East Africa is a country rich in culture, religion, history and natural resources. It’s a fast changing region of the continent, blending traditional African cultures, colonial legacy and the independence eras, and demonstrates significant economic growth as well as cultural and political changes.

During the East Africa SOFE, students explore the various historical, political, socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic factors contributing to the uniqueness of local and international nonprofit/non-governmental organizations (NP/GOs) working in the East African Third Sector.

Three themes will guide our explorations and discoveries:

  • Poverty and development
  • Health and education
  • Environment

Students will develop their studies and research in two different cities:

  • Arusha Tanzania, the nation’s fastest growing northern city and one of the largest metropolitan cities in East Africa with a strong international presence (population: approx. 516,000).
  • Kampala Uganda, the largest city and capital in Uganda with a diverse ethnic population and a high rate of poverty (population: approx. 1.2 million).
     

Itinerary is based on previous years visit and is subject to change.

Day 1
Arrive in Arusha Tanzania

Check into Arusha Tourist Inn

Day 2
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

NPO visit: Mkombozi

Noon Lunch
Afternoon Visit town market
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dinner

Day 3
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Orientation to trip team building, discussions of agenda
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Orientation to NPO sector in Tanzania
Noon to 2 p.m.

Lunch

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Driving tour of Arusha

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Tanzania History Museum
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free time
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner at guesthouse 
Day 4
7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Daily topic Presentation
8:30 a.m. to Noon NPO visit: World Vision
Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch at World Vision Cafeteria
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. NPO Visit: Compassion International
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Dinner 
Day 5
7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Daily Topic Presentation
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. NPO Visit: Shinning A Light
10:30 a.m. to Noon NPO Visit: Inherit Your Rights
Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. NPO Visit: Farm Concern International
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner 
Day 6
7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Daily topic presentation
8:30 a.m. to Noon

NPO Visit: Samaritan Village

Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. NPO Visit: Global Service Corp
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dinner

Day 7
7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Free morning
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Travel to the airport
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Check in, customs
Before Flight Lunch in the airport 
11:30 a.m.  Flight to Kampala Uganda 
1:20 p.m.  Arrive in Entebbe Airport 
1:30 to 2 p.m.  Customs
2 p.m. 

Airport pick up

2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Travel to Lake Bunyonyi by bus (7 hours) 

9 p.m.  Check into Bunyonyi Overland Resort 
10 p.m.  Dinner at Bunyonyi Overland Resort 
Day 8
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Breakfast on own at Lake Buyonyi
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boat ride to Brite’s Village
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch on own at Lake Buyonyi
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free time for students
6 p.m. to Bed Pig roast and dance
Day 9
6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Breakfast on own at Lake Buyonyi
8 a.m. Travel by bus to Kampala
Noon Lunch
3 p.m.  Check in at Come Lets Dance (CLD) 
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Getting to know Kampala and Slum Team presentation 
Day 10
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Breakfast at CLD
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Daily topic presentation
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Relief work in Katanga Slum
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. NPO Visit: Thread for Life Sewing Clinic in the Katanga Slum
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner with governmental panel
Day 11
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Breakfast at CLD
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Daily topic presentation
9 a.m. to Noon NPO Visit: Kidz House
Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. NPO Visit: Educate!
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner at Ema’s House (Owner of Taxi Microbusiness) 
Day 12
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Breakfast at CLD
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Daily topic presentation
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Travel to the airport
9:30 a.m.  Check in, customs 
3:40 p.m. Arrive at Arusha airport
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Airport pick up and travel to hotel 
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Expat Happy Hour 
Day 13
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Continental breakfast at hotel
9 a.m. to Noon

Debrief and final meeting

Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Free time 
5 p.m. Travel to the airport
6 p.m. Check into airport
8:40 p.m. Fly Home

Cost is based on previous years visit and is subject to change.

The cost of the SOFE is made up of three parts:

  • In-Destination Experience Costs
  • Tuition per credit hour for an online course
  • Travel Expenses to/from your home location

The in-destination experience is $3,200 per participant, and includes:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Most meals
  • Tour entrance fees
  • Guest speakers, etc.

The in-destination experience excludes:

  • Personal costs: bottled water, snacks, drinks, gifts, personal items you may purchase for yourself and additional transport costs (e.g. taxis) etc. not included in course-related excursions
  • Certain meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cost of any immunizations, travel documents and travel insurance

Be patient and observant instead of worried and frustrated when cultural norms are flipped upside down. Take the beautiful parts of it with you, and ask about the parts you don't understand. If certain laws, ways of life, customs, and actions amaze, disgust or frighten you, bring them up for discussion with your facilitator or fellow students. It is a learning experience, so pack a clear heart, open eyes and maybe a tough stomach.  Let yourself be completely emerged in all aspects of the SOFE - even the challenging ones.”  - Tyler Breuer

Guidebook:

The East Africa SOFE Guidebook contains useful information you can carry with you while in East Africa. You will find detailed information regarding embassies, local medical facilities, general medical tips andprecautions, packing list and information about time zone, money, attire, restroom etiquette, culture shock and more. 

Questions? Contact Megan Maes, administrative assistant for the Global Nonprofit Leadership Department at mmaes@regis.edu or 303.964.3650.

Helpful Links:

U.S. Embassy

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Prior to travel

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Applying for passport

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Lost or stolen passports

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings

U.S. Department of State Destination Country Information

U.S. Department of State Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets

U.S. Department of State Students Abroad page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health page

Information for LGBT students while travel abroad
 
Travel Etiquette

 

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