Haiti faces some of the greatest sustainability challenges in the Western hemisphere. Taking a group from PA or elsewhere for Haiti Volunteer Opportunities can go a long way toward economic, educational, and environmental sustainability. And your group will learn and grow from working side-by-side with Haitians in service. Our trip there partners with and helps fund local nonprofits that are saving and enriching lives. Each trip creates jobs in Haiti and allows for ongoing programs to be offered by the nonprofit we partner with.
For our service and lunch, we focus on supporting a nonprofit and their locally identified needs. We hire the same nonprofit to provide lunch for our groups. In fact, we hire a nonprofit with offices in Haiti to partner with us on all of our travel accommodations so that our Haiti volunteer opportunities support local, Haitian nonprofits as much as possible. That way we have an impact not just while we are there but also through our sustainability approach after we return home.
It should be noted that Haiti is one location in which we will not be able to stay in a locally owned hotel as we have not found the right fit that meets our safety standards (at ILI Travel safety is our number one priority – in fact, we send our own families from Buck County and Montgomery County on these trips). This beautiful beachfront resort has a pool and plenty to do after volunteering.
Service learning volunteers have worked with children. Groups from Essex County and Burlington County can teach English. Schools from Bucks County can play sports with children. Community organizations from Union County and Warren County can build chicken coops. College groups from Montgomery County can build tilapia farms. Other groups from PA, NJ and beyond have joined in projects meant for sustainable growth for those living in extreme poverty – and many other activities intended to support the local goals of environmental and educational sustainability.
On our trip you will not just provide service but also work side-by-side with Haitians and learning more about Haitian culture with our Haiti Volunteer Opportunities.
All of our projects support a locally identified need. We are working with a non-profit located in Haiti and are responding to their unique needs. This trip can have an important impact on the community we serve in Haiti – while also changing our volunteers’ lives for the better.
Our hotel will always have security, and we will have a local guide with us who knows the area well in the event of an emergency.
For our accommodations, participants can expect high quality accommodations: air conditioned rooms, a pool, buffet meals, running water, and much more. We often stay on the beach and have regular access to the beach and ocean.
Do you play soccer? Come along, and we can find time for plenty of games against the locals (who play in bare feet). Bring your entire soccer team from Burlington County, Chester County, or elsewhere.
Do you play basketball? There is a basketball court at the volunteer site and teaching sports to the children can be part of the service. While American volunteers don’t stand much of a chance at winning in soccer, basketball is less familiar to many Haitians. Bring your teams from Essex County, Union County, or elsewhere for service and sports.
There is usually a day in which we will visit a Haitian market. We will be in small groups with a Haitian guide. Each person will be given a nominal amount of money to experience market shopping and negotiating.
If you go with friends, you may find your bonds remarkably strengthened. If you go by yourself, be ready to make new friends.
Below is a sample daily schedule of a trip to Haiti. Our Haiti volunteer opportunities are usually a 7-day program.
- 6 – 6:30 Wake up. If you wake early enough, you can enjoy the sun rising over the ocean.
- 6:30 Breakfast is at the resort
- 7:45 Travel to volunteer site
- 12:00 Lunch
- 3:00 Return to the resort for free time. One day will include a supermarket stop on the way back.
- 6:00 Dinner
- 7:00 Evening reflections
- Post reflections you have free time and are encouraged to write a blog or create a video blog – perhaps “Crossing Cultures from Haiti to Warren County.”
Haiti Volunteer Opportunities are available for high school service trips abroad, service trips for college students , and non-religious mission trips. We bring groups from PA, NJ, and beyond a unique service learning program partnered with local nonprofits.
You will come home having served abroad while also bonding over international games of soccer or basketball. If you are so moved, we can connect you further with the nonprofit to find ways to be of ongoing support with their sustainability efforts. You may never look at Haiti – or the world – the same way again.