Following are commonly asked questions about our trips:
- Does Haiti require immunizations?
Haiti does NOT require immunizations. However, we strongly suggest you consult your doctor or a travel medicine specialist 6-8 weeks before the trip and visit www.cdc.gov/travel for information on recommended immunizations, medical precautions and how to handle prescriptions on this trip. We do advise all volunteers, at minimum, to have current Tetanus and Hepatitis A/B shots, and to have malaria medication with them on the trip.
- Do I need trip insurance?
Poverty Resolutions purchases trip insurance for all trip volunteers. This is included in your trip cost. Additional trip insurance is not required.
- Where is the closest medical clinic?
There are a few medical clinics located in the communities where we work and stay.
- Do I need a visa to travel to Haiti?
No, a visa is not needed to travel to Haiti.
- I am under the age of 18. Am I able to come on a trip?
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian, or must know someone on the trip that would be willing to act as their temporary guardian for the duration of the trip. If you are traveling as part of a youth group, you automatically fall under the temporary guardianship of the youth leaders that are traveling with the group to Haiti.
- How much money should I bring? Do I need to exchange currency?
The official Haitian currency is the gourde. However, U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere you will travel in Haiti, so it is not necessary to exchange currency. It is best to bring cash; one and five dollar bills are the most useful denominations. Traveler’s checks are difficult to exchange and credit cards are not widely accepted. Haiti charges a $10 tourism fee and we ask that each participant bring $20 to contribute towards the tip for hotel staff and translators. Otherwise, volunteers do not need to bring money, but most bring between $50 and $250. It is best to separate your money and carry it in different locations, such as your pocket, wallet and suitcase.
- Can I raise support for my trip? How does it get applied to my trip cost?
While each volunteer is responsible for the cost of his/her trip, you are welcome to raise support to help defray your cost. Please direct donors to make checks out to “Poverty Resolutions” and to send them directly to you. For tax reporting purposes, please DO NOT instruct your supporters to put your name in the memo line. Once you receive enough support, send all the checks at once to our address. As a policy, we DO NOT accept more than one envelope coming to us for your support, so please ensure the entire payment is in one envelope so that there is not a mistake in the accounting.
- How do you choose your projects?
We choose our projects after consulting with local community leaders and assessing needs. Following our decision, we then move into fundraising and project planning.
- Can we request specific work projects?
Unfortunately, we cannot honor such requests. Our project timelines determine which projects will benefit from volunteer hours during any particular week.
- What is your cancellation policy?
All trip prices include a $150 non-refundable deposit. Should a participant choose to cancel their trip, this money will be retained by Poverty Resolutions. If plane tickets have been purchased, that money is also non-refundable.
In the event that Poverty Resolutions has to cancel a trip (e.g. if a hurricane hits the country), the organization will only refund the money that it is able to recover. For example, if the airline does not refund the money paid for plane tickets, Poverty Resolutions will refund everything except for airfare.
If a trip is canceled by Poverty Resolutions, participants have the option to receive a refund or a credit for a future trip. The cost of airline tickets is always non-refundable. If a trip credit is chosen, Poverty Resolutions will try to work with participants to get cheap tickets or use airline credits the organization has on hand, if available. For future trip credits, reservations must be made within two calendar years of the original date of departure or funds are forfeited. Refunds will not be issued after a future trip credit has been chosen.
- Do I need to become a monthly donor? Can I just make a one-time payment?
We at Poverty Resolutions desire long-term partnerships that enable us to make a sustainable impact over time. Monthly donations and long-term support help us fund multiple projects and support sustainable solutions. You can start your monthly donations by following the “Donate” or “Give Today” website links. Those who choose to become monthly partners are given a significant trip cost discount.
- If I sponsor a child/youth, do I receive the trip discount?
No, trip discounts are only given to monthly donors whose donations go towards projects, admin, or specific support-based staff. Child sponsorship goes entirely towards the care of the child (education, meals, medical care, clothing, shoes, etc…), so allocating a portion of it towards a discount on the trip would take away from the full monies going to the child.
- Where can I find a trip packet?
Please check here for available information.
- Can I pay for my trip with a credit card?
Yes, but for every credit card payment that we process we are charged a transaction fee. We ask that you cover that fee by adding an additional 3% to your payment.
- Does Haiti require immunizations?