ABACO (THE BAHAMAS)
April 14-22, 2023
Many Hands - All Lutheran Church of Hope
Team members will work with Many Hands (for Haiti, formerly) to implement MH's community development and outreach strategies on Abaco Island (The Bahamas), where effects of 2019 Hurricane Dorian still affect the community. Team members will stay at Abaco Youth Camp (electricity, modern plumbing) and engage with the local community throughout the week. Serving and projects might include:
- Construction: debris removal, roofing, painting, landscaping, general building
- Youth Activities/VBS: engage youth through sports camps and/or partnering with a local church for VBS activities
- Compassion Ministry: food/clothing distribution, prayer ministry, storytelling
- Agriculture/Reforestation: backyard farming initiatives, replanting
Trip dates: April 14-22, 2023
Estimated trip cost*: $1,700-2,000 (airfare included)
Trips open to: Those 18 and older may apply. Looking to bring your minor aged child? Contact [email protected] for more info.
Application deadline: Jan. 18, 2023
Financial Assistance Application
*Depending on airfare costs at the time of purchase, as well as group size, this total trip cost could fluctuate. Changing COVID-19 measures may also impact the trip/cost; the Missions Department will make this information available on a case-by-case basis throughout the pre-trip process. Please be aware of this before applying!
Questions? Contact the Missions Department at [email protected] or 515-222-1520.
How do we get there?
The team will depart from Des Moines and fly together into Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Upon arrival, the team will be greeted by Many Hands staff and taken to the Abaco Youth Camp.
Where do we stay?
Trip participants stay in a secured dormitory-style building on the Many Hands Abaco Youth Camp campus in Marsh Harbour. Bathrooms and showers are available.
What does the cost include?
The total cost covers airfare, food, and lodging. Passport and vaccination costs, food while traveling, and souvenirs are additional.
What travel documents are needed?
A current U.S. passport is required. Click here for more information on acquiring a passport.
What immunizations do I need?
A COVID-19 vaccination is required for travel to The Bahamas. Please consult your physician on recommended vaccinations which may include Hepatitis A, typhoid, and preventative medication for malaria. Click here for more info on recommended vaccinations.
When are payments due?
Two months before departure, at least 50 percent of the trip total must be paid. One month prior to departure, the trip must be paid for in full.