For the last two years we’ve been doing Vision Trips here at the mission. They’re a step away from the traditional “missions trip” where the intention is usually that a group comes in, does a bunch of stuff to help out, and then leaves.
We’re set up a bit differently here at Clean Water for Haiti. We have a staff of 13 local people that run our filter program. They are responsible for all aspects of building and installing the filters. They’re good at what they do. Because we *just* do filters there aren’t really things that visitors can do in one week that will help us make big advancements in this department. BUT, it is important that people get to see and experience what we do.
Our Vision Trips are designed as more of an immersion experience. Our visitors come for one week and stay at the mission. They’ll get to spend some time in the work yard getting to know our staff and learning how we build the filters and prepare everything for deliveries. I always love to watch how our staff get encouraged by having visitors from the outside that are really interested in what they’re doing. Visitors will have several opportunities to go out in the local area and meet some of the people we know and do some interesting things.
The cost for the trip is $500 US for the week, which includes all transportation in country, accommodation and food. Each visitor is responsible for their own airfare and we’ll help you with knowing which flights to arrive on etc. Accommodation is on site at the mission in our newly completed dorms (with fans and everything!). I’ve heard rave reviews about the cook too ;o)
Dates for 2009 trips are:
March 21-28, 2009
July 4-11, 2009
November 7-14, 2009
If you want more info, or want to register you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see some of you here in Haiti!