Haiti Foundation of Hope sends approximately four medical teams to rural northern Haiti each year. Both medical and non-medical people are needed for the 10-day clinic trips. Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to apply. Those 16 and 17 can apply with a parent or guardian. The trip is financed by team members and gifts from their families and friends.
A typical team leaves the United States late Thursday, arriving in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the following day. The team travels up-country to its final destination and sets up home for the next eight days. There is purified water, portable generators and solar power for electricity, and tiled bathrooms and showers. Team members participate in the Sunday morning church service and after lunch they begin to set up clinic. The pharmacy is stocked with donated medicines and medicines purchased with funds from team members’ payments.
Clinic begins Monday morning and continues through Friday with an hour and a half lunch break each day. About 35 Haitians join the team. Every team member is critical. The clinic will treat patients with various problems including malaria, typhoid, TB, AIDS, skin diseases and illnesses associated with severe malnutrition. A typical team will see over 1,000 patients. Team members may also help with other activities and projects such as English conversation lessons with the secondary school students.
Friday evening is a time to inventory clinic supplies. On Saturday, team members say farewell to Haitian co-workers and head out, arriving home in the United States late Sunday.
Voice of a Former Team Member
- It was so good and so much harder than I thought it would be.
- I felt a deep sense of purpose and autonomy.
- My biggest fear going into the trip was connecting with the team, and my biggest joy in coming out of the trip was connecting with the team.
- We were so well loved by the Haitians who cared for us in the clinic.
– Anna Balcom, past team member
February 16-26, 2017
March 1-12, 2017
June 22-July 2, 2017
November 2-12, 2017
Download applications here:
Keep in mind: Teams are formed nine months to a year in advance of travel.
Team Member Payment
Traveling in Haiti
For more information on Haiti and traveling in the country, visit these websites:
For international travel information: Travel Document Systems
For travel health: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For travel registration: U.S. Department of State, Registration
A partner with Haiti Foundation of Hope: Medical Teams International
For facts about Haiti: The World Factbook