BeadforLife Fellows Trip

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November 6 – 12, 2016
Join us for the trip of a lifetime!
By invitation only

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Members of BeadforLife's Street Business School

This exclusive trip is offered only to partners and supporters of the Street Business School global expansion, and will give you the unique chance to see Uganda as few visitors do. Get out of the safari vans and experience life in Uganda. Sit with women who are in the process of transforming their lives by opening small businesses. See our training program in person.  Spend time at the business of an SBS alumni, hearing her challenges and dreams while you share your own experience.

This is a trip that will inspire you, challenge you, teach you, and open your eyes to the tremendous potential of women in business.

Day 0:  Sunday, November 6                            

Arrival. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to Hotel Bougainviller, a beautiful boutique hotel near the BeadforLife office.

Day 1:  Monday, November 7

Dancing at OfficeMorning:
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We will meet at 10:00am to get to know each other and have an orientation to Uganda and the trip. We will then take a short break and head to the BeadforLife office to have lunch with our amazing Uganda staff.

We will get an overview of all of BeadforLife’s work in Uganda. Even people who have been involved with BeadforLife for years are usually shocked when they visit and see just how much is happening!

Day 2:  Tuesday, November 8

Morning to afternoon:
Woman in Home
After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the homes of some of our newest Street Business School students. This will give you a good understanding of the conditions many of our members are living in before joining BeadforLife.

We will have lunch in the field and then return to the hotel before the evening activity.

Entrepreneurs Dinner.  Meet with a round table of successful, middle-class Ugandan entrepreneurs. Learn why they are investing in their country, what keeps them up at night, and why Uganda has been called the most entrepreneurial nation in the world.

Day 3:  Wednesday, November 9

Ndere Dancers
Accompany BeadforLife Staff into a local community for a training session of the Street Business School, where you can observe the training, meet the women and ask any questions you have. There is no better way to understand this training than to see it in action!

You have a few hours off this afternoon to rest before we leave for our evening activity.

Performance of the Ndere Dancers – a cultural dance troupe that performs the traditional dances and songs from the different regions of Uganda. It is “dinner theater” style, so we will eat local food as we enjoy the performance.

Day 4:  Thursday, November 10

Maysam at BusinessMorning:
Beadforlife staff members will bring our group to visit some of the businesses of our Street Business School graduates. Take this chance to ask them how their lives were impacted by the training, and how they have used the lessons they learned to create thriving businesses.

In the afternoon you will be paired up with a BeadforLife entrepreneur to “coach” and be “coached”. We believe everyone has something to teach and something to learn, so dive in to share your experience in business and lift, and explore what you can learn from your counterpart. Even if you don’t have experience running a business in Uganda, you would be amazed how much you can share and learn, and how much it can help these entrepreneurs to have a fresh set of eyes looking at the way they are doing things. And some things that we take for granted – like knowing if you are making or losing money – are completely new concepts that our members first learned through our trainings!

Day 5:  Friday, November 11

Time for some souvenir shopping and a visit to the National Mosque. A steep climb up the minaret of this elegant building gives a sweeping view of Kampala.

Mlisada DancersAfternoon:
Get inspired and moved by the M-LISADA Children’s Home. This organization is a close friend to BeadforLife. They take homeless children and teach them performance skills, train them as peer educators, send them to school and give them a safe haven from the dangerous live they were living on the streets. Your heart will be filled.

Day 6:  Saturday, November 12

What better way to complete your trip than to attend a Street Business School graduation! Both you and the graduates are heading out on your next adventure, so celebrate together.

We will have our official goodbye dinner on the shores of Lake Victoria. If you are leaving this evening, we will get you to the airport in time for your flight. If you are staying in Uganda for one of the extensions (listed below), you will be dropped back at the hotel for a good night of sleep before you are picked up early Saturday morning.

Become part of the Street Business School Expansion and be the spark to ignite one million women to lift themselves out of poverty!


Dates: November 6 – 12, 2016 (with the option to extend)

Travel: Conservation Concepts tour company runs all of our Uganda trips ( Flights to Uganda range from $1,400 to $2,000.

Mark BioYour Guide: The trip will be led by Mark Jordahl who has lived in Uganda for years, has been leading trips there since 2007, and is married to BeadforLife ED Devin Hibbard. Mark did his Masters field work in conservation education and tourism development in Murchison Falls National Park and loves to share what he knows about Ugandan culture, history and the natural environment.

He has written guide books for three of the national parks, been featured HDNet World Report speaking about oil development in Uganda, and contributes regularly to publications and blogs about Uganda and Africa. In a past life he facilitated retreats for companies like Starbucks, Boeing, DLR Group and many more, and is excited to see the creative ways women in the Street Business School apply the same business principles to overcome challenges in their enterprises.

Mark lives with his wife Devin, and their two sons in Kampala.

What Have Others Said:

This was a life changing trip for me. Mark is a gifted leader with excellent people skills, a fund of knowledge and the rare combination of laid back and responsible. The Ugandan people are like none other that I have ever met. Despite extreme poverty they are joyful, generous, contactful and an inspiration to be around. Don’t miss this trip! Joanne, 2008

The trip far exceeded my expectations. Mark knows how to navigate in Uganda, we were most welcome everywhere we went! 2013

The Conservation Concepts Uganda Tour for me was a life-changing experience. It was a smorgasbord of experiences and each morsel tickled my palate and not in the culinary sense but in the life-experience sense. The way you know you have enjoyed an experience is when someone ask you would you do it again and my answer would be without hesitation YES, I would take the Ugandan Tour with Conservation Concepts again! Debe, 2014

Packets of information containing travel arrangements, visa requirements, list of necessary vaccinations, and additional resources will be provided once attendance is confirmed.

Please contact Rachel Buck at for more information.


Optional Trip Extensions

EXTENSION 1, Murchison Falls National Park Safari, $1500

Day 1: Sunday, November 13

Morning and Afternoon:
You are off to Murchison Falls National Park! The drive to Murchison will take about 5 hours, but you will have the chance to stretch your legs about half way there with an easy walk to see the Nile’s Karuma Falls.

You will enter the park through the north entrance in Purongo, which used to be a camp for people displaced by the LRA rebellion. Spend the afternoon doing a game drive down to the delta where the River Nile enters Lake Albert. The game drive will last about 3 – 4 hours, and then you will check into your lodge in time for sundowners overlooking the river before dinner.

Day 2: Monday, November 14

Wake up early this morning for a 6:30 am game drive. This is the best time to have a shot at seeing lions returning from the night’s hunt, so it is best to get out there as early as possible! You can never be sure what animals you will see, but Boat Launchsome of the notable species in the park are: elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, leopard, warthog, Uganda kob, hartebeest, oribi, crocodile, and TONS of birds! Lunch back at the lodge.

2:30pm Boat Launch to Murchison Falls
This boat trip takes 2-3 hours and travels up the Nile to a view of the base of Murchison Falls. The boats have restrooms and sell beverages, so sit back and enjoy the trip.  You will pass through rafts of hippos and crocodiles, and will be amazed by the abundant bird life along the shores. This ride also tends to be very relaxing after days of bumpy driving on roads.

Day 6: Monday, November 14

People at Falls
After breakfast, head to the top of Murchison Falls, where the 100-yard-wide Nile River blasts through a 7-yard-wide cleft in the rocks. The power of this waterfall is mesmerizing. This is the spot where Churchill coined the phrase “The Pearl of Africa” as a description of Uganda, and is the waterfall that the head of the Royal Geographic Society in the late 1800s called “the most exciting thing that happens to the Nile in its 4,000 mile journey.”

Afternoon: Return journey to Kampala. Depending on flights, go straight to the airport or back to the hotel in Kampala.


EXTENSION 2, Mountain Gorilla Tracking: $2800 by air, $1900 by road

Day 1: Sunday, November 13

Morning and Afternoon:
If you choose the flying option for this trip, it will be a quick hop from Kampala to Kisoro. Then you will have a short drive to Silverback Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing in the cool mountain air preparing for your hike tomorrow.

If you choose the adventurous overland option, you will have approximately a 10-hour drive through the lush landscape of Uganda, dotted by villages and small towns.

Many people choose to fly one direction and drive the other in order to have both experiences. Costs will be adjusted accordingly if you choose this option.

However you get there, you will be amazed by the comfort and beauty of Silverback Lodge and the surrounding area.


Day 2: Monday, November 14
This is your day to spend an hour with a family of mountain gorillas! With only about 900 left in the world and with very specific habitat needs, the survival of this species is precarious. The only reason they still survive is because people Gorillascome from all over the world to see them. The dollars that come in from visitors pays for their protection and makes them a priority for the only three countries where they can be found – Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Spending time with these close relatives of ours has a way of touching people deeply.

Depending on where they spent the previous night, your hike might be a short as 1 hour, or as long as 10! A reasonable level of fitness will make this trip much more enjoyable for you, although there are porters to help you if you need it.

Day 3: Tuesday, November 15
Return to Kampala by air or road. It is highly recommended to add in a day at Lake Bunyonyi on the return. Even though it is an additional cost, Bunyonyi has been ranked one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and it helps break up the long drive. An overnight here can also be built in on the way to the gorillas if you like.


Photo by SavannahWings Safaris

Photo by SavannahWings Safaris

The sky is the limit! You have come a long way for this visit, so go ahead and make your dreams come true.

And when we say the sky is the limit, we really mean it. Through our partner, Conservation Concepts, we can arrange flying adventures to the largest open lava lake in the world in the Democratic Republic of Congo, safaris in the Serengeti, glacier hikes in the Rwenzori Mountains, or just about anything else you might want.

Dream big, and there is a good chance we can make it happen!

Lava Lake

Photo by SavannahWings Safaris