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.

Reasons to Join a Humanitarian Trip with GAiN

  • You share physical aid and the hope of Jesus.
  • You grow closer to God.
  • You forge lasting relationships.
  • You learn to serve in a different culture.
  • You can receive the blessing of blessing others.

Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

March 7-14, 2020 including Airfare

El Salvador Vision Clinic (Students)

El Salvador

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El Salvador Vision Clinic (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 7-14, 2020 including Airfare

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:$1950-$2250

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 14-21, 2020

El Salvador Vision Clinic (Students)

El Salvador

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El Salvador Vision Clinic (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 14-21, 2020

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:$1950-$2250 including Airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 13-21, 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 13-21, 2020

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kimmie and John

Cost:$2,995 - $3,295 including Airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

March 13-21, 2020

Greece Refugee Spring Break (Students)

Greece

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Greece Refugee Spring Break (Students)

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In recent years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East — especially Syria — and of the resulting refugee crisis. Syrian men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends, hoping to escape war and poverty. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hoped to pass through the islands and continue into Europe.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving the refugees trapped in camps — unable to travel to a new destination and powerless to return home.

You can help meet physical needs and show the kindness of Jesus to struggling refugees by traveling with GAiN® to a camp in Greece.

You will serve refugees by distributing aid such as blankets or food or doing chores in the camp. Your presence and help will show refugees that they are loved and cared for.

Participants on this trip must be 18 years or older to serve in the camp and participants must be able to work on their feet eight hours at a time.

 

 

Dates: March 13-21, 2020

Location: Greece

Team Leader: Aby

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): refugee care

March 2020

Other Spring Break Opportunities (Students)

Bahamas, Texas

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Other Spring Break Opportunities (Students)

Apply though the Event Registration tool:
Bahamas Hurricane Relief
Dates:
7-14
14-21
21-28
Destino@theborder (helping not hosting that’s Destino!)
Dates:
14-21
21-28
More info:
Global Logistic Center Mt Joy, PA
www.gainusa.org/get-involved/volunteer

Dates: March 2020

Location: Bahamas, Texas

Team Leader: Various

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s):

April 3-14, 2020

Middle East Refugee Vision Clinics

Middle East

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Middle East Refugee 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 humanitarian trip teams help with another serious need — vision impairment.

On this GAiN trip, 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: April 3-14, 2020

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:$2,200 - $2,500 plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

April 17-27, 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 17-27, 2020

Location: Zimbabwe

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:$1,725-$2,025 + airfare

GAiN Project(s): drip irrigation

May 2020

Central Africa Vision Clinics

Central Africa

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Central Africa Vision Clinics

This French-speaking African country sits between the Sahara and the savanna. The hot, dry climate makes resources scarce, resulting in widespread poverty. Local GAiN® partners work in remote areas to provide people with resources such as water wells, irrigation kits, and food. You can help with an additional need by supplying eyeglasses to many who are unable to obtain or afford them on their own.

As a team member, you will travel to a rural village to host an eyeglass clinic. You will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. As you spend time with them, you have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. 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: May 2020

Location: Central Africa

Team Leader: Kimmie

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

June 3 - 17, 2020

Kenya Vision Clinics

Kenya

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Kenya Vision Clinics

Kenya, known for its abundant wildlife and home to the famous Masai Mara and Amboseli national parks, has a largely rural population. Especially in the north of Kenya, there are significant humanitarian needs that need to be addressed.

Many people in remote villages lack access to basic necessities. GAiN® partners in Kenya build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as clean water systems and much-needed food. 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 Northern Kenya. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages 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: June 3 - 17, 2020

Location: Kenya

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,450 - $2,750 plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic

June 4-18, 2020

Tanzania Summer Vision Clinics

Tanzania

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Tanzania Summer Vision Clinics

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 too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages 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: June 4-18, 2020

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic

June 2020

Southeast Asia Summer Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia Summer 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: June 2020

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

July 2020

Zambia Vision Clinic

Zambia

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Zambia Vision Clinic

Zambia is a beautiful country of great diversity, with more than 70 ethnic groups and languages. It also has one of the world’s fastest growing populations, which contributes to high rates of poverty and unemployment. GAiN® partners in Zambia help people there by providing necessary supplies such as clothing, food, seeds, and medical equipment. You can help by taking part in vision clinics to provide glasses.

During the vision clinic, you will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. As you spend time with them, you have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. 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 for vision clinics. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

 

Dates: July 2020

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

August 2020

Panama Vision Clinic

Panama

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Panama Vision Clinic

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to go to school or work because of poor vision. Millions of people in Central and South America live with untreated vision impairment, causing them to struggle to work, read, or even see family members clearly. 

You can help by joining a GAiN® trip to Panama — the southernmost country in Central America and home to the famous Panama Canal — 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 among the people in Panama and serving those in need. 

During the clinics 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 will be allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Panamanian culture. 

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

Dates: August 2020

Location: Panama

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

August 2020

Uganda Vision Clinic

Uganda

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Uganda Vision Clinic

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable.

As a member of this team, you will express the kindness of Jesus with Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities. You will join GAiN® field partners to distribute clothing, food, and other critical aid. Working together with the Ugandan team, you will share the hope of Jesus through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: August 2020

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): distribution, vision clinics


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March 7-14, 2020 including Airfare

El Salvador Vision Clinic (Students)

El Salvador

El Salvador Vision Clinic (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 7-14, 2020 including Airfare

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:$1950-$2250

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 14-21, 2020

El Salvador Vision Clinic (Students)

El Salvador

El Salvador Vision Clinic (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 14-21, 2020

Location: El Salvador

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:$1950-$2250 including Airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 13-21, 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 13-21, 2020

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Kimmie and John

Cost:$2,995 - $3,295 including Airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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March 13-21, 2020

Greece Refugee Spring Break (Students)

Greece

Greece Refugee Spring Break (Students)

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In recent years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East — especially Syria — and of the resulting refugee crisis. Syrian men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends, hoping to escape war and poverty. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hoped to pass through the islands and continue into Europe.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving the refugees trapped in camps — unable to travel to a new destination and powerless to return home.

You can help meet physical needs and show the kindness of Jesus to struggling refugees by traveling with GAiN® to a camp in Greece.

You will serve refugees by distributing aid such as blankets or food or doing chores in the camp. Your presence and help will show refugees that they are loved and cared for.

Participants on this trip must be 18 years or older to serve in the camp and participants must be able to work on their feet eight hours at a time.

 

 

Dates: March 13-21, 2020

Location: Greece

Team Leader: Aby

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): refugee care





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March 2020

Other Spring Break Opportunities (Students)

Bahamas, Texas

Other Spring Break Opportunities (Students)

Apply though the Event Registration tool:
Bahamas Hurricane Relief
Dates:
7-14
14-21
21-28
Destino@theborder (helping not hosting that’s Destino!)
Dates:
14-21
21-28
More info:
Global Logistic Center Mt Joy, PA
www.gainusa.org/get-involved/volunteer

Dates: March 2020

Location: Bahamas, Texas

Team Leader: Various

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s):





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April 3-14, 2020

Middle East Refugee Vision Clinics

Middle East

Middle East Refugee 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 humanitarian trip teams help with another serious need — vision impairment.

On this GAiN trip, 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: April 3-14, 2020

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:$2,200 - $2,500 plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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April 17-27, 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 17-27, 2020

Location: Zimbabwe

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:$1,725-$2,025 + airfare

GAiN Project(s): drip irrigation





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May 2020

Central Africa Vision Clinics

Central Africa

Central Africa Vision Clinics

This French-speaking African country sits between the Sahara and the savanna. The hot, dry climate makes resources scarce, resulting in widespread poverty. Local GAiN® partners work in remote areas to provide people with resources such as water wells, irrigation kits, and food. You can help with an additional need by supplying eyeglasses to many who are unable to obtain or afford them on their own.

As a team member, you will travel to a rural village to host an eyeglass clinic. You will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. As you spend time with them, you have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. 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: May 2020

Location: Central Africa

Team Leader: Kimmie

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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June 3 - 17, 2020

Kenya Vision Clinics

Kenya

Kenya Vision Clinics

Kenya, known for its abundant wildlife and home to the famous Masai Mara and Amboseli national parks, has a largely rural population. Especially in the north of Kenya, there are significant humanitarian needs that need to be addressed.

Many people in remote villages lack access to basic necessities. GAiN® partners in Kenya build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as clean water systems and much-needed food. 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 Northern Kenya. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages 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: June 3 - 17, 2020

Location: Kenya

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,450 - $2,750 plus airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic





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June 4-18, 2020

Tanzania Summer Vision Clinics

Tanzania

Tanzania Summer Vision Clinics

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 too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages 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: June 4-18, 2020

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic





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June 2020

Southeast Asia Summer Vision Clinic

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Summer 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: June 2020

Location: Southeast Asia

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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July 2020

Zambia Vision Clinic

Zambia

Zambia Vision Clinic

Zambia is a beautiful country of great diversity, with more than 70 ethnic groups and languages. It also has one of the world’s fastest growing populations, which contributes to high rates of poverty and unemployment. GAiN® partners in Zambia help people there by providing necessary supplies such as clothing, food, seeds, and medical equipment. You can help by taking part in vision clinics to provide glasses.

During the vision clinic, you will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. As you spend time with them, you have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. 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 for vision clinics. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

 

Dates: July 2020

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: MaryBeth

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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August 2020

Panama Vision Clinic

Panama

Panama Vision Clinic

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to go to school or work because of poor vision. Millions of people in Central and South America live with untreated vision impairment, causing them to struggle to work, read, or even see family members clearly. 

You can help by joining a GAiN® trip to Panama — the southernmost country in Central America and home to the famous Panama Canal — 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 among the people in Panama and serving those in need. 

During the clinics 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 will be allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Panamanian culture. 

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

Dates: August 2020

Location: Panama

Team Leader: Roger

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics





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August 2020

Uganda Vision Clinic

Uganda

Uganda Vision Clinic

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable.

As a member of this team, you will express the kindness of Jesus with Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities. You will join GAiN® field partners to distribute clothing, food, and other critical aid. Working together with the Ugandan team, you will share the hope of Jesus through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: August 2020

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Kim

Cost:TBA

GAiN Project(s): distribution, vision clinics




You Can Change Lives Through a Humanitarian Trip

When you participate in a humanitarian trip with GAiN, you will have a meaningful opportunity to meet the physical needs of people living in the toughest places on earth. Watch the video to see the difference eyeglasses make to the lives of individuals.

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.