Volunteer FAQ

What should I pack?

  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Mat or Air mattress
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (Especially important if you have specific dietary needs)
  • Flashlight
  • Jacket for cooler nights
  • Shower sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Work clothes (can get dirty, paint in)
  • Flexible attitude
  • Mosquito spray, coils
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medication
  • Swimsuit
  • Hygiene items

Is there anything I can bring to donate?
Yes, there are items that we consistently need as well as a current needs list. For current needs, please email us: haiti@hacus.org

Consistent Needs:

  • Basic school supplies: pencils, calculators, chalk, paint, etc.
  • First Aid items: children’s vitamins (non-gummy), bandaids, triple antibiotic ointment, alcohol, hydrocortisone cream, etc.
  • Construction supplies: measuring tape, hammers, screwdrivers, etc.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. You will be responsible for choosing and purchasing travel insurance for the duration of your stay.

Should I register my trip with my government?

Yes. We encourage you to contact the proper department to register your trip to Haiti.

What should I expect at the airport?

When you get out of the airport (after immigration, with your luggage) you will be met with several guys asking to help you with your luggage. Whether or not you want to let them is up to you, they will just expect a couple US dollar tip. If you would prefer to carry you own luggage, just say, “No mesi” and continue walking. You will walk all the way down a long overhang to a parking lot. We will be there waiting with a large HAC sign. You can’t miss us.

What is the address?

Ecole Shalom

64 Michaud

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti

You will need this for the immigration form, so write it down and bring it on the plane with you.

What is the HAC compound like?

The HAC compound sits in a friendly neighborhood in the valley 10 km west of Port-au-Prince. Our campus has a security wall and gate surrounding it. As our roof is being completed, volunteers stay in tents on the second floor. There is running water, filtered drinking water, and security at all times. Electricity and Internet access is available approximately 12 hours a day.

Will we have the opportunity to go to the beach or souvenir shop?

Yes. If you would like to spend a day of your trip experiencing Haiti’s beautiful beaches or breathtaking views, this is an option. Please email us ahead of time to schedule this and plan for additional costs.

I have special dietary needs, can they be accommodated?

We will do our best to work with all dietary needs such as for vegetarians and those with food allergies, however please notify us ahead of time and keep in mind that food is prepared for all volunteers and staff on site.

Do you have any information from past volunteers?

Yes. Please check out our Volunteer Blog.

What type of food is offered?

Volunteers should expect to experience a variety of Haitian cuisine. Breakfast generally includes bread and coffee with either eggs or Creole spaghetti. Lunch might be rice with vegetable stew. Dinner is typically a variety of rice and beans with fried chicken and salad.

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