Volunteer in Haiti: Byen-venu!

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It is extremely unfortunate that Haiti is currently perhaps best known for the January 2010 earthquake that took place. The earthquake was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the last decade; it killed almost a quarter of a million people and displaced millions. The country has a poverty level of 80%, amongst the highest in the world, and the earthquake has only worsened the situation in the nation. Thus, Haiti has more of an urgent need for volunteers than almost any other nation in the world.

  • Capital: Port au Prince
  • Population: 9.7 million
  • Currency: Haitian gourde
  • Poverty Level: 80%

Construction: In the earthquake in 2010, the Presidential Palace, Parliament, and countless homes, businesses and schools were destroyed. As a volunteer, you will be helping to rebuild the many schools and homes that were destroyed in the earthquake.

Health Care: As a response to the earthquake, many nonprofit organizations have started working in the healthcare sector in Haiti, but they are still understaffed in terms of volunteers. As a medical volunteer, you will primarily be working in hospitals where you will assist doctors and nurses in treating and taking care of patients.

Work with Children: Due to poverty and the 2010 earthquake, many children in Haiti are orphans. There are many orphanages in the nation which are in need of volunteers. As a volunteer, you will be taking care of children, teaching children, and helping with administrative tasks in the orphanage.

  • Volunteer Support: If you volunteer in Haiti through an organization, a support system will be in place that you can turn to for help and support. Don't hesitate to ask the organization questions. Your home country's embassy or consulate can be reached in Port au Prince for further information support as well.
  • NGO/Non-Profits: Haiti, as expected, is home to many nonprofit organizations. Here is a complete list of NGO's in Haiti.
  • Know before You Go: English is not widely spoken in Haiti, so try to learn some French before you go as that will make it easier for you to communicate with others. Additionally, make sure you mentally prepare yourself to see extreme poverty as Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the world; many volunteers are shocked when they first visit, and to prepare yourself, you should be mentally prepare yourself.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Haiti:

As a volunteer in Haiti, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

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