Garde Saline, Haiti: October 26th- October 30th, 2017

 

A mission project out of Central Minnesota, called The Faith Project, has asked the Sea Star Foundation to collaborate with helping set up a dental clinic in the community of Garde Saline, Haiti.

As of right now, Garde Saline has no dental care being provided to the children.  Many of them do not even have a toothbrush!  The Faith Project would like to start by having dental clinicians come to the village and teach the children Oral Hygiene Instruction, pass out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and administer fluoride treatments. 

The Faith Project’s plan is to find a worthy candidate who would like to go to dental school, sponsor their education, and have them come back to work in the community, performing dental treatments.  They have done something similarly in the past with sending Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., to medical school, and now, he is the chief medical professional for the surrounding communities.  By helping the community of Garde Saline with dental charting and educating their children, we would be helping them get one step closer to overall health.

FALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY 2017

Details about the Dental Mission Trip:

When: October 26th- October 30th, 2017

 ***The Faith Project is offering two $500 grants for clinicians to attend this mission and offset the cost of the trip. Please contact us for more information and to apply for this grant***

What Do I Need to do Before Going?

  • Updated passport
  • Proof of current dental license (DDS, RDH, RDA, etc)
  • Travel Immunizations (contact your M.D.)

Travel:

Flight on Day 1:

  • MSP to Miami to Cap Haitien (Approx. Cost of round trip flight in October: $900)
  • Leaves MSP around 5:50am, arrives in Cap Haitien around 12:22pm local time (arrive at MSP around 3:50am to get through security)

Flight on Final Day:

  • Cap Haitian Airport around 11:30am, flight leaving around 1:30pm for Miami, then headed to MSP and arriving around 12:00am on Monday, October 17th, 201611:30am: Arrive at Cap Haitian Airport for flight
  • 1:30pm: Flight leaves Cap Haitian for Miami (3hr 30 min stop) then head to MSP
  • 12:00am Midnight: Arrive at MSP Airport

Accomodations:

  • Le Relais Hotel in Forte Liberte (During entirety of stay)
    • Single Occupancy (if you want a room to yourself): $1,500 (including flight)
    • Double Occupancy (if you are okay getting paired with another person): $1,300 (including flight)

***THE HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE CHANGING AS THERE IS A NEW HOTEL THAT WE MAY BE STAYING AT.  FLIGHTS TO HAITI HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED AS WELL, SO THERE MAY BE AN INCREASE IN THE TOTAL COST OF THE TRIP.  CURRENTLY, WE BELIEVE THE NEW COST OF THE TRIP IS AROUND $1,600***

Meals:

  • Meals at Miami Airport and in Haiti are included in the overall cost of the trip
  • Typically two meals a day (but that can be increased if requested)
    • Breakfast provided each day at the hotel in Ft. Liberte
      • Consists of pancakes, eggs, plantains, toast, coffee, juice
    • Supper
      • Dinners usually consist of either chicken, fish, or goat – along with beans and rice
    • Other Food
      •  We encourage all travelers to bring their own snacks: granola bars, protein bars, trail mixes, beef jerky and whatever one would like to munch on throughout the day (avoid chocolate, as it melts quickly).
      • The Faith Project does purchase cases of water and Gatorade in Haiti and keeps them in a cooler, so they are available throughout the day

If you and or your fellow dental clinicians would be interested in participating in this trip, please contact us for more information.

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