Tips on How to Prepare for a Mission Trip to Haiti

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In addition to physical preparation for your mission trip to Haiti in 2017, prayer is an important part of getting yourself ready to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ – pray that God will review Himself to you and teach you what it is He wants you to learn through this experience.

How to Pack for Your Haiti Mission Trip

To ensure your time on your mission trip is best spent, you’ll want to have these essentials:

  1. Valid Passport. A passport valid for six months from the date of entry to Haiti is required. Make a photocopy to keep packed separately just in case. A visa is not required for United State citizens traveling to Haiti
  2. Immunizations, Typical travel immunizations recommended for all people traveling to Haiti include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tdap and Influenza. You should also check with your primary care doctor to assure you are up to date with your routine vaccines and vaccine boosters including Varicella, MMR and Pneumonia
  3. Medications and Medical Supplies. These include your personal prescriptions, Imodium, malaria prescription, spare glasses and contacts, diabetic testing supplies, insulin, inhalers, EpiPen and medical alert bracelet.Some other over-the-counter medicines to consider are antacids, antihistamine, cough drops, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen and insect bite cream.
  1. Travel Insurance. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover travel cancellation costs that are non-refundable, medical expenses that may not be covered by your existing health care insurance while abroad, medical emergency evacuations and lost bags, delayed bags and delayed flights.
  2. Flight Booking. Depending on how far in advance you book your airline ticket and where you are coming from, the cost is usually between $600 and $950 round trip. Mission Trips run Monday to Monday.
  3. Items to Pack/Items to Leave Behind. In addition to your passport, medications and medical supplies, there are some things you should bring and some things you should leave behind. This is a general list, and your leader will provide a more detailed list later:

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What to Bring To Haiti:

  • Spending money cash in small bills for your entry fee and shopping
  • A water bottle to refill during the day
  • Toiletries
  • Sturdy sandals or sneakers
  • Water shoes
  • Modest clothes for tropical weather
  • Modest one-piece bathing suit
  • Long-sleeve shirt or hoodie
  • A set of Sunday dress clothes
  • A flashlight
  • Your Bible

What to Leave at Home:

  • Valuables such as jewelry and electronics
  • Balloons or any candy that could be a choking hazard for children
  • Any candy that melts

Now that you have all the information you need to pack for your 2017 mission trip to Haiti, contact us today for all the details to make it happen.

 

 

Why Every Youth Group Should Experience a Mission Trip To Haiti

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 A Haiti mission trip offers a wonderful opportunity to serve God and grow your faith in new ways.  It allows a young person to really experience first-hand the power walking out your faith and becoming a disciple of Christ.

Haiti Mission Trips for Youth Bring a Sense of Unity to Your Team

A 2017 mission trip for your youth group will empower them as individuals and as a team.  The opportunity to serve shoulder to shoulder with one another creates a unique bonding experience and sense of team.  As a youth group, you will have the chance to share your day each evening in circle time.  When you begin to hear the impact of their journey, you are drawn into their story and become bonded like never before.  Serving together is the best way to build life-long friendships and memories that you will cherish forever!

Youth Experience Discipleship Outside of Their Comfort Zones

When students are outside of their comfort zone, something amazing happens.  They begin to realize their dependence on God and each other and that is when real growth can occur!  Real world living in a different culture crosses the comfort lines for most youth.  Meeting new people in circumstances never experienced before also requires youths to dig deep and see what they are capable of.  Serving on a Healing Haiti mission trip will challenge them, grow them, and bond them in deeper ways.

Youth Become Immersed in Another Culture That Opens Their Eyes and Their Hearts

A 2017 Healing Haiti mission trip will broaden the perspective of your Youth Group.  Despite social media and technology enabling kids to be more connected in the past, they can’t experience another culture without being immersed in it.

Seeing the reality of poverty through lack of water, food, education, and jobs will open their eyes to social injustice and the importance of making a difference.  God uses this experience to change our hearts and really ponder the question “What is God trying to teach me?” Now is the time to plan a transformative Haiti Mission trip in 2017 for your youth group!