Would you like to go on a medical mission? Medical mission trips with NOAH NY provide short-term volunteer opportunities for medical and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers with any level of experience. Our medical and dental clinic provides free healthcare and health education.
We make all arrangements for our volunteers including transportation, lodging, meals, permits, and clinic logistics. Equipment, supplies, and medicines to operate our clinic comes from donations through partnerships with hospitals, health and development organizations, volunteers and donations from private supporters. NOAH NY operates with less than 5% administrative and fundraising costs so more than 95 cents of every dollar donated is invested directly into our mission.
Medical Mission Information
$1,850 per person (Plus your flight cost from your home city to your international destination)
Check your bags through your home city without having to claim them along the way
IF TRAVELING FROM NYC, PLEASE, ONLY BRING A CARRY-ON WITH YOU. THE ORGANIZATION WILL TRANSPORT SUPPLIES AND WOULD LIKE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PERMITTED BAG/WEIGHT.
You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport designated location in Haiti prior to the team’s official arrival. Should you have travel delays, it will be your financial responsibility to meet up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Haiti.
We will have door to door transportation on chartered buses throughout the stay.
Three meals daily will be provided and are included in the mission fees. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.
In Haiti you will encounter 3 currencies:
- US Dollar – The vast majority of businesses and individuals selling something in Haiti will accept U.S. Dollars. Gourdes may be preferred in places like outdoor markets but U.S. Dollars will most likely not be turned down.
- Haitian Gourdes – The Haitian Gourdes (HTG) is the official currency of Haiti.Every single coin and paper bill in the country is denominated in Haitian Gourdes. The exchange rate of U.S. Dollars to Gourdes fluctuates with currency markets, and as of April 8th, $1 USD converts to approximately 69.35 HTG
- Haitian Dollar – The Haitian Dollar is a concept ONLY. It doesn’t exist as paper or coin. The exchange rate of Gourdes to Haitian Dollar is fixed. 5 Haitian Gourdes = 1 Haitian Dollar
Typically, during the months of June and July, temperatures in Fort-Liberte can reach anywhere from the mid to high 90’s. It is very important to stay hydrated so please always be sure to have water with you (Water will be provided), and Don’t forget your sunscreen!!
Haïti is on Eastern Standard Time
Tabarre 41, Boulevard 15 Octobre; Port-au-Prince; (509) 22 29 8000
If you have an emergency please contact NOAH NY at the following numbers: Contact number while in Haiti will be provided prior to departure.
NOAH NY staff will also be reachable via email during the mission. You may leave Dr. Paul’s Haiti phone number below for your family to call in emergencies. Dr. Paul: 011-509-4440-4957 or 011-509-3479-2056
Please provide us with your emergency contact numbers
To be able to use your cell phones in Haïti you may need to contact your cell phone company to activate international calling. If you have an unlocked phone you may be able to purchase a SIM card at the airport upon arrival. Please use discretion when using your cell phone and be sure your cell phone use does not interfere with the work of the mission. There will be time in the evenings after dinner to contact friends and family.
Local cell phones will be available for your usage during the mission. You will have to purchase calling cards to use the cell phones
You are welcome to purchase your own additional travel insurance but please be aware that costs related to any additional insurance will NOT be covered by NOAH NY
Photographs and videos of NOAH NY’s work in Haiti may result in the use of volunteers’ images in print and electronic publications promoting NOAH NY. Personal data will not be disclosed and every effort is made to protect individual privacy. No image will be used for profit and no volunteer will be paid or rewarded for use of their image. We ask volunteers to share their mission photos to help highlight the needs and work done by NOAH NY, email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOAH NY recommends that you discuss your health and prevention of acquired illness with your health care provider. NOAH NY does not and will not make recommendations about vaccines and medications. Please do not ask the NOAH NY office personnel to make recommendations regarding your health concerns as they are not qualified to do so.
Please review the vaccinations recommended for Haiti by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has the most up-to-date recommendations for vaccinations, malaria risk, and traveler’s health warnings. You may access this information here https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/server-error?aspxerrorpath=/travel/destinations/traveler/none/haiti
NOAH NY strongly recommends that you take full precautions regarding insect, plant, and food allergens. If you have known allergic reactions, carry appropriate medications and life-saving measures at all time.
- You are responsible for monitoring and avoiding any known allergens.
- NOAH NY can not guarantee that a particular food or diet regimen can be met in the field. This includes vegetarian, gluten free, low sugar, or any other special dietary requirements.
- NOAH NY will make every effort to meet your needs. However, if you have special requirements separate from the group, you are responsible for ensuring your needs are met.
- If you have a special dietary need, you are responsible to bring high quality snacks and/or foods that meet your needs.
- Report any significant illness or allergic reaction to team leader immediately.
- Always ask if you are not sure if a food or plant may contain something you are allergic to.
- Fill out your Emergency Contact Information accurately and notify the NOAH NY team of any known significant food or plant allergies that may result in the need for medical care.
Acquired illnesses include mosquito, water borne, and fecal borne diseases. Many of these diseases are preventable with proper precautions including mosquito repellant and nets, proper hygiene, and not consuming food or water that does not have a high degree of safety in preparation or purification.
NOAH NY strongly recommends that you take full precautions regarding insect bites and food safety. This includes, but is not limited to, using insect repellent, treated clothing, and mosquito nets. NOAH NY takes your safety and the security of the NOAH NY team very seriously. However, we cannot and do not guarantee your safety. There are inherent risks to travel and participating on medical teams.
The following information is taken from the CDC Yellow Book
- Use repellents and other general protective measures against biting insects.
- Ensure adequate protection during times of day when mosquitoes are most active.Use common sense. Reapply repellents as protection wanes and mosquitoes start to bite.
- For Ticks: Check yourself daily (your entire body) and remove attached ticks promptly.
General Protective Measures
Avoid outbreaks. Check www.cdc.gov/travel for current outbreaks. To optimize protection against mosquitoes and ticks and reduce the risk of diseases they transmit:
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and socks.
- Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pretreated clothing.
- Permethrin-treated clothing will retain repellent activity through multiple washes.
- Repellents used on skin can also be applied to clothing but provide a shorter duration of protection than permethrin (and must be reapplied after laundering.
- Apply lotion, liquid, or spray repellent to exposed skin.
- Use mosquito nets that have been treated with appropriate repellents.
Medical Mission FAQs
NOAH NY will provide volunteers with a t-shirt, and a NOAH NY ID for those that have never received one. If you’ve traveled with us in the past, we recommend that you please bring your NOAH NY ID and T-shirts from prior mission. If you’ve misplaced or lost your ID, a new one can be issued for the cost of $19. If you need a replacement ID, send an email to email@example.com. In addition to the NOAH NY t-shirt that will be provided, we also recommend that you bring white t-shirts, and scrubs to wear every day while you work.
ONLY ONE CHECKED BAG PLEASE!
If traveling from NYC, we recommend that you only bring one carry-on luggage because the organization transports supplies and would like to take advantage of your permitted bag/weight.
Suggested packing list- Please see the packing list below for your reference.
- Waist wallet (to hold passport and money)
- Small back pack/fanny pack
- Hand sanitizer and wipes
- Flashlight or head lamp
- Camera and camera charger
- Phone and phone charger (battery operated, if you have one)
- Gatorade powder packets
- Toilet paper
- Baby wipes – unscented
- Towel (the quick drying kind if possible)
- Wash cloth
- Toiletries (i.e. soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc)
- Shower flip flops
- Travel size first aid kit
- Sunblock: STRONGLY suggest SPF 15 pr higher! Especially as one side effect of some antimalarials is increased sun sensitivity.
- Mosquito repellent or CVS repellent bracelets (yellow)Benadryl cream or clear capsules
- Imodium, Lomotil, Probiotics by Jarrow (just in case)
- Pain killer (i.e. Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin)
- Anti malaria drugs
- Pair of scrubs for each day (medical volunteers)
- A pair of pants/ capris/scrubs for each day, anything light weight (a t-shirt will be given to you for every day) or definitely your white t-shirt, or a lightweight safari/camping vest.
- Comfortable sneakers and/or sandals (you will be on your feet for most of the day)
- Rain jacket
- Bathing suit (just in case)
- Daily dinner nicer outfits
- Small bills
- Travel alarm clock & watch
- Snacks (i.e. granola bars, crackers, tuna, cereal, nuts, dried fruit, hard candy …)
- Swiss army knife (optional; must go in your checked luggage only, not your carry-on
The cost is $1,400 per person for 7 days, or $200 per person, per day. This cost does not include airfare. We recommend that you book your airfare as soon as possible to get the best available price and then provide us with your itinerary. NOTE: American Airlines has only one flight in and out of Cap-Haïtien per day
The costs from the time you arrive at Cap-Haïtien until you separate from the team, including transportation, lodging, food, tips for services provided to the NOAH NY volunteers, NOAH NY ID, costs associated with clinic, and all logistics, including translation services and security as needed.
Payments for the medical mission excluding airfare can be made by clicking here
If this is your first time traveling with us, once you’ve made your payment for the mission, send us a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org with the way you would like your name to appear on the ID, and we will get your ID made and ready to hand to you when you arrive in HaitiIf you’ve lost or misplaced your ID,a new one can be issued for the cost of $19. If you need a replacement ID, send an email to email@example.com
- Your international round-trip flight to Cap-Haitien and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
- Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
- $10 airport fee (all foreign passport holders traveling to Haiti is responsible for paying this fee whether you arrive in Haiti by air, land or sea).
- for Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
- Spending money for souvenirs, excursions, alcoholic beverages and personal purchases.
- Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet
- Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
- We take security very seriously at NOAH NY. It is our job to ensure that security precautions are in place, but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee your safety on the trip shall you decide to go on separate outings individually.
- We continuously review all current activities occurring on the ground, and we work with the U.S. Embassy to know the ground situation to the best of our ability.
- We take many security precautions such as radios, a buddy system, and security planning.
- We rely on our teams to also be cognizant of their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings.
NOAH NY teams provide medical care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical NOAH NY team consists of doctors, nurses, dentist, medical/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers. The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical clinic. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on our Medical Mission!
Yes! Many volunteers fund raise for trips. NOAH NY is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Yes! We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore. And by extending your stay, you also put money into Haiti’s economy!
Protect your passport at all times. Make two copies prior to departure. Give one copy to a NOAH NY group leader, keep the second copy in a safe place separate from your passport and checked luggage.