All Ages - Family Friendly
Why you should serve
The need in haiti
Location: Arcahaie, Haiti
Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere with 59% of the population living below the poverty line. There is an orphan crisis and families are in dire need. We are passionate about keeping families together in a nation where 8/10 children in the orphan system has one or both of their parents living. We work with natives and missionaries on the ground to meet physical needs through child sponsorship, education, medical care and spiritual development. Our site is a community center where people can come to learn, seek medical attention, play sports or worship amidst their neighbors. Our desire is to help sustain the efforts of the locals through VBS, construction projects, community outreach and education initiatives.
Ways to serve:
Children are a big part of our ministry focus. Teams will have the opportunity to love and serve children through VBS and regular interaction with them at the mission site in the form of games, crafts*, songs, etc.
* Teams are responsible for bringing necessary craft supplies and should budget appropriately.
Many Haitians are food insecure, meaning that they lack regular access to enough nutritious food for normal growth and development. In fact, it is very common for Haitians to eat only one meal per day, or sometimes nothing at all. Volunteers will be able to help serve lunch to over 100 people each day.
We have had teams from all over the country build up our mission site to its current state which includes: a mission house, a school, a kitchen, a church, and a medical clinic. Some of these buildings are still incomplete; there is always more to be done.
Access to medical care is a luxury that is foreign to many Haitian people. Our medical teams come and provide medical attention to many who would never otherwise receive it. Note: It is recommended that at least one medical doctor travels with the team. Non-medical personnel are always welcome.
There is a significant lack of education in Haiti about topics such as health, sex, nutrition, disease prevention, etc. We welcome any knowledgeable volunteers to prepare presentations to share with the community.
Sports are a great way to connect with people whom you've never met before! Kids and teens in Haiti love soccer and basketball especially - we love using sports as a way to enter into conversation and relationship.
We know that many children living in orphanages around the world are economic orphans rather than orphans in the traditional sense of having lost both parents. Our child sponsorship program is proof that we aim to keep families together by alleviating some of the financial burden that many families around the world face. While all of this is true, it is also true that there are children living in orphanages who deserve to be held, played with, and offered the hope that comes from knowing that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally if we cannot bring about the change that would reunite them with their families.
Training local men and women to lead Bible studies and discipleship groups is a big part of continuing the spread of the gospel and the growth of the local church in Haiti.
We work in conjunction with local church leadership to host events that will bring people out, giving local believers and trip participants the chance to develop relationships and have meaningful gospel conversations.
Week at a glance
Below is a basic schedule for the week. However, we expect great things from God on our trips, so that means approaching each day with flexibility in order to achieve His will for the trip.
Each morning, we ask that trip participants take some time to be quiet by themselves. Serving internationally can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming and we think it's a good idea to spend some time gathering your thoughts and talking with God as you prepare for the day.
In conjunction with team leaders, our staff will lead a time of debriefing, next day prep, and a short devotional each evening. Whenever possible, we suggest that teams come prepared to lead worship as it's a great addition to the evening meeting. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can coordinate this ahead of time.
Leave for mission site
Service projects/ministry opportunities
Service projects/ministry opportunities
Fly to Port-Au-Prince, drive 1.5 hours to hotel
Haitian & American cuisine
Recreation (May Include):
Olympic soccer stadium, beach, boutique, museum
All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Please Click here for Haiti vaccination information and consult with your primary care physician or a travel clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure to make decisions that are best for you or your family members.
Trip participants should be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.
Teams will stay at Kaliko Beach Club (www.kalikobeachclub.com) in rooms of 4. Double- and single-occupancy rooms are available upon request for an upgrade fee.
Breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the hotel, and are a good mixture of Haitian and American food. Lunch is served at the mission site and is usually rice and beans. The cost of any meals eaten in an airport will be the responsibility of the trip participant.
Clean, safe drinking water is available at all times.
It is each participant's responsibility to get themselves to and from the airport in the U.S.
Upon arrival in Haiti, all transportation during your stay is included in the cost of the trip.
All passports must be valid 6 months past the dates of the trip.
What to wear
We ask that trip participants do not wear shorts that are too short - they must at least reach your fingertips. Tank tops should be modest, fully covering bra straps. Sneakers should be worn when out in the community or on work projects. Sandals/flip flops are okay during free time. Swimsuits should be one-piece or tankinis that completely cover your stomach.
If you would be interested in going on a trip with us to Haiti, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 - 48 hours. If you are the trip leader, you can help speed things up by giving us a count of the people that will be in your group.
For faster service, give us a call at 267-544-5016.