|Location||Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispanola|
|Language||French (official), Creole (official)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16%, none 1%, other 3%|
|Climate||Tropical; semiarid in the mountains|
|Ethnic Groups||Black (African) 95%, mulatto (African and European mix) and white (European) 5%|
|Motto||"L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE" ("Union Makes Strength")|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Haitian and American meals||Homemade Haitian and American meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Haiti, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group t-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing activity.
Transportation to Port Au Prince, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, and personal insurance.
Creole and French are the two official languages. English is spoken sparingly throughout Haiti. Your mission team will be provided with local Haitian staff to serve as translators in addition to help leading your trip. It is a good idea, however, to have your team learn a few basic Creole phrases to make the most of your time there.
In spite of the bad press that Haiti often gets, as a whole, the Haitian people are very peaceful and extremely hospitable. However, there is no hiding that Haiti has had its challenges. With that, we take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in Haiti ensures there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams. Praying Pelican Missions US staff are always with our teams along with our incredible, trained Haitian staff. If at any time prior to the trip, PPM deems the trip to be unsafe, a full refund will be given.
Haiti has its share of creatures; however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well-prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
You will need to fly into the capital city of Port Au Prince where PPM staff will meet you at the airport. Please plan on arriving and departing from the airport no later than 3:00 p.m.
All transportation within Haiti is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often your team will be riding in school buses, church buses, or other vehicles provided by the local church.
Please fly into the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport (PAP) in Port Au Prince.
All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team and for the cooks to use while preparing meals. Tap water in Haiti is not safe to drink. Also, all food that is not provided by staff should be avoided unless approved by staff.
Yes! The Haitian people will take every opportunity to provide you with the most beautiful painting or dangling necklace! With that, bartering is customary in Haiti and should be used on all souvenir purchases that are bought on the street.
The teams will be eating traditional Haitian food including chicken, rice and beans, plantain, fresh fruit, fish, and other meats.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Haiti
Haiti is known as one of the poorest countries in the world. It is estimated that 80% of the population lives in poverty and all face serious daily challenges. The country has a history of natural disasters, which continually threaten the culture. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, has critically injured an already struggling society. Leaving thousands dead and thousands more homeless and helpless, the disaster requires a significant response—a response Praying Pelican Missions feels called to.
That said, Haiti is also a place of immense beauty and promise. Despite its challenges, the people of Haiti are resilient and the Church is thriving. To read about how Haiti has grown since the 2010 earthquake and an invitation from Haitian pastors to come join in on their ministry, read Adam McLane's reflection on a recent vision trip here.
Haiti's climate is typically tropical. Temperatures range from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The hill country is often 10 degrees cooler on average. Haiti's rainy season runs from May to July. During the rainy season, the country experiences showers in the evenings that last a couple of hours at a time.
Haiti has two official languages: Haitian Creole and French. Haitian Creole is the most widely spoken Creole language in the world and is spoken by about nine million Haitians, nearly the entire population.
Due to Haiti's poverty, the tourism economy is not nearly as prevalent as it is in other Caribbean countries. However, most Haitian crime is a result of drug-related activity and is committed against other Haitians. We at PPM take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in Haiti ensures there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams. Praying Pelican Missions US staff are always with our teams along with our incredible, trained Haitian staff. If at any time prior to the trip, PPM deems the trip to be unsafe, a full refund will be given.
It is estimated that 40% of the population is unemployed while two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. The poverty levels create a situation in which many families use subsistence farming (using agriculture to feed only their families) in order to survive. Although subsistence farming is prevalent, there is also an organized agriculture industry. Agriculture, along with fishing and forestry, annually account for more than a quarter of Haiti's gross domestic product. In addition, mining and manufacturing are small contributors to Haiti's economy.
The currency in Haiti is the "gourde." The current exchange rate for the gourde is around 43 gourdes to every US dollar. However, most souvenir vendors will happily accept US dollars as payment.
The Haitian people are known for their wonderful food and amazing hospitality! They rely heavily on starches such as rice, beans, and plantains. The most common Haitian dish, called plat complete, consists of rice and beans, fried plantain, and your choice of meat, most often chicken or pork (or whatever else is available). Lambi is a conch fish that is harvested off the coast of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Tropical fruits are also a fixture in the Haitian diet.
Fun and entertainment in the country of Haiti take a backseat to the struggle to survive. As a result of the country's significant African descent and influence, African music is immersed in the Haitian culture. Artwork is also a regular sight; open air galleries line the roads and villages throughout the country. Futbol (soccer) is also wildly popular in Haiti.
Originally settled by the native Taino, Haiti was first colonized by Spain in the 15th century and then by French buccaneers in the 17th century. It officially came under French rule in 1697, which granted the western third of the island of Hispaniola to France and the eastern two-thirds to Spain (which later became the Dominican Republic). The French colony, then named Saint-Domingue, became a center for sugar cane farming in the West Indies. With that, though, came massive inequalities in which the African slave force outnumbered the ruling European colonists ten to one. Between 1789 and 1803, Toussain L'Ouverture led a slave revolution to overturn the French government and on January 1, 1804, the new nation of Haiti declared independence. As the first freed black nation by means of slave rebellion in the world, Haiti struggled to gain recognition but is continuing to make changes and take steps to ensure a bright and beautiful future for generations to come.
It's estimated that 80 percent of Haitians are Roman Catholic. The religious spectrum in the country also includes Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, and others. Voodoo, as a religion, is much less prevalent than it has been in the past but is oftentimes practiced alongside Christianity even today. Despite that struggle, evangelical Christianity is on the rise in a great countrywide revival. God is on the move!