GAiN volunteer humanitarian teams work with partners and churches in countries across the globe to serve those in need and express the kindness of Jesus. For more than 25 years our Trips Department has taken more than 180 groups to 30 countries.

Whether conducting a vision clinic in Central Asia, helping plant a garden in Zimbabwe, or delivering food to refugee children, you will be blessed as you take part in transforming lives through a dynamic, hands-on humanitarian trip.

Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

June 1 – 30, 2019

Engineering Summer Mission for Students

Orlando, FL and Malawi

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Engineering Summer Mission for Students

Because many communities in developing countries lack sanitary latrines, 1 billion people worldwide practice open defecation. This ultimately affects drinking water obtained from streams, ponds, and puddles. Understanding the effects of unsanitary water helps people protect themselves from germs that produce life-threatening illnesses.

You can help relieve the suffering of people of Malawi who live in these unsanitary conditions. By joining the GAiN® Engineering Summer Mission trip, over a period of two weeks you have the opportunity to plan, design, and execute the construction of a latrine and a retaining wall. You will see firsthand the practical and spiritual impact your engineering career path can have on a community.

In addition to engineering and construction work, you will explore ways to integrate ministry into your career and as you spend time with local Cru® staff members sharing the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Malawi.

 The GAiN engineering summer mission is open to college students majoring in engineering, construction management, sciences, or similar fields.

The first two weeks will consist of special training in Orlando, Florida. The remaining time will be spent in Malawi, executing engineering and construction projects such as latrines and retaining walls, as well as serving with local Cru staff members.

To apply, please complete and submit the summer missions application. All applicants will receive a response by January 31.

 The listed trip cost is an estimate. Final trip costs will be determined by February 2019.

Dates: June 1 – 30, 2019

Location: Orlando, FL and Malawi

Team Leader: Libby

Cost:$2,900 +airfare (estimated)

GAiN Project(s):

June 1 – 30, 2019

Women’s Health Summer Mission for Nursing Students

Orlando, FL and Malawi

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Women’s Health Summer Mission for Nursing Students

Women living in developing countries are 25 times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause. Approximately 800 women die daily due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Of these deaths, 440 occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Health education is essential to help prevent maternal deaths and ensure healthy children.

You can help teach lifesaving information to women in rural Africa by joining the GAiN® Women’s Health Summer Mission trip. In addition to health training, over the course of two weeks you will participate in the distribution of reusable feminine hygiene supplies that provide women in developing countries with freedom to go about their daily lives without fear of stigma or embarrassment.

When you participate in this trip, you will see firsthand the impact practical health knowledge and essential hygiene supplies can have on a community.

 As part of the trip experience you also will learn how you can integrate ministry into your nursing future, whether in a clinical setting or in a mission hospital. You also will spend time with local Cru® staff members to share the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Malawi.

The GAiN Women’s Health Summer Mission trip is open to female nursing students who have completed at least two semesters with clinical rotation of nursing school. Limited spots are available. We seek nine participants who demonstrate interest in maternal and child health, women’s rights, and women’s ministry.

Trip dates are June 1 – June 30. The first two weeks will consist of special training in Orlando, Florida. The remaining time will be spent in Malawi, hosting women’s health trainings and serving with local Cru staff members.

To apply, please complete and submit the summer missions application. Two references are required: one from a Cru staff member and one from a nursing professor. All applicants will receive a response by January 31.

The listed trip cost is an estimate and does not include airfare, which will be an additional cost. Final trip costs will be determined by February 2019.

Use your nursing skills and ministry passion to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope to women!

Dates: June 1 – 30, 2019

Location: Orlando, FL and Malawi

Team Leader: Sophie

Cost:$2,900 +airfare (estimated)

GAiN Project(s): community training

September 11 – 25, 2019

Tanzania Vision Clinics 1

Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics 1

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources. GAiN partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

When you join this trip you will travel to the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the communities so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: September 11 – 25, 2019

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:$2,120 - $2,400, plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

September 13 – 23, 2019

Southeast Asia Fall Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia Fall Vision Clinic

Millions of people in Southeast Asia live with untreated vision impairment, causing them to struggle to work, read, or even see family members clearly.

You can help meet this overlooked humanitarian need by joining a GAiN vision clinic trip to Southeast Asia. During the trip, you will provide basic vision testing and free glasses to hundreds who need simple vision correction. You will work alongside GAiN in-country partners who are building relationships in the community and serving those in need.

As you spend one-to-one time with local residents to asses their vision needs, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Time is allotted to visit local sites and enjoy Southeast Asian culture.

Dates: September 13 – 23, 2019

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

October 3 – 14, 2019

Central Asia Fall Vision Clinics

Central Asia

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Central Asia Fall Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: October 3 – 14, 2019

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

October 2019

Zambia Mobility Clinic

Zambia

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Zambia Mobility Clinic

Two million men, women, and children in Zambia suffer with disabilities. Most live in rural areas with limited access to services. In addition, they often are stigmatized because of their disabilities. You can help restore dignity to these precious people and at the same time point them to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will serve GAiN® partners in Zambia who seek to reach the disabled in their communities. You will be part of a team fitting and providing wheelchairs to local residents in need. You also will participate in sessions that prepare local men and women to work with clients and their families — teaching them how to listen to and address the emotional and social consequences of a disabled family member.

After receiving training, these men and women can use their new knowledge to share the love and hope of Jesus with disabled people.

Physical and occupational therapists are needed to fit wheelchairs and help provide education.

Dates: October 2019

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: Barbara

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): mobility training

November 6 – 17, 2019

Rwanda Vision Clinics

Rwanda

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Rwanda Vision Clinics

Since moving forward from their country’s difficult past, many Rwandans continue to lack necessary resources such as eyeglasses for impaired vision. You can help with this need by joining GAiN on a humanitarian trip to Rwanda to conduct vision clinics along with our in-country partners.

On this trip you will provide basic vision testing and free glasses to hundreds of people who need simple vision correction. Through the clinics we will help our partners build stronger relationships in the area so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

As you spend time one-to-one with local residents to assess their vision needs, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: November 6 – 17, 2019

Location: Rwanda

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

November 2019

Tanzania Vision Clinics 2

Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics 2

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources. GAiN partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

When you join this trip you will travel to the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the communities so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: November 2019

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Brittany and Alex

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

January 2020

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

The Holy Land

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Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

In the Holy Land 1.4 million people live with some sort of physical disability, and more than 320,000 people suffer from impaired vision. To assist people with these disabilities, GAiN® and our field partners conduct wheelchair and eyeglass clinics in the Holy Land. By joining this team, you can offer help and hope to each person you meet.

During this trip you will work with people challenged by mobility needs as well as those needing clearer vision. At each clinic you will meet and assess individuals and provide the wheelchair or glasses that meet their requirements.

As we address the huge physical demands, we also can show kindness to each individual and family. As part of this team, you help open doors for our partners to share the hope of Jesus.

We seek optometrists or ophthalmologists to oversee eyeglass clinics and occupational or physical therapists to fit wheelchairs. We also have volunteer opportunities for wheelchair mechanics, upholstery and sewing specialists, photographers, prayer warriors, and people with great interpersonal skills.

Dates: January 2020

Location: The Holy Land

Team Leader: Phil

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic, wheelchair clinic

January 2020

Southeast Asia Winter Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia Winter Vision Clinic

In Southeast Asia 21 million people live with untreated vision impairment. Without glasses, people are unable to see family clearly, or they struggle to work or read.

You can help by joining a GAiN® trip to tropical Southeast Asia to host a vision clinic that will provide glasses to hundreds of people needing simple vision correction. You will work alongside GAiN partners who are building relationships and serving those in need.

During the vision clinic, you will meet with locals one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. As you spend time with them, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

Time is allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Southeast Asian culture.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: January 2020

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

January 16 – 28, 2020

Liberia Vision Clinics

Liberia

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Liberia Vision Clinics

Liberia, on the West African coast, was the first African republic to declare its independence, in 1847.  After the American Civil War, thousands of African Americans migrated to Liberia, joining freed slaves from the Caribbean and the existing African population.  Today Liberia has a population of five million.

Many people in remote villages lack access to basic necessities. GAiN® partners in Liberia build relationships with people in rural locations and provide resources including food, clothing, school supplies to orphanage children, and much needed water filters. You too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to village areas in rural Liberia. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several locations to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: January 16 – 28, 2020

Location: Liberia

Team Leader: John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 2020

El Salvador for Students

El Salvador

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El Salvador for Students

El Salvador — a land of beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations, and lush rainforests — is the most densely populated country in Central America, with 40 percent of its population living in poverty. Be part of a GAiN® volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

As a student on this trip, you will travel to the nation’s capital, San Salvador. The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city as well as in nearby rural areas. In the clinics you will meet with individuals to provide glasses and demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

This opportunity is available to students only. No experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Dates: March 2020

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 2020

Central Asia Spring Vision Clinics

Central Asia

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Central Asia Spring Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: March 2020

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kimmie and John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 2020

Middle East Vision Clinics

Middle East

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Middle East Vision Clinics

Refugees in the Middle East left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety, yet many
lack basic necessities and care. GAiN partners in the Middle East serve local residents and thousands of
refugees by supplying items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. GAiN mission trip teams help
with another serious need—vision impairment.

As part of the GAiN team, you will travel to the heart of the Middle East to meet with refugees and
residents one-to-one to assess vision needs and provide glasses. Through this project, you will have
opportunity to show the kindness of Jesus and help GAiN field partners build ongoing relationships in
the communities.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning
of the trip.

 

Dates: March 2020

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

April 2020

Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Last year drought plagued Zimbabwe, making it extremely difficult for many people living in rural villages to grow crops and provide for their families. This year the opposite is true — too much rain created problems with crops. Together with GAiN® field partners, you can work alongside villagers to help them improve their garden yield.

GAiN works with local partners to help them serve their communities. By joining this team, you will work in one of these communities to install a bucket drip-irrigation system and create a community garden. This drip-irrigation system will help families grow food and feed their families during drought or other poor conditions. They can sell surplus produce and use the profits to pay school fees, buy clothes, and purchase other necessities. This irrigation project can serve as a model for other gardens in the community.

Join our team as we work to help increase the ability of our local partners to build relationships and share the hope of Jesus with those around them.

No previous agricultural or technical experience is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty as, together, we create the drip-irrigation system and community garden.

Dates: April 2020

Location: Zimbabwe

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): drip irrigation


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June 1 – 30, 2019

Engineering Summer Mission for Students

Orlando, FL and Malawi

Engineering Summer Mission for Students

Because many communities in developing countries lack sanitary latrines, 1 billion people worldwide practice open defecation. This ultimately affects drinking water obtained from streams, ponds, and puddles. Understanding the effects of unsanitary water helps people protect themselves from germs that produce life-threatening illnesses.

You can help relieve the suffering of people of Malawi who live in these unsanitary conditions. By joining the GAiN® Engineering Summer Mission trip, over a period of two weeks you have the opportunity to plan, design, and execute the construction of a latrine and a retaining wall. You will see firsthand the practical and spiritual impact your engineering career path can have on a community.

In addition to engineering and construction work, you will explore ways to integrate ministry into your career and as you spend time with local Cru® staff members sharing the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Malawi.

 The GAiN engineering summer mission is open to college students majoring in engineering, construction management, sciences, or similar fields.

The first two weeks will consist of special training in Orlando, Florida. The remaining time will be spent in Malawi, executing engineering and construction projects such as latrines and retaining walls, as well as serving with local Cru staff members.

To apply, please complete and submit the summer missions application. All applicants will receive a response by January 31.

 The listed trip cost is an estimate. Final trip costs will be determined by February 2019.

Dates: June 1 – 30, 2019

Location: Orlando, FL and Malawi

Team Leader: Libby

Cost:$2,900 +airfare (estimated)

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June 1 – 30, 2019

Women’s Health Summer Mission for Nursing Students

Orlando, FL and Malawi

Women’s Health Summer Mission for Nursing Students

Women living in developing countries are 25 times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause. Approximately 800 women die daily due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Of these deaths, 440 occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Health education is essential to help prevent maternal deaths and ensure healthy children.

You can help teach lifesaving information to women in rural Africa by joining the GAiN® Women’s Health Summer Mission trip. In addition to health training, over the course of two weeks you will participate in the distribution of reusable feminine hygiene supplies that provide women in developing countries with freedom to go about their daily lives without fear of stigma or embarrassment.

When you participate in this trip, you will see firsthand the impact practical health knowledge and essential hygiene supplies can have on a community.

 As part of the trip experience you also will learn how you can integrate ministry into your nursing future, whether in a clinical setting or in a mission hospital. You also will spend time with local Cru® staff members to share the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Malawi.

The GAiN Women’s Health Summer Mission trip is open to female nursing students who have completed at least two semesters with clinical rotation of nursing school. Limited spots are available. We seek nine participants who demonstrate interest in maternal and child health, women’s rights, and women’s ministry.

Trip dates are June 1 – June 30. The first two weeks will consist of special training in Orlando, Florida. The remaining time will be spent in Malawi, hosting women’s health trainings and serving with local Cru staff members.

To apply, please complete and submit the summer missions application. Two references are required: one from a Cru staff member and one from a nursing professor. All applicants will receive a response by January 31.

The listed trip cost is an estimate and does not include airfare, which will be an additional cost. Final trip costs will be determined by February 2019.

Use your nursing skills and ministry passion to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope to women!

Dates: June 1 – 30, 2019

Location: Orlando, FL and Malawi

Team Leader: Sophie

Cost:$2,900 +airfare (estimated)

GAiN Project(s): community training





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September 11 – 25, 2019

Tanzania Vision Clinics 1

Tanzania

Tanzania Vision Clinics 1

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources. GAiN partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

When you join this trip you will travel to the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the communities so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: September 11 – 25, 2019

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:$2,120 - $2,400, plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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September 13 – 23, 2019

Southeast Asia Fall Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Fall Vision Clinic

Millions of people in Southeast Asia live with untreated vision impairment, causing them to struggle to work, read, or even see family members clearly.

You can help meet this overlooked humanitarian need by joining a GAiN vision clinic trip to Southeast Asia. During the trip, you will provide basic vision testing and free glasses to hundreds who need simple vision correction. You will work alongside GAiN in-country partners who are building relationships in the community and serving those in need.

As you spend one-to-one time with local residents to asses their vision needs, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Time is allotted to visit local sites and enjoy Southeast Asian culture.

Dates: September 13 – 23, 2019

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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October 3 – 14, 2019

Central Asia Fall Vision Clinics

Central Asia

Central Asia Fall Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: October 3 – 14, 2019

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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October 2019

Zambia Mobility Clinic

Zambia

Zambia Mobility Clinic

Two million men, women, and children in Zambia suffer with disabilities. Most live in rural areas with limited access to services. In addition, they often are stigmatized because of their disabilities. You can help restore dignity to these precious people and at the same time point them to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will serve GAiN® partners in Zambia who seek to reach the disabled in their communities. You will be part of a team fitting and providing wheelchairs to local residents in need. You also will participate in sessions that prepare local men and women to work with clients and their families — teaching them how to listen to and address the emotional and social consequences of a disabled family member.

After receiving training, these men and women can use their new knowledge to share the love and hope of Jesus with disabled people.

Physical and occupational therapists are needed to fit wheelchairs and help provide education.

Dates: October 2019

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: Barbara

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): mobility training





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November 6 – 17, 2019

Rwanda Vision Clinics

Rwanda

Rwanda Vision Clinics

Since moving forward from their country’s difficult past, many Rwandans continue to lack necessary resources such as eyeglasses for impaired vision. You can help with this need by joining GAiN on a humanitarian trip to Rwanda to conduct vision clinics along with our in-country partners.

On this trip you will provide basic vision testing and free glasses to hundreds of people who need simple vision correction. Through the clinics we will help our partners build stronger relationships in the area so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

As you spend time one-to-one with local residents to assess their vision needs, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: November 6 – 17, 2019

Location: Rwanda

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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November 2019

Tanzania Vision Clinics 2

Tanzania

Tanzania Vision Clinics 2

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources. GAiN partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

When you join this trip you will travel to the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the communities so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: November 2019

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Brittany and Alex

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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January 2020

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

The Holy Land

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

In the Holy Land 1.4 million people live with some sort of physical disability, and more than 320,000 people suffer from impaired vision. To assist people with these disabilities, GAiN® and our field partners conduct wheelchair and eyeglass clinics in the Holy Land. By joining this team, you can offer help and hope to each person you meet.

During this trip you will work with people challenged by mobility needs as well as those needing clearer vision. At each clinic you will meet and assess individuals and provide the wheelchair or glasses that meet their requirements.

As we address the huge physical demands, we also can show kindness to each individual and family. As part of this team, you help open doors for our partners to share the hope of Jesus.

We seek optometrists or ophthalmologists to oversee eyeglass clinics and occupational or physical therapists to fit wheelchairs. We also have volunteer opportunities for wheelchair mechanics, upholstery and sewing specialists, photographers, prayer warriors, and people with great interpersonal skills.

Dates: January 2020

Location: The Holy Land

Team Leader: Phil

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic, wheelchair clinic





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January 2020

Southeast Asia Winter Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Winter Vision Clinic

In Southeast Asia 21 million people live with untreated vision impairment. Without glasses, people are unable to see family clearly, or they struggle to work or read.

You can help by joining a GAiN® trip to tropical Southeast Asia to host a vision clinic that will provide glasses to hundreds of people needing simple vision correction. You will work alongside GAiN partners who are building relationships and serving those in need.

During the vision clinic, you will meet with locals one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. As you spend time with them, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

Time is allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Southeast Asian culture.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: January 2020

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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January 16 – 28, 2020

Liberia Vision Clinics

Liberia

Liberia Vision Clinics

Liberia, on the West African coast, was the first African republic to declare its independence, in 1847.  After the American Civil War, thousands of African Americans migrated to Liberia, joining freed slaves from the Caribbean and the existing African population.  Today Liberia has a population of five million.

Many people in remote villages lack access to basic necessities. GAiN® partners in Liberia build relationships with people in rural locations and provide resources including food, clothing, school supplies to orphanage children, and much needed water filters. You too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to village areas in rural Liberia. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several locations to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: January 16 – 28, 2020

Location: Liberia

Team Leader: John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 2020

El Salvador for Students

El Salvador

El Salvador for Students

El Salvador — a land of beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations, and lush rainforests — is the most densely populated country in Central America, with 40 percent of its population living in poverty. Be part of a GAiN® volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

As a student on this trip, you will travel to the nation’s capital, San Salvador. The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city as well as in nearby rural areas. In the clinics you will meet with individuals to provide glasses and demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

This opportunity is available to students only. No experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Dates: March 2020

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 2020

Central Asia Spring Vision Clinics

Central Asia

Central Asia Spring Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: March 2020

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kimmie and John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 2020

Middle East Vision Clinics

Middle East

Middle East Vision Clinics

Refugees in the Middle East left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety, yet many
lack basic necessities and care. GAiN partners in the Middle East serve local residents and thousands of
refugees by supplying items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. GAiN mission trip teams help
with another serious need—vision impairment.

As part of the GAiN team, you will travel to the heart of the Middle East to meet with refugees and
residents one-to-one to assess vision needs and provide glasses. Through this project, you will have
opportunity to show the kindness of Jesus and help GAiN field partners build ongoing relationships in
the communities.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning
of the trip.

 

Dates: March 2020

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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April 2020

Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Last year drought plagued Zimbabwe, making it extremely difficult for many people living in rural villages to grow crops and provide for their families. This year the opposite is true — too much rain created problems with crops. Together with GAiN® field partners, you can work alongside villagers to help them improve their garden yield.

GAiN works with local partners to help them serve their communities. By joining this team, you will work in one of these communities to install a bucket drip-irrigation system and create a community garden. This drip-irrigation system will help families grow food and feed their families during drought or other poor conditions. They can sell surplus produce and use the profits to pay school fees, buy clothes, and purchase other necessities. This irrigation project can serve as a model for other gardens in the community.

Join our team as we work to help increase the ability of our local partners to build relationships and share the hope of Jesus with those around them.

No previous agricultural or technical experience is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty as, together, we create the drip-irrigation system and community garden.

Dates: April 2020

Location: Zimbabwe

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): drip irrigation




Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in a GAiN humanitarian trip?
Participants from 16 to 80 years old and of all skill levels may take part in GAiN trips. Volunteers with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with sound health are welcome. However, not all trips will be suitable for children because of the type of work or the emotional toll it may take. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Some trips may require more specialized skills, such as medical training. If special skills are required, this information will be mentioned in the trip description.

How many people participate in each trip?
Team size depends on the destination and the trip strategy. Teams can be as small as four people or as large as 40.

What is included in the cost of the trip?
The trip cost includes all in-country transportation, shared hotel or dorm accommodations, three meals daily (plus drinking water), interpreter services, in-country visa fees, emergency evacuation assistance, and all taxes, tips, and fees.

The trip cost does not include airfare, pre-trip visa fees (if required), passport costs, immunizations, medications, baggage charges (unless you are asked to carry a bag of GAiN aid), trip cancellation insurance, airport meals, or additional gifts or snacks you choose to bring.

Airfare is not included in the trip cost. Does this mean I am responsible for arranging my own travel to the destination country?
No. We will plan travel and provide an airline itinerary for you through our travel agents. Then we will send you the information to contact the agent and purchase your ticket. Through the travel agent, you will be able to arrange both your domestic and international travel. Arranging travel in this way lowers flight costs and allows you to book “through” travel straight from your home airport while still traveling with the team internationally.

How can I pay for the trip?
Trip participants and their supporters can pay by credit card through the participant’s giving page or by phone. Payments also can be made by check. All payments and donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.

If I am unable to go on the trip, what happens to the money I have raised?
All contributions to Global Aid Network are income tax deductible and are made with the understanding that GAiN has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. Should you not go on the trip, or should more funds than needed be raised, we will consult with with you to determine if the money will be held in your account for a future trip, be used for other expenses associated with this trip, or be given as a general donation to GAiN Humanitarian Trips.

Is the trip safe?
Your trip leader’s primary responsibility is the safety of the team. We are in touch with the U.S. State Department on all of our trips and are alert to changes in safety and security while overseas. While we do live in a complex world, GAiN trips do not include what we consider unnecessary risks, either in locations visited or activities implemented.

We work to make sure all of our trips are as safe as possible. All GAiN trip leaders are experienced in international ministry and trained in crisis management and CPR/first aid. At all times, a crisis manager is on call in the states, and contingency plans are in place before all trips. Emergency evacuation coverage and supplemental health coverage are included in the cost of your trip.

Where will the team meet? Will we meet before the trip?
In most cases the entire team will meet at the international departure airport in the U.S. and fly together to the destination country. Most trips will require no pre-trip preparation or meetings as a team. If a trip does require pre-trip preparation, the team leader will provide this information before accepting you for the trip. Some trip leaders may schedule a group Skype call before the trip for team introductions. Your trip leader will be in touch with you on an ongoing basis as you prepare for the trip.

Where will we stay?
Accommodations will vary depending on the country. Usually teams stay in a hotel or guest house chosen or recommended by our national hosts. Rooms generally will be shared by two people of the same gender or by spouses. If you prefer a room to yourself, a single supplement fee will be charged.

What if I have special dietary requirements?
In the areas where GAiN serves, it usually is not possible to make accommodations for special dietary needs.

Do you have additional trips not listed on the GAiN website?
All available trips are listed on the website. If you do not see a trip that works for you, you can contact trips@gainusa.org to receive updates in the future. New trips are added all the time.

If you have other questions about trips, contact trips@gainusa.org.