The new year is well and truly rolling along – we can hardly believe it’s already mid-February! – and it’s time to start planning for our Service Learning trips to Zimbabwe. This summer we are opening up TWO trips to serve and learn alongside our partners in the rural community of Gudo. The trips will focus on completing a community health care clinic as well as integrating cross-cultural leadership development for trip participants and community members alike. Here’s a bit more info for you:
- Trip #1: Depart July 2nd – Return July 17th.
- Trip #2: Depart July 24th – Return August 8th.
- Total trip cost: $2,175 (see cost breakdown below).
- Each trip is open to 11 participants; so 22 openings in all.
- All trip participants will have the option to fundraise for their expenses, and we will set an additional fundraising goal for the building project (we’ll use StayClassy to create personal fundraising pages).
- A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 secures your spot on a trip.
- Once the trip teams are finalized, we will hold several pre-trip conference calls to cover all questions, concerns and planning needs.
So if you’re ready to head to Zimbabwe with us, here’s how to secure your spot on one of the trips:
We fully understand it’s a big commitment, so if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. We will gladly talk to you about any and all aspects of the trip. See you in Zimbabwe!
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- Total cost: $2,175 (this includes $1,000 deposit to secure trip placement)
- Pre-trip orientation.
- Pre-trip travel help (if needed).
- All meals during the trip.
- In-country transportation.
- Arrival and project-site orientation.
- Safari/bush excursion (to be decided by group).
- 24-hour in-country support from experienced staff.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What’s NOT included:
- Flights to and from Harare, Zimbabwe.
- Entry visa ($30 in U.S. currency).
- Additional food, drink and gratuities.
- Personal kit.
- Domestic/International airport taxes.
- Extracurricular shopping activities.
We could not have asked for a better Service and Leadership pilot trip. The team members were eager, willing to adapt to whatever was thrown their way and a diverse crowd of simply rad individuals. The people of the Gudo community were warm and welcoming and could not have been better hosts. It was moving to work alongside, at times, hundreds of community members all working towards one goal: to provide a much needed health care clinic.
In our limited time there, we helped accomplish more than has been done in 10 years. By the time we left, a brick and cement foundation had been put in place and the community had been galvanized — believing that access to primary health care would soon become a reality to many who have not had easy access for years.
Our time in Gudo was short but the impact has the potential to be great. The community continues to work diligently towards the completion of the facility with the resource that was provided by our participants and a foundation has been laid for what will be an incredible partnership between the Elias Fund and Gudo community for years to come.
In case you didn’t follow along, there were trip updates and post-trip reflections from trip participants posted up on EF’s blog. We highly encourage you to check those out as there are some wonderful thoughts from our awesome team members . . .and of course, if you’re interested in participating in a future trip, please let us know.
Jackson is 21 years old, grew up in Tulsa, OK and is currently attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He is in his second year of school and, for the time being, pursuing degrees in Journalism and Fine Arts. Jackson spends a lot of time on school but, as with any college student, he also finds time to have fun. In his spare time, he plays rugby for CSU and also loves getting outside and enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather.
What does this trip to Zimbabwe mean to you?
This trip means so much to me at this point in my life. As a journalism student it means getting the chance to see a new part of world and experience what the country has to offer, both good and bad, and gives me the opportunity to give back what I can to an ailing nation. This will be my first experience outside the country and I can’t think of a more incredible place to be going. It will truly be a dream come true for me to go on this trip and I can’t say enough how grateful I am.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m not quite sure what the craziest thing I’ve done is but at one time I was able to both juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time.
Quote from your favorite movie?
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”
Who/What do you think about when you hear the phrase, “I am strong if You are strong”?
For myself, I am strong if you are strong means having the support of one another in trying to accomplish this goal. Elias fund is doing some incredible things but it takes the strength of a large network of dedicated individuals willing to put forth the effort necessary. It is a phrase that brings that idea to center stage and gives us the idea that great things can be accomplished through numbers and the help of others.
Want to support Jackson? Check out his StayClassy page here. Or shop for him at ELIAS here.