Our short-term trips last one to two weeks. Usually these trips are for our build-a- home program but other projects that can be completed in this time are also encouraged. If going with a team we recommend establishing a team leader. This way your group has communicated with us your project idea before your trip and all materials and details are in place before your arrival. If you are an individual and wish to be part of a team we can connect you with a group.
- • Haiti is hot. You can expect 95-100° F days. A large fan is provided in every room, but individuals are welcome to bring small fans. Also as your safety is very important to us, lots of breaks will be taken when working outside and plenty of water will be provided.
- • Tree of Hope Haiti is part guesthouse, and part family home. We welcome you into our family’s home, but kindly ask you remain considerate when it comes language and behavior with our two children.
- • Cleanliness is key. Our home is maintained by a housekeeper, but we ask you to keep your room relatively tidy in order to assist her in keeping our rooms clean.
- • Toiletries are a must on your trip. Toilet paper is provided, but all other items you wish to have during your stay must be brought with you. This includes towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, necessary medications, sunscreen, bug spray, and anything else you might want or need.
- • A Typical Haitian meal plan is included. During your stay we are happy to provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner. This commonly consists of chicken, rice, beans, and tropical fruits. We recommend that you bring non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, granola bars, candies, and nuts). We ask that you bring these items in sealable containers such as Ziploc bags to keep ants at bay. Please also keep in mind that due to Haiti’s limited food selection, we are not able to provide specialty foods for those with dietary restrictions. Those with these restrictions are encouraged to bring their own food.
- • Be prepared on our construction sites. It is necessary that you bring comfortable work shoes such as sneakers, sunglasses, work gloves, at least one water bottle, and a flashlight. In terms of attire, comfortable athletic gear, such as shorts and t-shirts, tend to work the best.
- • While you’re in Haiti, you’ll probably want to purchase souvenirs. We recommend that you bring $150-200 USD in cash. It is important to bring cash as your debit or credit cards and checks cannot be used in our area in Haiti, but if there’s an emergency cards can be used if you require additional cash.
- • Connecting with family and friends. While you’re here, we understand that it is important to stay connected with loved ones at home. While we don’t provide Internet, we will provide a phone with which to call home. After that we do welcome everyone to connect with our Tree of Hope Haiti Facebook page for daily updates and photos!
- • Church. Tree of Hope Haiti is a Christian organization. Because of this we ask our guests to accompany our family to service on Sundays. As well as being important to our family, church service is an integral part of Haitian culture, and we feel it is a worthwhile experience for our teams. In terms of church attire, we ask you to dress appropriately. For women, this means covered shoulders and skirts or dresses to the knee. For men, this means nice pants such as khakis paired with a polo shirt or short-sleeve button-up shirt.
- • While your work is important, we want you to have fun! Haiti is a beautiful country, and we want you to have the opportunity to experience our nation as well as its people. We ask you to come with an open mind and heart!
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