Millions in Haiti are still suffering after 2010’s devastating earthquake. Volunteer your time and help repair the damage from this natural disaster.
- Step 1: If you can’t find a volunteer program that works for you right now, donate money to relief organizations; the devastation in Haiti isn’t going away, and financial support is still the most valuable way to stay involved.
- FACT: The earthquake that hit Haiti left an estimated 1.5 million people homeless.
- Step 2: Approach local civic, religious, or educational groups to see if they can help you put together a relief mission; some associations offer links to larger volunteer efforts with the infrastructure and money necessary to take meaningful action.
- Step 3: Consider your skills and means -- some opportunities are designed solely for nurses, doctors, or engineers while others require a participation fee. Choose the program that’s right for you, fill out their application, and wait to see if you’re accepted.
- TIP: Think about how much time you have to devote to a program -- many volunteer opportunities require significant training before you get to Haiti.
- Step 4: Go online and find a list of organizations that run relief efforts in Haiti -- the widespread devastation and extreme conditions make it unsafe to go on your own.
- Step 5: Before you volunteer, make sure you have a valid passport, and consider whether you’re healthy enough to handle the extreme conditions that come with strenuous labor in tropical weather without creature comforts like air-conditioning or even reliable electricity and running water.