We're ready for 2017

 
The scheduled eight-day Mission will take place at the Common Hope project site in Antigua, Guatemala from Saturday March 11 to Monday March 20, 2017. The Common Hope Organization has been running these Missions for 23 years. Each year Common Hope sends about 20 teams of volunteers to Guatemala. Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development through education, health care, and housing. A Vision Team is made up of 10 to 12 volunteers (Interact students and leaders). Maximum number is 15.
 
The cost for each participant is about $800 US for meals and accommodation and $1350 CAD for travel. Cost of travel has gone up this year. Travel arrangements will be made through Rotary District 7040. There will be two orientation and training sessions (via Webex) for team members and leaders, and one or more face to face meetings. It is possible to have another Vision Team at another time of the year, perhaps a combination of Interact and Rotaract, or an all Rotaract team.
 
We are now looking for interested students. Contact PDG Ariane Carriere ariane.carriere@rotary7040.com .
 
 
 
                       Visiting the Rotary Club of Antigua                                               Visiting Mayan ruins at Iximche                                                       At a Common Hope partner school
 
The Goals of the Vision Team Program are:
  • Foster encounters that provoke compassion and challenge complacency
  • Connect needs and resources
  • Build relationship that compel visitors to actively partner with and multiply our work
 
The Team will stay in dorm-style accommodations at the Common Hope’s Family Development Centre, a three-acre campus one mile outside Antigua.
 
 
   
 
 
The team will have the opportunity to get to know the people and culture of Antigua by offering various activities, tours, team building exercises and events – to be chosen by the team.  Projects will include a wide variety of experiences, including visiting families with a social worker, sorting supplies in a warehouse, helping build a simple house, or engaging with students in an educational setting. Team members will be exposed, through personal experience, to the reality and challenges of indigenous family life in Guatemala.
 
Health (immunization) and Safety issues are covered through the guidelines in the Common Hope Vision Team Leader Guide. Vision Team members are expected to help the people of Guatemala by allowing their checked bag to be used for donations and supplies. We take donations such as school supplies, medical supplies, and donated clothing. Team members pack personal items in one carry-on bag. 
 
The Vision Team will do fundraising for Common Hope.  With the help of individuals and Rotary clubs, we need to raise $4000 US for each Vision Team. The funds are used for the Common Hope programs. Fundraising for the 2017 Vision Team will be done online through the Common Hope team fundraising page. The link is ready to go now.
 
In the words of one participant: “Spending a week in Guatemala with Common Hope was truly an unreal experience. I learned a lot from the people there, and it opened my eyes a little. If anyone is ever considering going, I'd recommend it without a doubt. And to my friends that accompanied me on this journey: thanks for the memories!”
 
To watch a video of the 2016 Common Hope Interact Vision Team, click on the link below:
 

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