TRIP LOGISTICS AND INFORMATION:
Is Zambia safe? Zambia is an extremely safe country. It has not had the political strife, violence, and civil wars which have plagued other African countries. Our summer teams have never had an incident or encountered a situation where their saftey was in question. Regardless, a team member will never be alone while in Zambia. They will always be in the company of their team leader or Global Samaritans personnel.
What is the weather like? How hot will it get? Zambia is in the southern hemisphere. Therefore, most of our teams are in Zambia during their winter. During the days the temperature is typically in the mid 70s and in the mid 40s at night. The weather is quite nice during the months of May to August.
Is the water safe to drink? The water is definitely safe to drink. Global Samaritans has its own well (provided for by Rotary International) and water supply. We use the water for cooking, drinking, showering, brushing teeth, etc. and have never had any trouble.
What do we eat? Is it safe to eat the food? Have you ever heard of nshima? Just kidding! Most team members say they eat better in Zambia than they do at home. Tacos, lasagna, baked chicken, pork chops, and spaghetti are just a few of the many dinners enjoyed in Zambia. All of our food is purchased from a grocery store and is very safe to eat.
What happens if I become sick or injured while serving in Zambia? Although we have never had a major illness or injury, we like to be prepared. Therefore, travel insurance through Adams and Associates is included in the cost of your trip.
Where do we stay? Global Samaritans has a guest house on-site. Our guesthouse has seven bedrooms that will sleep up to twenty-two people. It also has two bathrooms, a living room, dining room, and a kitchen.
Are we able to take a shower? Yes! There are three showers for men and three showers for the women with HOT running water!
What type of clothes do I need? The best way we can describe it is, casual/outdoor clothes. You will want to bring lightweight clothes that you can use to layer.A more detailed description of clothes can be found in the packing list section of our team member packet.
Will I be able to contact home? Will they be able to contact me? There is a phone at the guest house available to team members. You can call home with an AT&T calling card or by paying $1 a minute to call the USYour family and friends can contact you by calling the guest house phone. This number is: 001-00260-231-327398.
Do the children speak English? All of the children at Global Samaritans speak English in addition to their native language. You will not have any trouble communicating with our children and staff.
Do they speak English in the villages? The extent of English spoken and understood varies by village. Global Samaritans will provide transalators in any circumstances where there might be a language barrier.
Can I bring gifts to the children? Of course! Some of the items the children like are: dvds, puzzles, board and card games, soccer and basketballs, toy cars, clothes, Bibles, etc. A list of additional items can be found on our needs list. Please consult with Mirriam Mumba, the orphanage administrator before distributing any items. We want to ensure fairness amongst the children.
Will I be able to do any shopping? Yes! You will be able to shop at Global Samaritans for various crafts made by our staff and children. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local market, Makuni Market, to purchase locally made items.
Is it true that I can trade in the market? What types of items do the market people like? Yes, you will be able to trade in the market in addition to using US dollars. Socks, bandanas, writing pens, hairbands, and clothes seem to be the most popular trade items.
How long does it take to get to Zambia? On average, there is a 14-16 hour flight from the US to Johannesburg, South Africa and then an additional 2 hour flight from Johanesburg to Livingstone, Zambia. More information regarding flight lengths and routes can be found in the travel information section of our team member packet.
How many bags can I pack? Typically each passenger is allowed 2 checked bags at 50lbs a piece, a carryon, and a personal item. Size and weight regulations for both checked and carryon bags vary by airline, especially when catching connecting flights within Africa. Check your airline’s website for complete baggage information to verify all regulations.
Can I pay for my plane tickets with frequent flyer miles? Can I earn miles? Yes, you may use frequent flier miles to pay for your plane ticket. To do so, you will be responsible for arranging your own plane tickets and it must correspond with the dates and flights of your teams' trip. Almost all of the flights are eligible for frequent flier miles. Make sure you sign up for the frequent flier programs!
Do I need any shots for my trip? There are no shots or immunizations required for Zambia, they are all suggestions. It is important for you to consult both the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) and your doctor to ensure you make the best decision. More information regarding shots and immunizations can be found in our team member packet.
How do I apply for a passport? Passport information can be found on the state department website (www.state.gov) under the travel section. Your passport must contain at least two blank and unstamped pages and remain vaiid for three months after you return home. More information regarding passports can be found in our team member packet.
Do I need to obtain a visa? Yes, your Zambian visa will be obtained when you arrive at the airport.
My minor child (under the age of 18) is traveling to Zambia without their parent(s). What do I need to do to make sure there are no problems? Global Samaritans has created a minor release form for this type of situation. Please fill out the form, have both parents sign, and have the release notarized. Please give the signed and notarized original form to the team leader, make a copy for your child to carry, and keep a copy for yourself.
Can I stay longer than the two weeks my team is staying? Yes and no.... if you are wanting to stay and travel on your own after your team has left, you are more than welcome to. There are so many amazing things to experience in Zambia and the surrounding countries. If you are not traveling to and from Zambia with your team, you will be required to make your own travel arrangements. Global Samaritans cannot be responsible for connecting you with your group, this will be your responsibility. If you are interested in staying at Global Samaritans this will have to be presented to and approved by the Leadership Team. Please contact Erin Porter email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.
How much money do I need to bring? If you are planning on participating in any extra fun day activities, you will need approximately $250-$300. If not, $100-$150 will be sufficient for offering, souveniers, snacks and meals while in transit, and crafts made by our staff and children. Your money should be brought in cash in small denominations ($1s, $5s, $10s, and $20s).It is also important to bring new bills. American bills dated 2006 or older will not be accepted.
Will I need to exchange my money into the Zambian currency? You can use US dollars for everything that you do and anything you purchase! If you would like to bring home Zambian kwacha as a souvenier, Global Samaritans will help you acquire them.
How much does it cost to participate in a trip? A two week trip with Global Samaritans typically costs between $2500-$2750. The exact price is dependent upon the price of the plane ticket.
Do you have any recommendations for raising the money for my trip? Team members have had a lot of success in the past with support letters sent to friends and family. Fundraisers such as dinner/dessert parties, car washes, and yard sales are great group fundraisers. You can build relationships with your team while raising money for your trip! A sample fundraising letter can be found here. Feel free to use this as a guide, but remember to make it your own! Your team leader is also a great resource for ideas.
Where should I send my donations? To whom do I make my checks out to? Donations for your trip can be made two ways, by check or credit card. Mail: They may mail checks made out to Global Samaritans at the address below. Please make sure your name appears in the "for line" to ensure your account is credited with their donation.
6561 Union Point Hwy
Union Point, GA 30669 Online: The may make a donation via the donate page on our website at www.globalsamaritans.org through paypal with any major credit card.
If I have to cancel my trip after I have raised part/all of my funds, will contributors to my trip receive a refund? Unofortunately no. Global Samaritans' status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization prevents us from returning money given to the organization. If you cannot go your options are: 1. Have a credit with Global Samaritans for a future trip (minus any flight cancellation fees) 2. Apply any funds raised to another team member(s) 3. Allow Global Samaritans to use your funds raised at the children's home.
Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns?Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Executive Director, Erin Porter: firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 296-1765