a few nights and then go for a more rustic tented camp, for example. The ONLY thing we ask is that you remember that this was your strategy and embrace the differences, relish the simplicity and don’t spend your safari complaining that the less expensive camps don’t include premium champagne in their prices!
23. Staying outside the park is a good way to save money: We have alternative accommodation outside of the national parks. Usually prices for hotels or camps inside the parks in Africa are quite pricey. On top of that, you will need to pay at least 2 days of park entrance fees. There are often cheaper accommodation options right outside the gates of the park.
Uganda is one of the safest countries in Africa. There is at present no rebel activity going on within the boarders of Uganda. The LRA signed a cease-fire in the summer of 2006, so the North of Uganda is now enjoying a state of peace and rebuilding.
There is a lot of misleading information on various websites about travel safety advice for Uganda. They are, however, usually outdated and do not reflect the current state of Uganda.
After many years planning and leading trips and expeditions to East Africa, we know that travelling abroad, especially with young people, can be difficult and not without risks. However, through careful planning, the guidance of our experienced staff, risk assessments, and having one ear on the ground in Africa, we can manage most risks to within acceptable levels.
Stay with a group of people or at least one other person wherever you go in a city.If you are in a more scenic, quiet location you’ll be ok walking around on your own during the day as long as you stick to tourist areas.
Stay with your Mission Trips Uganda Staff as they are trained and know the country; they know what to look out for and can protect you.
Stay in your Mission Trips Uganda van or tourist bus when you are driving through the middle of cities.
If you are walking around cities and towns, keep your camera out of sight and valuables locked away in your accommodation. If you are with a group and you don’t draw attention to your wealth, you should have no problems whatsoever.
It’s better not to walk around on your own after dark.
Be careful when getting money out of a cash machine. Make sure that you are in a group when you do this and don’t take cash out after dark.
Ensure you always have the name and address of your hotel and contact details on you when you’re out and about.
Don’t act lost even if you are: That may sound a bit funny, but when you act and look lost you make yourself vulnerable and a potential target for thieves. If you are lost, ask a police officer or go into a shop and ask for directions.
Keep your jewellery at home: Take inexpensive jewellery with you (you can buy some lovely items in Uganda at a low price). Gold chains and jewellery can be torn off you. Avoid expensive watches and if you are wearing one, have one preferably with a leather strap that can be tightened and safely worn.
Keep your money out of sight: It is best to carry your money in your front pocket where you can put your hand over it rather than a back pocket where it can be easily stolen. Do not flash money – pull out what you need and pay. Never carry large amounts of cash with you. Keep money and any other valuables in your hotel safe.
Passports and return tickets: Do not carry a passport on you. Instead, make a copy of it and leave the passport in the hotel safe. If you are travelling on a safari, keep all such things in a small backpack that you can easily carry with you.
Photographic equipment: It is expensive in Africa, about twice what it would cost you in your country of origin, so it is a temptation to steal yours. Keep it in a bag and strap it to you. When taking a picture, hold it with both hands and roll the strap around your hand so no one can take it from you
Cell phone: Keep it in your pocket and do not carry it in your hands. Do not put it down on a table.
Women travellers: A woman travelling on her own is quite safe. In Uganda, a firm “no” to some flirting by men will usually stop any further annoyances. You may be proposed to – take it as a compliment.
Travelling within Uganda: Avoid driving at night between cities and towns (except to and from the airport in Entebbe)
Travelling by bus: There have been incidents where people have been given food, which contained drugs on buses; the passengers were then robbed. Avoid taking food or drinks from fellow passengers.
Camping in National Parks: For the most part, this is a safe activity. There was an incident at Mount Elgon where a hiker was killed. For safety reasons, always travel in a group with a Ugandan guide. Please remember that this was an isolated incident. National Parks are some of the safest places in Uganda and so are the lodges and permanent tented camps.
A night out in Uganda: In Kampala, going out is usually safe, but keep your drink close to you and watch that no one puts something in it.
Those ‘Friendly Ladies of the Night: Avoid them for your health and well being. The newspapers have reported situations where women use chloroform to drug the man and rob him of everything.