Take part in serving the children of the Greta Home & Academy
Project: Greta Home and Academy – Orphanage and School
Location: Léogâne, Haiti
Length of Stay: 9 days
June 23 – July 1, 2017
July 7 – July 15, 2017
July 21 – July 29, 2017
August 4 – August 12, 2017
Team Size: This project is open to both teams and individuals. Each trip will have space for up to 8 volunteers.
Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.
Cost: Volunteers will be responsible for covering the cost of round-trip airfare ($600-$1000), travel insurance (recommended), $10 tourism fee, and recommended immunizations.
Medical Considerations: Volunteers need to be in excellent health and able to work in heat, that can sometimes be extreme. Volunteers will need to be up to date on routine immunizations including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, and Typhoid.
Please note that transmission of the Zika virus has been reported in Haiti. The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or that are trying to get pregnant and their male partners talk to their healthcare provider before traveling to areas with Zika. Because sexual transmission is possible, both men and women should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
Skills Needed: Children’s ministry, youth ministry, music ministry (vocal and instrumental), sports ministry (including soccer, volleyball and basketball), vocational training (sewing, cooking, welding, carpentry, office skills, basic mechanics, etc.) building maintenance, English as second language (ESL) teachers, pastoral care, social work, and educational seminars for staff/children (computer training, hygiene, children’s ministry training, Bible studies, etc.).
Project Description: Volunteers will serve alongside the staff of the Greta Home and Academy to provide programs. These programs will enhance the children’s knowledge base and social interactions with individuals of diverse Christian cultures, bring a fresh perspective, and expand staffing capacity. Work may include a variety of tasks including building maintenance, minor construction, children/youth ministry, VBS, vocational training, cooking, sewing, etc.
Background Information: The Greta Home and Academy is dedicated to providing a Christian environment for orphans and vulnerable children in the Leogane community in Haiti. It was constructed to train young men and women to become Christian leaders, by giving them a quality education and spiritual encouragement through discipleship courses and worship services.
The home and academy is named in honor of Greta Van Susteren, one of America’s most influential news commentators. In December 2010, she produced a one-hour TV special that highlighted the plight of the cholera victims in Haiti, raising awareness and funds to help. Her advocacy for the people of Haiti helped save thousands of lives.
Currently there are 47 children, ages 6 to 18, staying at the Greta Home and Academy. The campus includes seven dormitory-style bedrooms, seven classrooms, a media center, offices, nurse’s station, cafeteria, and an outdoor play center. Each morning and evening the boys and girls participate in devotions and a time of worship. There are 168 children from the local community enrolled at the Greta Academy from Kindergarten to 9th grade.
The vision of the Greta Home and Academy is to continue providing a safe haven for the needy and hurting by showing them the love of God, as they are raised to become the Christian leaders of Haiti.