GRENADA :: Easter For Kids & National Learn to Swim Week 

                                                                 Volunteer and help bring the "water of life" to children in Grenada!

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Location: Grace Lutheran Church and School, Woodlands, St. Georges, Grenada
Start Date: 3/29/18
End Date: 4/9/18
Number of volunteers needed: 12 
Application deadline: January 15, 2018

THE PROJECT: Grace Lutheran Church in Grenada is planning an Easter For Kids camp that will occur in connection with a community swim event. Grace hopes to reach more than 100 children with the saving message of Christ’s resurrection through direct Bible instruction during the camp. In addition to the daily Easter For Kids camp, volunteers will also be helping with the community swimming lesson activities, which addresses a critical secondary need. Many national Grenadians, children and adults, cannot swim (estimated at over 90%) resulting in unfortunate drownings.  National Learn To Swim Week is an initiative to provide free swim lessons to children and adults throughout Grenada.

  • Anticipated Daily Activities: 
    • Easter For Kids Camp: From 9:00-2:00, there will be typical Easter For Kids activities at Grace.  During this time, kids will be chaperoned from Grace over to the pool for swimming lessons as part of camp activities. After finishing their 20 minute lessons, they are chaperoned back to Grace.

  • • Community Swimming Lessons: From 2:00-5:00 volunteers can help teach free swimming lessons to children and beginning adults from the community while providing a Christian environment that promotes social, emotional, spiritual, and physical care and concern.

Note: If any volunteers are interested in just helping with swimming lessons, let us know!

Qualifications:
Minimum: Loves working with children. Excited to share the Gospel.  Comfortable in water. Almost anyone who can swim can be trained in an hour on how to work with the new swimmers, and we will provide training via video prior to your arrival and in-person on island.

Preferred, but not required: Good group management and organization skills, lifeguard certification desirable.  CPR is also desirable. WSI (Water Safety Instructor) desirable but not necessary.  Cross-cultural communication experience. Primary education teaching experience. Camp counselor or youth leader role. Music ability and or instruction. 

Housing: Volunteers will stay in a hotel.
Food: Markets and stores are nearby. Volunteers will purchase groceries and cook a majority of meals together as a group.

TOTAL COST: $2250
Includes: Airfare, in-country transportation, food,  hotel, program fee, and international emergency insurance.

 FUNDRAISING: Volunteers are encouraged to fundraise to cover the costs of travel, food, and housing. Kingdom Workers provides many resources to assist volunteers in their fundraising efforts.

Cultural Considerations:

The national language is English.  Grenada is a tourist destination with many cultural undertones.  The population is very welcoming of visitors. However, it may take a longer time to establish meaningful relationships with residents. That time frame results from the fact that people value community in all aspects of life.  Generally, interactions are not direct between two people, so establishing one’s self as a part of the accepted community takes many interactions with many different people.

VOLUNTEER SAFETY CONCERNS: 
There are very few general health and safety concerns.  Of those, the concerns of note are heat exhaustion, physical adjustment to a new diet and typical tourism crimes (such as petty theft)  There are a few specific concerns regarding infectious diseases. The three major diseases in the region are Zika, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Read more about safety and culture in Grenada [HERE] 

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Ryan Hellpap

Ryan Hellpap

Field Manager

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