Volunteer travel opportunities in Haiti
As Haiti once again sizes up the massive post-disaster cleanup ahead of them, many of us who missed the hurricanes and earthquakes are anxious to learn how we can help. The best way to get in there and make a difference is to go to the Caribbean and volunteer. Here are several ways you can volunteer to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.
All Hands already has hands on the ground in Port-Salut, and they’re looking for more volunteers. The Port-Salut project has been based primarily around cleaning up schools so children can get back to classes as soon as possible, and providing fresh water for drinking and sanitation. There is still so much to be done in the area, from health needs to clearing of rubble. You can join All Hands and expand the efforts to put kids back in school and return to normalcy.
Samaritan’s purse is a Christian-based organization with far-reaching programs, but its medical program is the one that is currently most significant in Haiti. With the obvious problem of many hurricane-related injuries adding to the logistical issues of ruptured sewage, destroyed hospitals, and more, the medical teams from Samaritan’s purse are in high demand. If you are a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you can join forces to make a difference. Use your time and talents to heal people physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Red Cross is also a medical-based organization. They are hoping to make a huge dent in the medical problems that Haiti is currently facing. Again, if you’re a medical professional, your services are in high demand. Take your knowledge and abilities to a place in the world where they are most needed, and make a difference! Even if you’re not in the medical field, you can help by rebuilding homes or hospitals.
Plumbers Without Borders
It’s not just the doctors that are essential to Haiti’s hope. Without prober plumbing, it’s impossible to maintain a healthy community. Currently, the sewage and plumbing system is in shambles. If you have the skills, put them to work for a good cause! You can help rebuild plumbing systems for schools, homes, hospitals, and other important buildings. With the ability to have clean water, these institutions can offer the health, education and safety that Haiti so desperately needs!
Now that you know, go! These are just a handful of the many organizations seeking to help Haiti in its time of distress. No matter what your skill set is, you can find a way to help.
Breana Johnson is an American expat living on the Caribbean Island of Sint Maarten. She surfs, snorkels, and spearfishes when she’s not tutoring local kids or writing. If she could have any job title in the world, it would be Professional Hummus Taste Tester. For now, she’s settling for freelance travel writer. You can catch up on Breana’s adventures at her blog, www.3rdCultureWife.com. PODCAST FEATURE Listen to Breana on St. Maarten Travels that Transformed Lives