What to Expect
Most Vision Trips to Haiti go to Port-au-Prince and stay at the GO Guest House (“The Jumecourt Inn”), a GO Project business that functions as an income source for sustainable orphan care. This unique community, which also has a school, church, soccer field and water purification system on the grounds, serves as “base camp” for your trip. Vision Trips to some of GO Project’s partner-led villages in other areas of Haiti travel to Les Cayes (located in the south) or Gonaives (located in the northwest).
On each Vision Trip to Haiti you will become part of the GO Project family, playing with children at three to four different homes. Activities are similar to what you would do with your own kids – singing, games, crafts, hugging and holding. During your visit, you will also have an opportunity to experience our ministry model, worship with the local church in Haiti, and learn about job-creating businesses, all against the backdrop of the sights and sounds of Haiti.
Vision Trips to Haiti are typically five days, leaving early Thursday morning and returning Monday evening.
Groups can range in size from 12 to 20 people, but space is still limited. Each trip has a trip leader who will provide trip goers with other specifics and is available to answer questions about the trip.
The all-in cost for a Vision Trip to Port-au-Prince is $705 plus airfare. This cost includes lodging for four nights, food for two meals per day (which is what we eat while there), transportation while in Haiti, insurance and an administrative fee. Vision Trips to Gonaives are $765, plus airfare.
Job Creation and Sustainable Orphan Care
One day of your trip will focus on experiencing the uplifting world of GOEX — the brand that cares for kids — and our partners in Port-au-Prince. Visiting LIFE S.A., Paula Coles’ studio, and Shelley Clay’s Papillon Enterprises, you will understand first-hand the impact jobs are having on the lives of these employees and their families.
Your GOEX day will begin with a morning departure from Jumecourt Inn to LIFE S.A., the apparel manufacturing facility for GOEX and location of Paula Coles’ studio. You’ll then proceed to Shelley Clay’s Papillon Enterprises in the Delmas neighborhood. By the early afternoon, your group will return to Croix des Bouquets and have the options of visiting one of the city’s famed metal arts workshops and spending the late afternoon with the children in the care of one of our local church partners.
The GO Guesthouse, formerly The Jumecourt Inn, is connected with the GO Project’s partner-led children’s village that served as a transition center for newly orphaned or displaced children after the earthquake in 2010.
The Global Orphan Project owns and operates this hotel and transportation business east of Port-au-Prince. Trips to the Port-au-Prince area stay at this guesthouse, but it is also available for other groups and individuals to make reservations.
If our partners prefer to manage all the logistics of their trip they can chose to make reservations at the GO Guesthouse for their lodging, transportation, and translation needs. In this case, GO Project does NOT set the agenda, provide a trip leader, or coordinate the trip. However, GO Project does approve the agenda if it involves visiting children in one of the GO Haiti villages.
For prices associated with an independent trip to the GO Guesthouse, please visit www.goguesthouse.org.
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As of January 15, 2016, the CDC issued a level-2 travel alert for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Haiti is currently on that list of countries. There is evidence that Zika may be sexually transmitted from a male to his partner. Also, pregnant women may transmit the virus to their unborn children. Research is currently focusing on a probably link between Zika and microcephaly in newborns. Definitive research is ongoing. For more information regarding this alert, please click here>>. CDC is especially recommending special precautions for pregnant women and women and their partner trying to become pregnant.