with Stella Airoldi from 22STARS


    Stefanie Oeffner from Travel To Pura Vida




    10 May-19 May 2019, Uganda


    This 10 Day-Long Social Impact Trip is specially designed by Stella and Steffi for young adventure maidens, who are purpose driven and want to make a difference.







  • The Experience
    Kampala and Jinja

    Reconnect with nature, connect with local communities and make a social impact. During the 22STARS project visits in both Kampala and Jinja, you will learn how to use your skills and knowledge to empower people on the ground with dignity and respect. We will give a workshop about what inter alia 'poverty porn' and 'the white savior complex' are and how you should avoid this and what to do to add true value to the communities you are visiting. You will learn and grow during our meet-ups and workshop sessions with Stella and Steffi, and learn how to make an impact. You will have also free time for fun stuff!


    You will spend 6 nights in buzzling Kampala which is the capital of Uganda and never sleeps. After that you will spend 3 nights in Jinja, the adventure town for adrenaline junkies and nature freaks at the source of the River Nile! Wake up to an amazing view, practice yoga, swim or mediate before your day starts.



    One thing is sure; Uganda will be a positive life changing experience for you and we want the same for the communities that you meet!

  • The Impact

    The money from your social impact ticket will be spend in Uganda, helping local communities, boosting the local tourism industry and bringing a direct donation of 10% to the 22STARS Foundation. In addition, we achieve more impact through our workshops, group meet-up sessions, project visits and our community for life!

    Project Visits

    five times

    We go about five times to the 22STARS projects. We will visit the sponsored kids in school and their families at their local businesses and homes. You will learn how to share your skills and knowledge to empower people. We appreciate your help in fundraising for specific items like beds, mosquito nets and water filters.

    Impact Workshop

    No saviors please

    Not all the impact of visitors who came to Uganda "to help" has been good. We discuss topics such as 'Poverty Porn', 'White Savior Complex' and 'Neo-colonialism'. We show you what you should do to make a positive contribution. We also teach you more about a Social Business based on a product-model versus a Foundation based on a donation- model.

    Community For Life

    Stay connected

    After our social impact trip stay connected with the group through our FaceBook community. In the group we post valuable articles about making a social impact and you can share your thoughts and experiences with the other group members.

    Group Meetup’s

    three times

    We have three group meet-up sessions of 2 hours. In each session we will discuss our experiences so far. We will brainstorm how to empower projects like 22STARS and invite on demand local entrepreneurs to brainstorm about certain topics.

  • Ticket price breakdown

    • 10% Donation to 22STARS FOUNDATION
    • Covering costs on the ground, like accommodation, transport and food
    • Covering costs of city tours including all entrance fees and a 3 Day Safari!
    • Workation Hosts and Leader payouts to cover their costs
    • Payment to our Local Project Managers and Translators
    • Leftover funds are additionally donated to the 22STARS FOUNDATION


    €250,- initial deposit required to save your spot. Outstanding amount is required 60 days before start. *Deposit is non refundable.

    Booking Terms & Conditions



    The Price For 10 Days

    10 days Uganda

    1520,00 €

    1270,00 €

  • What Is Included?

    • 6 nights in a single room and 3 nights in a twin safari tent

    • Ugandan or European style Breakfast

    • A Welcome and Goodbye Dinner

    • Local lunch during project visits

    • Meals for our Ugandan team members

    • Fee for our translators: English/Luo/Luganda/Lusoga

    • Airport pickup: Entebbe to Kampala

    • Airport drop off: Jinja to Entebbe

    • Transfer from Kampala to Jinja and local transport to the project

    • Welcome Ceremony with culture dance

    • Local sim card with 5 GB internet

    • T-shirt, Bag, Bracelets, notebook and post cards

    • 3 group meet-up sessions

    • 5 visits to the 22STARS projects

    • Facebook community

    • Impact Workshop

    • Pre-intake call in which we will define your skills for the trip

    • City tour Kampala including entrance fees to Mosquie, Palace and Parliament

    • City tour Jinja including boat trip to Source of the Nile




    Not included: visa, flights, lunch and dinner (except when mentioned), drinks, mandatory travel insurance, incidentals, optional activities.

  • The Program


    Starting Friday 10 May and ending Sunday 19 May


    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, noon, 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 what to do for dinner.


    Depart... Stay Longer... Or Travel On...


    10 Days not long enough for you? Feel free to send us a message, so we can help you plan your further travels! Please note if you like to book a safari, this can be added on for 380 euro. We need to know beforehand if you are planning this, as places with the tour operators and hotels are often sold out months before.

  • The Accommodation

    In Kampala, we are staying 6 nights at a location 2 minutes walking distance from the 22STARS project, where we all get a basic single room. The beds are wide, with linen and mosquito nets supplied as standard, and a private small washroom with a cold shower.


    In Jinja we are staying 3 nights in Bujagali, a small town next to Jinja at the shore of the Nile. We will sleep in safari tents with hot showers around the corner. Glamping at the best! You will wake up with the best view: a beautiful river sunrise just outside your safari tent. Go for a morning swim, do some yoga, get a massage or mediate before we head on boda-boda’s to our projects in Jinja.


    In Jinja our accommodations offer a lot of extra outdoor activities that you can book for a small price: go bungee jumping, wild water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, tubing, or just go sit at the Nile, meditate and take in the beauty of this country.

    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 and have a YELLOW FEVER certificate
    • In Uganda, you can get the local currency UGX out of almost every ATM,  4000 UGX is about 1 euro, but exchange rates keep changing
    • We pick you up from the airport and have your name on our sign!
    • Once you arrive at our ImpactTrip all lodging and breakfast is included
    • 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, lunches out of project visits, dinner, drinks, mandatory travel insurance, incidentals, optional activities.


    More questions? Read our FAQ or email us at info@foundation22stars.org

  • The Team

    Susan, Stella and Aidah know each other for 10 years and Steffi joined the team a year ago after her trip to Uganda!

    Stella Airoldi (33 years old)

    Your Coach & Workation Leader before, during and after the workation

    Stella is the founder of 22STARS Jewelleryand the 22STARS Foundation,as a digital nomad with a social mission she calls herself "Social Impact Nomad". Stella uses education and entrepreneurship to empower families in Uganda. She wants to inspire and help others to make a social impact with their business and when they travel.


    Stella offers one on one coaching sessions, gives group workshops and talks at various international conferences. Stella has two masters, one in International Law and one in Human Rights and Democratization. During her studies she already focused on entrepreneurship and hence she made in 2013 the switch from working in the human rights/ development aid field into using setting up first only the 22STARS jewellery brand, using fashion and design to help people out of poverty by making sure that they can provide for themselves. In 2016 Stella started additional the 22STARS foundation providing scholarships to more than 300 children and small business trainings to 55 families.


    Stella is a couple of months a year in Uganda. When she is not there she loves being with her family in Europe and her friends from the digital nomad community.


    Stella talked and participated in several workations herself such as at Nomad Cruise, Freedom Summit, CoBoat, Digital Nomad Talks, Flaks, Nomad City Las Palmas, DNX and FreedomXFest.

    Stefanie Oeffner ( 34 years old)

    Your Co-host before and during the workation

    Steffi is born in Germany and loves traveling. She started traveling in 2010 and couldn´t stop it until today.


    Steffi met Stella in June 2017 at the DNX Camp in Lemnos, which she was hosting. After Stella gave a talk about the 22STASR project she immediately said she would come to Uganda. And Steffi is a woman of action, not just words! In March 2018 Steffi came to Uganda for 3 weeks.


    From the first day she totally fell in love with Uganda and the people, especially with little Tracy was „Love at first sight“, so Steffi decided to sponsor Tracy that she can go to Kindergarden Class. She has her own business like the „Travel University“, Event manager and Virtual Assistant. Steffi is also touring through Germany, Austria and Switzerland to tell her Story about Uganda and 22 Stars at the Show „6 Jahre Weltreisen, die geilste Lücke im Lebenslauf“.Uganda was totally life changing and it feels so good, to help people!



    Steffi hosted several camps from DNX and this will be her first social impact trip hosted together with Stella.

    Susan Laker (35 years old)

    Your Co-Host in Kampala during the Project Visits 

    Susan Laker was one of the reasons that Stella started 22STARS! Stella met Susan in 2009 when she was doing research about post war victims from the LRA. Susan was about her age (24) and lived with her three teenager kids in a small mud house. They all did not go to school, but were crashing stones in the Stone quarry and made paper bead Jewellery which the kids were selling on the street.


    Stella got introduced to Susan by David Wafula and his wife Aidah Wafula, who helped translating between the two women as back then Susan didn't speak any English and was illiterate. Thanks to the family Wafula Stella would order every year Jewellery from Susan and started 22stars in 2013. With the money she earned Susan went back to school herself to learn English and reading and writing. Hence in 2015 Susan became the 22STARS project manager for the jewellery project and also for the foundation in Kampala.


    April 2018 marked a big highlight for Susan Laker as together with 22STARS founder Stella Airoldi she went on a social impact trip to Europe (1 April - 7 May). Susan and Stella talked at different events during their trip about how important education is. Once Susan got access to education her future and that of her children changed completely. Susan inspires many kids in her community that it's never too late to start school and together with Stella she put education first!


    Watch Susan's talk here where she shares the many challenges she faced in her life, and how being creative saved her family.

    Aidah Wafula (43 years old)

    Your Co-Host in Jinja during the Project Visits

    Aidah Wafula met Stella already back in 2009! Aidah was working at an Aids Information Center where Stella was volunteering. Stella soon met Aidah's whole family and told her about the research she was doing about post war victims from the Lord Resistance Army.Together with her husband David, Aidah introduced Stella to Susan and the other women, living in Acholi Quarter in Kampala: an internally displaced camp for post war victims from Northern Uganda.


    The years after, Aidah managed the 22STARS jewellery project in Uganda and helped Susan Laker with the orders. In 2015, Aidah moved to Jinja and Susan Laker was able to read/write and speak English and hence became the project manager of 22STARS in Kampala. Aidahstarted with a second project location for 22STARS in Danida Village, one of the poorest areas of Jinja town. Aidah her father was born this area, but Aidah was able to leave this place and was able to go to school. However, Aidah keeps coming back to this community and does her upmost best to help the families in Danida. Aidah also makes jewellery for 22STARS and when Stella is not around Aidah keeps a close eye on the children and their school performances. Aidah also helps translating and runs the social business trainings and weekly meals in Jinja.


    Aidah has four children, three girls and one boy. Aidah is married to David Wafula and lives in Jinja.

  • The 22STARS project

    Kampala and Jinja, Uganda

    Kampala is the vibrant capital of Uganda and Jinja is nicknamed the adventure town for adrenaline junkies. While both cities are great to visit, they also have a few areas that need support to build themselves up. 22STARS runs their projects in the poorest areas of both cities.


    In Kampala, the project is located in Acholi Quarter, an internally displaced camp where post war victims from Northern Uganda live. The people speak Luo, have a different culture from the people in Kampala, are traumatized by war and are discriminated against by locals. They live around a stone quarry, where kids as young as 3 years’ crash stones to earn money for survival.


    In Jinja, the project is located in Danida/Masese Village, where also displaced people from the war from Northern Uganda are living, but overall there is more a mix of people who came from all sides of the country and ended up here due to lack of money. You will find all kind of languages in this area and most people work in small factories and belong to a church group which gives them hope.


    In both places you hardly find houses with running water, neither electricity, but these areas are still a micro town on its own! They are full with little stores, tiny cinema’s, bars, vegetable stalls, hairdressers and everything else you would find in a small town. The place is full of life!


    The members of 22STARS are made up of strong women and men, who had overcome many challenges in their life. Most of them are illiterate, don’t speak English, are affected by HIV/AIDS and fled from war and abusive households. But their will power to fight for a better future for themselves and in particular for their children is amazing!


    Some of our team members are still a bit shy, while others are proud and confident. But they have one thing in common: they all carry a big smile. When we asked them what they need most, they told us education! Hence through education and entrepreneurship we want to make an impact!


    We are sending 300 children to school and we help 55 families with small business trainings and micro loans so they can become self-sustainable. Uganda is such a beautiful country and we want to open the doors also for them to discover the country they are living in, have a stable income, a sturdy house and daily food on the table.


    We want to double our impact by 2020 and need your help to send more children to school and to train more of our team members valuable skills. Not only computer skills, mathematics and English is valuable, but also dancing, handcrafts, photography, singing and yoga classes are more than welcome!


    Want to become a partner? Contact us!











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