Project Africa . . . Uganda 2019

Please use the following links to visit related pages . . .

Project Africa ; Uganda 2015; Uganda 2011;
 Global Awareness Programme & PA Challenge Badge

Latest information added: 1 November 2018 (item 05 & 07)


01  Uganda 2019 (introduction)
02  Core leadership team
03  Items from (March) Information Evenings
04  Applications and stage payments
05  Key dates
06  Training programme
07  Other information (including travel and facebook pages)
08  Uganda 2019 logo (with new Scout logo)
09  Qs&As (answers to some common questions)
10  Contact us


01  Uganda 2019 (introduction)

Plans are now progressing well to return to Uganda in 2019 to continue with the successful Project Africa international community development programme. The expedition will take
place at the end of July 2019 (dates to be confirmed) and is likely to be 3 weeks duration.
Young people and leaders from across the County will continue to make a real difference
to local and rural communities in Uganda as well as developing their own personal and
Scouting skills.

Young people supporting young people (helping others)!

from Uganda 2015 - left: laying the final brick to the foundations of the 3-classroom block;
right: moving concrete by hand to complete the floor to the building

02  Core leadership team

Expedition Leader:
Tony Phillips, Group Scout Leader, Reading Central

Deputy Expedition Leaders:
Bill Roach*, Assistant Section Leader, South East Berks (Training programme)
Bob Meldrum*, ACC Activities (Logistics)

Marcus Brind*, DESC, Kennet (Programme & Join-in)
Sarah Dunnett, Assistant Section Leader, Taceham Hundred (PR & Comms)
Ness Owens*, District Section Assistant, Wokingham (Welfare)
James Southern, Section Leader, Pang Valley (Health & Safety)
Phill Wood, ACC Young Leaders (Finance & Admin)

* involved with Uganda 2011 and/or Uganda 2015

03  Items from (March) Information Evenings
Click this link for a pdf of the powerpoint presentation used at the March Information Evenings.

Click here to see a short video produced by Dominic Scott, a participant at Uganda 2015.
The video shows Uganda 2015 through the eyes of a young person taking part in the project.
Links to further information (blogs) from Dominic can be found at the end of the video.

Similar to Uganda 2015, the projects for Uganda 2019 are likely to be partnered with
Soft Power Education, a British charity working with young people in central Uganda. 


04  Applications and stage payments

The application deadline for young people to take part in Uganda 2019 was 30 April 2018.
More than 100 young people have made their application and first payment.

The initial budget, based on information currently available, indicates the cost of Uganda 2019 is
likely to be £2,995 (tbc). Subject to costs beyond our control, eg: air fares, it is hoped to keep the
cost at or below this figure.

The cost includes: training programme and briefings; insurance; travel to and within Uganda; food;
tents; project costs (some central additional fundraising may be required); etc.

The cost does not include required vaccinations (consult your local surgery or travel centre for
advice and costs) and personal equipment.

Stage payments:
Deposit with application £300 - before end of April 2018
2nd stage payment £600 - end of July 2018
3rd stage payment £600 - end of October 2018
4th stage payment £600 - end of January 2019
5th stage payment £600 - end of April 2019
Balance £295 (tbc) - 15 June 2019

05  Key dates

Training & Briefing sessions:
Saturday 5 May 2018
Wednesday 13 June (leaders only social)
Saturday 30 June
14-16 September (weekend camp)
17-25 November (recce team visit Uganda)

8 December (training day & parent briefing)
29-31 March 2019 (weekend camp)
5-7 July (weekend camp)
26 July (Group 1 departs for Uganda)
27 July (Group 2 departs for Uganda)
17 August (Group 1 arrives back in the UK)
18 August (Group 2 arrives back in the UK)

Other days/evenings will be added as required (including smaller/local group events, etc)


from Uganda 2015 (Iwololo primary school) - painting and refurbishing

06  Training programme

Everyone taking part in the Uganda Expedition is expected to attend all training weekends.
These are important camps where individuals will be taught some of the skills needed to support
projects in Uganda. The weekends will be greenfield camps and also aim to give a feel for camping
conditions that will be faced in Africa.

Another important aspect of the training is to allow the expedition group, leaders and Scouts/Explorers,
to get to know each other so we can support one another when in Africa.

The first training camp was held at Rushall Farm in mid-September 2018. Activities included an
introduction to toilets, hygiene. water and food along with practical skills with some basic Scouting
skills along with carpentry and basic bricklaying. Furthercamps in March and June 2019 will build on
these skills and introduce others which will be needed later in the summer 2019.

07  Other information

Facebook pages

A closed Facebook page has been establsihed for leaders, participants, and their parents.
The closed page will serve as the pimary communcation channel to keep up-to-date, exchange
ideas, shape the expedition, and share news. If eligible, click here and ask to join.

The open Project Africa Facebook page is available for general information and news on Uganda
, the join-in programme, and associated projects. 

Travel to Uganda

Headline travel news for 2019 (details to be circulated later):

Group 1: depart LHR 10pm on Friday 26 July
leave Uganda on Friday 16 August
arriving back LHR at 7am on Saturday 17 August

Group 2: depart LHR 10pm on Saturday 27 July
leave Uganda on Saturday 17 August
arriving back LHR at 7am on Sunday 18 August

Our travel agent is Travel Places (the travel company that provide travel arrangements for The Scout
Association to World Scout Jamborees, etc - including those travelling to the USA in 2019).

Scouting awards and badges
Participants will be encouraged to use the training programme and the expedition to Uganda
to works towards and complete Scouting awards and badges.

08  Uganda 2019 logo (with new Scout logo)

Participants are welcome to use the Uganda 2019 logo. We simply ask that the logo is not
changed or modified. Click on the required link below:

PA Uganda 2019 Print (jpg)
    use this larger jpg for printing, etc

PA Uganda 2019 Screen (jpg)
    use this smaller jpg for online and
    screen use, eg: websites, etc

09  Qs&As (answers to some common questions)

Can we take mobile phones?
We do not encourage participants taking mobile phones because of the risk of loss or damage.
Charging mobile devices is also a challenge. There will be solar panels for charging 'event phones'
to maintain critical communications. The second priority for charging from the solar panels is for
cameras (including participant cameras) to make sure we have a good photographic record of the
project. The mobile phone network in Uganda has improved dramatically over the years and there
will be no problem with communications between leaders, projects, and with the UK.

What about wifi?
Again, there is now generally good coverage to enable Facebook posts back to the UK, etc.
However, the coverage can be patchy in rural areas and sometimes
 the leaders need to visit local
towns in order to make posts . . . so don't expect posts every day!

Is Marburg a risk and what about medical provision generally?
There was a small outbreak of Marburg in 2017 and this was brought quickly under control by the
Uganda authorities. Click this link to see how the World Health Organisation congratulated Uganda
on its 'exemplary' and swift management of the outbreak. Through previous expeditions to Uganda
we now have contacts with British and Australian doctors providing care in Uganda. Click this link
to see the hospital recently built by the Turkish government in Jinja! We also have two paramedics
and a first aid trainer within the leader team!

What insurance cover will there be?
It is Berkshire Scouts policy that we use Unity Insurance Services (official insurance broker to The Scout
Association). Unity have many years experience of supporting Scout events, of all kinds, across the world.

Click here to see the overseas travel policy. The Unity policy is inclusive in the Uganda 'package'. Of course,
there is no objection to supplementing the policy 
with additional cover (at your cost) if required.
What is the food like?
The food, in the main, is bland, and posho and beans is a staple diet! However, the local cooks that we
employ work with the leader team to make sure there is some variety! Burgers and chips are off the menu
- but there may be the opportunity to grab a burger and chips when in town shopping!

10  Contact us
If you have any questions about Uganda 2019, please email us at:

from Uganda 2015 - left: on safari at Murchison Falls; right: travel in Uganda!

Please use the following links to visit related pages . . . .

Project Africa ; Uganda 2015; Uganda 2011;
 Global Awareness Programme & PA Challenge Badge



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