Zambia Trip 2017 (Upper School)

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Student Application for 2017 Trip


  • Depart Seattle June 15, 2017
  • Return to Seattle July 16, 2017

Trip Leader: Melinda Mueller (

Supporting Leaders:

  • Nick Lew
  • Lewis Maday-Travis
  • Hannah Chapin

Number of Students: 8-12

Those eligible for participation: Any upper school student.  If more apply than the maximum, priority will be given to 10th & 11th graders, to students who have been involved in Zambia Program activities (e.g. the Zambia Club in Middle and Upper School), and to achieve reasonable gender balance.  Student responses to the application questions will also factor into the selection process.

Cost per Student: $5200-$5300 (exact cost to be determined once safari details are finalized)

Trip Goals:

  • To work as a team (the team including both SAAS students and faculty, and Zambia students and adults) to accomplish educational & other service projects (with our partner Lusaka schools and clinics)
  • To learn about educational, health, and social issues in a developing nation (Zambia).
  • To engage with people and culture of Zambia, as part of the long-standing community ties established by the Zambia Program.
  • To have an adventure (not a vacation): A combination of hard work, fun, safe risk-taking (e.g. safari, cultural exchange.), team work, dealing with new world-view/cultural views, sharing cooking and other daily tasks, etc.
  • Students on the trip earn up to 80 hours of service credit.

Important Dates:

  • November 4: Student trip application form due via email attachment to Melinda Mueller.
  • Week of November 7:  Students & families notified about trip acceptance & financial aid grants.
  • November 18:  Last day to cancel participation on a trip and receive full trip deposit refund.
  • Monthly thereafter: $1000 (or pro-rated amount based on Financial Aid grant) due until full payment completed.

Additional costs to students, not included in trip price : (Note–Community Chest funds can be requested to assist with these costs)

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Appropriate clothing and travel gear, as needed
  • Vaccinations & medications (including malaria meds), as recommended by health care provider
  • MedEvac insurance (required for participation in trip)
  • Trip cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal spending money for snacks, souvenirs, donations, tips, etc. (all trip meals, lodging, and travel are covered).

Planned Itinerary (subject to adjustment as plans are finalized):

  • First two weeks:  Computer training and other community projects in Lusaka (at Birdland School, Munali Schools, Waterfalls Rural Clinic).
  • Weekend local excursions to markets, local parish, etc.
  • While in Lusaka, we’ll reside at Pioneer Camp, as usual.
  • 8 to days: Guided safari in regional national parks.
  • Final week: Wrap up of community work with partner schools and clinics in Lusaka.