• Skill-Sharing and Exploring with Impact!

    Join our Social Impact Retreat in Uganda

  • 21-30 April 2023

    This impact retreat is specially designed for Adventurous people who love to dive deep into a local community, go off the beaten path and make a social impact while traveling. For the 16th time we organise a trip to Uganda benefitting the 22STARS Foundation.







  • Are you up for an adventure?

    Are you purpose driven?

    Do you want a unique local experience?

    Are you ready to make a social impact?

    Then block 21-30 April 2023


    We put all our knowledge and experience into this trip, so that it will be a true life-

    changing experience for you!

    • We make a pre-trip assessment with you
    • We take care of all your travel arrangements
    • We have translators for you available during your whole trip 
    • We know Uganda inside out and the needs of our Western visitors
    • We partnered up with amazing local organizations who assist us
    • We make sure you don't get overcharged and
    • We give you free coaching sessions, so you and the communities get the maximum social impact out of this trip!
  • Ticket Price

    ◌ 10% Donation to 22STARS FOUNDATION

    ◌ Covering costs on the ground, like accommodation, transport and food

    ◌ Covering costs of city tours including all entrance fees

    ◌ Social Impact Trip Hosts and Leader payouts to cover their costs

    ◌ Payment to our Local Project Managers and Translators


    €250,- initial deposit required to save your spot (non refundable).

    Outstanding amount is required 60 days before start. Booking Terms & Conditions

  • The Experience

    Kampala and Jinja off the beaten track

    Join us for a 10 day long social impact retreat to the Pearl of Africa. You will reconnect with nature, connect with local communities and make a social impact. We offer you an experience that is truly unique and very different from a standard (work-) holiday. We work closely together with the 22STARS Foundation, whose focus lies on Education, Entrepreneurship and Local Leadership.


    You will spend 5 nights with the 22STARS community in buzzling Kampala, which is the capital of Uganda. After that you will spend 4 nights in a safari tent at the source of the Nile in Jinja, close to were our second 22STARS project is located. Jinja is the adventure town for adrenaline junkies and nature freaks! Wake up to an amazing view, practice yoga, swim or mediate before your day starts.


    While we have every day activities arranged for you, we also scheduled in enough "Free Time / Laptop Hours". You can choose to join us at the co-working space Design Hub to get some work done, or to share your skills at the 22STARS projects, or just relax at the swimming pool. It is you who decides how much of work / holiday you will have! We make sure that everyone gets what they need!

    The program is there to give you some kind of hand-hold on when we are going to do what, due to circumstances activities might can change to another day or time. While the morning and afternoon activities are planned by us –participation is completely voluntary- the evenings are pretty much open. However, as you can see we have plenty of nice suggestions where to do for dinner.


    We highly recommend you to stay a bit longer after your trip and add on a safari; we partnered up with the best local tour companies to give you the best deal and arrange everything for you! Additionally, you can also stay longer with the 22STARS Foundation as a volunteer! You tell us and we arrange it!




  • The Impact

    22STARS focuses on Education, Local Leadership and Entrepreneurship to empower families in Uganda. You will have the unique opportunity to get a deep inside in the work of 22STARS and the Ugandan culture and you will grow during the mastermind and coaching sessions. On average we generate 1.5 K in extra donations per trip participant for the Foundation and our participants go back home with a new mind and skill set!


    Project Visits

    You will visit small businesses, schools and homes of the 22STARS community. Aidah, Susan and Stella will show you how to make a positive contribution. Share your skills and optimize impact!


    We organize an Impact Workshop in which we show you the best ways to help, and where we will also address topics such as 'White Savior Complex' and 'Neo-colonialism'.


    You will have a one-on-one coaching session with Stella and three group coachings with the focus on how you can make a difference!


    Each session will offer you a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support to sharpen your business and personal skills.


    Our meals are prepared by the women of the 22STARS Foundation. We help supporting their businesses.

  • The Schedule


    Start day is Friday, 21 April till Sunday 30 April 2023


    The program is there to give you a glimpse of what we will be doing during the 10 days. It can always happen of course that activities may change to another day or time. We plan our activities during the day and hence the evenings you are "free", but we have many nice suggestions for what to do together in the evening.

    Friday, 21 April
    Arrival Kampala

    Saturday, 22 April

    22STARS small business & Jewellery Workshop

    Sunday, 23 April
    22STARS Sunday lunch

    Monday, 24 April

    City tour Kampala
    Tuesday, 25 April
    22STARS School Visits & Pool Day

    Wednesday, 26 April
    Travel to Jinja

    Thursday, 27 April
    22STARS Cooking & Music Workshop

    Friday, 28 April
    City Tour and Tubing in Jinja

    Saturday, 29 April
    22STARS Saturday Lunch

    Sunday, 30 April
    Departure from Jinja


    Depart - stay longer - travel further 



    If you would like to stay longer than 10days, send us a message so we can help you plan your next trip! Please note that if you want to go on a safari, we should plan this in advance, as places with tour operators and hotels are often fully booked months in advance. Costsfor a 3-day safari in Murchison National Park from around 450 euros.




  • Meet Your Hosts!

    Aidah Wafula, Stella Airoldi and Susan Laker

    "This trio met 10 years ago and are changing lives!"


    Aidah - on the left - who is passionate about helping women setting up small businesses, Stella - in the middle - who loves personal development and making a social impact, and Susan - on the right - who is the best example of the impact education makes and who fights our future.


    Together they run the 22STARS foundation and know each other already since 2009, when Stella was volunteering at an Aids Information Center in Kampala and did research about post war victims. Aidah, who was from the big city connected Stella to Susan, who was a refugee from Northern Uganda. Stella met Susan using a translator to communicate, but to understand Susan's jokes and see her big heart no one needs a translation! Susan was certain that she would see Stella again, hence when Stella send once a year money to Aidah and Susan for their handmade paper jewellery, Susan took this opportunity to go back to school in order to talk directly to Stella herself!


    Susan is our local project manager in Kampala, Aidah is our local project manager in Jinja, and Stella, well she works from anywhere! Susan and Aidah know best what their local communities need, while Stella's unique nomadic lifestyle brings also a lot of advantages in. Stella is in Uganda about 5 months a year, bringing visitors to the projects, making payments and helping out where needed. The other 7 months she connects with donors around the world and makes sure the operations run smoothly.


    Your host Stella knows Uganda inside out and she knows what is important for Western people: you will be in the best hands for an off the beaten track experience. Your Ugandan hosts Aidah and Susan speak several local languages and will be available for you throughout the whole trip.


  • The Acommodation

    In Kampala, we are staying 7 nights at a lovely spacious hotel with swimming pool a short drive away from our 22STARS office. Our twin rooms are equipped with beds that are wide, with linen and mosquito nets supplied as standard, and a private bathroom.


    In Jinja we are staying 6 nights in Bujagali, a small village next to Jinja at the shore of the Nile. It is a 15-minute drive to the 22STARS project. We sleep in safari tents overlooking the Nile with hot showers around the corner. Glamping at its best! You will wake up with the nicest view: a beautiful river sunrise just outside your safari tent. Start your day with a morning swim and yoga class!

  • Testimonials

    Since 2016 we have had more than 50 participants in Uganda!

  • Stay Longer And Travel Together In Uganda!

    We highly recommend to do a 3 day Safari to Murchison Falls: which is a must-see (prices start at 320USD)! Or Explore one of the other amazing places. We are there to help you with further travel arrangements. As we partnered up with local tour companies, we can assure you that we will get the best deals and tours for you. So before you book anything, get in touch with us so we can organize discounts for you! Click on the picture to find some travel inspiration and see what this amazing country has to offer!

  • A Few Travel Notes

    • Arrive to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda
    • Make sure that you have all necessary vaccinations and a visa!
    • Apply for your tourist visa online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
    • In Uganda, you can get the local currency UGX out of almost every ATM
    • 3600 UGX is about 1 euro, but exchange rates keep changing
    • We pick you up from the airport and have your name on our sign!
    • After your booking is confirmed you will have pre-booking support for all the questions you might have
    • We will send you a packing list and a day to day itinerary

    Not included: visa, flights, lunch (at non project days) and dinner, drinks, mandatory travel insurance, incidentals, optional activities.