“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”
PREPARING TO VOLUNTEER IN HAITI
If you’ve decided to take the life-changing plunge into volunteering by accompanying a mission trip abroad, your first course of action will be preparing yourself before departure. Prior and proper preparation beforehand is crucial in providing a mutually beneficiary experience for you and the people you’re serving and building redemptive relationships with. If you’re unaccustomed to the climate or region of countries such as Haiti, preparation is not the area you want to take shortcuts in. Do your research beforehand to ensure you enter the country prepared, comfortable and ready to fulfill the mission that lies ahead.
To feel more at ease with the new surroundings you’ll be experiencing, you can easily find travel tips for Haiti anywhere on the internet beforehand. Even if the surroundings are new and foreign to you, you can rest assured knowing you’ll find smiles and open hearts when you first set foot in Haiti.
Volunteering abroad in Haiti involves more than physical considerations. You’ll contemplate and experience both spiritual and divine sentiments that will last you a lifetime — a feeling which cannot be packed or prepared.
We are a Christ-centered ministry that believes when the cycle of poverty is broken and families are strengthened,
the entire community can become empowered.
\We leverage resources to elevate and unify Haitian families.
We believe being in a relationship with the Haitian people allows them to reach their God-given potential.
Help bring change to Haiti and form bonds that last a lifetime.
If you’re seeking a life-changing, transformative experience that will completely alter the lens through which you see life,
volunteer to serve others globally by fulfilling your given purpose.
ARISE serves hundreds of youth in Haiti through the Mentoring Program each year. We offer experiences for individuals, groups,
and families with opportunities that include: teaching English in orphanages & public schools, Mentoring youth, Train the Mentoring, Special projects in the Mentoring Center and more.
The cost of the trip including lodging, ground transportation, interpreters, meals and supply of bottled water is $2.550.00.
Other costs to consider are:
Passport: Approximately $180
T-shirts : Free (For 1 T-Shirt)
Volunteer Travel Insurance: Approximately $30
Immunizations and Medications: Approximately $80 — may be covered by your health insurance
Pocket Money: Bring around $200 in small, crisp bills for shopping the Haitian markets — wrinkled or torn bills are not accepted by most businesses in Haiti
Entry Fee: $10 fee paid at the airport
Another cost to consider is your employers’ policy for time off for volunteer mission trips. Some require you use PTO or vacation time to cover your unworked days. If you don’t have paid time off, you’ll need to factor in the week’s wages as part of your mission trip cost.
Larger corporations may offer to contribute to the donated items fund. Thus, it never hurts to ask for funds and donations from your employer because this is a beneficial tax write off for them that also goes to a beneficial cause.
Be Flexible and Patient
It seems redundant spending the entire guide, so far, stressing the importance of being prepared, and now say how important it is to be flexible. As you volunteer abroad in Haiti, your primary goal is to help others. Your role is to use your time, treasure and talents to fill the organization’s needs and reach the community in a life-changing way.
Even if you are assigned a mission upon arrival that is completely different than what you were prepared to do and aren’t quite sure if your responsibilities match your strengths and talents, remember the wonderful thing about being challenged. In times challenge and struggle, people grow the most. You may find talents you never even knew you had.
Just like any new experience, there may be struggles. Language barriers, varied worldviews, an unfamiliar environment and adjusting new sensory experiences may be at first foreign to you. You’ll be frustrated at times and may make mistakes. Knowing this is normal won’t make your journey easier, but it will let you know how human your experience truly is.
The only way to not make mistakes is to not try anything new.
Group leaders will provide you with a list of specifics to pack. Pack only the basics — traveling lightly is the easiest and the most optimal choice.
Your toiletries, clothes and any other personal items should fit into your carry-on bag for easy transportation and accessibility. Consider the heat and humidity without overlooking the culturally acceptable dress codes. Your group leader will give you information to make sure you bring clothes and shoes that are climate, cultural and activity appropriate for your trip.
Be Prepared Medically
Before you leave for your mission trip, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for a thorough check-up to ensure you’re in the best physical shape to embark on your next mission. At the appointment, you should get any recommended vaccines. In addition, make sure you have enough of any prescription medications you might need while out of the country. Remember, any over the counter medications you take occasionally such as pain relief tablets or cough medicine may not be easily available abroad.
If you can’t get in to see your regular physician before leaving for your trip, you can check out the CDC travel site for specific health concerns then find a medical center with a traveler’s clinic.