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Sustain Haiti Pre-Departure Training


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Pre-Departure training for Sustain Haiti volunteers.

Pre-Departure training for Sustain Haiti volunteers.

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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)
  • *It’s about putting all the ‘pieces together’, taking a professional approach to volunteering and managing the change process.
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    • 1. Sustain HaitiPre-Departure Training
    • 2. Preparation
    • 3. What’s the best thing you can be doing to prepare to go to Haiti?
      Read the Handbook
    • 4. Remember why you are going:
      This is not “Humana-tourism.”
      You are going to work and to change lives
    • 5. Project Expectations
    • 6. Safety - #1 Priority!
      Buddy system at all times
      No travelling, working, or playing alone
      Women don’t go anywhere without a male
      No being out at night
      Real safety concerns
      Security – there will be guards
      Do not ask for exceptions!
    • 7. Other General Rules
      Have copies of your passport here and an extra copy in Haiti
      • Not generally a good idea to carry it everywhere with you
      No Laptops
      • Could get stolen
      • 8. No internet and limited power
      Limit use of Mototaxis
      • Safety
      Only Drink Bottled or Filtered water!
    • 9. Big Picture
      Minimum 4 week commitment
      • You can stay longer if you’d like
      • 10. Working 5-6 days a week
    • Work Plan
      5 major project areas:
      • Clean Water projects and training
      • 11. Sanitation/Hygiene training
      • 12. Square-foot Gardening
      • 13. Micro-financing ventures
      • 14. English Classes
      And whatever is necessary
      • Even though some may have areas of preference, everyone will be expected to take part in all of the project areas.
    • Work Ethic
      You will be required to work HARD;
      you’ll probably be hot, tired or hungry at times
      but that’s the nature of the work!
      Do your best work always, and always focus on others
      Be self motivated,
      Always seek to “add value” to the organization
      HAVE FUN
    • 15. “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
      BYU Faculty Member/ Adviser
    • 16. Standards
      You’ll be expected to abide by every standard in the BYU Honor Code
      Appropriate dress & grooming
      Modest appearance, etc.
      No dating - anyone
      Clean language
    • 17. Living Arrangements
      We will be living in a house in Leogane, Haiti
      No running water
      Limited electricity
      No on-site internet access (but it will be available nearby for communication)
    • 18. Food
      All food will be provided
      Let them know about dietary needs (allergies)
      Most meals (breakfast & dinner) eaten as a group
      You’ll get a food/incidental allowance each week as needed
      We’ll also have a local cook which means real Haitian food…
    • 20. Any Questionsso far?
    • 21. Pre-Departure Requirements
    • 22. Checklist: (See Handbook)Must be completed prior to departure!
      Some key points though:
      Final sum of $2100 submitted two weeks before departure
      Valid Passport and traveling documents
      Signed and submitted Liability Waiver
      Traveler’s Insurance
      ISIC Card – cheaper alternative if you register as a student
    • 23. Fundraising
      No formal fundraising program will be initiated through Sustain Haiti to fund your expenses, you may personally fundraise in any way that you wish
      Have all checks made out to “Reach the Children” with “Sustain Haiti, [Your Name]” on the subject line
      $2100 for each volunteer
      Must have it in 2 weeks before you intend to depart
    • 24. Traveling Documents
      Copies of documents for Volunteer Coordinator in US & Haiti: - 2 photocopies of Passport - 2 photocopies of airline ticket - 2 photocopies of driver’s license - 2 photocopies of International Insurance
      Remember we need TWO photocopies of each document
    • 25. Immunizations
      Get immunizations at least four weeks prior to departure for:
      Hepatitis A or Immune Globulin (IG)
      Hepatitis B
      Malaria Pills
      Tetanus – Diptheria
      Note: Cholera is a disease contracted by ingesting filthy water, there are no immunizations for it, Cholera will not be an issue at all if you eat and drink well.
    • 26. Get your immunizations and Be Careful or you could turn out looking like this guy…
    • 27. Be Sure not to Forget…
    • Concerning your flight
    • 33. Luggage
      Have as much in your carry-on as possible
      Plan for one checked bag. Additional Bags will cost you money.
    • 34. Arrive early to the airport in the U.S.
      International flights require you to be there much earlier than normal
    • 35. Procedure for Arrival
      Do not leave the states without the set of Haiti phone numbers
      When you arrive at the PAP airport, get your bags
      They will check your passport and you will go to an outdoor area.
      Don’t let ANYONE carry your bags for you
    • 36.
    • 37.
    • 38. Procedure for arrival cont’d
      If you don’t see Rony after five or ten minutes, go back inside and make a call (If you pass the guards, you can’t go back in)
      Have enough in your suitcase to last you 3 days.
    • 39. Thoughts from Dr. Woodworth
    • 40. 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
      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.
      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.
      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.
    • 44. Any Questions?Sustain