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