Youth trip to Uganda
A group of 15 young people and youth leaders from across the Diocese of Bristol are travelling to Uganda this July in order to meet and work with other young people in Uganda.
The group, who are aged from 15 to 21, come from three different parts of the Diocese: Pinehurst, Swindon; Eastville, Bristol; and Sea Mills, Bristol.
The trip aims to help the young people grow their confidence, faith and leadership skills, as they experience God and Christians in a different part of the world. They will be working alongside young people living on the streets of Kampala, and staying with young people in a village community in rural Uganda - sharing in their lives and spending time in their schools. There will also be a visit to a rural fishing community and a short time in a wilderness area.
Dan Jones, Youth and Children's Adviser, and Chris Dobson, Global Partnership Officer, who will be leading the trip, which is part of the Diocese's link with the Church of Uganda. A number of the young people have never travelled abroad before, so will be experiencing exploring a new culture for the first time on the 12-day trip.
Dan said: "From experience, taking groups away from their comfort zones bring challenges, but we hope this will broaden their horizons to what they can achieve and how they can make a difference in the world. It is about seeing their own faith grow and realising their own passions and potential."
Chris added: "This trip will be both challenging and educational as we encounter young people, learn about their daily challenges and, for a short while, share their daily lives."
A series of fundraising and sponsored events are taking place over the next six months to help raise the target needed for the trip. Check back here for more details.
Find out more about those going on the Uganda trip
My name is Tom, I am in year 11 and attend Swindon Academy Secondary School. I have recently started to get into photography so to be able to have a portfolio with images of such an amazing country like this will be a great to capture. I am really looking forward to my first ever flight and many other amazing experiences. This trip will make me come a better person and to respect the things I take for granted, as the items we own are things Ugandans dream of having.
Hi, I am Emily. I am 16 years old and I study music, psychology and biology at sixth form.I am very grateful for the opportunity to go to Uganda. I want to go so that I can learn and experience what life is like there and I want to step out of my comfort zone. I also hope to grow in confidence whilst I’m there. I am also excited about growing in my faith through these new experiences!
I’m Sam, I’m 20 years old and I currently work for the YMCA, Bristol in catering.I am looking forward to going to Uganda mainly to meeting new people. I have never been abroad before and can’t wait for the experience.My hope is that I come back with great memories and having learn from new people. I am hoping the trip will be a huge eye opener. I also hope it will motivate me to help others out more.I am also interested to see what their food is like compared to ours.
I am Carmela and I am 15 and in Year 11 at school. When I heard about the trip I never thought I would be given the chance to go! I have never been abroad before and it is something I have wanted to do for a long time, so I am really excited to go. I am looking forward to experiencing Ugandan life first hand as well as making some new friends. I think the trip will be awesome and change the way I see things and will be fun, filled with laughter!
Hi, I’m Cyra, I have just turned 16 years old and I am studying media makeup at college. I know going to Uganda will be an amazing experience, and I would get the opportunity to meet new people and grow in my faith, I would also get to be a part of something life changing and I hope it will help change my perspective on the world. I am excited to own my first passport!
I’m Emily, I’m 17 and I live in Easton, Bristol. I’m really looking forward to going to Uganda this summer as I’ve always wanted to travel and I find Africa fascinating. I’m most looking forward to getting to know the people who live there and understanding more about how they live. I’m also excited about building a sense of community with our team going to Uganda, and also with the families we meet when we are out there.
My name is Sophie, I am 18 years old and I attend a Sixth form in Swindon. I am very excited about traveling to Uganda as travelling is something I have always wanted to do. Also, Africa is a place in which relates to my family because my Nan and Grandad used to travel there a lot when they were younger therefore inspiring me to make the most of any opportunity thrown my way. What I am most excited about is learning about how different their culture is and seeing how they express their emotions through music and dance. I would like to come back from this trip being more inspired to spread more positivity, for myself and for others.
My name is Kay-Jay. I am 18 years old and attend college in Bristol.I am looking forward to going to Uganda this year because I would like to learn more about different cultures.As a creative student I would love to engage with the young people in Uganda and experience how they show creativity through dancing and singing.From this trip I aim to change how I go about my daily life and to be a more positive person mentally.
I’m Destiny, I’m 18 years old and I attend college. I play football for Bristol City women’s team.I want to go to Uganda for a new experience and see how different people live in different places.I am looking forward to trying new foods and facing the challenge of being away from home for an extended period of time.
I'm Simon and I am a Pioneer Minister for the Pinehurst Estate in Swindon and lead a fresh expression of Church called shinepinehurst. We are taking three amazing young people from our local community to Uganda. When I was 17 I had the privilege of going to visit children's homes and community projects in Kenya. It was a life changing experience and I remember it like it was yesterday. My hope and prayer is that for the young people we are taking to Uganda will too have an incredible experience that stays with them for the rest of their lives.
I have lived in Bristol for 12 years and work in a secondary school in the area. I have been visiting Uganda almost every year for the past ten years. I take a group of sixth form students to our partner school in Kampala every two years. I am really looking forward to visiting some different projects in Uganda and working with our young people as they work through the many questions I’m sure they will have as they visit projects and meet some of the wonderful people of Uganda.
I have lived and worked in Easton for 10 years, I am a member of Easton Christian Family Centre, a governor of Easton Academy, and have lead Falcon camps for young people in Easton for the last 8 years. I am excited to travel with 3 young people from camp to Uganda, exploring new cultures and experiencing life outside of our normality.
Toria and I have been running Falcon holidays for children and young people from the Easton area for the last 8 years. 3 young people that we have been working with since they were about 8 years old are coming on the trip to Uganda. It’s been a privilege to see these young people develop and grow into fantastic people. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for them, and my hopes are that this trip will have a fundamental, positive developmental impact on their lives – emotionally, spiritually and with regards to their outlook on life. I hope that all of the young people from the three different areas will grow in their abilities to work as a team with people and their own personal skills and gifting in relation to this.
My name is Matt, I am married with two kids and the youth worker based at St Edyth’s in Sea Mills, Bristol.I was excited to be asked to be part of the Uganda trip as I love going on mission trips as well as experiencing other cultures and being out of my comfort zones. I love how God grows us when we are exposed to new and challenging situations.My main hopes for the trip is to see the young people transformed through what they experience and that they grow in deeper relationship with God and with each other as a community. I hope this experience will be one they look back on for inspiration for years to come.