H.E.L.P. EXPEDITIONS

HUMANITARIAN. EDUCATION. LEADERSHIPS. PROGRAM.

H.E.L.P. Expedition objective is to support the work of the Care For Life Organization in its commitment to sustainable community development with a focus on families. H.E.L.P seeks to plan projects that will be part of the solution in overcoming poverty by empowering families. Expeditions are created to help global citizens come to Mozambique to SEE how families are progressing in the Family Preservation Program, SUPPORT communities as they care for one another, and SHARE their experiences to inspire global change.

GENERAL ITINERY

Most of our H.E.L.P expeditions will start and end on a Saturday. Itineraries, projects, and activities will vary. 

Day 1

Sunday International arrival. 

Day 2

Monday Orientation with fellow participants, meet the staff, and explanation of the Family Preservation Program and Care for Life’s philosophy. First trip into town to visit the market, buy groceries, or an optional trip to the beach. 

Day 3

Tuesday Travel to the local villages and meet the people. Introduction to the families working with the Care For Life programs. A day to observe and learn about the culture and lifestyle of the villagers and see Care for Life in action within the families. 

Day 4-6

Wednesday to Friday Direct interaction with villagers through planned and prepared projects from one of these three areas: 1. Health, hygiene, and sanitation 2. Home, garden, and nutrition 3. Education and psycho-social well-being.

Additional opportunities to learn and serve are provided in the form of shadowing families within the village, CFL Children’s Club activities, teaching at community classes, visits to the local orphanage, and other cultural events. A small Care for Life facility improvement project will be prepared for each group so that they will leave the facility better than when they came. 

Day 7

Saturday Village celebration and farewell. International departures. 

BUDGET

Budget Expenses for a six day expedition are $1950 per adult, $1000 per child. Group rates are available as are special discounts are available, including: 

  • 10% discount is available for groups of 6 or more. 

  • $150 student discount (non-stackable) 

  • $50 discount for paying in full upon registration 

*Airfare is not included in H.E.L.P expedition fees.

H.E.L.P Expedition Options

Health, Hygiene, and Sanitation

Improved sanitation protects the environment and improves people’s health, thereby translating into socio-economic development and poverty eradication. The construction of pit latrines in Mozambique is beneficial and preferred because of its affordability, simplicity of construction, little or no water usage, and ease of operation and maintenance. Pit latrines also have the ability to handle a variety of sizes of matter and maintenance is uncomplicated as long as the latrines are used properly. This expedition focuses on the construction of one pit latrine, teaching families how to build and maintain the latrine, and improving the health and well-being of the local villages. Also, participants will have the opportunity to weigh babies from the local villages and teach health and hygiene skills to groups at the community classes taught by the Care for Life staff. 

Home, Garden, and Nutrition

Home repairs and construction must take place on a smaller level so that there is time and materials available. The families involved with Care for Life are earning materials such as bricks in order to improve their housing situation. The H.E.L.P. expedition team would assist these families in the execution of these improvements. Specifics regarding the type of improvement projects would depend on the time of year of the expedition. Gardens preparations begin November through December, including the construction of temporary fencing around the garden plot. In January through March, seeds are planted and in May through August the garden needs watering, weeding, and tending. Certain communities would benefit from the construction and improvements of mashambas which are large community gardens. H.E.L.P participants would have the opportunity to experience a day in the rice fields and learn about the entire process of growing, harvesting and preparing rice for consumption. Nutrition is taught through a variety of programs within CFL including the Children’s Club, baby weighing services, Health Testing Week, and Facts for Life classes. This expedition focuses on the improvement of home, health, and physical self-care. 

Education and Psycho-Social Well-being

With literacy-promoting programs, villagers can be better prepared to read prescriptions, be informed, achieve employment and build self-confidence. Through teaching the importance of family relationships and personal empowerment, we can help prevent sexual, physical, and mental abuse. This expedition works with Care for Life’s Children’s Club, where children range in age from nine to fourteen. For the some, the activities, games, music and lessons taught within the Children’s Club are the only form of education they receive. The Children’s Club promotes these three curricula: 1) Staying Alive Program: HIV/ AIDS Choice & Accountability, 2) Leader in Me: FranklinCovey for Children, and 3) Human Rights Education for Children. Also, there will be opportunities to teach simple sewing skills to young girls involved in the Days for Girls Program. “Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls.” (Click on link for more details). In addition, there are community classes taught by Care for Life staff.

2021 DATES:

Trip 1: May 30-June 5, 2021

Trip 2: TBD

Trip 3: TBD

Trip 4: TBD

F.A.Q.’s 

Who can participate in a CFL Expedition?

Expeditions are open to individuals over the age of 18, groups, and especially to families. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Care for Life recommends a lower age limit of 8 years for families bringing children due to the nature of the work projects and village community meetings that require safety and attentiveness. Specific requests to bring a child younger than 8 will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the application process. 

What are H.E.L.P Expeditions meant to accomplish?

H.E.L.P participants are going to see that the solution to extreme poverty is not something brought from the outside in, but rather is a process achieved from the inside out. This is self-reliance and it is a pillar of the Family Preservation Program, which is at the heart of Care For Life’s mission. Our expeditions give us the privilege to learn and work alongside parents and children who are bettering their own circumstances. We within the villages where H.E.L.P participants could help teach and assist in learning. We help in community service projects managed by the community members themselves who participate with Care for Life. Finally, we share the stories of the families we connect with to inspire a global change in the way humanitarian aid is offered. As returning expeditioners, we lend our voices in sharing the message that the most effective way to help the poor is to support their families in gaining the knowledge and resources to become self-sustaining. 

How long is a H.E.L.P expedition and what does it cost?

The average expedition is eight days long and cost $1950 per adult and $1000 per child. There is a 10% discount for groups of six or more, a $150 student discount, and a $50 discount for paying in full upon registration. These prices do not include airfare. 

How do I register and when does my money become non-refundable?

Registration is online. You will be asked to submit your non-refundable deposit of $500 with your application. This money tells us you are serious about your commitment and will secure your spot on the team. The remainder of your $1950 will be due at least 60 days before your departure date ($1450). There will be a late fee of $50 charged if your balance is not paid on time. If for some reason you are not accepted to the program or there are not enough volunteers to fill a team, your $500 will be refunded. The $2000 pays for your expenses while in Mozambique, and funds projects and programs of the HELP teams. Not covered is your travel to Mozambique, personal spending money, and other costs associated with preparation to go to Mozambique (passport, visa, immunizations, malaria meds, etc). 

What travel documents and immunizations will I need in order to go?

Your passport must be valid; this means that it cannot be within six months of expiration when you enter Mozambique. To apply for a passport go to <www.travel.state.gov> for information and applications. The cost is about $100.00 it takes six to eight weeks to get your passport. It is essential that everyone visit a doctor for his/her recommendations on immunizations for Mozambique. We suggest that you visit the web site for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), to get a list of current recommendation for immunization for travel and travel warning to Mozambique <www.cdc.gov/travel/safrica.htm>. See your doctor at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect. The most commonly recommended vaccines for travel are typhoid, tetanus, polio, Hepatitis A and B, and meningitis. Other vaccines may be recommended by your doctor. You do not need Yellow Fever or Rabies vaccines. Malaria is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and can be fatal. Mozambique has a high rate of malaria and many, many mosquitos. There are currently no vaccinations against malaria, but anti-malarial drugs significantly reduce the risk of one becoming ill. These drugs do not prevent one from becoming infected, but they can kill the malarial parasite during a certain stage in their development. It is required that all participants take the appropriate anti-malarial medication which often has to be taken before, during, and after the trip. You will need a prescription for this medication from your doctor. To minimize your risk to malaria, sleep under a mosquito net (provided for you) and wear repellent containing DEET (no more than 30%) at dawn and dusk. 

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

Participants will stay at the Care of Life Facility located in Beira, Mozambique. Details and photos of the facility are provided [here]. Participants will have the option of buying their own groceries, eating meals prepared in the facility by a local village member, and eating at approved local restaurants that meet our standards of food safety. 

What if I don’t speak the language?

Your group will be provided with a local interpreter who will be with you every day to translate the language and help with other cultural barriers. It is not required for a participant to speak Portuguese in order to have a great experience with the H.E.L.P program.

Still have questions? Contact us.