Mission of Hope

Trip FAQs

ORGANIZING A TRIP:

How do I organize a trip to Mission of Hope?

To place your reservation, please email our mission trip department at missiontrips@mohhaiti.org with your date choice and number of spots you would like to book.

You will receive a confirmation email that confirms your spots and provides you with a reservation number that you will use to pay the reservation fee online. Available trip dates are posted on our website under mohhaiti.org/trip-dates.

When deciding how many spots you would like to reserve, be as strategic as possible so that we are able to accurately project the number of volunteers each week. There is a required reservation fee of $25/per spot reserved in order to book your reservation.

Can I come serve as an individual?

Yes, absolutely!

What is your minimum age?

Mission Trips:
Minimum age for a minor traveling with his/her guardian is six years old. If any minors are going on a trip, a member of at least 25 years must be accompanying to chaperone, with signed permission to take responsibility of the minors while traveling.

Medical Mission Trips:
Minimum age to serve on mobile clinic teams is 16.

True North Trips:
Minimum age for a minor traveling with his/her guardian is 12 years old. All minors must be accompanied by his/her guardian.

What are the trip costs and is airfare included?

Mission Trip Cost ($550 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Haiti (bus and driver)
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day at Wahoo Resort
  • Partial food (will be given required food list)
  • Upon request, children (12 and under): $285/child

Medical Mission Trip Cost ($600 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Haiti (bus and driver)
  • Medical Translators
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day at Wahoo Resort
  • Food

True North Mission Trip Cost ($995 base price + $100 fee for construction trips)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging on True North
  • Airport transportation, transportation to ministry destination on True North, all transportation at destination
  • Beach excursion
  • Food
  • You will be asked to bring a short list of supplies
  • Construction teams will bring some food, tools and supplies
  • Medical teams will bring some medical supplies and medications

In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we have initiated a required reservation fee and payment system for all mission trips. Please see the below guidelines regarding trip payments.

  • $25 fee per spot reserved
  • 50% of total team payment due 90 days out from trip departure date
  • 100% of total team payment due 30 days out from trip departure date

Note: Team payments should come in collectively as one payment, not individually.

Airfare is not included in the cost of the trip.

What flights should I book?

Missions Trips & Medical Trips:
Teams and individuals are responsible for their own airfare. Mission of Hope asks that all flights arrive and depart from the Port au Prince airport on Saturdays and Wednesdays only(Sundays and Saturdays for True North trips). This allows us to be good stewards of transportation expenses, as well as ensure your team is met by one of our Haitian staff members. If you are unable to find a flight that meets our request, call the Stateside office before booking for approval. There will be a fee associated with the off-travel pickup.

When at all possible (and the cost is reasonable) we ask that you would please purchase flights that arrive into PAP before 5:30PM. However, when the savings are significant, we do permit teams to purchase flights that arrive later. We are primarily concerned with the safety of our groups, and traveling during daylight hours is an added measure of safety. If your group decides to purchase a flight with an arrival later than 5:30PM, please note that if our Haitian team determines the roads are not safe to travel at night when you arrive, your team will need to stay at a nearby hotel (MOH will arrange if deemed necessary) and your team will be responsible for all hotel costs.

True North Trips:
Teams must arrive into PAP no later than 2:30PM on Sunday and depart PAP after 10AM on Saturday.

Do I need a passport and visa to travel?

All North Americans traveling to Haiti must have a passport. You will not be allowed into Haiti without one. Check with your post office for a passport application, go to the U.S. Department of State web page: http://travel.state.gov/passport or the Passport Canada web page. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage.

Where do we stay?

Mission Trips and Medical Mission Trips:
Team members will stay in the MOH Guest Houses. Your team members will be separated by gender into separate rooms, each with up to seven twin bunk beds. You may want to bring earplugs, if you are a light sleeper! There is no air conditioning; however, the rooms have ceiling fans and we encourage individuals to bring small personal fans. Standard US three-pronged electrical outlets are available in all rooms. Each room has a standard bathroom with running water. Mission of Hope will provide a pair of clean sheets for you, as well as a pillow. All rooms are locked and team members are given entry codes.

True North Mission Trips:
You will be housed on True North for the week. The sleeping quarters are air conditioned and include sleeping berths with a curtain. The ship has standard bathrooms with running water. Mission of Hope will provide a pair of clean sheets for you, as well as a pillow.

How long do we stay?

Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Saturday to Saturday or Wednesday-to-Wednesday.

Medical Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Saturday to Saturday.

True North Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Sunday to Saturday.

What does MOH traveler's insurance cover? How do I get it?

Emergency medical traveler’s insurance is required for all groups and individuals traveling to Haiti with Mission of Hope. Mission of Hope Haiti automatically purchases medical traveler’s insurance for every person coming on a trip to MOH. This is not optional. We inquire the insurance with the information provided on the team application. Application forms must be returned no later than 60 days before departure to allow time to process.

What will I do when I get there?

Mission Trips:
Your week will include intentional ministry opportunities and evangelism outreach led by local Haitian leadership, or you can choose to fund and participate in Church Advancement projects, chosen by the church leaders in those villages as what could most help bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in that specific village. If you have medically licensed professionals, their week can be scheduled for a medical outreach focus. You are also encouraged to let your mission trip coordinator know of specific skill sets amongst your team members.

Medical Mission Trips:
Your week will include serving in surrounding villages on a mobile clinic team. You will serve according to your area of expertise or as non-medical support staff. You will serve in two different villages over the course of the four medical service days.

True North Trips:
Your week will include serving in villages in one remote location in Haiti for the week.

  • Construction teams: Your week could include roofing houses, painting,home construction,and church construction.
  • Medical teams: Your week will include mobile medical clinics in villages as well as serving in existing clinics

Click here to request more information.

SAFETY CONCERNS:

Is it safe to travel to Haiti?

Mission of Hope could not guarantee your safety in any country, state, or province that you happen to visit. However, with Haiti being a third-world country we understand travels can sometimes pose a higher risk. With this said, groups’ safety is our upmost concern. Mission of Hope is fortunate in that our Executive Director, St Marc Jean Lubin, worked for the US Embassy in Haiti for more than 3 decades. He is informed and is very knowledgeable of the true situation on the ground in Haiti. If there is ever an instance when he thinks we need to postpone trips or get teams out of the country, he will not hesitate to make that decision. Furthermore, Mission of Hope is located in the foothills out in the country and not in a highly populated urban area, with a gated campus.

Please visit the U.S. travel website for the latest information from the U.S. State Department.

What immunizations do I need to get?

Immunization and General Health Information

All groups are encouraged to have the following vaccinations prior to traveling to Haiti:

  • Required: Tetanus toxoid (DT or Td)
  • Required: Preventative malaria medication (mentioned below)
  • Typhoid immunization
  • Hepatitis A/B

Malaria Medication

We require that everyone acquire anti-malaria medication. You should consult your doctor for proper dosages. We also encourage each person to bring an antibiotic such as Cipro and an anti-diarrheal medication.

What about the Zika Virus?

As a precaution, we recommend that any women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant NOT come to Mission of Hope until further notice due to the potential risk of the Zika virus. Zika virus is a single stranded RNA virus that can be spread to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In healthy adults and children symptoms are generally mild and include headache, rash, fever, malaise, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes). While the infection is generally mild, it can be very dangerous to a developing fetus and has been linked to microcephaly in babies when the mother is infected with the virus during the first trimester.

Once I land in Haiti, how do I get to Mission of Hope's Campus?

You will then be transported to the MOH campus along with one of our Haitian staff members in the MOH shirt. The campus is approximately 15 miles north from PAP. Depending on the time of day, the trip can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.

True North trip participants will be transported to the Wahoo Bay Beach Resort. You will enjoy the beach and dinner at the resort until the ship departs later Sunday evening.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP:

What should I pack?

A suggested packing list can be found in the Mission Trip Guide. The Mission will provide fresh bedding and pillows for you. You will need to bring a refillable water bottle.

Do I need to bring my own food?

Mission Trips:
Your team will be given a required materials list from the stateside Mission Trips Coordinator. We will prepare most of the meals for you and other visiting groups’ meals throughout the week with these items. This is an effort to reduce overall trip costs, as it is more cost effective to purchase these items in North America. Your team will enjoy a variety of both Haitian and American meals.

Haiti is an exporter of peanuts. If someone on your team has this allergy it may not be safe for him or her to travel to Haiti. Also, MOH uses peanut butter on the food buffets serval times each week. If you have additional food allergies (gluten, dairy, etc.), you will need to bring supplemental food, as we are not able to avoid cross contamination. Due to kitchen limitations and lack of storage space, this food needs to remain with you and needs to be non-perishable.

MOH purchases 80% of our food items in country. These items we ask teams to bring in help keep us running in the areas of supplies we cannot purchase in Haiti.

Medical Mission Trips:
Medical personnel will not be asked to bring a required food list. However, you will be asked to bring a list of medications and supplies. These medications and supplies are what enable us to provide the mobile clinics at no cost to the people of Haiti.

True North Mission Trips:

  • Construction teams will bring some food, tools and building supplies.
  • Medical teams will not bring food, but some medical supplies and medications

What is the dress code?

Haiti’s culture is one where someone can easily offend another by wearing an inappropriate outfit. The local Haitian pastors have requested that, in order to respect the culture and be most effective in ministry. We ask that you abide to the dress code found in the Mission Trip Guide and our staff on the ground reserves the right to ask you to change if you do not comply.

What if I have a physical condition or required medication?

Our Medical team will be available to assist you with team healthcare needs. Team leaders, we strongly suggest that either you or your team members carry some of these basic health supplies for use in the event of common conditions seen while working in Haiti:

  • Gatorade and/or electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Ciprofloxin 500 mg tablets (prescription; for diarrhea)
  • Azithromycin 250 mg tablets (prescription; for illness)
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tylenol, Advil
  • Bendryl 25 mg tabs (allergic reaction)
  • Bandaids & Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone cream/ “itch relief” cream
  • ACE compression wraps
  • Chemical cold pack(s)
Do I need to bring money with me?

Required Additional Costs

  • $10 tourist tax per person is collected at the PAP airport
  • $5 Sunday evening meal (does not apply for True North Mission Trips)

Optional Additional Costs

  • Tips for PAP airport crew that help with luggage, $1-$2 USD per bag
  • Personal Souvenir money (suggested $50-$100)
  • Internet costs: $5/hour or $50/unlimited for the week (True North does not have internet, but you may be able to access the internet at your destination)
  • The opportunity to invite your MOH translator/Village Champion/interns to the beach – $25/per person

Mission of Hope has a gift shop on campus with many items to choose from. We carry the Three Cords ministry handbags and accessories and Vi Bella Jewelry. Other items include shirts, hats, Haitian art, baskets and journals. There is also Haitian coffee available for purchase. The amount of money you take will depend on your desire to buy souvenirs. Cash and credit cards are accepted. We recommend bringing cash in small bills. There is a Haitian vendor set up on campus called Madame Cheap Cheap’s. Here you will find all sorts of local Haitian art and souvenirs. Additionally, there are beach vendors on your final day at Wahoo Bay Beach. Madame Cheap Cheap & the beach vendors are cash only.

For True North trips, you may want to bring souvenir money for items to purchase at Wahoo Bay Beach Resort as well as vendors at your ministry destination. We will have some Mission of Hope souvenirs for purchase on True North.