Haitihelpers Mission Trips
Haitihelpers conducts short term mission trips every year to Haiti. These trips are usually a week long and involve taking commercial airlines to Haiti, and then in-country air, truck, and motorcycle transportation while there.
Mission trip members have the opportunity to be involved in many activities, such as rural medical clinics, and multi-topic health education classes that we have in various locales. We also conduct vacation bible schools for the local children, gardening classes, nightly evangelism meetings and Bible study courses in area chuches.
All mission trip members are free to choose their activities.
Mission Trip Costs
There are two costs for our mission trips. One cost is for the commercial airlines ticket, and the other cost is for in-country expenses. The cost for the roundtrip air fare varies, but is usually between $500 and $650 per person. The in- country costs are usually in the range of $550 to $650, and depend on the number of people who are going on the trip, and on the current cost of transportation within the country. The in-country costs cover all food, lodging, in-country travel, and mission trip insurance. The only costs not covered are for souvenirs and for food in the airports. We will be staying at a hotel (on a city trip), or in a dormitory with running water and indoor plumbing when on a trip to a rural area.
Trip members will need to have a passport to travel to Haiti. Also, each member will need to finalize their commitment to going on a trip with a $100 deposit and a signed mission trip agreement no later than one month before the dates of the upcoming trip. Anyone interested in coming on a mission trip will be sent a mission trip agreement upon request.
Preparing for a Mission Trip
Each trip member will carry a daypack small enough to be stowed under the seats on the commercial airlines. Also, we take one travel suitcase that goes overhead. All personal belongings go into these bags. We usually bring about three days of regular clothes and one set of church clothes. Our laundry can be washed there on a daily basis. Modest shorts and pants are good for the men; modest pants, skirts, and dresses are good for the ladies. Medical scrubs are ideal because they are light, comfortable, and easy to pack.
Each member will need to get a prescription for an anti-malarial medication and take it as ordered. A vaccination for typhoid is optional, as many members take an antibiotic (usually Cipro) while on the trip. This has proven to be a very effective prevention. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are useful, but not necessary. However, each member will need to have a current tetanus shot.
Suggested Packing List:
Extra cash, a flashlight, extra batteries, sunglasses, a hat, a camera, travel journal, pen/pencil, water bottle, mints/gum, trailmix/snacks, hand sanitizer, pain relief/cold meds, diarrhea medicine, insect repellent, sun screen, sandals/flip-flops, personal hygiene items, personal prescriptions, and comfortable walking shoes.
Mission Trip Agreement
Each member shall agree to:
1) Keep close connact with the trip leaders by providing a reliable e-mail or texting number which is needed to communicate trip updates and instructions such as timing of buying airline tickets and changes in trip details.
2) Take luggage/bins as assigned by the trip leaders to check-in when arriving at the airport.
3) Meet at scheduled times and travel together as a team.
4) Follow the direction of the trip leaders while on the mission trip.
5) Will abide by the more conservative social norms of Haiti in dress and in behavior.
6) Will not give any money to anyone while in Haiti ( ie., to sponsor a student); but, this can and will be arranged by Haitihelpers leadership.