Africa Uplifted board members visit Sierra Leone regularly and frequently take up to six other team members with them. Trips typically last about two weeks and have a variety of activities. Some trips focus on medical outreach while others may have an educational, spiritual or developmental focus.
Team members generally cover the cost of their trips. These costs are typically around $3,300. The team member fee will be due in installments the last of which must be paid at least 30 days prior to departure. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place on a team.
All team members must have proper immunizations. More information on immunization requirements can be found at the Centers for Disease Control website. In addition, all team members must secure a signed consent from their physician attesting to their ability to make this trip.
All team members must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the trip and must also have a visa to enter Sierra Leone. Africa Uplifted will assist with securing these visas.
The teams generally have two mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. During the orientation meetings, the team leader reviews the trip itinerary goals and guidelines.
During the trip, the team leader provides direction for the group and all team members are expected to cooperate and respect their decisions.
If, prior to departure, a team member is unable to travel with the team, they may be entitled to a refund of the recoverable expenses incurred. Non-recoverable expenses (such as visa costs, airline cancellation fees, etc.) are not refunded.
All team members participate in the trip solely at the discretion of Africa Uplifted. Trips may be cancelled at any time for any reason prior to or after departure. Individual team members can be removed from the team for any reason. If a team member is removed from the team, Africa Uplifted will make reasonable efforts to provide a refund of recoverable expenses incurred.
Africa Uplifted is a Christian-based organization and the team will be in Sierra Leone as guests of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. As such, the team will be conducting daily devotions and attending Sunday worship.
For more information on travel to Sierra Leone, potential team members can refer to the U.S. Department of State.