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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
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
You’ll be expected to abide by every standard in the BYU Honor Code
Appropriate dress & grooming
No dating - anyone
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
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
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
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 .
Any questions so far?
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.
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
Immunizations (as you desire) 4 weeks prior to departure and a record of:
- Hepatitis A or Immune Globulin (IG)
- Hepatitis B - Malaria Pills - MMR
You really need to get immunized – the consequences could be unpleasant
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**
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.
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
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
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!
Personal Preparation for Living and Working in Haiti
Warner Woodworth April 2010 WORKING EFFECTIVELY OVERSEAS: Training for Volunteers
Objective: Help volunteers to identify ‘best practices’ for living and working effectively in Haiti
The Effective Overseas Volunteer
1. The Effective Overseas Volunteer:
Questions to ask yourself:
What does working effectively overseas mean to you?
Why does it matter?
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.
Traits to develop:
Sense of adventure
Independence and resourcefulness
Emotional stability and stress-coping skills
Sensitivity to environment and to others
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.
Ask yourself the hard questions:
Why do I want to do this?
What are my expectations?
It is ‘vital’ that you:
Evaluate your ability to adapt
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
LIVING AND WORKING OVERSEAS
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.