Information on trips to Haiti and approximate costs of the trip.

We are hoping to get a group together to take a trip from Thursday, May 15 thru Wednesday, May 21st.
We depart out of Logan Airport (Boston) and fly to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Usually have a connection in Miami. Right now the airline tickets are running approximately $500-525.  Course as we all know this can change.  The sooner the tickets are purchased the better.  We will let you know what flights to book and you will book your own flight.
We stay at the Hotel Auberge du Quebec which is located in Carrefour, Haiti, just outside of Port-au-Prince. The rooms are clean with running water and electricity. We eat our breakfast and dinner at the hotel, than usually bring supplies like peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches on the road each day. The hotel does have a pool so it is nice to take a dip after a long hot day. You may have your own room or share a room with another traveler which helps to keep the expense down. The approximate cost of a single room is about $65-70 so a shared room would be approximately $30-35.00 a night. Reservations do need to be made, so please let us know if you want a single room or to share a room. We make the reservations. Cash or credit cards are accepted at the hotel and will be paid when we arrive at the hotel.
Every day is usually jam packed visiting schools, orphanages, our clinic, meeting with adult education students and also checking on different projects (like our egg program). If you have any ideas on things you would like to do with the children while in Haiti, the children love participating in any kind of project whether it is crafts, music, dancing, exercise. You name it these children are just like all children so they love to learn and do new things.
Ground transportation varies depending on the number of people on the trip. We could be traveling in a van or an SUV. The cost of the vehicle and the driver each day is divided up between all who are traveling on the trip. Any tipping in the airports is also divided up between all travelers. You pay for your own food plus the group will chip in and pay for the food for our Haitian translators who are with us at all times on the trip. The translators are such an important part of this mission. Some we have watched grow up and others have been with us for several years. Some of our translators are in our adult education scholarship program, some have completed the program.  Food can run approximately $25 a day.
Each person who goes on the trip will check 2 bags filled with supplies to bring with us. (the first bag is free, the 2nd bag is $40.00) You may bring 2 carry on items. Back packs work well for your personal items. Sometimes we bring laptops down for our students so it is possible we will ask you to carry on a laptop.
Your personal items/clothes: Bring clothes for warm weather and comfortable shoes/sandles. We usually go to church on Sunday so you should bring an outfit appropriate for church, women a skirt and blouse or dress and men slacks and a shirt is fine. It is dirty and sometimes dusty in Haiti so I would suggest not bringing your best clothes.
You will need a passport, so if you don't have one you should submit the paperwork soon so that you don't have to pay to expedite it as we get closer to the date.
As far as immunizations: You should speak with your doctor and see what he/she suggests or call the travel clinic they can also help you. Everyone decides what they want to do for themselves, some people get shots, some take anti malaria medication. It is your decision. If you have any kind of a medical condition please let us know so that we can be aware of it on the trip just incase something happens.
At the end of the trip we typically take up a voluntary collection to divide up between the translators to give them a stipend for their time with us. This is strickly voluntary and the amount is totally up to you if you want to donate.
If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at the email below. Also, if you are interested in going on this trip please let me know by the middle of March as reservations do need to be made and flights decided on. The earlier we know the better prices are for airline tickets.
Thank you for your interest,
Janet Igo (put Haiti in the subject matter)
Suzanne Swanson (put Haiti in the subject matter)
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