Work Trips

This is not your typical Island Getaway!

In the region around the capital city of Nassau, thousands of Haitian refugees have ventured here to make a new start. With no money, no jobs, and no homes, they attempt to build a life.

The Bahamian government is unable to provide much help to this growing population, and the need for education and housing is enormous.

Your team will help construct churches and daycare facilities, repair homes, and lead children’s bible school in poor Bahamian and Haitian communities.

There are also many needs in the public schools. They have no cafeterias or places to eat during lunch time. Your group can be involved in building picnic tables at a very affordable price.
You can also be involved in great paint projects in the classrooms and outside of the buildings.

The orphanages are also an outstanding way to spend your week, offering VBS and Sports Camps to the children.



PROJECTS


While the specific needs in this community are always changing and evolving, your group’s projects may include:

  • Construction and repair
  • Building picnic tables
  • Painting
  • Leading Vacation Bible Schools and Sports Camps


Recreation


There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Nassau. Past teams have enjoyed activities like parasailing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and shopping. 

Contact us for a detailed list of options and pricing.



Schedule


This trip will begin with a Sunday afternoon check in and conclude with a Saturday morning departure.

Breakfast is provided Monday – Friday.

Lunch and dinner is provided Monday – Thursday.

Work projects are scheduled Monday – Thursday.


Friday is set aside as a free day — great for local adventures and site-seeing excursions.

Contact us today to see available dates, pricing info, and to schedule your group’s mission trip.

To learn more trip details and view our resources, check out our Trip Info page.


Choir Trips

Mission Academy has been handling travel arrangements for middle school and high school music groups for over 12 years.

What started a missions trip to Nassau, Bahamas has now turned into many choirs and orchestra performing for the public schools, local government, and churches.

Whether your team is a small choir or a full-size school orchestra complete with heavy equipment and valuable instruments, there’s an opportunity to serve in Nassau.

The people of Nassau love music and are so receptive of music from all around the world.
Thanks to our special relationship with the Ministry of Education, all the schools are open to having concerts from guest choirs, bands, and orchestra groups.

Mission Academy is ready to start planning your student trip to Nassau.

We want to ensure your trip is stress-free and fun by including many offerings not provided by traditional travel agencies or other mission organizations, such as:

  • Personal tour guides to aide you through the city
  • Rehearsal and performance times scheduled for minimal waiting time
  • Itineraries custom-fit to your needs, budget, and time
  • A variety of attractions to choose from in each destination
  • Bus service to get the group around the island
  • Sound system at each location
  • Beachfront hotel accommodations 
  • Meals for the entire week
  • A chance to hear (and sing with) choirs from the island
  • Easy access to the beautiful beaches and sites of Nassau
  • Travel agents to work with your group on great prices and flights

Contact us today to see available dates, pricing info, and to schedule your group’s choir trip.

Medical Trips

Over the last 10 years, Mission Academy has helped provide medical care to underserved and vulnerable residents through medical mission trips, aiding in medical services, medicines, supplies, training, and education to communities throughout the Haitian communities of Nassau, Bahamas.

Medical trips begin with team members’ introduction to community leaders and members, and move through pre-arranged logistics in the community.At these locations, team members provide a wide range of overseas medical care to meet local needs.

Clinic days are long and arduous, but immeasurably productive and rewarding.

Mission Academy’s clinics were founded on the willingness of doctors, nurses, and other medical volunteers to travel to Nassau, Bahamas to provide medical care, health education and humanitarian assistance to people in need.

The generosity and support of our volunteers is truly inspiring and enables us to change people’s lives for the long-term through health education and lifesaving vaccinations and medications.

Mission Academy offers opportunities for qualified medical teams, medical and non-medical volunteers, and other health care professionals to conduct medical clinics in the Haitian Communities of Nassau where healthcare is limited or difficult to obtain.

Mission Academy makes all arrangements for our volunteers, including transportation, food, government permits, and in-country housing.

Equipment, supplies and medicines are secured for the overseas medical clinics from donations through partnerships with other organizations in the USA.

Medical Clinic Routine

Clinic hours vary depending on location.

We strive to see as many patients as possible, and depending on the location, we generally average between 100-200 patients per day.

As in any acute care setting, some patients will be well while others are very sick. We treat patients with a variety of procedures including wound care, sutures, respiratory, and nebulizer treatments.

All of our clinics have a basic laboratory that provides a variety of testing, including UA, HGB, malaria, pregnancy, glucose, HIV and more.

Mission Academy teams also provide education for patients living with chronic conditions and assists patients with referrals to appropriate care centers and hospitals for long term care.

Non-medical staff fills a variety of roles in the medical clinic, including helping in another pharmacy, patient intake (history, vital signs), helping patients move from one part of clinic to, helping physicians with patients in a variety of ways, and providing health educational classes.


What Will We Do In The Clinics?

Each medical clinic is very unique.

There are variances with the medical skill set in teams, the patients that come to the clinic, recent health outbreaks that may be affecting communities, and numerous other conditions that could be a factor.

Keeping in mind that each experience is unique, Mission Academy strives to bring continuity to our program and what we offer to our communities.

Volunteer roles


Particular roles and volunteers include (but are not limited to):

  • Patient in-take and health history
  • Triage
  • Patient and community health education
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Pharmacy
  • Trip historian/photographer
  • Interpreters


Non-medical volunteers


Non-medical volunteers assist throughout every aspect of clinic and can gain a true perspective of learning and working.

Every job is as important as the next, and our clinics function because of the variety of everyone’s skills coming together for this great cause.

Intake & Triage Volunteer

While conducting patient in-take, volunteers have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversation with the patients. It is incredibly touching to hear their stories and how they came to clinic. It is helpful to have volunteers that can also take the patient health history at this time.

Volunteers will utilize skills such as taking pulse, blood pressure and basic diagnostics.

Medical Professionals – Treatment & Diagnosis


With regard to patient treatment, medical professionals will be allowed to conduct themselves according to their knowledge, skills, ability and training as here in the United States.

Patients are treated by nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians — all under the guidance of a practicing physician from the USA.

Community Education Class Director

Community education classes run throughout the clinic. One volunteer is designated to assist with organizing the schedule of classes and bringing people in the community together for a successful program.

Community Health Education

Community Health Education is a primary sustainable piece of our trip.

We strive for every patient to receive at least one health education class in addition to a medical examination and treatment.

Our goal is to provide patients with as much understanding of disease and how to prevent them and also staying healthy as we can.

We focus on: 

  • SODIS / clean water
  • Rehydration
  • Basic hygiene and sanitation
  • Skin infections
  • Mosquito illnesses and prevention
  • Cholera prevention
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Oral health and hygiene
  • STD / HIV education
  • Safety courses
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Female infections
  • Respiratory conditions
  • CPR
  • Choking and basic first aid training for children and adults

In addition to prevention, we also provide education on how to correctly take the medications prescribed in clinic, recognition of symptoms for self-treatment, and the importance of hydration and rehydration.

Medical Partnerships

We strive to partner with local medical providers on every trip. This increases the continuity of care for the patients we serve and is very important for improved community health. In addition, we look for partnerships with local medical schools and also have residency programs in our clinics.

As a result, every clinic has a teaching focus. Our partnership with local providers creates invaluable experiences for our team members and is a unique aspect of working with International Medical Relief.

Clinic Supplies

Partnering with our volunteer teams by collecting up-to-date medicines and supplies is crucial to the success of our medical programs. Mission Academy teams — as well as the patients — benefit greatly from any and all equipment, medications, and supplies we can acquire.

Contact us today to see available dates and schedule your group’s medical trip.


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