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September 13-21, 2019

We are so excited about your interest in traveling with us in September!
Please read the trip details below and information on what to do next!


TRIP OVERVIEW:

During your work week in Uganda, you and your team will be working at a Hope Smiles remote outreach sites in one of our identified villages -- a previously unreached community in Uganda alongside our full-time Ugandan team! 

Our Ugandan team will be leading set-up/tear-down of daily clinics, personnel distribution, sterilization, and providing translators for you each day. This will give you the freedom to focus on transforming the lives of each person you serve through quality, compassionate dental care. Our Ugandan team on the ground will take care of all the details of running a high-quality mobile clinic -- we have LOTS of experience!

Dental professionals will be performing comprehensive examinations, restorations, extractions, periodontal therapy, fluoride varnish treatment, silver diamine fluoride treatment, and simple oral surgery.

You will also get to experience the natural beauty and culture of Uganda! You will see why it is called “The Pearl of Africa!”


TRIP COST DETAILS:

TOTAL TRIP COST:

$2200 + airfare

*Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. Flights to Uganda in the summer generally range from $1,800-$2,100 out of most US cities.

Estimated total trip cost is $4000 – $4300 total including flights.

TRIP PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 

DUE AT SIGN-UP = $250 non-refundable deposit
DUE June 15, 2019 = FIRST PAYMENT (reserving lodging-25% of total trip cost completed
DUE July 8, 2019 = SECOND PAYMENT (booking flights-50% of total trip cost completed)
DUE August 14, 2019 = FINAL BALANCE DUE (100% of total trip cost completed)

*Once you complete your application and pay the deposit we can start looking at airfare options to provide more detail around your total trip cost and give specific payment amounts for the above deadlines.

**If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will be required to pay the amount past due at registration. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TRIP COST:

  • International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)

  • Accommodations based on single rooms 

  • In-country transportation

  • Translator/Guide (if needed)

  • Visa Fee

  • Tipping for guides

  • Administrative costs

  • Excursion costs (if any are selected at registration)

  • Lunch during the work week

  • Nile River Sunset Cruise

  • Private boat tour on Lake Victoria to see the Source of the Nile River

COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP COST:

  • Travel costs outside of airfare
    (Meals while traveling to and from Uganda, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage) 

  • In-country meals while in Uganda
    (We will provide an estimated amount to bring that will cover this cost based on your total time in-country.)

  • Immunizations Costs
    (You are required to get the yellow fever shot to enter the country and obtain a visa, which typically costs around $120. The CDC also recommends other vaccinations and medications although these are not required.)

  • Passport Fees

  • Visa Fee to be purchased online prior to arrival, $50 (we will provide step by step instructions for how to obtain this!)

  • Personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film, and other personal items. 

FLIGHT AND TRAVEL INFO:

We book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.


NEXT STEPS:

  1. The first step for all dental professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, expanded duty dental assistants) is completing the application linked below to share a little bit of information with us that will allow us to get the information we need to take your registration to the next step.

  2. After we receive your application we will review and follow up with any questions within 24 hours. If you are good to go we will email you a link to register for the trip which is where you will pay your $250 non-refundable deposit!

  3. You will then have the opportunity to fundraise for your trip or you can make payments based on the payment schedule noted above to cover the cost of your trip.