PLAYGROUND BUILD, PLASTIC POLLUTION & JOB CREATION
6th - 13th September 2019
Cost: 1850 AUD
8 days / 7 nights twin share and single accommodation
All ground and airport transfers
Return internal flights La Gonave - Port-au-Prince
Water while on La Gonave
2 x translators
We have made sure that everything is covered during your trip so there are no surprises.
LA GONAVE, HAITI
La Gonâve is a small island off the west coast of Haiti - one of the poorest nations on Earth. After the devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti, killing more than 160,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people, the country has struggled to prosper.
La Govâve is isolated, food and clean water are scarce. Only 5 -10% of the households have electricity, roads and infrastructure are poor and sewerage systems poor. Unemployment levels are extremely high so few families have enough money to feed, house, medicate and educate themselves and their children.
Despite the debilitating conditions , Gonâvians are wonderfully vibrant, generous, strong and kind people - forever grateful for the support they receive.
Take a glimpse into La Gonave here
PLAYGROUND - Last year the volunteer group built an amazing playground out of recycled materials for a school on the island of La Gonave, supported by For-You-Haiti. This was the very first playground on the island which the kids love. This year the group will be building and expanding the playground at the school as a further 4 classrooms will be added with another 200 children. Your fundraising will pay for the playground build.
PLASTIC BANK - Plastic Bank creates social and environmental impact in areas with high levels of poverty and plastic pollution by turning plastic waste into a currency. To do this, Plastic Bank provides a consistent, above-market rate for plastic waste, thus incentivising its collection. Individuals who gather plastic can trade it at ‘banks’ for money, items or services.
Plastic Bank already have ‘banks’ set up around main land Haiti and the purpose of this trip is to get the ‘banks’ across to La Gonave to create jobs and encourage the locals to clean up the island. For You Haiti have created a woman’s group to empower them in creating their own businesses. The money you raise will fund the first few plastic banks, pick up kits and business starter kits for this woman’s group. While on the trip you will learn about this program, help the locals clean up the plastic waste on the island, sort, pack it then have it shipped off to the main land.
HUNGRY TUMMIES - We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hungry Tummies is a simple program that aims to put food in the bellies of hungry children as they arrive at school. Not only does this program encourage children to attend school, but for some, this meal might be the only food they receive that day. You will see and experience the program and all remanding fundraising will go to this program. Learn more here
MEDICAL - Don’t worry we wont be asking you to perform medical procedures. A team of Brazilian surgeons will be joining the team this year. While the rest of the group are working on the other projects listed above they will be at the local hospital performing surgeries on much needed patients of the island. The head surgeon is a good friend of the guide (Jen) as they met travelling in Brazil many years ago.
IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?
We recommend this trip for healthy and fit travellers who are able/willing to do manual labour (no building experience required).
Haiti is riddled with extreme poverty. You must be emotionally strong as you will experience and witness poverty and meet kids and hear stories of terrible abuse which can be overwhelming for some. You must flexible patient and adaptable as this is Haiti and sometimes things don’t go as we plan. Haitian people tend to take things slower which can result in activities being delayed.
You will be in a group, the days will be hot and you will be working hard so you must be able to manage your emotions and treat others kindly and with respect. To assure that the group stays healthy your guide will be cooking all of your meals whilst on the island.
If you want your heart to be ripped open, experience another culture in a way that wouldn't be possible travelling on your own, give back selflessly to others who need it most, learn, grow and stretch then this is the trip for you.
If you are still unsure if this trip is right for you please get in touch
In addition to the cost for the trip, we ask our volunteers to raise a minimum of $1200 each to contribute towards the projects. This is an integral part of our trip as you get to inspire others in your community to be in service, challenge yourself and see first hand how the money you raise directly effects a life.
100% of the money you raise goes toward our partner charities and will be used to fund the volunteer projects you work on. Any additional money from the project with go to the Hungry tummies project. In addition to the $1200 that you raise, you can continue raising extra money, also helping fund your trip
Today the group lands into Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. If you land early enough you will get a chance to stop into the local store and grab some items. In the evening we will share a beautiful welcome dinner where you will meet the other game changers and your guide will run you through the entire itinerary.
We ask for you to land before 4pm on this day (if possible). A transfer will be at the airport to collect you, which will be organised a few weeks out from the trip.
Accommodation: Palm Inn hotel Haiti, 3*
The first morning you wake up in Haiti. We enjoy breakfast together then head to the domestic airport to catch our small plane across to La Gonave Island. These planes are our groups own chartered planes.
The view of the turquoise water from the air is stunning. We land and are greeted by the entire For You Haiti team. Today we show you around the island, you learn about the current waste reduction programs and meet the small business owners which business YOUR fundraising helped establish. The Plastic Bank team will give you an intro to the entire program and in the afternoon we will kick off plastic waste collection and sortation with the community on the island.
As the sunsets each evening over the Caribbean Sea you can choose to either call it a day and head back to the hotel or sit at the local beach bar and enjoy a cheeky beer.
Dinner and lunch each day will be back at our hotel made in our kitchen by the guides.
Accommodation: Return of the Sun Hotel. (no website) This hotel is the only one the entire island. It is a 1* hotel with the occasional running water hot shower. We were lucky enough to get hot showers last year but be prepared to use baby wipes if by chance there is no hot water. We stay here on our trips and it’s safe, clean and the beds are comfortable. Each person will get there own room with a fan. Electricity will turn off at times but it’s all part of the adventure. We will be on an island that has no tourism so we are blessed to find a place that will take the group and is clean.
Meals: All meals while on the island will be cooked by the guides with our own pans, bottled water and utensils. All meals will be from a container as fresh food on the island may not be safe to consume. Not to worry though, we get creative and bring the food from the main land. Fresh fruit will be served that does not have exposed edible skin like bananas and pineapple. An example of meals that are made: lentils, vegetables and brown rice, pesto gluten free pasta with olives and sun dried tomatoes, organic chunky vegetable soup. We do our best to look after our team with healthy meals and snacks.
Breakfast in the morning then we jump on the back of our open air ute. We head back out to the beach and continue collecting the mountains of plastic waste. The plastic will be sorted into colours and types, bagged up ready to be shipped back to the main land. The small business owners we support through the Plastic Bank initiative will make an income to feed and care for their families.
Lunch and dinner back at our hotel and beers at sunset by the ocean.
Today we spend the day at the local school which was started by For You Haiti. We will extend out the current playground, since we were last there another 200 students have started at the school. You will see the Hungry Tummies program in action and meet the community.
After breakfast you will get a choice, to continue with the island clean up or get back to building and designing the playground extension.
After breakfast you will get a choice, to continue with the island clean up or get back to building the playground extension.
In the afternoon we invite all of the kids from the school to come out to the new playground and play on what you have built for them. This is a joy to witness.
Of course we end the day watching sunset together by the ocean.
Our last day on the island, after breakfast we will head back to the school and finish up our projects. We say bye to the community to have got to know well.
Midday we fly back to the main land and stay at our original hotel, share dinner together and tell our stories of the week.
Our last day, after breakfast you say bye to all of your new friends and transfers are organised back to the airport for the team to fly home or onto another destination.
Jen, Sammy & Alana
Established in 2013, For You Haiti is a not-for-profit organistion developed to serve, love and support the people of Haiti, in particular, the forgotten island of La Gonâve. Started by the big hearted Alana, your guide their main focus are the children, they strive to provide medical, educational and family assistance to anyone in need in Haiti. FYH also fund clean water program and sustainable agriculture projects across the island.
Their Hungry Tummies school program feeds over 200 children each day.
Plastic Bank creates social and environmental impact in areas with high levels of poverty and plastic pollution by turning plastic waste into a currency. To do this, Plastic Bank provides a consistent, above-market rate for plastic waste, thus incentivizing its collection. Individuals who gather plastic can trade it for money, items or services.
Plastic Bank also provides the ability for local entrepreneurs to set up and operate a convenience store for the poor, in which plastic waste is the currency. Plastic collected through Plastic Bank is recycled and sold at a premium as Social Plastic®.
Watch the founder of Plastic Bank’s Ted Talk here
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We will send you an invoice to pay which is a bank transfer of 50% deposit.
This secures your spot, and applies toward the total cost of the trip.
You will not need to pay the remainder payment until 120 days before the trip begins > July 6th
if you are joining us from the USA let us know and we will send you an invoice in US $ and a USA bank account to transfer your deposit into.
Once you book with us we look after you from start to finish. All transportation, meals, accommodation, volunteer materials, excursions, and other daily activities are included. Once booked, you will be added to the private Facebook group so you can meet the other change makers. You will then receive detailed instructions on what to pack, information on transfers, fundraising bank information and other FAQs.
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