Bucket Line Builders 2019

Ages: 16+   •  Location: DR and Haiti   •   Length: 10 Days
$3450.00 + Self Managed Airfare  •   Service Hours: 40
Meeting Point: Puerto Plata

Live Different is proud to be planning another Build with Bucket Line Builders. Whether you have been part of a past Bucket Line Builder's team or joining for the first time, we are excited to welcome you as a volunteer on this years Build.

Flying into Puerto Plata, you will have the opportunity to visit the Dominican communities that Live Different partners with and get a chance to connect with families that share a history with the your team. Then it is off to Haiti, a country that is known for its unique culture and vivid beauty. Come and learn about life in Calvaire, enjoy Haitian cuisine and break a sweat while contributing to Live Different’s projects in the community of Calvaire. 

In Haiti, Live Different’s first project was building a school to serve the children of Calvaire. With the hard work of volunteers and support from Live Different donors, Ecole L’Union was able to open its doors in 2011 and today educates over 350 students. Many hours of hard work from past Bucket Line Builder volunteers have been invested in this school. Since 2016 we have been planning our second major project in Calvaire also in partnership with ASEEDH, The Freedom Village. Once built, The Freedom Village will offer living accommodations and programming to young girls who have previously been enslaved as restaveks. The term ‘restavek’ commonly refers to girls who have been sent or sold to live with another family for the purpose of domestic slavery, often receiving no schooling and exposed to abuse. After much planning and consultation, Live Different is thrilled to have broken ground on this exciting project and we are looking forward to beginning construction. As the Ecole L’Union continues to grow and phase one of the The Freedom Centre gets underway, we are excited to have you work alongside us for initiatives that directly address critical needs of the community and it's children. In the weeks leading up to the Build, you will get a profile with details about the project you will be working on.

Come and experience the power of making a difference for someone else, while being changed and impacted in the process!

Thanks for your interest in Live Different Builds! Feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any questions.

Austin Gauthier - Builds Administrator

Toll-Free: 1-866-432-4464

Email: austin@livedifferent.com

Minimum Fundraising Requirements

$3,450 This is a minimum amount each volunteer has been asked to fund raise/contribute to Live Different Builds.

$300 Due within 2 weeks of registration

What Is Included

What your minimum fundraising amount includes:

  • All ground transportation needs in Dominican Republic and Haiti (including all airport shuttles and daily transportation).
  • All meals and accommodations while in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
  • Multilingual translator(s).
  • Building materials and supplies for the project.
  • Live Different Staff (Canadian staff, local staff, construction foreman, etc.)
  • General hosting and facilitation. 
  • Excursion to Amiga Island
What Is Not Included

What your minimum fundraising amount does not include:

  • Return flights to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
  • Emergency Medical Travel Insurance (required).
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance.
  • Resort staff tip $25 - $30 USD (suggested amount).
  • Excursion to Haiti's historical fortress, the Citadel $50 USD.

Note: Live Different is not responsible for flight delays or cancellations. Please book flights at your own risk.

Day 1

Arrive in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Settle into resort: Sosua by the Sea

Day 2

Community Awareness Tours

Lunch at Mama Maria's in Nuevo Renacer

Day 3

Drive to Cap Haitien, Haiti

Settle into resort: Satama Hotel

Awareness tour and project orientation

Day 4 - 6

Project Days

Be a part of building the school Ecole L'Union or Freedom Village, working alongside the community, contractors and neighbors (Project details to be confirmed 4-6 weeks prior to travel)

Family Visit Experience

Understanding changes everything! One day doesn’t change the world completely, but it can change your perspective in ways you never before imagined possible. Work, laugh and learn alongside of new friends, as you step into their world and help out in their daily routines. Language isn’t a barrier and neither are cultural differences. In fact, our differences can remind us that we have more in common than we realized, as we learn about how life looks from someone else’s perspective. Be a part of the community and spend some time with a family in the local community. 

Day 7

Hike to the Citadel 

See the beauty of Cap Haitien from above. Hike up to Citadel Laferriére and witness some of Haiti's history in this amazing structure. This iconic fortress was once the crown jewel of Haiti's national defense. 

Time to celebrate!

Party time! Enjoy spending an afternoon with the the students of Ecole L'union!

Day 8

Day off to RELAX!

Live Different also recognizes that you may want to take advantage the beauty and excitement of your host country! Each team member will be afforded one day off for relaxation and/or adventure. We want you to experience some of the natural beauty and adventure that Haiti has to offer.


Preparation for your journey home

Your Live Different Build is going to be one of the most intense and life-changing experiences you will ever have. Because we believe that this is just the beginning of something for you, we want to help prepare you to return home and integrate this experience and the lessons learned. On this day we will have a final debriefing that will help you to take this experience and help others understand how we can continue to make a difference in our local and global communities.

Day 9

Drive back to Puerto Plata

Day 10

Fly home out of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

*Itinerary subject to change. Final details to be confirmed 4-6 weeks prior to Build*

Most volunteers choose to fundraise using their my.livedifferent.com fundraising page. When you register for a Build, you will have the opportunity to create one too. Not everyone fundraises though, some choose to pay for their Build themselves.

We require that all volunteers arrange their own flights. If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact our office. Please be sure that you are arriving at the destination on the first day of the Build, as some flights will require you to leave a day or two ahead of schedule.

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May 3, 2019 - May 12, 2019


Builds Administrator

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    Austin Gauthier

    (866) 432 4464