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.
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 .
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
* 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.
(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
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.
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.