We’re planning a one week philanthropic trip to Haiti in conjunction with the Sanneh Foundation’s Haitian Initiative (HI). Your service activities will be paired with some more tourist-oriented activities that allow you to learn more about Haitian culture and see the island. Adults and youth are welcome. The plan is to spend 5-7 days at the HI soccer field and the HI Feeding Center performing service. We will also learn more about Haiti through visits to sites in Cite Soleil and around Port Au Prince. The dates for this trip are Sunday, Feb 12th – Sunday, Feb 19th.
If you would like to learn more, please come to the upstairs area of the Nomad World Pub on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30 pm. We’ll stay for one hour and share details of the trip and answer your questions.
Details at a glance:
What: Learn More About The Haiti Impact Trip
When: October 26th, 2016 – 7:30 pm
Where: Nomad World Pub – Upstairs Lounge (501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454)
Some more details of the trip:
What can I expect on an HI Impact Trip?
Your mornings will consist of a number of different experiences, including but not limited to a visit to an orphanage, a Haitian school, seeing Haitian culture through a museum, and a visit to a Haitian market. We also want you to experience the beauty of this Caribbean island so one day is saved for time at a beach for some relaxation from your busy schedule.
Most afternoons on your trip will be spent in Cite Soleil at the HI feeding center and soccer complex. At the feeding center you will serve meals to the kids in the HI program and present a lesson or project to share. There will also be time to play games and learn more about the everyday lives of the kids in the Haitian Initiative.
At the HI soccer field those who feel comfortable doing so will help coaches run drills, cheer on the kids at practice, and join a soccer game with the kids.
The Sanneh Foundation CEO Tony Sanneh on working at the Haitian Initiative field and feeding complex:
“Once you cross over that line onto this field, it is a sacred place. You are making a commitment so this is actually your space now. We are building a structure so that there is an honor code to be part of the program … this is what we wear, this is what we do, this is how we act. When I cross this line, I am on the job. When I go outside the line, I’m representing these children and their future . Most of the time, the meal these kids get here is the only meal they get during the day, but this is about more than feeding children, it’s about preparing them for life.”
What will it cost me to go on an HI Impact Trip?
The base cost of an impact trip is between $700 and $855 plus airfare. A trip deposit of $125 is required to reserve space on a trip and is applied toward the base cost. This deposit is non refundable.
The base cost per person covers the following:
– Comfortable stay in a local guesthouse. Guest house is secure and includes modern bathrooms and showers.
– Experienced Haitian Initiative guide while you are in Haiti
– Breakfast and Dinner during your time in Haiti
– Ground transportation to all activities
– Translators and Haitian guides to enhance the full experience of this great country.
You are responsible for:
– Travel Insurance (recommended)
– Valid Passport
– Prescription medications and medical/hospital services needed during the trip
– Individual spending money
– Personal items such as sunscreen insect repellent.
– Unexpected expenses resulting from unpredictable factors such as inclement weather, political events or airline service disruptions
Personal telephone/internet expenses
– Fees for excess personal baggage (unless carrying HI supplies)