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What’s the trip like from the airport to the Christianville campus?
Christianville is about 18 miles from PAP, however due to traffic the trip could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Be sure to have a full bottle of water filled before you leave the US. If this is your first trip to Haiti you’ll experience many sights, sounds, and smells that you’re not accustomed to. You’ll have a chance to see some of the severe poverty of the country on this trip. Please refrain from taking photos.
What’s the food like at Christianville?
Our chef and kitchen staff prepare and provide three meals Monday-Saturday, along with Sunday Brunch and Dinner. Most meals are Haitian in origin with a focus on rice and beans, sauces, pumpkin and bean soups, fried bananas, amazing bread, and various fruits. You may want to bring along snack foods to share in the evenings and protein bars should your appetite be larger than typical portion sizes.
What do I wear?
If you are questioning whether something is appropriate, leave it at home. Ladies are encoraged to wear modest style shorts, skirts, shirts and pants in Haiti. For church bring a skirt/shirt combination and gentleman should bring slacks and a polo or button-down shirt. Be sure to wear/bring comfortable shoes for working and walking. If you plan to visit the beach on your trip, remember a modest swimsuit choice is important.
Should I bring money?
We recommend for offerings or souvenir purchases, along with whatever money you deem necessary for emergencies. Remember to bring small denominations that you can keep track of. US currency is difficult to exchange if bills have marks or tears.
Do I need to bring a towel or bedding?
We provide bedding and a towel and washcloth with each bed.
What type of clothes should I pack?
It will be hot. Men and women can wear conservative shorts while working on projects. Men can wear shorts while traveling and working. Women should wear long pants or capris off campus or away from our immediate community.
Should I bring a hair dryer or curling iron?
No, we operate our own power grid with generator and battery system and request guests conserve energy.
Will I be able to do laundry?
Yes, laundry service is offered for longer-term guests. We charge $3 per load. It is also helpful if you bring a few pods of your favorite detergent which can also be used to rinse items in your sink when needed.