If you’re interested in volunteering in Haiti, there are lots of online resources and guidelines to help you to prepare for your trip away.
If you ever have any questions, just get in touch with us here in Haven, and take a look through the sites below to learn what you can expect to experience: just click on the red links to find out more.
Comhlámh is a support organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. Haven is a signatory to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for Volunteer-Sending Agencies: this is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in developing countries.
Its Volunteer Charter aims to contribute to the improvement of the volunteering experiences of international volunteers, and ultimately to the quality of life for host communities affected by volunteering. It complements rather than replaces the guidelines and rules for volunteers from their sending agencies.
Ireland’s DFA offers useful information to people travelling overseas, including essential rules on visa and passport requirements. Take care to ensure you are aware of any travel regulations which may apply to you!
The Global Citizen Award recognises the contribution made by overseas volunteers and raises awareness of global issues in Ireland. If you are a volunteer over the age of eighteen with a minimum of three weeks of overseas volunteer experience, you are eligible to apply for the award, giving you the chance to share your volunteering stories and memories and to educate others on the global issues you encountered.
The Irish Aid website gives a valuable overview of volunteering opportunities open to Irish people, examining the different options available and the objectives behind volunteering initatives, as well as linking to various support and advice resources. Every year, Irish Aid and Comhlámh work together to host the Volunteering Fair, which is a hugely useful event for current or prospective volunteers.
Some volunteers may find the experiences they encounter in Haiti difficult or upsetting. Please talk to Haven staff about anything that you find emotional or distressing: we are always there to listen to and help you. If you would like to talk through your experiences with anyone else, please call Samaritans by free-phoning 116 123 at any time.
Volunteers from the United States may find the travel advice and information available through the State Department useful in preparing for a volunteering trip to Haiti. Please ensure that you are aware of any visa or passport requirements that apply to you before departing!
The TMB provides valuable advice on vaccinations, medical information and more, which is extremely important to those planning to volunteer in Haiti.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched in 2016, aiming to go far in ending all forms of poverty. Over the next fifteen years, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs are useful to consider while volunteering, and share the values of Haven’s work in Haiti.
Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Its factsheets and guides provide step-by-step guidelines to volunteers on how to pursue their interests in volunteering, and outlines the various options and support resources open to them.
WHO’s country profile of Haiti outlines the most current information and statistics from Haiti, which gives a helpful insight into some of the experiences and situations which volunteers may encounter while in Haiti.