Summer Trip Week 2

Trip Status: Closed

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Dates: Thursday, July 7th 2022 - Monday, July 18th 2022

Cost: $4,200 including airfare

This trip will be holding a VBS for Taonga School. You will work with children in the school during VBS, interact in the communities they live in, and visit Arise Africa’s other projects and partners.

Financial Deadlines:

$300 Non-refundable deposit due upon sign-up
$2,000 Per person is due by March 30th
Remaining balance per person is due by May 30th
(NOTE: we can still get an individual on a trip if not signed up by the first deadline, however, the price might go up if the airline ticket has increased)

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Important COVID Information: Our summer plans are dependent on the COVID situations in Zambia and the United States. It is possible that flights could change slightly or the projects we are working on be adjusted as need. We ask all of our mission trippers to be flexible and ready to serve in a multitude of ways as we consider the safety of our children, staff, and teams!

All mission trippers, 18 years old or older, must be fully vaccinated to travel to Zambia with us. This is because the US government requires a negative PCR covid test taken within 24 hours upon departure (to re-enter America) if you are not vaccinated.  We cannot get a test that quickly in the area we are in.

If Arise Africa chooses to cancel a trip due to COVID, all donations and trip payments are 100% refundable, except for the initial $300 deposit. 

Tentative Schedule: You will leave the United States via Emirates on Thursday, July 7th and arrive in Dubai on Friday, July 8th. You will have a 21 hour layover in Dubai with a complementary hotel room and the ability to explore the city (click here for our top recommendations on how to spend a layover in Dubai)! You will depart from Dubai the morning of Saturday, July 9th and arrive in the city of Lusaka on Saturday afternoon. You will have the next 7 days to participate in programs in Zambia! On the way home, you will have the same travel itinerary, with you leaving Zambia the evening of Saturday, July 16th and landing back in the United States the morning of Monday, July 18th!

Trip Sample Schedule


Welcome to Zambia! You land in Lusaka and are taken to our Complex where you will meet the rest of the mission trip team, some of our staff, and get your room assignment. This time will be available to unpack and unwind from the long travel. We will have dinner as a team on our property and talk about the week ahead!


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


The team will go to church with our staff and friends at Twin Palms Baptist Church. We’ll make our way to Arcades market where you can shop from local vendors and find Zambian souvenirs and gifts. A good night’s rest will be needed for the busy week of camp!


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


It’s the first day of Vacation Bible Club! We will wake up early, pack our lunches, and make our way to school. You’ll meet your Zambian partner for the week and as a team, we will begin the day with a short devotional and time of worship lead by our Zambian team. Then we’ll greet the students, meet our groups for the week, and jump into day one of camp!

We will finish the day at school eating lunch and walking some of our children home in the compounds.

Enjoy dinner at the complex and prepare for day two of camp!


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


It’s the second day of camp! We will head back to school in the early morning. Back with the same group of students, you will walk through the day’s lesson. Camp will include group assemblies, small group and break out time, and crafts and activities. Enjoy lunch with your group before the team heads out to visit another one of Arise’s school properties.

Enjoy dinner at the complex and prepare the lesson for tomorrow!


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


You are halfway through camp! Don’t forget your lunch, as we head back to school for another fun day with our camp groups. You may decide to play a little soccer after lunch before walking some students home.

This afternoon you’ll get a chance to visit the child you sponsor! See where they live, meet the family, and spend a little extra time with your child.

Enjoy dinner at the complex and prepare for tomorrow’s lesson.


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


By now you’re in the groove! Meet your Zambian partner at school and go even deeper with your group of students during today’s camp lesson.

There’s so much happening in Lusaka! We’ll take you to see the work of our friends at Mother Theresa’s, an orphanage nearby. You’ll meet their children, hang out, play games, and learn more about orphanages in Zambia.

Enjoy dinner at the complex and prepare for the final day of camp.


*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.


It’s the final day of camp! It’s been a long week, but we’re finishing it strong! You’ll wrap up the lesson and your time with your students. We’ll come together to enjoy a fun final group activity with our students and staff!

In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to our Arise Homes where we’ll meet our children living in Arise’s full-time care. We’ll spend dinner celebrating at the complex together with the team!

*Day Eight (Saturday) is a travel day. You will wake up in the morning and either hang out at the complex, have a last visit with the children, or go for a last-minute shopping run before your evening flight. For those of you who are opting to go on an added excursion trip, your flight will leave first thing in the morning for your planned destination. Either way, we will miss you, but no matter what you will now always be apart of the Arise Africa Family!

*Please note this is a sample schedule and will not be the exact trip itinerary.

Excursion Trips

Many individuals and families make the most of their mission trip by adding experiences alongside their mission trip. If you’re going to pay to travel to Africa, you may as well maximize the trip!

There are many options from going on a safari, to seeing Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, that is only an hour plane ride away from where we serve in Lusaka. Arise Africa works with highly accredited travel agents to provide multiple trip options you can take leaving from Zambia. We work with the travel agents and plan everything for you. Once you sign up for a mission, we can let you know more details!

Mission Trip FAQs

Who makes the airline reservations?

Typically, we make your airline reservations for you. However, if you want to do this it is okay with us. You can use airline points for your tickets. Sometimes it is very difficult to get flights into Lusaka, Zambia and you will have to make the ticket reservations yourself. We can adjust the cost of your trip accordingly and only charge you for your time on the ground and planned programs.

If myself or my child is not vaccinated can we travel to Zambia with Arise Africa?

Unfortunately Arise Africa cannot accept individuals to participate in our mission trips unless they are vaccinated and a shot form can be submitted from a board-certified medical doctor. We feel the risk is too high and want to make sure you are safe with us. The vaccines that Arise Africa requires for every single mission trip participant are, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough), polio, PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) Hepatitis A&B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae), Varicella (chickenpox), and Menegncocial.

Where do I stay on the trip?

You will stay on our property (the complex) with other individuals on the trip. The complex is very secure and in a safe location. It is comfortable and has everything you might need.

What additional shots do I need to travel to Zambia?

You first need to have updated shot records of vaccines that are listed above. We ask you to also receive the shots that the CDC recommends for the country of Zambia. Currently, these additional shots are Malaria (which comes in the form of pills), Typhoid, and Diphtheria. We suggest talking to your family doctor about your trip. You do not need a yellow fever or rabies shot. The easiest (but not cheapest) place to get your shots is a Passport Health travel clinic where locations are throughout the United States. We recommend that you speak to your general practitioner about your trip to Zambia and additional vaccines they recommend and where to receive them. 

What if I get sick or hurt while on a mission trip?

We work with multiple hospitals and clinics in Zambia. We have relationships with European and American doctors in Zambia who could treat you. We also suggest every mission trip participant purchase air evacuation insurance.

What will I eat while on the mission trip?

Great food! Many people believe that Africa doesn’t have the food that we eat in America. When you walk in a grocery store in Zambia, it doesn’t look much different than the stores in the United States. You will be eating food that you are very used to and have eaten before. We serve burgers, lasagna, Mexican food, chicken plates, sandwiches, and other food to mission trippers. There are great restaurants in the city that we sometimes take you to as well.

Do the people I will be working with speak English?

Yes and no. Our entire staff speaks fluent English and multiple tribal languages. Most of the children we work with speak English. Zambia was a British colony before they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1964. Subsequently, children still learn English in schools. Communicating with Zambians is not an issue, even though some Americans are concerned about this. Once they arrive they realize it is very easy to communicate.

If I have a pre-existing illness or medical condition should I go with Arise Africa?

We ask that you notify us about your condition before signing up for the trip. Some things are easily managed while other issues would suggest you not coming. Individuals with extreme nut allergies are asked to talk to us before signing up. Arise Africa will do everything in our power and control to keep everyone safe, but we do believe there are some cases that we do not feel comfortable to try to prepare for in a third world country.

Will I be able to communicate with family members in America while I am in Zambia?

Absolutely. You will have very limited access to the internet. You can also use iMessage on your phones and purchase an international calling plan if you wish to make phone calls. Most American cell phones work in Zambia when you arrive; the cost of each call depends on the carrier. We suggest you research your cell phone plan before your trip so that you are not surprised at additional costs when you get home.

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