Open Door Haiti typically runs trips to Haiti monthly to help with current projects. And if you or your church have ever considered a mission trip, Open Door Haiti may be the right fit for you.
The “mission” experience
We are excited about your interest in a Mission Trip to Haiti with ODH. We believe that a trip to ODH will not only leave a lasting impression on your life but will possibly change your life forever! Whether you are doing a work detail, loving on the kids at the Orphanage, attending a church service or just getting some alone time with God, you will most definitely feel rewarded, refreshed and renewed.
Our trips and pricing structure to Haiti have changed a little due to more airlines now servicing Cap Haitien, so depending on the airline, your trip will begin with you flying to Miami or Orlando. Trip prices are figured on a 7 day trip (6 in Haiti.) (If you are doing a shorter or longer trip, our Trip Administrator will figure the modified Trip Fees.)
Once you arrive in Cap Haitian it is a quick 30-minute ride from the airport to Bois de Lance, where the Open Door Haiti headquarters is located. After finding your bunk in the guest house, taking a tour of the ministry and decompressing for a little bit, you will be briefed on what to expect and the projects that await you. From this point, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet the local people, eat some unique foods, help in immeasurable ways, and experience something that is truly life changing. For more information or to schedule a Mission Trip with ODH, contact our Trip Administrator, Linda Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions and Answers:
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Varies depending on Airline. Cost breakdown below is for ODH fees and does not include flights…
OPEN DOOR HAITI BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT…
Ft. Pierce Regional/International Airport per Orlando International
Missionary Flights International (4 hr flight – DC3 prop plane) – $1,150.00 (Cost is all inclusive, including hotel on the front end of trip.) (**meals while in transit are at your own expense.)
This price does NOT include shuttle service from Orlando to Ft. Pierce,$10 Haiti Tourism Tax as you enter the Country, flight to Florida from city of origin, costs for work projects, possible hotel on back end of trip and extra spending money for food while traveling and souvenirs. Mission Trips must be booked with a non-refundable deposit paid at least 3 to 4 months in advance. (**NOTE: MFI requires a $1,000 non-refundable deposit per GROUP) All fees must be PAID IN FULL by 30 days prior to trip. If a trip is cancelled within 20 days prior to departure the full price is non-refundable. You MUST already have a passport before booking a trip.
DAY 1 – arrive in Orlando (travel to hotel in Ft. Pierce. DAY 2 – Leave Ft. Pierce for Cap Haitian (arrive in CAP around 11am) DAYS 3 to 6 – work projects. DAY 7 – Return to Ft. Lauderdale (arrival varies from early to late afternoon) Possible DAY 8
NOTE: Because of the variance in arrival back to Ft. Pierce and then traveling back to Orlando, a DAY 8 to travel back to city of origin may be required.
BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHT TO HAITI…
**NOTE: Before purchasing your American Airline ticket to Haiti, your trip dates MUST be cleared with our ODH Trip Administrator.
Miami International Airport
American Airlines – (1 hr 45 min flight – jet plane) – $700.00 (Cost includes 1 night in hotel on the front or back end of trip (if needed) and all costs relating to food, travel and lodging WHILE in Haiti) (**meals while in transit are at your own expense.)
This cost does NOT include round trip flight to Cap Haitien, Haiti, $10 Haiti Tourism Tax as you enter the Country, round trip flight to Florida from city of origin, any work project costs and extra spending money for food while traveling and souvenirs. Mission Trips MUST be booked with a non-refundable deposit paid at least 3 to 4 months in advance. (non-refundable deposit = $350 per person) All fees must be PAID IN FULL by 30 days prior to trip. If a trip is cancelled within 20 days prior to departure the full price is non-refundable. You MUST keep Open Door Haiti’s Trip Administrator advised to your flight plans once booked. You MUST already have a passport before booking a trip.
NOTE: Schedule your flights home from Miami 6:30pm or later – getting through customs can sometimes take a while.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Every effort will be given to ensure a safe trip. Our trip leaders have all been to Haiti many times and are educated on the protocols and procedures that are to be followed. However, as with travel to any country outside the United States it is very important to follow your trip leaders’ guidance as well as check for any travel advisories on the US government website. As far as the people of ODH, the local church is grateful for the support and eager to welcome new missionaries and build potentially long-lasting relationships. Before you travel it is recommended you have Tetanus, Hepatitis-A and B and Typhoid vaccinations as well as be prescribed Malaria pills, but consult with your local health professional to verify the CDC’s travel guidelines.
Q: What is it like where I am staying?
A: The Open Door Haiti compound has been designed to support missionaries from the USA with more than your basic needs. You will have a comfortable bed, a shower, and three home cooked meals per day. Electricity is supplied at certain times during the day from an on sight generator and we are currently working on a satellite Internet connection. Most cellular service providers do work in the area, but you should ask your provider about international service, rates and network switch over.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Consult your Mission Trip Guide for more details paying close attention to dress code:
- Necessities: Passport( and xerox copy), Bible, Emergency Contact Information, Prescribed Malaria Medication, Toiletries(110 volt electricity), Laundry Bag, Work Gloves, Water Bottle, Flashlight (extra batteries), Sunglasses, Pen, Mosquito Repellent WITH Deet, Hand Sanitizer, Camera, Cash (several $1 bills for small items).
- Currency: bring money to give as gratuity to the staff (cleaners, cooks, etc.), bring money to give the church as an offering, bring money for personal use in case you have the chance to go to the market.
- Optional (Highly Recommended): Reading Material for Down Time, Ear Plugs, Battery Operated Fan WITH batteries, Hat, Tissues, Ibuprofen, Imodium AD, Bandana, Sunblock, Chapstick, Zip Lock Bags, Wipes, Snack foods – granola bars, breakfast bars, beef jerky, etc. (stay away from snacks that will melt.)
Q: What is expected of me?
A: We will do our best to utilize the talents and strengths God has given you to serve others, however it is possible that while you may be an electrician, carpenter, or teacher… we may need you in another area that helps complete the current projects running. God has a plan for you while on this trip so it’s best to be flexible and serve God and others with an open heart.