Volunteers in Haiti: We are unable to accept any volunteers in Haiti right now. Thank you for your understanding.

Volunteers in the US: If you would like to run a fundraising drive or collection, or if you’d like to volunteer time working at our CT office, please call our US office at: 860-886-4357


We rely on our supporters and Haiti travelers to share the story of the thousands of families in need of our services and programs.  HHF relies on volunteers to:

  • Conduct local fundraising drives to support services and programs
  • Advocate for the Foundation and its mission
  • Support local events and Foundation-sponsored activities
  • Provide administrative and/or secretarial support
  • Travel to Haiti to supplement current staff with skills and resources, including volunteer medical professionals, electricians, plumbers, diesel mechanics, computer experts, and general maintenance personnel.



Join our team in the US.

Interested in supporting the organization and the many Haitian villages without proper healthcare and education services?

  • Conduct local fundraising drives to support services and programs (we have PowerPoint presentations you can borrow—just ask!)
  • Advocate for the Foundation and its mission
  • Support local events and Foundation-sponsored activities
  • Provide administrative and/or secretarial support in our Connecticut office
  • Give-a-Goat, Feed-a-Child or build a Happy House as a birthday or holiday gift to friends and family
  • Conduct a local food or items Drive—food items that are preferable include tuna in oil, creamy peanut butter, Spam, and other canned proteins.  Email us to receive a list of other items we collect.

Interested in becoming an HHF Ambassador? Email us for ideas and resources.

VOLUNTEERING IN HAITI – Unable to Accept Volunteers in Haiti Right Now

IMG_042512106960_1011214808899176_261376101744683541_nThe Haitian Health Foundation relies on volunteers to travel to Haiti to supplement current staff with skills and resources, including volunteer medical professionals, electricians, plumbers, diesel mechanics, computer experts, and general maintenance personnel.

There are two ways you may serve as a volunteer:  our short-term visiting volunteers or long-term volunteer assignments.

Our short-term volunteers travel to Jérémie from the United States, Canada, and different countries from America and Europe, at their own expense, to share their skills and resources.

The third floor of the HHF clinic is a volunteer residence capable of housing our short-term visiting volunteers. The average length of a trip to Jérémie is one week. Volunteers are encouraged to join an already scheduled group. Individual visits are difficult to arrange and will be accommodated only under exceptional circumstances.

Short-term visiting ~ What to expect and what you need in Haiti

Every journey is unique!  Things work more slowly in Haiti than they do in the US, and often plans change from minute to minute so it’s important to have a spirit of adventure and a lot of patience.

  • You need a valid passport.  Applying for and receiving a passport can take two months or more. Plan accordingly and consult with the U.S. Department of State if you are a U.S. citizen.
  • The monetary currency used in Haiti is the Haitian gourdes are the standard currency. US currency is also accepted.
  • We travel to remote villages on eroded roads. It is a trip for those who are in good health and able to withstand bumpy drives over treacherous roads. Since Haiti is so mountainous, good hiking/running shoes are a necessity.  The temperature is HOT – usually high 80s to 90s.
  • Relative to immunizations, please consult your personal physician for his/her recommendations. Many visitors choose to update their Tetanus and Hepatitis immunizations, and some choose to take pills against malaria. Some also bring medications against “traveler’s diarrhea.” Please visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov or call 800-331-3435 for the latest health advisories and guidelines to consider when traveling outside the U.S. Should you have any special medical problems or have questions regarding your health requirements, vaccinations, etc., please consult your personal physician as early as possible prior to your departure.
  • You can drink water right from the taps or brush your teeth with it within the residence floor at the clinic.  We also have plenty of filtered water available for you at the clinic. Showers will be cold, and we ask that you please conserve water when bathing—it is a scarce commodity!  Outside, the clinic, please do not drink the water.
  • The clinic residence has solar generated/battery electricity (USA-style plugs and voltage).  We do ask visitors to conserve power as much as possible—no hair dryers, electric curlers, etc. If you are concerned with fluctuations in power, you should consider bringing a surge protector.
  • Our cooks are excellent and will create a variety of delicious food dishes—we haven’t received a complaint yet! They are able to accommodate special dietary needs (diabetic, vegetarian, etc.) if we know the needs in advance.  Basically, you will be eating familiar foods, such as chicken, rice, beans, pasta, oranges, and soup. Local foods such as avocados, coconuts, goat, mangoes, breadfruit, etc., are sometimes offered as well. The food is safe to eat at our clinic dining room—it is not safe to eat foods from street vendors. Think twice before you bite into unknown foods outside of the Clinic!
  • Though it is helpful if you speak the local language (French or Kreyol), we will have translators available.
  • Please travel with only one carry-on luggage.  Bring important medications, glasses, etc., and enough for one night in the carry-on (just in case).   We will ask you to bring a bag in for us as well, with needed supplies, and with only one free bag we want to ensure that these most important materials are able to be transported on the plane. If traveling on American Airlines, consult with AA’s baggage information pages for their limitations, including more strict seasonal limitations.
    • Pack lightly! We have an excellent laundress who will get your clothes back to you quickly— usually the next day.  Pack sturdy walking/hiking (closed-toed) shoes.  Modest shorts are acceptable when relaxing at the clinic residence (we ask that you wear long pants in our clinics). You should also bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a second pair of shoes, a large water bottle, and insect repellent.  Do not bring expensive jewelry, rings, or gold chains.  Wear an inexpensive watch. The goal is to not draw attention to yourself in either Port-au-Prince or Jérémie and its surroundings.
    • Females:  Summer/light clothing —medium/long skirts, light pants, modest tops.  Sundresses are also comfortable—”scrub” outfits are also fine —we have some available in Jérémie for you to wear
    • Males:  Summer/light clothing—thin long pants, thin shirts.  Long pants outfits are fine in town and in the villages.  Scrubs are available at our Clinic as well.

Frequently Asked Questions About Expenses

Q:  How much does it cost to travel to Haiti?

  • 1) Round trip airfare (American Airlines) from your city to Port-au-Prince varies anywhere from $500-$800. We do not arrange this flight—you book it personally, through a travel agent or online at www.aa.com. Please do not book your flight until you talk with us about your itinerary. For safety and ease of travel as a group, we encourage volunteers to travel together.  Some flights may require an overnight stays in Port-au-Prince (approximately $125 US), then leaving early the next day to Jérémie either by plane, bus or HHF vehicle.

In-Country Expenses:  Bring personal checks and about one hundred dollars in cash. You can pay for your expenses in Jérémie with a personal check.  Alternatively, you can prepay your estimated expenses with a credit card (we accept VISA and MasterCard); you may prepay online(please leave the “Program Area” blank and describe this as “Volunteer Prepayment of Estimated Expense” in the Comments section of the online form).  OR, please call our Norwich Office to process credit card prepayment of estimated expenses over the phone.

  • 2) In-Country Transportation to Jérémie: Once we pass through customs in Port-au-Prince, our drivers will bring us to the national airport for our 45-minute flight to Jérémie (about$300 per person is sufficient for this round-trip flight and in-country transfers to and from Haitian airports) or there will be an air-conditioning bus waiting to transport us to Jeremie if a charter plane is not available. We will make these arrangements. Air transportation in Haiti is very limited, and there are usually no afternoon flights to Jérémie. Smaller groups may need to fly out a day early and overnight in Port-au-Prince.  Again, consult with our Norwich HHF office before making flight arrangements.
  • 3) Room and Board: $75 per day. This includes room, meals, water, and daily laundry (unless it is raining). You are on the “honor system” for other beverages (Soda/Beer/Rum)—we ask for $1 per beverage.
  • 4) Tip for Haitian Staff: There are 5 women on staff to make your stay a comfortable one—cook, housekeeper, and laundress. The staff is a great group of people who work hard. We ask for $5 per person per day—they are so good, most people leave more.
  • 5) HHF Hibiscus Gift Shop: We will make time on the trip to visit the HHF Hibiscus Gift Shop, which helps support local artists, embroiderers, and other craftspeople. Paintings, baskets, jewelry, clothing, etc., can be purchased with personal checks or cash. There are also crafts available at the international airport as you depart Haiti, but they tend to be much more expensive than what you will pay at the HHF store.

Long-term volunteers

If you are interested in a longer stay, we have our one-year volunteer assignment opportunities available—it is very helpful if you already speak French or Haitian kreyòl. Please download a copy of HHF’s Volunteer Application, which can be completed and returned to hhf@HaitianHealthFoundation.us with your resume and letter of interest. Thank you!

Nadesha, emily and little girl

Emily Reed, our social media long-term volunteer with Nadesha Mijoba, Haiti National Director and a lovely girl pulling Mme Nadesha’s unruly hair.