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TRIP FAQs AND ACCOMMODATIONS
How do I join or organize a trip with Rebuilding Haiti?
Anybody can come on a trip with Rebuilding Haiti. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to organize your own trip with us.
Can I lead a trip for Rebuilding Haiti?
Yes, you can! Please email us at email@example.com to start the process.
What is the cost of a trip and is airfare included?
The cost of a trip with Rebuilding Haiti is $500, which does not include airfare (Rebuilding Haiti is happy to assist in securing flights upon request), but covers all in country expenses:
Transportation to and from the airport
Other in-country expenses
Payments should be made as follows:
2 months prior to trip: $200 non-refundable deposit
1 month prior to trip: $300 final payment
What will I do when I get there?
Your week will include work projects, cultural activities, and social interaction. You will receive a detailed itinerary upon arrival. Activities may be adjusted based on the strengths and interests of the group.
How big should my group be?
It is best if a group is comprised of at least five people. This helps create a more impactful experience. An average team is comprised of 5-15 people. However, individual and smaller group trips are welcome.
What is the minimum age?
It is recommended that all group members be above the age of six. If any minors are going on a trip, a member of at least 25 years must accompany the minor to chaperone and take full responsibility. Rebuilding Haiti must have signed permission from legal guardian for all minors. For medical trips, ages 16 and older please.
What flights should I book? What is the cost?
Flights can be booked to depart from any airport of your choice (flying out of major airports may reduce the cost), but MUST fly into Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP). You can expect anywhere from $300-$800 for flights to Haiti, as many factors affect price. We recommend using booking services that compare prices such as kayak.com. All members of your group must fly in and out of Haiti on the same days.
Do I need a passport and VISA to travel?
Yes, all North Americans need a passport to travel to Haiti. Check with your post office for a passport application, or go to the U.S. Department of State or Passport Canada web site for more information. A VISA is not needed to travel to Haiti. However, there is a $10 customs fee when you arrive in Port-Au-Prince. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should also bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage.
Is it safe to travel to Haiti?
Rebuilding Haiti cannot guarantee your safety in any country, state, or province that you happen to visit. Haiti is a third-world country, and we understand travels can sometimes pose a higher risk. However, Rebuilding Haiti will do everything in its power to provide a safe and secure environment for your trip as safety is our utmost concern. Please visit the U.S. State Department site for the latest Haiti travel information.
What immunizations do I need?
All group members should have the following:
Tetanus toxoid (DT or Td) vaccination
Preventative malaria medication. Consult with doctor for proper dosages. It is also recommended that each person bring an antibiotic such as Cipro and an anti-diarrheal medication.
Hepatitis A/B vaccination
What about the ZIKA virus?
It is recommended that women who are pregnant do not come to Haiti. Mosquito-borne illnesses are a concern to take into account when traveling to Haiti, but precautions will be made in order to make your sleeping environment is as mosquito-free as possible.
Do I need to bring my own food?
Most of the meals will be prepared in Haiti with Haitian ingredients. You may want to bring along snacks such as trail mix, granola bars, etc. Any food allergies should be taken into account when packing food and be made known to Rebuilding Haiti staff as soon as possible.
Where will we stay?
Your team will be housed at Rebuilding Haiti’s guest house in Coteaux. Running water, mattresses, mosquito nets, bathrooms, and standard electrical outlets are available.
How long can I stay?
Mission trips are usually one week long, but accommodations can be made if you would like a longer trip.
Do I need to bring money with me?
It is recommended that you bring extra cash in small bills for souvenirs and any extra purchases you may want to make. It would be generous of you to consider making a donation of $5-$20 if you stay for a Sunday church service to help support church programs. Funds go toward supporting the families of the church. Volunteers are also welcome to bring monetary donations for projects.
What should I pack?
Suggested Packing List:
Enough clothes for the length of the trip
Toiletries and towel
Hat and sunglasses
Bible, journal, pen
What is the dress code?
In order to be respectful of cultural customs, it is required that all volunteers bring modest clothing. T-shirts are preferred to tank tops. Shorts must be close to the knees. For church, button up shirts, skirts, and slacks are preferred.
What if I have a physical condition or illness?
Please let Rebuilding Haiti know as soon as possible, and we can determine together how to best accommodate your situation.