Thank you for your interest in becoming a long-term Britsionary in Haiti! What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel, by keeping her spirit alive and helping the children of Haiti.
Long-term Britsionarys must commit to at least 1 month and must present a project to work on during their stay. Each project will be evaluated at the 30 day mark for accountability in order for the Britsionary to continue their volunteer efforts at Brit's Home.
All Available Volunteer Positions with Be Like Brit:
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All applicants are required to meet the minimum requirements listed for each position and send the following information to our Program Director for review:
Please email these documents to LongTerm@BeLikeBrit.org.
Deadlines for Applications:
Fall (September – December) application deadline is August 1st
Spring (January – May) application deadline is November 1st
Summer (June – August) application deadline is March 1st
All applications will be reviewed shortly after the application deadline for the respective service dates. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview with our program director in Haiti.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Due to the competitive nature of our long-term Britsionary program, space is limited.
$1,000 per month plus flight
For Long-Term Britsionarys, the total cost per person is $1,000 per month which includes your in-country transportation, food, lodging, and travel insurance (covers medical emergencies). Long-term Britsionarys are responsible for purchasing their own flights, from the options provided by the group leader (after your application is approved and deposit is received). PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE FLIGHTS UNTIL THEY ARE APPROVED BY YOUR BRITSIONARY GROUP LEADER.
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.