WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING TO HAITI

General Information

  • Our on-the-ground partners –Partners In Development and Haitian American Caucus - host numerous groups of volunteers and interns throughout the year who work on a variety of projects. You can read more about their work.
  • If other volunteers are scheduled to be at either compound working while at the same time, your team will link with them to travel, participate in a similar daily schedule, and go on cultural trips together even though your work assignments are different.  


On-Site Details at the PID OR HAC Compound

  • Go Give Yoga - What to ExpectAccommodations: Volunteers sleep in a bunk bed and share a bunk room, shower, toilet facilities with other teammates. A full description of facilities is located in the FAQ section.
  • Mealtimes:  Meals are served buffet-style. You can expect a menu similar to this:
    • Breakfast:  coffee, cereal, milk and fresh fruit are available each morning. A hot breakfast (pancakes or eggs) is sometimes served.
    • Lunch and Dinner:  a mix of American and host-country meals are served e.g. spaghetti and meat balls, chicken with rice and beans, fish, plantains, salad. Lunch is often peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
    • Purified water @ room temperature is available all day from a 5-gal. water dispenser. You should bring your own empty water bottle to refill and use during the week.
    • You will be able to let PID/HAC staff know if you have food allergies so they can alert you to a particular meal’s ingredients. PID/HAC is not able to offer a special menu. If you have dietary concerns you should plan to bring alternative food.


A Typical Work Day:

  • Go Give Yoga - What to ExpectBreakfast is served around 7:30 or 8:00 am.
  • Work starts between 8:30 and 9:00 am
    • At PID, two-hour classes with the children begin at 9:00 or 10:00 am depending on where the children are coming from that day.
    • The HAC program is centered around the school schedule for the compound-based Echole Shalom school.  In general classes are 45 minutes following a rotating schedule of age groups coming for a yoga class with you.
  • Lunch is served around noon or 12:30 for the staff and volunteers.
  • The afternoon work schedule:
    • At both PID and HAC, the two-hour classes with the children begin around 1:30 or 2:00 pm after the school day.
  • Showers and free time from 3:30 or 4:00 until dinner.
    • At PID you may be invited to take a late afternoon “walk about” around town before dinner.
  • Dinner is usually served at 5:30
  • PID staff lead a group meeting each evening following dinner to discuss the day’s events, learn about the culture and history of Haiti and coordinate work for the next day.
  • Evenings are free to plan with your team, hang around the compound, visit with other volunteers, read, play games, etc.
Each trip includes 1-2 cultural excursions. Some trips are scheduled from Wed. to Wed. You will have Sat. afternoon and Sun. for excursions away from the PID compound. Some trips are scheduled Sun. to Sun. You will have Sat. afternoon and possibly one afternoon mid week for excursions away from the compound.

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