Short term mission trips allow us to connect with Haitians, our teammates and with God, learn about the needs of the poor, and transform our hearts. During and after a mission trip God to will lead you on a path to respond to the needs of others. Your heart will never be the same.
To join a mission trip, submit a completed application and $125 non-refundable deposit to your team leader. Apply on-line here.
Note: Trips are Monday-Monday. The above link shows the date of departure.
Q & A
How far in advance do I need to apply?
We can take up to 16 people on a mission trip including the trip leaders. Trips are available until filled. We encourage applications at least 4 months before the trip.
What is the trip length?
We travel to Haiti from Monday to Monday: 8 days / 7 nights.
Is there an age minimum?
Yes, you must be at least 15 years old to go on our mission trips. Minors without parents require signed and notarized special forms.
What airport do I fly into?
Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport (PAP) in Port Au Prince.
What is the cost?
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Safe drinking water
- Transportation to / from airport and ministry sites
- Interpreters / security
- 2 trip leaders
- Group t-shirt (additional shirts available for $12)
Other expenses / US:
- You purchase your own airline ticket. You can check ticket prices by searching for flights from your airport to Port au Prince (PAP)
- $29 mandatory emergency evacuation insurance
- Group snacks for lunch (purchased in the US and brought to Haiti)
Other expenses / Haiti
- $10 Haiti entrance tax
- Tips in Haiti(suggest $20)
- Your team may choose to go to a pool and / or beach that charge entry. Total entry fees should not exceed $20.
- Beverages purchased at restaurants or other locations
- Offering at church service
What do I pack?
How can I raise support?
We encourage team members to include friends and family in their mission by asking for prayer or financial support. Your team leader can provide a support letter template and give ideas on how to get your community involved in your mission.
Do I have to be Catholic or Christian to go on a Reiser Relief trip?
A Catholic priest, Fr. Bernard Reiser, founded Reiser Relief. We are a Catholic based organization, but we welcome all Christian believers and non-believers to join in our ministry. While we will pray together on trips, participation is optional and we respect your boundaries.
Expect to be spiritually challenged on this trip. “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those to love him?” James 2:5
I’m not sure I’m cut out to be a missionary. Should I go?
Pray and examine your heart. Prepare to humble yourself. Haitians will teach you a great deal.
Are you flexible? Are you willing to be uncomfortable, challenged and overwhelmed?
If you have an open heart God will work through you.
I have physical limitations. Is that OK?
We encourage you to discuss physical limitations with your potential trip leader. If God has put this on your heart and we feel confident that you can travel safely, we will find a way to accommodate special needs.
What language do they speak in Haiti?
Creole and French are the two official languages. Our teams always have Haitian interpreters with them in the field. It’s helpful to learn basic Creole phrases before your trip.
Is it hot?
Yes, but not unbearable! The average daily high in January is 87 degrees F and in July is 92 degrees F. Rainy months are April, May, August, September and October. There is air conditioning in the bedrooms and fans throughout the house. You will sweat.
Is Haiti safe?
Overall Haitians are friendly and peaceful people. However, there are risks associated with any international travel. Team members in Haiti are required to follow strict rules to minimize risk and we take every precaution possible to keep you safe.
The guesthouse where we sleep has a high security wall topped with barbed wire and 24 hour security.
How will we travel around Haiti?
We will ride in a “tap tap.” This Haitian version of a bus allows for open air viewing of the city and sites while we travel. Many roads in Haiti are extremely rough and you will be bounced around.
Where do we stay?
We stay in one of the guesthouses operated by Healing Haiti in Port Au Prince, 15 minutes from the airport. The houses have air-conditioned bedrooms and bathrooms with showers and flushing toilets. The bedrooms have bunk beds, pillows and blankets. We eat family style in a dining room. A 6-foot security wall surrounds the houses.
What will we do in Haiti?
Our focus in Haiti is on connecting, learning, transforming and responding. We will go places where you will have the opportunity to connect with Haitians and learn about their culture and lives. We spend time at schools, orphanages, homes for elderly, and hospitals, and look for opportunities to learn from the Haitians while sharing our time and talents in ways that are respectful and meaningful.
Mission work can help you separate from your everyday world, connect to yourself, God and others, learn and transform your heart and priorities. We will spend time together as a group each evening reflecting and sharing.
Most importantly, we look for opportunities to share Christ’s good news by being His hands and feet in serving those He puts in front of us.
What kind of food will we be eating?
Haitian staff at the guesthouse prepares breakfast and dinner. We will eat mostly American style food (like pancakes, French toast, tacos and spaghetti) and some traditional Haitian food including rice and beans, plantain and vegetables.
Do I need to bring my own food?
Team members buy snacks in the US and carry them to Haiti in our luggage. We eat snacks while on the go for lunch and share all of our food. Typical items are beef sticks, granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, and crackers. Please don’t bring anything containing chocolate. It will melt!
If you have special dietary needs you are welcome to bring your own food. Haitian staff members cook our meals in the kitchen. You are welcome to prepare your own food in the kitchen.
Is it safe to drink the water?
We provide you with purified Culligan water to drink while out in the field and at the guesthouse. It is not safe to drink tap water.
Will there be an opportunity to buy souvenirs?
Yes! We will shop at least once during our mission trip. Haitians create many beautiful souvenirs they are eager to sell. Bartering is customary and should be used for purchases bought on the street. There are also goods for sale at the airport.
How do I apply for a trip?
View trip dates and complete an application. Your trip leader will then contact you and ask you to mail him or her a $125 deposit made out to Reiser Relief.
Do I have to get shots?
We are not medical professionals and cannot provide immunization advice. We encourage everyone to seek professional advice from his or her doctor or travel clinic.
How will our team prepare for the trip?
There will be two trip meetings before the trip where your leader will guide you through everything you need to know. There is also a packing meeting shortly before the trip where we pack donations and group items together.
Is there follow up after the trip?
Post trip your team will have a reunion meeting. This will help you process what you learned, give you support, and help you explore ways to respond.
Is there additional paperwork?