It is with great excitement that we are now open for volunteers once again! Our international staff has been back on the ground for three weeks, and feel it is now safe to re-open our doors to our beloved volunteer family. However, as the world has changed, so has our volunteer program. Our new guidelines are in place to protect both our volunteers, and our host community. We are visitors here, and we must do everything in our power to make sure our students, staff, and beneficiaries are protected. I’m sure we are all on the same page here!
Also, please note that travel guidelines entering and exiting Haiti have also changed. These are government and airline requirements, similar to those for most other countries in the world right now. Below please find a summary of our new rules. Please email Anna, our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your plans!
Here is a summary of our new rules:
- 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!
We know that your volunteer experience may look different during this time. However, we are sure you agree that safety is our most important priority. We feel confident that you will still have a beautiful, enriching time during your stay with us. We have missed you!
Midwives for Haiti