Will I need a passport? How do I get one? Will I have to pay for it?You will need a passport for your trip to Zambia. If you do not have one or yours is out of date, please be sure to apply for a new one as soon as possible! Applications for a passport can be obtained from most U.S. Post Office locations or online at: http://travel.state.gov/passport. Allow 6 – 8 weeks to get a passport. Obtaining your passport is your responsibility and none of the funds raised on your behalf can be applied to the cost. See the financial section for more information on this issue.
Here are a few additional details you need to know about your passport:
- It must have two blank pages.
- It must not expire within 6 months of your scheduled travel time – even if you think your dates are fine, please check this to be sure!
- The name on your passport MUST match the name we submit for your plane ticket. So, please make sure we have your correct passport name.
What is a visa? Do I need a visa? How much will it cost?A visa grants permission for you as a foreigner to legally enter the country for a specified length of time. The cost for a single-entry visa is $50 and the visa can be obtained upon entry into Zambia and must pay exact cash at the airport. Canadian citizens must obtain their visa before traveling to Zambia. The cost of your visa is not covered in the price of your trip. Occasionally, Zambia does change its policies on visas but we will give you updated information as it becomes available.
Can a minor travel to Dream Camp without his/her family?The primary applicant must be at least 18 years of age by the date of travel. Any persons under the age of 18 years old must travel with a biological or legal relative that is at least 21 years of age and on the same application. Any persons 18 years old and above may travel to Zambia unaccompanied.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us.
How much money should I bring? Can I use credit cards or Traveler’s Checks?You need exact cash to pay for your visa when you arrive, but you won’t have to pay for anything else in Zambia except souvenirs and internet time if desired. The currency exchange in Zambia accepts newer bills (2009 and later) in denominations of $50 and $100. Any denomination of bills lower than $50 will exchange for a lower amount. The exchange of money is only necessary for the purchase of souvenirs on the shopping day. You will need to pay for any extra food during your flight layovers food in Dubai and on any other layovers you may have. The amount depends on how much you like to spend and whether or not you go into the city to sight-see. Typically, the only money you may need to exchange during your layover would be for taxi fares, if you decide to use a taxi. Otherwise, most places do accept accept US credit cards. Please call your credit card company in advance to inform them of the dates you will be in Africa as well as the dates that you will be transiting through the United Arab Emirates (UAE.) Traveler’s Checks are not accepted in Zambia.
Are vaccinations required for me to go to Zambia?The U.S. Department of Health does not REQUIRE any immunizations for travel to Zambia, but does RECOMMEND those listed below. We suggest that you discuss these immunizations with your health care professional to determine what you think is best for you and your family.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you see a health care provider who specializes in travel medicine. They also recommend that you are up to date on routine vaccinations such as MMR, tetanus and polio. Please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information.
If you receive a booster of Hepatitis A six months after your first immunization you will never need it again. You may also choose to get the vaccination for Hepatitis B at the same time.
You need this vaccination if you haven’t received a booster in the last ten years.
If you have not had an adult polio shot since you turned 18, we recommend you receive this vaccine. After receiving this vaccination once, you will never need it again.
Is Yellow Fever vaccine required for Zambia?As of the time of this writing, yellow fever vaccine is not required in Zambia, South Africa or Botswana.
What type of clothes do I wear?
For Dream Camp each day, you will wear t-shirts and jeans/long pants/capris. Men can wear long shorts, if desired. In the evenings you will want to dress comfortably (jeans, sweats, etc).
What donation items can we bring to Zambia?Good quality new or like-new children’s clothing and shoes are always appreciated however each participant is responsible for providing the necessary supplies for their classes at Dream Camp. If you still have room in your luggage for additional donations, in addition to children’s clothing, school supplies, blankets, lotion, Bibles, and hygiene items make excellent donations.
What happens if I have to cancel my trip?
Since we are part of a group booking for Dream Camp then the rules are different than it is for Camp LIFE. Any cancellation of Dream Camp needs to happen by October 21st without penalty. Cancellations between October 22nd and November 10th will incur a $250 penalty. Cancellations between November 11th and December 15th will incur a $750 penalty. After December 15th, any cancellations received will incur a $2,350 cancellation fee. The funds received cannot be refunded due to IRS laws, but you may complete a form to request that they be carried forward for up to one year for your possible participation in either Camp LIFE or Dream Camp the following Christmas.
What time will the group be departing from either Dallas (DFW) or Houston (IAH) on December 27th and when will they return?
The group will depart DFW around 12 noon, Sunday, December 27th and return back to DFW on January 6th at about 9 AM. The Houston group departs Intercontinental (IAH) after 6 PM, December 27th, and returns back to Houston after 4 PM, January 5th. All overnight hotels in Dubai with the group travel will be covered by the airline, including dayrooms for the DFW-bound passengers on the return.
What airline are you planning to use for the group booking and will we have a stopover on the way to/from Zambia? What is the weather like during this time of year in the stopover city?
Due to the Christmas/New Year holiday season that we are traveling and the huge volatility of airline flight prices during this time, it is necessary for us to use a group booking with Emirates Airlines. Emirates is the only carrier that we are able to fly direct to Zambia from either Dallas or Houston and only make one stop (every other airline carrier you would need to make at least two stops to get to Zambia.) When flying Emirates, our group will have a stopover in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The airline provides the hotel, transportation, and food while on the stopover.
Dubai, UAE is an international city with more American brand retailers than almost any other place in the world. The weather in Dubai this time of year is a pleasant with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s.
What does travel look like if I don’t live in Dallas or Houston?
Since our group bookings originate from Dallas and Houston, you have several options. 1) You can either drive to one of these cities to connect with the group; 2) we can assist you in booking a connecting flight (however you’ll need to collect and re-check your luggage when you arrive in DFW or Houston Intercontinental;) or 3) we can book you on a different routing than the group booking. Options 2 and 3 will likely incur an additional cost.
What is the time difference between the US and Zambia?Zambia is eight hours ahead of U.S. Central Standard time. At 2:00 p.m. CST, it is 10:00 p.m. in Zambia.
What is the weather like in Zambia?The weather during December and January has average daily highs between 80 and 85 degrees and daily low temperatures in the low-60’s. This time of year is rainy season so it typically rains everyday for some portion of the day.
Will I have Zambian helpers/volunteers in the classes I teach? Can I give money or gifts to my Zambian volunteers while I’m there?You will be assigned either one or two Zambian volunteers to assist you in your classes. It’s a good idea to bring a small inexpensive gift to give your Zambian partners at the end of the week such as a hat, Christian book, jewelry, a new shirt, etc. You cannot give money to your Zambian partners/helpers as this can create problems between the Zambian partners.
Can I adopt an orphan?While technically it is possible to adopt a child from Zambia, the process is extremely difficult and wrought with corruption. Therefore, it is our ministry philosophy to change the lives of Zambian children within their country thus enabling them to grow up to become future, Godly leaders.
What food will I eat and do I need to bring any food?Breakfast: We provide milk, juice, butter, eggs and bread for toast. You will need to bring any other items you want for breakfast such as cereal or oatmeal. We do have a full kitchen available for you with a microwave and a coffee maker. If you enjoy coffee, then it’s a good idea to bring coffee to brew.
Weekday Lunch: During the week at Dream Camp lunch consists of two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bottle of water.
Dinner: We eat as a group every night. You will enjoy a delicious dinner each night. If you have any dietary restrictions, that should have been indicated on your online application. If you are uncertain, please contact our office and we will confirm. A special meal will be prepared for those that have dietary restrictions.
Snacks: Please bring any snacks that you might want with you to Zambia. You can eat these discreetly throughout the day.
What does a typical day at Dream Camp look like?
Most days, you will have class with the children in the morning, with a couple of groups of children rotating through the class you are teaching. After lunch, you likely will have one more group of children that rotate through your class. After your classes, you will do a fun activity in the homes of the children which will give you ample opportunities for you to interact with the children. Evenings consist of dinner, fellowship and fun surprises.
For the 2015/2016 Dream Camp each American will teach a total of four different classes approximately one hour in length over the course of four days. Each class will be taught three times per day to three different small groups of students rotating through your classes. (See sample schedule of a class below.)
Sample Schedule for Cooking/Baking class
9:15 AM – bake banana bread
10:30 AM – bake banana bread
1:15 PM – bake banana bread
9:15 AM – make guacamole
10:30 AM – make guacamole
1:15 PM –make guacamole
9:15 AM – make scrambled eggs
10:30 AM — make scrambled eggs
1:15 PM — make scrambled eggs
9:15 AM – bake snickerdoodles
10:30 AM – bake snickerdoodles
1:15 PM – bake snickerdoodles
We anticipate that you will have about 8 to 10 children per class (or per American in the class) however this number is contingent on the number of Americans who sign up to teach a class at Dream Camp. You will need to bring over your own supplies for the classes however a few items we may be able to obtain locally there in Zambia. The classes range from arts, crafts, games, life skills, music, performance, spiritual development, sports, story time, math/science, English/writing, technology classes and more.
Towards the middle to end of September, all the Dream Camp participants will receive a survey of what classes they would like to teach. For this year’s Dream Camp we are having the children who live at the Tree of Life Children’s Village give their preferences first of what kind of class they would like to participate in so that all the Dream Camp participants can see what the children are interested in learning. That way our Dream Camp participants can potentially teach a class that the children have already made a preference that they would like to learn and/or a skill that they would like to improve. Family Legacy staff will gladly assist you on building a 4-day curriculum for the area you choose.
How old and what gender will the children in my classes be?
You may preference the age and gender you would like in your classes and we will do our best to accommodate. We will sort the children into small groups based on their preferences of classes selected. You will find out the ages and genders of the children you will have in your classes closer to the start of Dream Camp.
Will I have a Zambian partner to help with my class?
You will have Zambian partners to help you organize your class, translate, and interact with the children.
Will I get to be with my sponsored child at the Tree of Life and/or Chelstone?
If you sponsor a child or several children in a home, we try our best to match you up with these children for the afternoon activities. There is also a chance, based on their class preferences, that your sponsored child(ren) will end up in one of your classes. If not, there is plenty of time for you to spend with them.
What type of clothes do I wear?
For Dream Camp each day you will wear t-shirts and jeans (or anything similar that is comfortable to you.) In the evenings, you will want to dress comfortably in jeans or sweats.
Can I do a sponsorship trip to see my sponsored kids that live in the community (not at Tree of Life)?
Yes! We are planning a party to be held at the Legacy Center that is a mini-Camp Life day. The cost is $50/child. This includes the round-trip transportation to get to the party, a 50 pound bag of mealie meal for each child to take home, lunch with a drink and more. You can select sponsorship party as an option on your application for $250 (for a minimum of 5 children) and additional children will be added on to the payment section on your Mission Control page for $50 each.
Will I need to provide all my own supplies for the class I teach?Yes, it is necessary for you to provide your own supplies for the classes. There are some sports supplies that we already have on-hand in Zambia however you can confirm that with us in advance. Prior to your trip, we’ll be contacting you asking if there are any supplies that we should have available for you for your class (ie. a microwave, access to water, perishable food items, etc.) and our team in Zambia will coordinate acquiring the needed items.
Is the water safe to drink in Zambia?
All the water at Legacy Lodge where you will be staying is triple-filtered and safe to drink. In addition, we provide bottled filtered water that can be used to fill individual water bottles. You will need to bring a water bottle (such as a Nalgene) with you to fill with water we provide.
What medication do you recommend to prevent malaria?With respect to malaria, it is recommended to get a prescription from your doctor for “Malarone” or “Doxycycline” – anti-malarial drugs. We DO NOT RECOMMEND the anti-malarial medication called LARIAM due to its strong side effects. Consult a health care provider.
What if I forget to take my malaria medicine?Your doctor will tell you that you need to take your Malarone every day while in Zambia, two days before you arrive, and seven days after you come home. If you forget to take your daily pill, you can always take it as soon as you remember. The risk for malaria is extremely low and we have never had anyone contract malaria from our American teams in Zambia.
Will I work with HIV infected children or adults?
A small percentage of the children who call the Tree of Life Children’s Village their home are HIV+ but many are living symptom free due to being on antiretroviral medication. We have on full-time staff in Zambia, a US board-certified infectious disease pediatrician who monitors the health and well-being of all children at the Tree of Life. Our physician and the nursing staff will be on site if there are any injuries that need medical attention. Our participants will not be exposed to any HIV risk whatsoever.
Will I be at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS?According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, HIV is spread by sexual contact with an infected person, by sharing needles and/or syringes with someone who is infected, or, less commonly, through transfusions of infected blood or blood clotting factors. Contact with saliva, tears, or sweat has never been shown to result in the transmission of HIV. The Center for Disease Control has shown no evidence of HIV transmission through biting insects such as mosquitoes. If an orphan hurts themselves in any way, the Zambian co-counselor will escort the child to the Camp Nurse to treat and cover the wound securely. If an American has any cuts or abrasions, they are instructed to bandage them properly and can also visit the nurse if necessary. First aid kits are available for the team at all times.
What other health risks should I be concerned about?The two health issues that need extra care in Zambia are if you are severely asthmatic or have an allergy to peanuts. For those with an extreme asthmatic condition, the dust in the city of Lusaka can aggravate this condition, so therefore we recommend that you bring the appropriate medication with you. For those with an allergy to peanuts, we recommend that you closely monitor your food intake. For all participants, prescription antibiotics are always helpful to have on hand should you need them. You may want to ask your doctor to give you a “stand-by” antibiotic prescription if possible.
Are there American doctors in Zambia?
Yes. Family Legacy is indeed blessed to have an excellent physician on staff with our organization in Zambia. Dr. Brad Guffey is a US board-certified in four different specialties including infectious diseases and pediatrics. He is available to our American team as needed.