Join The Archibald Project in Honduras!
WHY HONDURAS + MISSION LAZARUS?
- There are an estimated 180,000 orphaned children in Honduras.
- Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, 53% of the population live below the poverty line.
- We believe in Mission Lazarus' approach to caring for orphan and vulnerable children.
- Mission Lazarus features smaller homes with one caregiver for every 5 children.
We are so excited to announce our 7th Media Mission! We will be going to Honduras and partnering with Mission Lazarus! Mission Lazarus provides a family environment for children who have been placed with them by the Honduran government. You won't find an orphanage on this Media Mission, but you will find eight family style houses with a parental figure in charge of caring for their "children". The ratio is one caregiver for every five children. Amazing, right?!
The goal of this Media Mission is to help educate the world on ethical orphan and vulnerable children care practices and introduce a standard of family style homes for children who cannot live with their biological family. You will not be spending one on one time with children, we will not be holding them and bonding intimately with kids. This trip is about capturing the heart and soul of Mission Lazarus and providing an organization with the tools needed for a successful fundraising future, AND learning about a healthy model for home life of an abandoned child! We will educate you on the orphan crisis, the term orphan and it's many definitions, teach you how to help rather than hurt as a volunteer and how you can inspire your community, through your art, to care for the vulnerable children of Honduras! We will walk intimately with each team member and help you create a powerful story to engage their community and rally for change in the world of orphan care! We will dream big, host dream sessions, lead editing and writing times, challenge each other artistically and adventure through the mountains of Honduras, oh and visit an epic coffee farm!
You might come on this trip as a stranger but will leave with a new perspective and new family!
August 27th - Sept. 4th, 2016.
You will leave the U.S. and land in Honduras on Saturday, August 27th. Upon arrival the team will be greeted by The Archibald Project staff and be taken to our guesthouse. On Sunday, Sept 28th, we will spend the day exploring the town, eating good local food and getting to know the culture! We will spend Monday-Friday getting to know Mission Lazarus, their staff and kids, their model of care and documenting their Refuge homes and sustainability programs (like leather making and coffee farms).
On Saturday, Sept 3rd we will explore the surrounding mountains, tour a coffee farm, picnic on a mountain and debrief about our week!
You will leave Honduras Sunday, September 4th and arrive home that same night, just in time to (hopefully) have the day off on Monday for Labor Day!
8 full days of life changing experiences! Each day you will be stretched beyond your comfort zones. You will feel emotions you've never experienced, develop a new definition of the term orphan and learn what is going on in the world of orphan care. You will hear stories you can't believe and you will fall in love with a country and people you've yet to meet.
Each team member will be commissioned with documenting a story, taking it back to their community, and advocating for the children and organization you meet. We are looking for writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers, painters, calligraphers, really any form of storyteller. Not a photographer? Not a problem! Every team member (including us!) will be asked to share their art with each other so that each person can effectively share their experience and advocate for the children and organization you meet. Our desire is to equip and cultivate a community of artists who are all using their talents to serve vulnerable children; remember it's not a competition. To ensure that each team member has the opportunity to grow as an artist we will spend time with delving into your art, passion, voice and desires!
Each person's trip will cost $1850. The Archibald Project is a 501c-3 nonprofit and we will provide each team member with the materials needed to effectively fundraise for their trip. This is an opportunity for you to invite your community to join you in Honduras through financial support!
-In country transportation
-All meals in country (not including alcoholic beverages)
-Room and board at guesthouse
-Room and board in Teguciglpa the night before we leave the country
-Workshop style storytelling sessions as a team and one on one time with team leaders. We will go over your vision, your art, ask you hard questions and help develop your art and voice as an individual and storyteller!
Fees Do Not Cover:
-Round trip airfare, however an Archibald Project leader will work with each team member to help find the best prices, group member's flights together when possible and schedule everyone's arrival into Honduras for the same time. *Currently roundtrip tickets are around $660. Just remember, we will coach you through fundraising!
-Souvenirs and/or gifts
-Additional food one wishes to purchase while traveling
WHO THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR:
WHO THIS TRIP IS FOR:
- People wanting to capture images for their own interests or social media profiles
- People who want unrestricted/unlimited access with children
- People who might not be comfortable sharing a room or getting their hands dirty
- People who are unwilling to learn
- People seeking to learn about holistic orphan care
- People seeking to use their media and talent to advocate for an organization
- People desiring to learn how we can better care for orphans
- People who want to bond and learn with other artists!
- People who want to be uncomfortable and stretched
- People who desire to make a difference with their art!
Our Media Missions are first and foremost an avenue for people to advocate for the children and organization they meet. We do not allow cameras or cell phones on the first day or two with the kids to ensure that you are fully present with the children and seeking to learn about who they are as people.
Lets be honest. We are not going to change a child's life by spending one week with them. That takes years of learning and dedication to that child. But as artists we hold an amazing power. We can use our art to advocate for these kids and the people who are in their life EVERY DAY. This allows those people to continue their good work and possibly inspire others to do the same. And that, my friend, can change the life of many children.
Our time in Honduras will be an amazing experience where we get the privilege of meeting and learning about new people. More than likely they will change you more than you change them during our week. But when you get home, the real work and real opportunity to help begins. Lets honor these kids by giving them our best effort, artistic gifts and loud voices!
To read more about our previous Media Missions, click here!
(Please download your application from the link below, and email all filled out applications to email@example.com with YOUR NAME in the subject. A team member will be in touch A.S.A.P. Thank you!)
WHAT PREVIOUS TEAM MEMBERS ARE SAYING:
"I honestly think it expanded my community's idea of what "missions" is. A lot of friends felt that since they weren't doctors or well builders that their impact in a foreign country would be minimal. Since coming on this trip I've heard several people say they'd love to go on something similar or find a trip in their field of interest."
"It has changed everything. It's changed my perspective, my artistic goals, my dreams. It's changed my life."
"Media Missions definitely helped me view the world more holistically. I hadn't realized the American pride that makes us believe our way of living is correct. This trip grew my empathy and ability to be open-minded."
"This media mission broadened my views of the definition of family. I used to just see a family as parents, grandparents, children and cousins. Now I see a family as a safe place, a place where love is given and recieved – there are no other requirements other than that."
Are you ready for your life to be changed forever?
***(Honduras photos courtesy of Mission Lazarus)***