GATEway Fall into Service: Honduras Nuevo Paraíso Orphanage

For the first time, GATEway will offer a program whose mission is all about helping others. GATEway Fall into Service will bring our students to the Nuevo Paraíso orphanage in Honduras where they will not only open up their minds to a new culture, but also their hearts. During the 6-day life-changing experience, our GATEmates will roll up their sleeves and help the Honduran community with projects that will make their life just a little bit better. Also another first, this opportunity is intended to serve as part one of X-Term 2020, with students participating in the off-site experience in November 2019 and carrying out a local experience in a related field with children during X-Term week 2020. Students who are interested in hard work and making a difference are invited. While you will earn an estimated 28 hours of community service, we promise that the smiles of the children you help will be all the reward you will need.

Grades: 9th-12th

Dates: Friday, November 22 – Wednesday, November 27, 2019
(Please note, students will miss school Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. There is no school Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Students will have make-up study hours factored into their day to stay on top of their work).


Nuevo Paraíso Orphanage – Honduras

Located about an hour outside of Tegucigalpa, Nuevo Paraíso is a rural community of homes, schools, and activity centers for over 100 children.  Originally a small community for single mothers and their children, it has transformed into a large community full of life and children who have been abandoned or orphaned.  Living in a group home with their housemothers, or tías, the children receive schooling, computer and skills training, healthcare, psychological counseling, love and attention.  The goal of Nuevo Paraíso is to prepare each boy and girl to become a model Honduran citizen.  
"I have gone several years to work at the orphanage at Nuevo Paraíso, and each time it’s a different experience.  I can truly say that this experience has affected me like no other experience ever has.  I return home every time with a different appreciation and outlook on life.  When I began working at Nuevo Paraíso, I expected that I would be the one to help the kids.  However, over time, I have realized that it the kids who have impacted me.”  Sophia, Class of 2021

Fees

Fee: $1,595
November 22-27, 2019
 
Fee includes: Round trip airfare on American Airlines (Miami-Tegucigalpa), airport transfers including security, lodging, all meals, daily laundry, 2 Miami Country Day School chaperones, Global Rescue risk mitigation registration, nominal orphanage donation for project supplies (students will be asked to raise additional funds for donations and community service work supplies), and GATEway Fall into Service reflection journal.
 
Not included: Valid passport/visa, any recommended vaccinations or health supplies
 
Payment Schedule:

Deposit upon registration: $500 (non-refundable)
First payment: $500 by May 31
Balance: $595 by August 30  


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