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A Life-Changing Insight Trip

An Opportunity International Insight Trip immerses you in the countries, cultures and lives of our clients. You’ll witness firsthand how one opportunity can help someone overcome the devastation of poverty and transform their lives for good. On this trip, you’ll see big changes...and the biggest one may be the one you see in yourself.

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Opportunity’s Impact in Africa

388,000
Total Active Loans in Africa
1.8M
Total Active Deposit Accounts in Africa
500+
Schools in Clusters

Seeing the Real East Africa

East Africa is full of life, energy and beauty. The green rolling hills of Rwanda, the red dirt of Uganda and the stunning Maasai Mara in Kenya will leave you inspired and transformed.

Rwanda is a country marked by overcoming. Following the unimaginable genocide in 1994, Rwanda has rebuilt itself as a leader in the region. Today, Rwanda is known for its rapid development, beautiful landscapes, kind people and, of course, world famous gorillas. It is impossible to visit Rwanda and leave unchanged. Its painful history and beautiful redeption and recovery make it one of the most inspiring countries in the world. 

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is home to stunning natural landscapes and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures, with more than 30 different indigenous languages, and equally diverse music, art and handicrafts. Traveling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty and the hospitality of its people. You will also see firsthand how Opportunity Uganda is bringing hope to Ugandan families where they need it most—in the lives of their children.

Kenya has long been considered a leader in East Africa, and is known for hardworking people, beautiful savannahs and unrivaled wildlife. The Maasai Mara, a world renowned national reserve, is one of the few places where visitors can spot the "Big Five" safari animals: lions, leopards, African elephants, cape buffalo and black rhinoceros, and it is one of the most celebrated safari regions on the planet. 

We enjoyed a wonderful Insight Trip as a family of five...We grew in our understanding of Opportunity and our compassion for the poor."

Margaret Gardner

The Opportunity Experience

At Opportunity International, we are passionate about transforming lives around the globe. We host Insight Trips so we can share with you, our supporters, the hope, gratitude and excitement we experience every time we are in the field with clients working hard to achieve their goals.

Insight Trips are safe, eye-opening and unforgettable adventures that are authentic to each host country. You’ll spend time with experts in the field and local hosts who know the culture inside and out—their personal perspective will give you an intimate understanding of the culture and how we work alongside our clients to make significant and lasting changes. You’ll witness how our clients are rising out of poverty and transforming their lives.

So come journey with us. We take care of all the details to ensure you travel in good company to authentic and exquisite sights. It will be an adventure unlike any other—one that will change you forever.

Itinerary

Day One

Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, where local Opportunity staff will meet you upon your arrival and take you to your hotel for a good night's rest. 

Day Two

After breakfast, visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial and an Opportunity client who lived through and survived the genocide. In the evening, you will travel to the volcanoes in northern Rwanda.

Day Three

Spend the day experiencing the incredible Rwanda Gorilla Trek, and spend the night near the volcanoes. 

Day Four

After breakfast, travel to Kigali and catch your flight to Kampala, Uganda. 

Day Five

Spend the morning attending a local church service, and enjoy a day of rest before the busy days ahead. Enjoy dinner with our local Opportunity leadership team. 

Day Six

Observe a Trust Group, visit schools and spend time with clients at their homes and businesses. 

Day Seven

Se the rural side of Uganda on your drive to meet farmers who are sending their children to schol thanks to Opportunity's EduFinance program. 

Day Eight, Nine and Ten

After breakfast, depart on your flight to Nairobi, Kenya, where you will begin your adventure to the Maasai Mara. 

Spend a few days experiencing one of the most incredible safaris in the world, and keep your eyes open for the "Big Five" as you explore this incredible region. 

Day Eleven

Depart for home with wonderful memories, lasting friendships and a renewed spirit as you reflect on your role in Opportunity's work to end poverty. 

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Travel with us from January 3-14, 2018. Please register by October 13, 2017. Total cost: $8,699 per person with Gorilla Trek and Safari included. Amount includes all meals and beverages, local transportation, airport transfers, hotel accomodations (based on double occupancy and excluding incidentals), emergency evacuation insurance, partners and staff costs. It does NOT include US-Africa airfare, shots, incidentals, passports/visa or souvenirs.

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Evans' Story

Evans Ssenabulya founded Ridgeway Primary School in 2007 with just 100 students, holding lessons in a dilapidated wooden structure on a rented plot of land. Determined to provide a better environment for his students, Evans obtained a series of Opportunity International loans. As a result of his hard work and passion for education, Evans has built a boarding facility, purchased land and constructed a primary school building, now serving 915 students. Evans’ dream to educate Ugandan students is evident through his efforts to improve the school, which has attracted highly qualified teachers and local families. His goal is to expand the school to 5,000 students and provide life skills and computer literacy training to students before they advance to secondary school.

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