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Information for Faculty and Guests

How to reserve facilities

If you’re interested in reserving the facilities, please contact:

Dr. David Acker, Director

Tammi Martin, Program Coordinator
Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
111 Curtiss Hall, 513 Farmhouse Lane
Ames, IA 50011-1050
Phone: 515-294-9237

MRTC Reservation Policy and request Form


Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre (MRTC) facilities are available year round with a few exceptions:

  • Facilities are fully booked between the last week in May and the first week in July when the Service Learning program is in residence. Exact dates vary. 
  • Annual black-out dates for property maintenance and employee down time
    • August 1 -15
    • December 24 – January 1

Priority for use is granted in the following order:

  1. ISU – Makerere University Service-learning programs
  2. ISU Global Resource Systems major interns
  3. ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs
  4. CALS-CSRL short-term activities
  5. Other ISU programs
  6. Other non-ISU programs based on program objectives and space availability

Facilities may not be used for political, religious, or illegal purposes.

Iowa State University-Uganda Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011 USA, Telephone: +1-515 294-7612, email:   


MRTC requests a daily rate per person to offset costs. This includes lodging (linens/towels/mosquito net) food (meals/teatime), water, chef and housekeeping services, internet, access to sports facilities, and compound security.

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In addition to lodging and meals, we can arrange for use of an ISU-UP vehicle and driver (rates subject to change):

  • Fuel/Transport @ $0.55 miles
    • Round-trip Kamuli/Entebbe/Kamuli at 230 miles
    • Local transport Kamuli to field activities                                                 

With adequate advance notice arrangements can also be made for the following services at cost:

  • hired vans when required                                                                                  
  • cultural/game park activities                                                                             
  • lodging outside of the training centre                                                                             
  • meals outside of training centre                                                                       
  • procurement or use of supplies for field activities            
  • interpreters and enumerators

Getting To and From Uganda

Getting There

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