Expeditions

Come With Amigos to Uganda

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime: Educational, Inspirational, Unforgettable!

Since 2010 Amigos has built a reputation for running innovative and educational, tailor-made trips to Kira Farm Development Centre, Uganda. Kira Farm is a residential training centre that hosts 40 incredible Ugandan young people every year, all of whom have grown up in severe hardship. At Kira these promising youth acquire the vocational skills, conservation farming techniques and self-confidence to turn their lives around. Click on the Trips Brochure below to find out more...

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A Hands-On Adventure

In recent years Amigos has specialised in secondary school educational trips to Kira Farm, providing an exclusive, educational and hands-on experience. Based at the Farm visitors are given a unique opportunitiy to see a thriving poverty alleviation project in action. Guests interact with Kira students on a daily basis providing them with a complete understanding of how the lives of marginalized young people in Uganda are being transformed. At Kira visitors learn about global injustice and discover the potential for making the world a better place.

“We have been to Kira Farm many times and our latest trip was the very best yet! The guys at Kira worked really hard to make sure we had the best experience possible and our students have loved every minute of it.” Lee Jackson, teacher at Hockerill Anglo-European College, Hertfordshire

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There are also ample opportunities to explore this undiscovered and diverse country including the chance to experience rich cultures and customs. Take a cruise down the mighty River Nile, marvel at one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls and be wowed by wildlife on a safari game-drive at Murchison Falls National Park. The really adventurous can even try their hand at white water rafting on the Nile's world class rapids.

School Groups School parties usually consist of a group of up to thirty young people, 14-19 years of age. Itineraries are tailored to suit the needs and preferences of your students and your school, including a 'hands on' experience of development and conservation projects, interaction with Kira students past and present, and visits to local schools and villages.

This is a picture of a group of young people from a school in England, standing in front of a globe whilst on safari in Uganda

Church/Club Groups: Whether you belong to a local church, youth organisation or you're a group of friends looking to do something worthwhile over the summer, Amigos has volunteering opportunities available to everyone. This is a unique chance for you to take part in a life changing experience alongside your friends and peers, and be exposed to effective and transformational development work.

Corporate Groups: Amigos can offer you and your colleagues a tailor-made opportunity to use your professional skills in exciting development projects. Our corporate group trips combine different aspects of team building in a unique environment. Whatever your expertise we will engage you in worthwhile projects that will benefit others.

This picture is a group of colleagues from England stood in front of a rain water harvesting jar alongside two Kira students

Families: Amigos is an attractive option for families who are looking for a holiday with a difference. Staying at Kira Farm allows your family to experience all aspects of cultural diversity in a safe, secure environment, as well as providing an excellent base for exploring the many and varied attractions Uganda has to offer.

“I felt such a sense of achievement and joy when we finished building the mud stoves and shelters. Volunteering with Amigos simply doesn’t compare with any of the volunteering I’ve done before or since. It is a truly a life-changing experience which puts your own life into perspective.”  Tom Dunbavin, school student

Kira Farm Development Centre - Your Home Base

Set in 22 acres of beautiful Ugandan countryside Kira Farm is just 15 miles north of Kampala. Kira Farm has a variety of accommodation, ranging from single occupancy self-contained rooms, family lodges with self-catering facilities, to a unique eco-lodge for larger groups.

This is a picture of the Eco Lodge at Kira farm, a two storey guest house made form natural materials

Eco-Lodge: This traditional style two storey guest house constructed from natural materials can accommodate up to 50 people in dormitory style bedrooms with single, en suite, rooms for leaders. The picturesque restaurant on the upper floor has stunning views and is excellent for workshops and meetings – you can’t help but be inspired!

This is a picture of the two thatched family lodges at Kira farm

Family Lodges: Kira Farm has two smaller detached lodges, each with two large en-suite bedrooms. The lodges have spacious living areas with small kitchenettes for those who prefer self-catering. Watch this short film (click on the photo below) for highlights of one family's amazing stay at Kira! 

This is a picture of a young family from England whilst on their trip to Kira farm Uganda

Wherever you choose to stay you will be looked after every step of the way by our experienced and dedicated staff. All beds are fitted with mosquito nets, water is supplied via a solar borehole and heated by the sun, and all drinking water is filtered through our effective bio-sand water filters. Flush toilets and hot water showers are standard throughout and lighting is provided via both solar and mains power. High quality Afro-European meals using organic produce are lovingly prepared three times a day by our resident chef and her team.

“Visiting Kira Farm for the first time was life-changing in so many ways. I went there with plans to make a difference, but found that the real difference was made in my life. The beautiful people and country have a huge place in my heart. I can’t wait to return.” Lois Miles, Grosvenor Church

What we provide…

Pre-departure

  • Dedicated trip coordinator
  • Detailed and tailored day-by-day itinerary
  • Trip presentation/briefing to students, parents and supervising adults
  • Risk assessment
  • Background information pack providing useful statistics and discussion topics
  • Contacts for professional medical advice
  • Guidance and support for international flight requirements
  • Fundraising support and ideas

In Uganda

  • Meet and greet by Amigos staff at airport
  • Transport between airport and Kira Farm on arrival and departure
  • Comprehensive induction and orientation
  • Two Amigos co-ordinators to organise all activities with group leaders
  • All accommodation and three meals per day
  • All in country transport
  • Access to medical facilities
  • 24 hour support from both Uganda and UK teams
  • Certificate for school pupils confirming participation

I will never forget the two weeks spent with the Amigos team at Kira Farm. Our pupils loved Kira so much that they decided by the end of the trip that they could do without all the ‘stuff’ they missed at first, such as computers and gadgets.  A sure sign that their attitudes had been changed by the experience. North Devon School Teacher

This is a picture of four wild African elephants beside the river Nile

Sample Itinerary

Breakfast is normally served at 8:00, lunch at 13:00 and dinner at 19:00 – depending on the day’s activities

Day One: Arrive at Entebbe Airport. 
Greeted by Amigos dedicated staff and transported to Kira Farm Development Centre

Day Two: Orientation
Morning: Welcome and orientation by Amigos staff and guided tour around Kira Farm by our trainees

Day Three: Projects
Engage in chosen eco-projects on Kira Farm or in the surrounding villages
Late afternoon: Chill time with Kira trainees
Evening: Interactive workshop #1 - Development or Aid

Day Four: Projects
Engage in chosen eco-projects on Kira Farm or in the surrounding villages
Late afternoon:  Chill time with Kira trainees

Day Five: Projects
Engage in chosen eco-projects on Kira Farm or in the surrounding villages
Late afternoon: Chill time with Kira trainees
Evening: Interactive workshop #2 - Environment Sensory

Day Six: Real Africa
Morning: Travel northwest to a little town called Masindi 
Afternoon: Visit Amigos sponsored children both at school and in their mud huts
Evening: Enjoy a unique village party with traditional African dancing and sample the local cuisine. Stay over night in Masindi.

Day Seven: River Safari
Morning: Visit sponsored children, meet their families and see how they live 
Afternoon:  Enter Murchison Falls Game Park and enjoy an incredible safari down the mighty white River Nile. Stay overnight at Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day Eight: Game Drive
Morning: Cross the Nile and take a game drive
Afternoon: Drive back to Kira Farm

Day Nine: Projects
Morning: Experience a day in the life of a Kira Trainee
Afternoon: African Drum School
Evening: Interactive workshop #3 - Culture Shock

Day Ten: Green Valley Primary School
Morning: Visit Green Valley Primary School with the opportunity to teach a class
Afternoon: Fun on the games field with Green Valley pupils

Day Eleven: Sun, shopping and swimming
Morning: Shopping in Kampala
Afternoon: Speke Resort for swimming and sunbathing
Evening: Goat BBQ and life stories from trainees around the campfire

Day Twelve: Wrapping up
Visit the projects you have been involved with. Pack and evening meal before heading to Entebbe airport

Please contact us for a tailor-made quote designed especially for you. 

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And finally....

Don't go because you want to talk. Go because you want to listen.

Don't go because you want to do something virtuous. Go because you want to do something difficult.

Don't go because you have fallen in love with solvability. Go because you've fallen in love with complexity.

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