Mission Trip to Haiti
Event on 2017-07-15 12:00:00
Following the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, Haiti received an outpouring of support from people just like you who wanted to do whatever they could to help this very poor country find its feet again. Now, much of the rubble has been cleared up, the tent cities are disappearing, and life has mostly gone back to normal for Haitians. But normal life to a Haitian looks very different from normal life for you and me… Haiti was the poorest country in the western hemisphere before the earthquake, which means that earthquake aside, Haitians have been subject to corrupt government, unstable infrastructure (it’s the only country in the western hemisphere that does not have a sewer system), abject poverty, and lack of education for years. Many Haitians grow up in a world where their income is per day (World Bank 2012); 24.7% live in extreme poverty on less than US .25 per day (UNDP 2013). Haiti’s literacy rate is 61% – 64% for males and 57% for females (CIA Factbook Nov 2015). The average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean developing countries is 92%. (World Bank 2015). They will likely lose a baby in childbirth or know someone who already has. An estimated 1 in 285 births will result in a woman’s death, a ratio about 16 times higher than in the United States (Partners in Health 2014). Their view of hope is often very small… You will be serving alongside a local church and ministry that is reaching out to all aspects of the community, from serving children through Vacation Bible School to helping families build or repair their homes to teaching adults some good hygiene techniques to protect their families from disease. You’ll have the chance to serve alongside a group of people who are providing Haitians every opportunity to rise above the circumstances they were born into. This global experience will grow your faith and expand your understanding of the complexity of poverty. Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Your trip fee covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped -, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide. While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, this trip will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Please consult with your doctor about your physical health and any vaccinations they recommend before committing to this trip. How You'll Serve Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with: Cleaning, maintaining, and providing light repair work around a maternity center and a vocational training center for women Providing home repair and yard work for local missionary houses Helping prepare for the construction of a new maternity center Helping share a Vacation Bible School program Teaching adults some good hygiene techniques to protect their families from disease Safety The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. We're available to answer further safety questions. Our Partners During your week of service, you'll partner with a local church that has established an outstanding ministry. You will serve the local people by supporting the church's vision to change the lives of people from Léogâne, Haiti. Pricing The mission trip fees are 5 per person. Anyone age 12 and up are able to participate, yet it is highly recommended that parents consider the extreme poverty conditions of the country when deciding to bring their children. Payments can be made bi-weekly or monthly. Payment 1: A non-refundable deposit of 0 per person is required to reserve your space. Payment 2: Payments are due by and become non-refundable* on May 1, 2017 by 5 p.m. CST. Prices do not include airfare. *Love in Action Travel, LLC reserves the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment or legitimate concerns with respect to safety, health, or welfare of participants. If we cancel a trip prior to departure, or if we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the number of days not completed. Love in Action Travel, LLC will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger. Fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. For full information, please ask our certified travel industry specialist at the time of booking. FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Ages 12 and up are welcome, yet we recommend children over the age of 16. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Ground transportation to and from the airport and activities are included in your trip fee. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You are welcome to call, email or connect with us on social media at any time. Our website is LoveInActionTravel.com. Our number is 678-653-2170 and email is info (@) loveinactiontravel.com. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn. What's the refund policy? Payment 1: A non-refundable deposit of 0 per person is required to reserve your space. Payment 2: Payments are due by and become non-refundable on May 1, 2017 by 5 p.m. CST. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No. Can I update my registration information? Yes, you may.