Volunteer Program - Midwives For Haiti

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Travel Protocol

Here is a summary of our new travel protocol:

  1. Our volunteer program resumes on 1 August, 2021. The house will then be CLOSED for the month of September. We will resume in October.
  2. Only previous volunteers will be accepted for the month of August.
  3. All visitors to Haiti need a negative Covid test taken within three days of travel, per CDC guidelines. Check with your specific airline for exact details. You WILL NOT be allowed to board the plane without this!
  4. Also, all departing passengers need a negative Covid test to enter the US at this time as per US government mandate. We will assist you in arranging this in Haiti.
  5. Only clinical and visual storytellers(photographers and videographers) will be accepted for now. If you are a doula, IBCLC, or other auxiliary birth professional, please hold off for now.
  6. You MUST be vaccinated.
  7. Due to travel and Covid testing requirements, there is a two week minimum stay. You are welcome to come for longer.
  8. Only four volunteers will be accepted at a time.
  9. Travel insurance, including evacuation for both health and political unrest, is required.
  10. You must fly into Cap Haitien, NOT Port Au Prince. Port Au Prince is experiencing considerable civil unrest, and is very unsafe at this time.
  11. If you are ill, PLEASE change your flight to a later time. Most airlines have eliminated change fees. We cannot risk bringing illness to Haiti.
  12. If you become ill in Haiti, you must return home as soon as possible.
  13. All volunteers must undergo a Zoom orientation, even if you have visited us previously, before your application will be accepted.
  14. For safety reasons, off campus excursions will be limited, especially to those places where large gatherings occur, such as church. But fear not! We will have several fantastic new cultural experiences, which we will bring right to you at the house!

Volunteer Opportunities

Our robust volunteer program has been a vital part of our work since the very beginning, and over half
our volunteers return for subsequent trips. Our past and current volunteers are a large part of the MFH
family, and we value their experience and contributions. The most successful volunteers are those who
are flexible, culturally humble, and above all, can model compassionate, loving care.

VOLUNTEERS FAQ’S

 

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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FEES

 

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SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER

 

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“Support a volunteer fee”

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Are you a medical professional, ie midwife, doctor, nurse? Do you hold a license or certificate in your home country or state? We have various volunteering opportunities available for you, like teaching in our school for advanced obstetrical skills. Pick your favorite for an in depth experience, or mix and match if you like variety!

NON-MEDICAL PARAPROFESSIONALS

*Due to Covid19, we are not accepting non-medical paraprofessionals at this time.

While our need for non-medical volunteers is not as great, we do accept applications from paraprofessionals in the birth field. These include doulas, especially those with advanced lactation training, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants, (IBCLCs) childbirth educators, etc. We also have an ongoing need for professional and semi professional photographers and videographers.
Paraprofessionals must have a work plan developed with our staff, and approved in advance by the pertinent department head.

LOCAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES

*Due to Covid19, not all activities are available

It’s not all work on your visit to Haiti! This is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, with a complex, intricate history. Here at MFH, we believe that cultural solidarity can be achieved when people immerse themselves in a nation’s past AND present. To that end, we have a variety of experiences available to aid you in beginning to understand the many layers of Haiti. All are optional, and this list is ever changing and evolving. We like to stay open to all possibilities here, on all levels, physical, mental and spiritual. Transportation and translators are provided if necessary.

I’m a many-times volunteer. Two things led me to choose Midwives For Haiti: Haitians are trained to care for their own communities, and volunteers kept going back. I wanted to be a part of something that midwives wanted to return to continue the work and that would be self-sustaining in the end. Midwives for Haiti accomplishes both!

Bobbi Kimsey, CNM

I believe in the mission to teach and train local midwives to increase internal capacity within the country. That causes more ripples than just spending a week in the country as a midwife.

Kristin Johnson, CNM

I started volunteering with Midwives For Haiti five years ago because I had heard great things about the organization and saw great need right after the earthquake. I keep volunteering each year because the organization is indeed wonderful and the change they have made is phenomenal!

Ellen Solis, CNM