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CCHMP teams travel to Haiti three times each year.  Teams are limited to 12 people and team members pay their own airfare and travel expenses, for food and potable water while in Haiti, immunizations and passports.  

 Here’s a listing of trip-related expenses:

Item

Cost

Airfare (O’Hare to Port-au-Prince )

Varies

Board/Food/Water/Insurance/Transportation while In Haiti

$160.00

Immunizations

Varies

Passport (new)

$100.00

IMMUNIZATIONS – We suggest an update on tetanus, typhoid shots or pills, malaria pills, and hepatitis A and B immunizations.

TRAVELER'S DIARRHEA – Some physicians recommend taking Bactrim or Cipro prophylactically. Others recommend bringing it to take at the onset of a problem. Lomotil, (loperamide hydrochloride), may also be used to control the diarrhea. Most travelers have not had a problem with diarrhea if they avoid drinking local water and are careful in what they eat while in Haiti.

MOSQUITO PROTECTION – Bring and use a good mosquito repellent day and night. Mosquitoes are a source of malaria and Dengue fever.

WATER – We use only bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth.  

ACCOMMODATIONS – The groups stays in the home of a local resident while in Haiti.  The accommodations are clean and simple. The food (one meal each day) is prepared by local women and features Haitian cuisine.  

INCONVENIENCES – Things do not work in Haiti the same way they do in America. Power outages, water shortages, and transportation delays can be a source of annoyance and inconvenience. Travelers who approach such situations with a spirit of joy, adventure and patience fare very well.

THINGS TO BRING

Extra food (only one meal each day is included in the $160.00 fee)
Work clothes, gloves, boots or sturdy shoes
Hat or scarf
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Mosquito spray
Towels, wash cloth, bathing suit
Toiletries
Toilet paper
Snacks
Flashlight
Camera
Personal medications
A fanny pack or other way to keep your passport with you at all times
Sheets and pillow

(Note:  Many travelers leave most of their personal items, including clothing, in Haiti.)

LUGGAGE
On most trips to Haiti, you will be allowed one checked bags weighing a maximum of 50 pounds and one carry-on bag. Luggage WILL be treated roughly. After airline handling it may ride in the back of trucks or or top of buses and be exposed to rain, dust, bumpy roads, and people sitting on it.

Click here to go the U.S. State Department’s passport site.

Click here to go to the U.S. State Department’s information page on traveling to Haiti.

Click here to go the U.S. State Department’s general information page on traveling abroad.

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