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Week 3 | Taonga/MacDonald Brown School VBS

Trip Status: Open

14 Spots Available

Dates: Thursday, July 6 – Sunday, July 16

Cost: $4,300 including airfare

This week, we will be putting on a Vacation Bible School (VBS) camp for our students at Taonga/ MacDonald Brown School (Taonga/ MacB). Participants on the trip will primarily participate in small groups and activities with our students during VBS. You will also be given the opportunity to interact in the communities they live in and visit Arise Africa’s other projects and partners. Taonga/MacB has students ranging from kindergarten through 7th grade.

Financial Deadlines:

$300 Non-refundable deposit due upon registration
$2,000 per person due March 1, 2023
Remaining Balance due May 26th, 2023

Note: Your deposit will count towards your trip cost.

Registration Opens October 1st

Mission Trip FAQs

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.

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. 

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.

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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