Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I sign up for a trip?
Sign up for a trip by clicking "Apply" at the top of this page.

What will I do when I get there?
Your team leader will send you more information regarding trip details. A typical day includes: breakfast, work, lunch, work, time with kids, dinner, singing and snacks with kids, team devotions, bedtime. A typical team will also have at least one team outing to see more of the beautiful country of Haiti.

Where do we stay?
Teams stay in dormitory style rooms in the Lifeline guesthouse, located on the orphanage compound. This building is locked anytime the team is away from the orphanage.

I don't have my passport yet, can I still register for a trip?
Passports generally take 6-8 weeks to come in the mail after the application is sent in. Please remember that HLM needs a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the travel dates for ticketing. If you do not have a passport, please do not sign up for a team unless it is at least 3-4 months prior to travel. HLM is not responsible for forfeited deposits if your passport does not arrive in time to travel.

How much does a trip cost?
Team fees can vary depending on the team. Generally the cost is between $1350 - $1450 with air fare included and $675 - $725 if you will be booking your own travel. Because of the fluctuating airfare costs, total team costs may adjust up or down based on the actual cost of tickets at time of purchase.

What does the trip cost cover?
Team fees cover food, lodging, travel insurance, and all other expenses in Haiti (excluding personal purchases such as souvenirs). Food purchased during travel is also excluded.

New for 2014 teams: both Food & Bible distribution costs and financial gifts to the staff at Lifeline will not be a part of team fees. If a team leader & team desire to do food & Bible distribution(s) or give financial gifts to the staff, teams will be responsible to do additional fundraising to cover the cost.

When do we pay and how?
When you register for a team, you will be given a payment schedule. A $100 deposit is due with the team application. Generally 50% is due 2 months prior to travel and the remaining team fees are due one month prior to travel.

You may make payments at our website at: haitilifeline.org/donate

Checks may be mailed to:
Haiti Lifeline Ministries
PO Box 4068
Topeka, KS 66604

**Please designate online payments or checks with your name and team**

I am adopting a child from Lifeline. Can my child eat with me during team meals?
Adoptive children who are officially matched (per IBESR's new guidelines) may eat with the team. Please note that the cost to cover extra food for these kids is $15 per child per day. Please email contact@haitilifeline.org to let us know if you are planning on your adoptive child(ren) eating with the team.

Where do we stay?
Teams stay in dormitory style rooms in the Lifeline guesthouse, located on the orphanage compound. This building is locked anytime the team is away from the orphanage.

Can I purchase my own plane tickets?
For most teams, Haiti Lifeline will book all plane tickets, which will be included in the total team fees. However, for team members not in the Kansas area, you may book your own travel. We ask that you coordinate your flights to be the same as the rest of the team flying to and from Port-au-Prince.

Please contact your the HLM office for more information and if you need to book your own flights: contact@haitilifeline.org

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
No - HLM purchases travel insurance for each team member. This is included in your team fee.

Do I need to get immunizations?
An updated Tetanus booster is required. (Tetanus is needed every 10 years.) For medical teams, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations are also required. Aside from this, all other immunizations and medications are up to personal discretion, between you and your family.

The CDC recommends that you check with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up to date on all Routine vaccinations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, etc.). Other CDC recommendations include: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, and anti-malaria pills.

See "Team Member Guidelines" document at the bottom of this page for more information on this.

Can I bring toys for the kids?
HLM asks that you do not bring special gifts for specific children unless you bring enough for every child at Lifeline. The only exception to this is adoptive families who have officially been matched with their child.

See "Kid Interaction Recommendations" for more information on this.

Do I need to bring snacks?
Food is provided for the team and in abundance. However, if you feel that you may need extra sustenance aside from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, please bring your own snacks.

What is the dress code?
For cultural reasons, we ask that men wear long pants (jeans, khakis, etc.) and women wear skirts that are at least knee-length during the days. Also, no tank tops or spaghetti straps. However, in the evening, once work is over, shorts (around knee-length) can be worn by all. Medical scrubs are appropriate clothing for medical trips. If there is a beach trip on your team, please wear appropriate swimwear (plenty of coverage). Please also limit jewelry to the bare minimum.

The children at Lifeline are typically required to abide by this dress code, so out of respect to them and Nicole, we abide by the same dress code.

How do I pack?
If you are traveling with the team, all personal items should be packed in your carry-on luggage. Team checked luggage is used for team food and supplies. Contact your team leader if you have a couple items that will not fit in your carry-on. See also the recommended packing list in the Team Member Guidelines at the bottom of this page.

How often can I go?
Initially, preference for team spots will be given to those who have not been able to travel on a team during the current calendar year of team travel. If you have already traveled to Haiti Lifeline during this season, we will make every effort to add to another team, but we would like as many people as possible to be able to experience this opportunity.

Is there an age requirement?
HLM typically requires team members to be at least 18 years old. Exceptions may be made for children traveling with their parents or family members.

Do I need to register with the State Department?
No - HLM registers each team member with the U.S. State Department.

Who will my team leader be?
You will find out who your team leader is soon after you have registered.

If something happens and I can't go on the trip, can I get a refund or reschedule?
If the trip is cancelled more than 30 days from the departure date, the trip cost can be refunded, less the $100 deposit. If the trip is cancelled within 30 days from departure, a portion of your trip payment may be refundable. Any costs (airfare, insurance, etc) that are non-refundable for HLM will be deducted from refunds paid back to you.

Is it safe?
We believe that the safest place in the world to be is in God's will. While the state of Haiti has changed over the past few years, there are still many safety precautions taken for each team traveling to Lifeline. Your team leader will inform you on these. If you have specific concerns, please contact us at: contact@haitilifeline.org