**Due to current travel advisory recommending to avoid non-essential travel, the Haiti Summer Build is on standby until further notice. Please continue to reach out to us if you are interested in this Build or other opportunities in Haiti and we will contact you directly when our travel to the country resumes. Please also note that during this time Live Different continues to support our school and the construction of the Freedom Village.**
When you join us in Haiti on a Live Different Build, you will get to experience a country that is known for its unique culture and vivid beauty. Your Build experience in Haiti will give you the opportunity to learn first hand about life in Calvaire, a hillside community just outside the city of Cap Haitien. The location of this community makes this our most challenging Build opportunity and also the Build with the most breathtaking view!
While in Haiti, our Build teams contribute to larger projects. Our 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 and the first students were welcomed in 2011. The school has grown to now educate more than 350 students! Our Build volunteers continue to dedicate their energy to ongoing improvements and expansion projects at the school. In 2016 we began 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 starting construction.
As Ecole L'Union continues to grow and phase one of The Freedom Village gets underway, we are excited to have you work alongside us for initiatives that directly address the critical needs of the community and its children. In the weeks leading up to the Build, you will get a profile with details about the project you will be working on.
Please come join us and learn more about Ecole L'Union and The Freedom Village while pouring yourself into a project that will directly benefit the children of Calvaire.
Thanks for your interest in Live Different Builds! Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions.
Austin Gauthier - Builds Administrator
Minimum Volunteer Requirements
This Build requires a minimum of 12 volunteers to be registered before December 31, 2019 to move ahead. Once we have 12 committed volunteers, the Haiti 2020 Summer Build will be confirmed and we will continue to take registrations up to a maximum of 25 volunteers. Please note it is possible to fundraise before the Build is confirmed however, donations are not refundable. If we are not able to secure the minimum number of volunteers before December 31, 2019 any approved volunteers will have the option to transfer their registration to another Live Different Build opportunity scheduled before August 31, 2021.
We do not recommend booking flights without cancellation insurance before the Build is confirmed. Live Different is not responsible for any cost associated with flight bookings, delays or cancellations.
Minimum Fundraising Requirements
$2,995 This is a minimum amount each volunteer has been asked to fundraise/contribute to Live Different Builds.
$300 initial fundraising due January 13, 2020 (or 2 weeks following registration for those who register after December 31). Fundraising and final registration deadline is June 25, 2020. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any requests for extension of deadlines.