FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our decision to go will be based on advice from our hosts, other missionaries in Haiti and the U.S. State Department. We will do our best to ensure your safety and the proper completion of our trip and objectives. Each team is registered with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.
We normally rise early, eat breakfast, get to work and get through our task in late afternoon. A typical schedule would be:
|6:00||Wake up – Personal Devotions|
|9:00||Arrive at the worksite|
|12:00||Lunch at the worksite|
|3:30||Return to home base|
|7:00||Group worship & sharing|
No. We only ask for a willingness to work to the best of your ability. We also need your commitment to cooperate and follow the direction of the team leadership. Although we have never had to send a team member home, we retain that option.
Yes, the minimum age for a Love in Motion trip is 14 if you are traveling without a parent or guardian. If you are 13 and one of you have a parent or guardian going on the same trip, we wouldlove to have you apply.
The activities of all our teams, whether work or medical, can be strenuous. We have taken many people well into retirement and make every attempt to match a person’s work assignment with their physical capability. Please feel free to contact with any particular questions or concerns.
Above all, our behavior and conversation should be God honoring. Additionally, we ask for flexibility, patience and complete cooperation with team leadership. A team member should maintain a spirit of unity and harmony within the group. We ask our teams to be culturally sensitive to be continually aware of their surroundings.
Our medical clinics are designed to be basic and mobile. This allows us the opportunity to bring medical care to the most rural and remote places. We provide these clinics so that as many people as possible have access to basic healthcare. Most of our medications are purchased in Haiti. We set up like a clinic you might see in western society. Most of what we see are common infections. Patients that need more advanced care are directed to other facilities and many times we pay for the care they will receive. Just as many non-medically trained people are needed as medically trained to run a clinic.
At the Worksite:
Shorts are fine for both men and women as long as they are to the knee. T-shirts are encouraged as long as they are appropriate. Either sneakers or boots should be worn at the work site. No open-toed shoes.
At a Medical Clinic:
Shorts are acceptable as long at they are knee length. You may also choose to wear scrubs if you have them. Appropriate T-shirts are also acceptable. Sneakers are a good a choice to wear as well as a sturdy sandal. No flip-flops please.
Men should wear long pants and a collared shirt. Women must wear a dress or skirt to the knees. No sleeveless attire.
At the Beach:
Modesty rules the day. Men, no racing suits. Women, no bikinis. If you have a tankini that provides complete coverage of your stomach, that would be acceptable. If it does not provide complete converge, you must wear a t-shirt. One-piece suits are preferred.
At the Guesthouse:
Shorts and t-shirts are the norm at the guesthouse. You may also wear flip-flops. You should never be barefoot at the house. You should wear flip-flops or water shoes in the shower.
Yes, passports are required! If you forget your passport, you will not be able to go on the trip. Contact your local post office or passport agency for an application. They will request two passport photos and proof of citizenship. You should apply for your passport as soon as you apply for the trip.
No, but they are strongly recommended. You should to be up to date for tetanus. Based on the information from the medical doctors at our travel clinic, you should have protection for malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A, and a polio booster. Please see your doctor well in advance of your departure date.
You are allowed to have two checked (stored under the airplane) pieces of luggage that are not allowed to exceed 50 pounds each. We ask that you pack all of the items you plan to bring in one bag. Remember this cannot exceed 50 pounds. This leaves your team leaders the option of packing your second bag with supplies that might be needed for the trip. You can carry on one bag plus one personal item as long as the carry-on bag fits in the sizer and does not exceed overall dimensions of 45 inches (length + width + height). The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall. Our suggestion is just one bag that is a backpack.[/accordion][accordion title=”How can I afford to go?”]This is a really good question to ask yourself before you sign up for the trip. If you feel the Lord would have you go, pray, and use your own resources first. Then contact your church, Sunday school, youth group, friends and relatives to see if they would assist you financially for this missionary project. Your team handbook contains a section on writing a support letter. It will be your responsibility to know and keep track of the due dates of all fees due. All fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. You will need to have a plan for full payment by the due date before submitting the application – even if you are attempting to generate support from others.
This is a really good question to ask yourself before you sign up for the trip. If you feel the Lord would have you go, pray, and use your own resources first. Then contact your church, Sunday school, youth group, friends and relatives to see if they would assist you financially for this missionary project. Your team handbook contains a section on writing a support letter. It will be your responsibility to know and keep track of the due dates of all fees due. All fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. You will need to have a plan for full payment by the due date before submitting the application – even if you are attempting to generate support from others.
Love in Motion does not have a cash reserve from which we can draw to loan you money. To hold “blocks” of tickets on the airlines, we are required to make initial deposits that carry penalties if cancelled. When we book tickets, they are nonrefundable tickets. That means, we cannot get your money back from the airlines. We will not book a ticket for you without your full payment. The remainder of the fees must be forwarded to our contacts in Haiti well in advance. Part of being a team member means taking responsibility for your own financial requirements. Failure to meet the obligations will hurt the team.