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Volunteer Opportunity

LEBANON “ONE UMMAH” TOUR (JAN 2022)

LEBANON “ONE UMMAH” TOUR

Monday 10th January 2022 to Sunday 16th January 2022


Join us as we embark on our 3rd Annual “One Ummah” Tour of Lebanon supporting Syrian refugees.

This 7-day tour will open your hearts to the Syrian plight and offer an opportunity to better understand the challenges and also offer help, support and love.

The tour is designed to give you full access to the projects on the ground and an opportunity to ask questions as well as play an active part in delivering this important work.

The 7-day tour will include:

– Aid distributions in Arsal and Ketermaya refugee camps

– Supporting vulnerable and orphan children

– Food packs

– Winter aid, shelters, clothing , heaters

– Children’s gifts

The tour will give participants an opportunity to work alongside the ground team in distributing aid in the Arsal refugee camp, visiting and supporting a school and meeting orphans that we sponsor as part of the tour.

THE CAUSE


The Syrian civil war has resulted in conflict and violence. Millions of innocent people have been caught up in a fight that is not their own, causing devastating consequences and changing blameless lives forever. The most vulnerable members of society are at the greatest risk women, children, and the elderly.

The ongoing crisis has left millions of Syrians with no choice but to flee their families and their homes, with millions more displaced and left to fend for their lives. Since the onset of the Syrian civil in March 2011, over one million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon.

Muslim Charity has been active on the ground in Lebanon since the conflict started. We have supported Syrian refugees through emergency food, medical aid, supporting orphans and widows as well as schools and hospitals.

Register for the trip!


Tour Fee: £220

(excluding international flight)

Minimum of £1,000 fundraising excluding gift aid

This amount will cover all transport, hotel, food and accommodation and PCR test costs whilst in Lebanon and it is based on two persons sharing one room in hotels. Muslim Charity will manage and arrange all of these logistics in Lebanon including pick-up and drop-off to airports.

 

COVID-19 Protocols


As of 20/09/21

All passengers (apart from children under the age of 12 and members of UNIFIL) will be required to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport on arrival, which is provided at the airline’s expense.

If you are travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result, which must include a QR code, at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result with a QR code within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. PCR tests issued from US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and all European countries (including the UK) are accepted without QR codes.

Passengers who can prove:

  • that they have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or one complete dose, if the vaccine is made up of only one dose) at least 2 weeks before departure to Lebanon, or
  • that they have had and recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days prior to travel, or
  • that they have travelled out of Lebanon and returned within one week are exempt from taking a pre-departure PCR test. Children under the age of 12 are also exempt.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

The Lebanese government is keeping these measures under review and they may change at short notice. You must comply with any amended regulations for testing and self-isolation. You should check with your airline and the Embassy of Lebanon in the country you are travelling from before travel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Visas

British citizens can normally apply for a free single-entry tourist or family visit visa on arrival. British Overseas Citizens and British Protected Persons will need to get a visa before travelling to Lebanon. Persons of Palestinian origin may also require a visa before travelling, or may be required to carry additional documentation with them when travelling. Entry requirements are subject to change, so you should check with the Lebanese Embassy before you travel.

Overstaying without the proper authority is a serious matter. You may be refused permission to leave until a fine has been paid.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Lebanon.

Travel Insurance

We advise all participants to book their own travel insurance.

How to register?

If you would like to register please send your name, address and contact number to Mr Moheen Uddin via email on [email protected]

Alternatively, please call Muslim Charity on 0207 100 4930  or 07999471176 with any queries/questions you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Anyone interested in experiencing the impact of Muslim Charity’s work in Lebanon. Participants must be 18 years or older before the date of departure

The fee for travelling on the tour is £220 per person. This amount will cover all transport, hotel, food and accommodation and PCR costs whilst in Lebanon and it is based on two persons sharing one room in hotels. This fee does not include the UK to Lebanon return flights, which need to be booked separately and these can be done by participants themselves provided. Muslim Charity can advise on flight routings and costings.

The total duration of the tour is 7 days and it is recommended to bring your personal items with you accordingly. Examples of items you may bring along are: clothing, toothbrush, toiletries, camera etc.

Please do not carry large amounts of money with you. We will be using your tour fee to cover the costs of boarding, food and other travel expenses on your behalf. We request you to carry not more than £1,000 or equal amount in Lebanese Lira. ATM Machines / Money exchange are available in Beirut.

We will advise you to bring clothes appropriate for temperatures between 7c to 20c

Please bring comfortable shoes for walking (joggers or hiking/walking shoes) with you for strolls. Similarly, pairs of shoes for relaxing during coach travel will also be helpful. If you take any medicine please do not forget to pack these in your travel suitcase.

Although we will make utmost efforts to ensure the safety of your belongings but will advise you not to carry expensive and luxury articles with you.

The participants (if required and informed beforehand) will be picked up by a representative of the designated hotel from the airport. Muslim Charity will provide a contact number / email address of a Muslim Charity representative within the UK and Lebanon for families of each of the participants, which they can contact to keep updated on the progress of the tour and speak to participants also. You are also more than welcome to bring mobile phones and keep in direct contact with friends and family.

We will make all the efforts to facilitate communication by staying in hotel with WiFi facilities so you can make use of WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype etc.

We will request you to maintain a conservative but friendly behaviour with communities and respect the religion and culture norms by adopting appropriate clothing and behaviour in general but especially during visits to communities.

During your travel you will also meet vulnerable families and communities therefore, we request you not to offer cash or any other gift to any person and if you wish to do so please notify a member of Muslim Charity for advice.

Muslim Charity has arrangements made only from 10th January to 16th January 2022. For any further stay Muslim Charity advises participants to make their own arrangements.

No. Unfortunately due to a tight travel schedule, participants will be asked to stay in Muslim Charity provided accommodation / hotels. Muslim Charity will ensure that selected accommodation/hotels are secure and safe and also comfortable for participants.

Yes. Single-sex accommodation will be provided and each hotel room will be shared by two participants.

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