Going on a Trip
The estimated cost of a medical mission trip through Randolph World Ministries, Inc. is approximately $800/person for a one week trip, $1,400/person for a two week trip and about $600/person/week in Haiti for trips three weeks or longer. These estimated costs include all expenses from the time we fly from Florida to Haiti until the flight from Haiti back to the US. Since team members live all across the US, each team member is responsible for the added travel expenses of getting from their home to Florida. The only other additional expenses include a passport, immunizations, and souvenirs purchased in Haiti.
Team sizes range from 10-20 and include professionals and students of all medical disciplines (i.e. laboratory professionals, phlebotomists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists/opticians, imaging technicians like sonographers and X-ray techs, health information managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, EMTs, etc.). We are also interested in business professionals to mentor our small business owners and construction/maintenance professionals to assist in certain construction and rehabilitation projects. In addition, others are welcome as space allows to assist in the mass screening program, eye clinic, construction, and natural disaster clean up efforts.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no typical trip. Expect nothing and rejoice in everything. Bring a spirit of adventure and an open mind and heart. The Haitian culture is very different than the US. Please do not try to transplant western ideas, methods and ways into the Haitian culture. It won’t work. Come with questions, not answers. Once you have made enough trips to Haiti to begin to learn the Haitian culture, your ideas will become more realistic and welcomed.
Calculate the amount of money you will need for food, travel, and gratuities while in the US on your way to and from Florida and add $150 per person to take to Haiti (approximately $25-$50 in small bills with plenty of one dollar bill for souvenirs). Once you are in Florida (Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami, or Ft. Pierce), all hotel and transportation costs are already paid to include your flight to Haiti and ALL necessary expenses while in Haiti (except souvenirs). Haitian currency is in gourdes (pronounced Goodes) and can be exchanged if needed on most of the missionary compounds and guesthouses. Bargaining with the locals is encouraged and every souvenir vendor accepts US dollars. Starting prices for souvenirs are 2-3x higher than the lowest price they will accept. A Haitian vendor WILL NOT sell you something for less than they paid so feel free to walk away if you are being taken. Most missionary compounds allow preferred vendors to sell on the compound
Limit yourself to one suitcase and a small carryon or backpack. The large suitcase must weigh 50 pounds or less and the carry on must weigh 30 pounds or less to meet most airline standards.
Women: need to wear skirts at least knee length or below and the blouses must cover the shoulders and not low cut. If need be, you can wear shorts under your skirt. No spaghetti straps or low neck lines. No shorts or pants when outside your sleeping quarters but feel free to get comfortable when in your sleeping room. Cool fabrics like cotton and lose fitting clothes are preferred. Bring 4-5 skirts and 2 tops for each skirt. Mix and match….less is better. Swim suits must be one piece and very conservative. Bring a cover-up.
Men: need to wear long pants (Dockers) and shirts (Polo Shirts) with short sleeves. Jeans are acceptable when not at work. Walking shorts may be worn around the house and at the beach. Please bring conservative swimwear (no Speedos).
- Scrubs are encouraged when working in the clinic
- Laundry services are available on most compounds (Plan to tip $5/load).
- Tennis shoes, sandals, and flip flops are common but use closed toe shoes for working in the clinic (tennis shoes or nursing shoes).
- Leave valuable jewelry at home. I recommend leaving engagement rings at home and either wear your wedding band or purchase an inexpensive ring to wear for your wedding ring. I recommend purchasing a cheap watch. Keep earrings simple – posts are better than anything dangling. If you have multiple piercing, only wear one set.
- For team members with tattoos, please select clothing that will cover tattoos as much as possible.
- Coffee is abundant in Haiti but not guaranteed so if you have an addiction you may want to bring a small bag of instant coffee.
- Any prescription medications
- Chloroquine (anti-malarial drug). Generally, the first dose of a 500mg tablet should be taken one week before departing for Haiti, take one tablet on the same day each week while in Haiti, and take one tablet weekly for four weeks after you get home (follow physician instructions)
- Benadryl or anti-histamine cream – for those bug bites that we all get
- Aspirin or Tylenol
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Motion sickness pills for the airplane if needed
- the team travels with a comprehensive first-aid kit
- Sun Screen - Bring a high power sun screen, the sun is intense.
- Sun glasses and hat
- Travel size hand sanitizer (2-3)
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper (roosters, dog fights, & snoring roommates)
- Bug spray – Deet
- Kleenexes (travel size)& baby wipes for no toilet paper emergencies
- Other toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, a towel, etc)
- Travel alarm… Only if you need it. I use my phone.
- Razors or shavers
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Camera. Power cable to charge battery or extra battery.
- Backpack to downsize, carry laundry or take on a day trip
- Fanny pack to carry camera, etc.
- Disposable raincoat or Umbrella for sun and rain
- Bible and other books
- Durable Water Bottle
- Small fan (Battery operated or dual battery/electric with extra batteries)
- One small game for the evening time (cards, etc.)
- Coffee is abundant in Haiti but not guaranteed so if you have an addiction you may want to bring a small bag of instant coffee
While in Haiti:
- Devotions each morning at 6:30am (time may vary depending on location). If you would like to lead devotions, you can prepare something at home or read a passage from the Bible to share with the group. Maybe bring a special scripture reading or meditation (Leading devotions is strictly voluntary but attendance is mandatory)
- On some compounds you are obligated to participate in daily worship services at the clinic before the clinic opens (around 8:00 – 8:45am - M-F)
- Sunday morning worship at a local Haitian church is required. We will usually be accompanied by missionaries who will translate for us when present. We will often be introduced and sometimes I am asked to speak.
- On some compounds we may have missionary worship services on Wednesday evenings.
The website has a wealth of information from past Mission Trips and pictures. More information can also be found about the country of Haiti on the web.
No, we hire interpreters to help us in the workplace. The common language of Haiti is Creole, 80% French and 20% African dialect. Educated Haitians on the compound can speak French and some speak limited English and Spanish. The full-time missionaries speak fluent Creole. There are many ways we can communicate without speaking the same language. Smiles, hugs, and handshakes are the universal language. Also the use of gestures and body language can go far to get your point across. If the Haitian to whom you are speaking does not understand English, repeating it, saying it slower, or saying it louder WILL NOT WORK.
Here is a link to a website with a few greetings, etc in French where you can play a small video clip to hear how to say the words: http://www.bonjour.com/ It never hurts to learn the simple greetings of hello
- Bonjour = Good morning (pronounced: Bone zju)
- Bonsua = Good afternoon (pronounced Bone swa)
- Bonenuit = Good night (pronounced Bone nueet)
- Mesi = Thank you ( pronounced: mess-e)
Randolph World Ministries, Inc. offers medical mission ministry opportunities to anyone who feels called to participate. Expertise and/or experience in a branch of medicine is not necessary but highly valued. We can find ministry opportunities for individuals with any skill set. However, individuals with a variety of medical degrees are encouraged to participate to include but not limited to physicians, laboratory professionals, physician assistants, phleobtomists, therapists (OT and PT), nurses, X-ray techs, sonographers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, health information managers, dieteticians, EMTs, etc. If more individuals apply for a slot on a team than can be accommodated in a given year, priority will be given to those with a medical background and experience in foreign medical missions.
To be considered as a team member, simply contact Tim using the contact information provided. Completion of an application is required which includes a picture, verification that immunizations have been obtained, a passport number, and a spiritual testimonial.