What will my accommodations be like while staying in Haiti?
You will be living on-site at Brit's Home in Grand-Goâve, Haiti, a rural, mountainous region about two hours west of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. You will be housed in a shared room with another volunteer. Bunk beds or single beds are provided. Showers are cold water. Internet access is limited and not always available.
What can I expect in terms of food and drink?
Variety is limited in Haiti. The diet is carbohydrate-heavy. Breakfast consists usually of bagels with peanut butter/jelly/butter options. Fresh fruit is often available (mangoes, bananas, pineapple). Coffee and tea are available.
Rice is a staple in the diet and volunteers can expect to be served rice at least once per day. Fried chicken, pastas, and potatoes are the norm for lunch and dinner. We do import some food products from the U.S. for our volunteers, but please note that we are not able to accommodate special dietary restrictions.
Fresh fruit juices and purified drinking water are available. Long-term Britsionarys are encouraged to bring powder mixes (Propel, Crystal Light, etc.) to add to their water bottles as they wish.
How much time will I have to work with the children and/or staff on my project?
This really depends on a few things: The month in which your service trip is scheduled is the primary factor in determining access to the children. The children are in school from September through mid June. During Summer months will have more time available with the children. School months will be less. An existing schedule for the children exists, and it is a very full schedule. Long-term Britsionarys must be willing to work and help out beyond the scope of their proposed project.
Will I be able to travel throughout Haiti and/or explore areas outside of the Brit’s Home and Grand Goâve?
The short answer is no. Security concerns in Haiti are very real. The area of Grand Goâve is rural, and there are not many options available for visitors to explore outside of the orphanage. Travel to other parts of Haiti is not permitted, as all volunteers must adhere to our security protocols. Protocols restrict visitors from leaving the Be Like Brit property at any time by themselves. Any outings off-site will be coordinated by Be Like Brit and will include a driver and security personnel to ensure the safety of our guests.