I along with eight other international volunteers served the children of Haiti at HavServe's summer camp July 2016. The staff treated me with respect. The food was very good. The living condition was very comfortable. The staff took care to protect me and keep me from harm. My experience this summer with HavServe was very positive and memorable.
If you seek an adventure of a lifetime without actually feeling like you've got to conquer the world alone, then HavServe might just be the perfect opportunity for you.
By the end of my senior year of high school, my friend and I had long contemplated a journey to a place where we could experience life in a completely different world. Little did we know what a tiny village in Haiti, Lebrun, had in place for us.
From the craziness that they call "driving" to the 500 smiles you see every day at camp you can't help but fall in love with the tiny country typically known as no more than beach resorts and a fatal 2010 earthquake.
With the support of the welcoming, caring, and ambitious volunteers at HavServe, you feel quite at ease in a place that is remarkably different from what we call "home". In my case, HavServe had taught me to appreciate the simplicity of the slow-paced lifestyle that is not busied with technology filled with Facebook and Snapchat but rather an ultimate frisbee game with the locals. HavServe had taught me to selflessly give as much as I can to a community that has the potential to thrive independently. Most importantly, HavServe had taught to me work with faith in my peers, myself, and the leaders in Haiti in order to achieve what might seem unimaginable because quite frankly, there are leaders in every country and they are more capable than the world knows.
I am proud to say I was a part of HavServe, a team that welcomed me with open arms because even when I didn't believe it, they told me that I Have more than I know, and should Serve what I can. There is no doubt in my mind that this opportunity fulfilled that life experience that we were looking for.
Thank you HavServe.
I felt compelled to go to Haiti after seeing images of the devastation of the 2010 Earthquake. I finally had the chance to volunteer with a grass-roots nonprofit called HaveServe operating on a shoestring budget in the community of Lebrun. This tiny organization was bringing hope, food, education and medical care to this remote village. I had the opportunity to work in a free summer camp organized by HavServe that provides an incredible, fun and educational experience to more than 400 children. In addition, I ran 2 women's empowerment workshops as part of HavServe's microlending program. These people live in the most difficult of conditions - no electricity, no running water, no sanitation, no government services and little to no chance of escaping extreme poverty but they hope and dream about a brighter future and HavServe is the only organization helping them. Now back in the U.S., I am trying to secure corporate sponsors and other backers to help fund HavServe's efforts. We have already received donations of laptops and tablets to create a computer lab. If we win this contest, we will buy a solar generator to power it.
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I had the opportunity to go to Haiti in August 2015 to volunteer with HavServe. It was a life-changing experience. The founder, Carline Brice, and her local and international staff were incredibly helpful. HavServe is working in the remote village of Lebrun and has a variety of programs. I was able to participate in a camp serving approximately 350 children in the region as well as conduct business workshops for women in the microloan program. You can see the benefits of HavServe in this community on a daily basis. They are supporting children, families, schools and the general community. It was a warm and welcoming environment and everyone involved is there for completely altruistic reasons. Haiti is a difficult and sometimes dangerous environment but being there with HavServe makes you feel safe and part of a community.
I have supported Havserve from its early days and will continue to do so. I was helpful in getting the organization exemption status in order to move forward with its great work. Its founder is dedicated to its cause and will need your help. So please support Haveserve.
There is nothing more rewarding than the feeling of volunteering for worthy cause and have the satisfaction to see your efforts produce some positive results. This is what HavServe, a 100% volunteer organization has been doing in the small community of Lebrun Miragoâne (Haiti) a few hours from Port-au-Prince. HavServe is dealing there with a community school with many volunteers providing education to primary schoolers, Thos volunteers are of different nationalities and there are 52 Haitian teachers devoting their time to the full development of the kids. HavServe activities are financed by your tax-free contributions and you can visit their website to have an idea of what it has been doing. It is in urgent needs of more contributions. By the way, save the date: January 16, 2016, it will hold is annual Gala at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Md. You will have the opportunity to see, meet and hear those responsible for making these kids' lives better. Your tax-deductible dollar will go a long way toward paying a teacher's salary, provide a full education to these kids, or help organize a summer camp like the one that took place this summer when nearly 500 hundred kids enjoy a full month of all kinds of activity, both recreational and educational, as well as 3 meals a day.
When Carline Brice, the founder of HavServe, told me over a year ago about the plight of the School in Lebrun, I told my wife about it and we decided to have a fundraiser in our own residence, so that the construction of the school could be finished. I have been involved with HavServe since and I have been sponsoring 2 teachers so that they can continue serving the kids and have a little steady income to take care of their own families. It is quite amazing to see how much the organization has accomplished and plans to accomplish with a 100% volunteer staff. Every penny goes to helping and that is why the work is so rewarding! There is so much to do, yet so much to be satisfied about: education, the kids learning; the gardening project; the computer lab; the environment, the food program for the kids etc etc. All this requiring more financial help and most important, help that will not go to waste or end up in someone's pocket. That is HavServe Volunteer Service Network!
I am what you call a Royal Patron of HAVSERVE and been involved since this NGO began operations in Haiti. I am proud of the work they have done to improve the lives of Haitians especially the children, they are to be congratulated. Bravo to Carline Brice their Founder!
I will never be able to put in words what a volunteer experience like this can do for you. For sure when you first join any organization you are certain of your desire to help others. But you cannot anticipate how the whole experience will end up helping you.
In a few words: It is a life changing experience.
In 2011 my husband and I headed to the village of Lebrun (Haiti) for the first time to help with the Soccer as Tool for Development Program, HavServe. It was a year after the Earthquake and since it had hit Haiti we knew we wanted to be able to help. When this opportunity finally came to us, we couldn’t say no…
In 2014 we were blessed enough to go back to Lebrun with a bigger team of friends to continue the work. How amazing was to see and to hear how much HavServe had done for the village in only 3 years. So many kids back to school, villagers empowered with new knowledge, so many projects taking their first steps…
People think of Haiti as being the worst place in the World. When I came back from there, both times I had friends asking me: “How is it there? Is it really bad?”. That’s the image people have in their heads. Honestly, my answer is NO. Of course, it is a very poor country and there is so much to be done… But I can also tell you that the Haitian people are the most amazing people I ever met. They are happy and loving. Their smiles fill the air. And it is for this people that we volunteer our time. It is our job to inspire them do more, be better, dream higher… to help them become the best they can be. They deserve it!
Change is made day by day. And it is happening in Lebrun (with a lot of work and help). I am proud to say I am part of this team, this family, this change.
Being able to bring smiles and hope to people is more than I could ever dream of. And being able to laugh and dream together with them is beyond any dream… I could never thank the beautiful people of Lebrun enough - You brought light to life. And my dear friend Carline Brice… I could never thank you enough for the opportunity and this whole experience. I hope you know how amazing you are. Keep up the good work! And let’s build our dream!
Becoming a part of the Havserve Family has been the most rewarding experience ever. I was invited to join this mission by my two close friends Guga and Gua, who have previously been to the village of Lebrun, Haiti to help the Soccer as a Tool for Development program.
Going to Haiti made me realize how beautiful the world is. As soon as we stepped outside the airport we were received with the biggest most genuine smile and hug I have ever encountered from a complete stranger. This stranger welcomed us to his country with arms wide open and even with a language barrier we were able to understand it all with his smile. The house and village were very safe and welcoming. Each person in the village greeted us and smiled. The kids were amazing and so full of life. I believe thisis a great program that will grow and help keep the kids in school through their love for soccer. Carline Rice has done an incredible job educating the adults and at making sure that this program run smoothly as it is.
Being there for 5 days to me was not enough time but in that short time we made new friends, learned a bit about the culture and language and opened our eyes as to all the things we can do to help the program become even more successful. I am looking forward to planning the next trip and to continue the quest for the Dream Field for the kids of Lebrun.
I always wanted to do volunteer work, but never had the right opportunity to do so. I guess there is a right time for everything, and the trip that our group made to the beautiful village of Lebrun Haiti was the perfect time. We went there for Soccer as a tool for development. You go there thinking that you just going to help and you end up noticing that you get helped. You get to learn so much just by getting out of your comfort zone. People are great there. Amazing mountains with beautiful views. Would love to go back again to see all those smiles and feel the love from all the kids and adults from Lebrun.
We still got a long way to go. So if you think that you got enough love in your heart to share it, the people from Lebrun will be more than happy to receive all that love. And trust me this is absolutely not just about giving, you will bring back with you a life changing experience to tell everyone.
Carline Brice is the lady behind all this and I want thank you for being such an amazing person for dedicating so much for the people in Haiti awesome work with haveserv! Will always have our support!
No Words can describe how much an individual can gain when volunteering and working for a good cause.
It was my first ever trip to Haiti and the village of Lebrun. I first heard about the program through my best friend who had previously volunteered in 2011 after the Earthquake. His stories and passion made me want to join on the next trip. Me and four good friends embraced the opportunity and I think I can speak for all of us by saying it was better than we expected.
We were very well received by all people that work with the program and also by the locals.
The House we stayed in was very safe and pleasant.
We worked at the Soccer as a tool for development program, it was hard work but definitely rewarding.
Seeing the joy in the kids and coaches faces when we were there is indescribable.
Carline Brice leads a very well developed program and she will go our of her way to make it work and to make it successful.
We took long walks, we saw great sights, waterfalls.
I can say this was one of the top experiences I have had in my life.
I strongly recommend it.