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Full training presentation for all Sustain Haiti volunteers, Summer 2010

Full training presentation for all Sustain Haiti volunteers, Summer 2010

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  • Talk about the logo – designed by a Haitian brother who died in the earthquake; the logo is a memorial to him and all of the victims
  • These will appear in detail in the Handbook you will be receiving prior to your departure. Please sign and submit one copy of the Expectations to the In-Country Managers when you arrive in Haiti while keeping the other signed copy in your handbook for your reference . (You will be sent information regarding how to obtain the Handbook prior to your departure)
  • By asking these questions, volunteers will begin to address issues related to volunteering overseas before they actually do; this does not guarantee a ‘trouble-free’ experience but will prepare them to cope better.
  • *It’s about putting all the ‘pieces together’, taking a professional approach to volunteering and managing the change process.

Sustain Haiti Volunteer Training (April 26) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Sustain Haiti Pre-Departure Training
  • 2. Step 1
    • Read the volunteer handbook . It has all of this information and more, so follow it to the letter
  • 3.
    • Get excited. This will be a life-changing experience -
    • - for us and them
  • 4. Project Expectations
  • 5. Safety - #1 Priority!
    • Buddy system at all times
      • No travelling, working, or playing alone
    • No being out at night -
      • Mosquitoes (Malaria)
      • Real safety concerns
    • Drinking water
      • Bottled or filtered – no exceptions
    • Security – we’ll have guards as needed
  • 6.
    • Big Picture:
      • Minimum 2 week commitment
        • You can stay longer if you’d like
      • Working 5-6 days a week
      • Don’t bank on touring Haiti – we’re there to work
  • 7.
      • Work Plan
      • 4 major project areas
        • Clean Water
        • Sanitation/Hygiene training
        • Square-foot Gardening
        • Microlending
      • Other work as needed (reconstruction, orphanages)
  • 8.
    • Work Plan Cont’d:
      • Projects assigned by in-country managers
      • Assignments made according to needs & volunteer skills/abilities
      • You can request a project, but no guarantees
      • Assignments may vary throughout your stay
      • Always work in a group
  • 9. Work Ethic:
      • Have fun – really.
      • Be self-motivated – we ain’t dragging you out of bed
      • Remember that you’re there to help people
      • This is a tough undertaking – just do your best
  • 10.
    • Standards
    • You’ll be expected to abide by every standard in the BYU Honor Code
      • Appropriate dress & grooming
        • (modest)
      • No dating - anyone
      • Clean language
      • etc.
  • 11.
    • We expect that you’ll be responsible, caring, and committed to the cause, working as representatives of Sustain Haiti and the United States
    • -- Warner Woodworth
  • 12. Living Arrangements
    • Housing taken care of by In-Country Managers
      • They’ll figure out the details when they get there
      • It’s not going to be the Bolaggio
    • No on-site internet access, but it will be available nearby for communication
  • 13. Food
    • All food will be taken care of by country managers
      • Let them know about dietary needs/preferences
      • We’ll probably have a local cook
    • Most meals (breakfast & dinner) eaten as a group
    • You’ll get a food/incidental allowance each week as needed
  • 14. General Disclaimer : Everything is subject to change according to circumstances/projects/partners/local needs & demands ... determined in Haiti as events occur. Just be ready to roll with the punches. It’s going to be great .
  • 15.
    • Any questions so far?
  • 16. Pre-Departure Requirements
  • 17.
    • Checklist: Must be completed prior to departure!  Application sheet submitted (now)  $25 non-refundable deposit submitted (now)  Valid Passport  Obtained Handbook, reviewed and signed expectations (standards)  Signed and submitted Liability Waiver
    •  ISIC Card – required if you’re a student
    • - Important insurance benefits
    •  If not a student– check with your provider; consider international health insurance - **own responsibility**  International Students: - I-20 signed and current - current US Visa for re-entry into US - copy of BYU transcripts - proof of finances - letter from Dr. Woodworth on why out of the U.S.
  • 18.  Emergency money – $50 recommended (don’t carry a lot of cash on you in Haiti)  Fundraising Efforts ($2,000 in 3 weeks prior to departure)  Attend Training Meeting (good job)  Copy of your plane ticket  Copies of documents for Volunteer Coordinator in US & Haiti In-Country Manager: - 2 photocopies of Passport - 2 photocopies of airline ticket - 2 photocopies of driver’s license - 2 photocopies of credit card (if using in Haiti) - 2 photocopies of international coverage health Insurance For International Students: 2 copies of your special documents
  • 19. Immunizations
    • Immunizations (as you desire) 4 weeks prior to departure and a record of:
    • - Hepatitis A or Immune Globulin (IG)
    • - Hepatitis B - Malaria Pills - MMR
    • - Typhoid
    • - Tetanus-Diptheria
    • - Measles
    • - Polio
  • 20. You really need to get immunized – the consequences could be unpleasant
  • 21.
    • What to Pack: * pillow /flat sheet * towel
    • * sunscreen * mosquito repellant (Jungle Juice is 98% DEET/ use at least 35% / more protection required at night) * comfortable shoes * comfortable work wear
    • * at least one pair of long pants/sleeves for mosquito protection * a skirt / shirt and tie for Sunday meetings
    • * swimsuit * entertainment: games, books, music, etc. * just to be on the safe side, try to limit any valuables (cameras are encouraged, of course) * note: Limit electronics, but voltage/plugs are the same, if it’s necessary
    • ** See more complete checklist in Volunteer Handbook**
  • 22.
    • Please Note: Carry your personal belongings in your carry-on and 1 piece of checked luggage, and reserve your 2 nd piece of checked luggage for transporting used clothes and donated hygiene kits. Information regarding where to pick up hygiene kits will be provided. Word to the wise : Just in case your luggage is delayed or lost, pack your essentials(extra pair of clothing, toothbrush, etc. ) in your carry-on.
  • 23.
    • Departure and Arrival
    • Leaving the U.S.
      • You must get yourself to the airport in the U.S. – arrive early!
      • You’ll be travelling with other people from Sustain, so take care of each other
      • Everyone will be on the same flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince
  • 24.
    • Arrival in Haiti
      • Say that you are visiting Haiti as a tourist
        • (a tourist with a big heart, if they ask about the hygiene kits – we’re not anticipating any problems with this, however, to avoid the cost and hassle of getting work permits, please just say you’re a tourist, taking some time off from your schooling, work, etc.)
      • Don’t declare anything in customs
      • Your group be met by an in-country manager who will take you to Leogane
  • 25. Fundraising
    • Get your application in ASAP
    • Have all checks made out to “Reach the Children” with “Sustain Haiti, [Your Name]” on the subject line
    • You can check your donation status online
    • Flat $2000 for everyone - extra funds go to further project
    • Must have it in 3 weeks before you intend to depart
    • Make it happen!
  • 26. Personal Preparation for Living and Working in Haiti
  • 27. Warner Woodworth April 2010 WORKING EFFECTIVELY OVERSEAS: Training for Volunteers
  • 28. Objective: Help volunteers to identify ‘best practices’ for living and working effectively in Haiti
  • 29. The Effective Overseas Volunteer
  • 30.
    • 1. The Effective Overseas Volunteer:
    • Questions to ask yourself:
    • What does working effectively overseas mean to you?
    • Why does it matter?
    • International Knowledge
    • Awareness of political, economic, geographic and cross cultural issues; your/their ability to deal, cope, or navigate in a different environment you are accustomed to.
    • * Your effectiveness as a volunteer will depend largely on the knowledge you acquire before and during your overseas assignment.
  • 31.
    • Traits to develop:
    • Open-mindedness
    • Sense of adventure
    • Adaptability
    • Patience
    • Curiosity
    • Communication skills
    • Independence and resourcefulness
    • Discipline
    • Emotional stability and stress-coping skills
    • Sensitivity to environment and to others
  • 32.
    • Myths about living and working overseas
    • Exotic places, travel and fun!
    • It’s always warm there!
    • Maybe I will find my ‘novia or novio’…
    • Nothing bad ever happens to me.
    • __________ is a boring place to live.
    • Escape (problems, people, the law?)
    • I want to save the world and make a difference
    • Life is much cheaper there.
  • 33.
    • Ask yourself the hard questions:
    • Why do I want to do this?
    • What are my expectations?
    • It is ‘vital’ that you:
    • Know ‘thyself’
    • Evaluate your ability to adapt
  • 34.
    • Many Volunteers will go through the following
    • stages when working in a new environment:
    • Rejection of the new environment
    • Trying to change the ‘system’; thinking they are wrong and I’m right, my way is right.
    • Realizing the importance of taking a step back, trying to understand, and figure things out.
    • Realizing they must work with ‘it’ and chill
    • Are open to change and learning opportunities, understand they’re taking BIG steps forward
  • 35. LIVING AND WORKING OVERSEAS
  • 36. Many of the challenges volunteers have will fall under one or several of the following categories: Personal Issues (Pre-departure) Family Friends Big Issues (Pre-departure/In-country) Security Health Politics Religion Culture Shock (In-country/re-entry) (see following slides)
  • 37. FINANCES, HYGIENE, etc. Finances -Budget and Plan your expenses, keep track of expenses and exchange rates. -Don’t carry large amounts of cash Hygiene -Keep yourself clean, healthy and pleasant -Volunteers who are not healthy can’t work. Other - Your country managers will take care of transportation - Uphold transit laws when you’re a pedestrian - Dress appropriately (you won’t need to dress up in Haiti)
  • 38. CULTURE SHOCK: 4 STAGES Honeymoon - Great expectations and positive outlook Anxiety stage- Homesickness, Boredom, withdrawal (need to build a new social structure to replace the old one you left behind) Rejection or Regression stage- Things don’t work! Anti-social, rude Some people never get past this stage, even after many years in-country Adjustment stage-You find a ‘middle ground’ and ‘bicultural perspective’ *REMEMBER: The intensity of each stage varies and with every person differently.
  • 39.
    • LESSONS LEARNED FROM VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS
    • 1. The volunteer experience is unique to each volunteer.
    • Your volunteer experience will be shaped largely by what you ‘bring’ to the table.
    • Volunteering is really only a ‘Title’.
    • As a volunteer, you are expected to become integrated into the socio-economic and cultural activities of your assigned work area through your work.
    • It’s more than a ‘job’.
    • It is a job, plus citizen participation, plus personal growth.
    • Living and working conditions may not be ‘ideal’.
    • Don’t expect things to run smoothly. As a volunteer you will gain much by understanding the people you work with, their assets and strengths and purpose.
    • Personal Appearance.
    • As a volunteer you are not expected to give up your values, or cultural, or individual uniqueness. As a volunteer you are more than just a tourist.
  • 40.
    • LESSONS LEARNED FROM VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS
    • Volunteers are NOT doing something to someone, or FOR someone; volunteers are doing something WITH someone.
    • If as a volunteers you are doing something alone, you are not doing development.
    • Change is locally determined.
    • It is the human relationships we develop that determine how successful we are in assisting people. It’s not simply about doing a job. It’s about partnerships, mutual
    • learning and cultural understanding.
    • Volunteers should expect to function as independently as possible.
    • The Project management team will do all they can to help you as a volunteer stay healthy, safe and secure. However, you are expected to work within the framework and scope of the project, accountable to the management team, partner organizations and project beneficiaries/participants.
  • 41. LESSONS LEARNED FROM VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS 9. Humor, Patience and Adaptability are helpful. Flexibility does not mean volunteers can do their ‘own thing’; flexibility is adapting to changing conditions and opportunities within the context of the project for which volunteers were brought to the country to work. 10. Volunteering takes commitment. All involved have invested a great deal of time, energy and resources in developing this project, recruiting volunteers, establishing partnerships and coordinating efforts.
  • 42. Any Questions? Sustain Haiti!