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We hope you will consider volunteering with us in Haiti. We believe it will be one of the great experiences of your life !
CHI is very blessed to have such awesome volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, skills sets and geographics. Volunteering in Haiti is quite an adventure! Going to Haiti is difficult and not for everyone which is totally ok! The trip will be complex and full of contrasts - it will be fantastic but will also be really tough and challenging; it will be both uplifting and profoundly depressing; it will be filled with hope about things as well as despair. All of this feelings are pretty normal and often happen at the same time.
Volunteers need to have an open mind, open heart, be flexible, don't mind getting dirty, don't mind heat, don't mind bugs and are able to adapt to being in a Third World Country which is different from the US on most levels. If volunteers are up for the challenge, they will find that they will experience a life-changing and amazing week. When all is said and done, our volunteers often come away feeling that the Haitians have done more for them than they have done for the Haitians.
Haiti and its people are really special!
Please explore the information available on our website if you are interested in volunteering with a Community Health Initiative medical or surgical team. It explains fundraising requirements and other aspects of our mobile clinics so you - our treasured volunteers - will know what to expect. We know you will still have questions so please ask!
Each team is made up of around 22-28 volunteers from a wide variety of skill sets including MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, Dentists, nurses, EMTs and non-medical; ages; backgrounds; and states. Non-medical volunteers are a vital part of the team helping with triage; crowd control; TEBOW (electronic patient records system); pharmacy; treatment area; as needed and holding lots of babies. On each team, we strive for a certain balance of talents as well as a balance of new volunteers and veteran volunteers.
While completing the Volunteer Application, you can indicate interest in any or all of the upcoming medical and surgical teams. Each year we go four to five times to Arcahaie.
Arcahaie is a small village located 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince along the coast. It takes about 2 hours to drive there. The Arcahaie Medical Team stays at La Ballade Resort located within Arachaie. Clinics are held 4 days in the village of La Digue and 1 day in the mountain village of Fondòl. The Arcahaie Surgical Team operates out of a hospital run by Mission Haiti Medical (MHM) in St. Ard. The Surgical Team stays at Kaliko Beach Club which is another 10-minute drive from St. Ard.
One of our partners, Harvest Field Ministries , hosts quarterly medical mobile clinics in Les Anglais, a beautiful coastal town at the western tip of the southern peninsula with huge mountains often running right up to the beaches.
If you are interested in participating in one of their clinics, contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Medical Team is comprised of providers (MD, DO, NP, PA), nurses, EMTs, other medical professionals and non-medical volunteers. The Surgical Team is comprised of general surgeons/urologists, other surgeons, nurses, scrub techs and non-medical volunteers. Each team is around 20-25 people of all backgrounds, ages, skill sets and geographics. We try to balance the number of veteran volunteers and 1st time volunteers. Our trips are Saturday-Saturday with volunteers needing to fly to Miami the night before as we fly out early to Port-au-Prince the next morning. Most volunteers will fly home the same afternoon or evening we fly back to the US.
The first step is to fill out the Volunteer Application and indicate which teams you are interested in. Once your completed application is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find out which team is best for you and CHI. Note: January and summer trips typically fill up very quickly.
CAUTION: Women who are pregnant or could be pregnant should not travel to Haiti. Due to a number of mosquito and other borne illnesses, CHI recommends you travel only after your bundle of joy arrives!
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Interested in general volunteering not on a medical or surgical team? General Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? Either fill out the form below or contact:
Jana Zimmerman, CHI Volunteer Coordinator & Board Member, Jzimmerman@chihaiti.org.
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