Frequently Asked Questions
The first question you are probably asking yourself is, "What can I expect?" Well, imagine your heart connecting with a child that is longing for attention and affection. Then it hits you; these orphan children have given you a greater understanding of love than you may have given them. This adventure allows our teams to serve in orphanages and community feeding programs throughout Haiti, including Myan and Maissade. Groups are able to connect with and minister to orphans and locals in the nearby village who are in need of love and compassion.
That is just the beginning! When we say your life will never be the same, we mean it! Be prepared to have your heart overwhelmed with luv!
We know you probably have lots of questions, we have tried to include those that are asked most frequently.
What is the cost of the trip?
How are flights purchased?
Are there any unexpected expenses?
Where will we be staying?
What will we be eating?
Is the water safe to drink?
What is the voltage for electricity?
What types of medicine or vaccinations are recommended?
What kinds of things would I do on a trip?
What will our schedule be in Haiti?
What should I bring?
Can I bring supplies to donate?
What happens in case of emergency?
What if I need a refund?
WHAT IS THE COST OF A TRIP?
Airfare ranges from $600-$1000 depending on the time of year and how far in advance tickets are purchased.
Individual Rates (In-country price based on a 5 night/6 day trip)
$500 per person
*A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $50 is required to hold selected dates to travel.
**Coreluv Refund Policy: All groups and individuals can receive a 100% refund 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. The refund will only cover ground transportation, lodging and food. All prerequisite funds paid to a third party are not subject to a refund (i.e. insurance, background checks, etc.).
• 50% funding is due 60 days from departure (A loss of reserved trip dates will occur if payment is not received by 45 days from departure.)
• Remaining funding is due 30 days from departure.
Price includes in-country transportation/drivers, translators, security, lodging and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) once you arrive in Haiti and until you depart.
HOW ARE FLIGHTS PURCHASED?
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own flights. We ask that all participants use American Airlines. Specific flight information will be given for the flights arriving to and departing from Haiti. Travelers are required to purchase flights according to the specifications (arrival and departure times) given by Coreluv. The cooperation of travelers when purchasing flights helps us to ensure the safety of groups and individuals traveling with Coreluv. Coreluv reserves the right to refuse any individual or group that does not honor the flight specifications given when trips are being coordinated.
ARE THERE ANY UNEXPECTED EXPENSES?
There is a $10 tourist fee each traveler is required to pay at the airport in Port au Prince, Haiti before going through customs. Prior to your trip, you will receive more information regarding where and how this payment can be made.
It is not customary for Haitians to serve lunch so participants are encouraged to bring snack (granola/protein bars, crackers, etc.) that can be packed in a backpack to have available during the middle of the day.
Depending on the type of trip you commit to, you will be responsible for any supplies you need (sports equipment, craft supplies, medical supplies, etc) Additional costs such as travel insurance, additional luggage fees, project supplies and food on travel days should be considered.
WHERE WILL WE BE STAYING?
Dorm style accommodations will be provided. Bedding, pillows and towels will be provided. Each participant will have their own bed with guys and girls having separate sleeping quarters. To ensure your safety, Coreluv housing is gated and surrounded by a security wall.
WHAT WILL WE BE EATING?
Coreluv provides breakfast and dinner for all participants. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own snacks or food for lunch. All meals are freshly prepared by our cooking staff and are served from our facilities. Haitian food is delicious and typically included oatmeal, bread, fruit, rice, beans and vegetable sides.
To ensure your safety, Coreluv will not provide or allow food from street vendors. Because of Haiti’s tropical climate, you will have the opportunity to eat fresh fruit like bananas, pineapple, mangos, avocado and other delicious produce. If you are unwilling or unable to eat the food we provide, please feel free to bring food and/or snacks that will be more conducive to your diet.
IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Because Coreluv cannot guarantee the safety of local water, filtered water will always be available at Coreluv facilities and should be used for drinking and brushing your teeth.
WHAT IS THE VOLTAGE FOR ELECTRICITY?
Outlets in Haiti operate on the same voltage as the US. It is recommended that participants coordinate and bring hair dryers, etc. to share in order to reduce unnecessary luggage.
WHAT TYPES OF MEDICINE OR VACCINATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED?
Coreluv international advises that you read and become familiar with the Health Information for Travelers to Haiti guide. The recommended medications include antimalarial and diarrhea medication. The CDC also provides safety information and recommends vaccinations for travel to Haiti, which include: MMR, DPT, Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid.
WHAT KINDS OF THINGS WOULD I DO ON A TRIP?
There are a variety of opportunities to serve when you step into the day-to-day life of the orphan. Vacation Bible schools, sports camps, medical clinics and building projects are all potential areas where people can come and serve. There is no skill or talent too small for God to use.
WHAT WILL OUT SCHEDULE BE IN HAITI?
Each trip is unique in its own special way. It will vary depending on the focus of the chosen projects as well as the personality and giftings of each individual. We allow God to direct our time while trying to also balance the goals of teams.
A daily schedule might look like the following:
• 7:30am Breakfast
• 8:30am Depart for Orphanage
• 1:00pm Return to Guest House
• 2:30pm Depart for Orphanage
• 5pm Return to Guest House for the evening
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
One nice outfit for church
Modest shorts & t-shirts (laundry service will be available at our guest house)
Closed-toe shoes for walking/hiking
Flip flops or sandals (for walking to and from showers in the guest house)
Modest swim wear
Current US passport
Pen for completing travel documents
Hat or bandana to keep the sun off your face and neck
Insect repellent (bug spray) with 30%-50% DEET
Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
Refillable water bottle (may be filled at guest house with clean water)
Medications (anti-malarial, Cipro, or any other regular meds)
Personal toiletries (including toilet paper for when we travel)
Snacks (anything you may want to have outside of meals Coreluv will provide)
Cash (to be used for souvenirs and/or meals while traveling to and from Haiti)
*We encourage travelers to pack lightly and use only a carryon bag if possible.
What to leave at home
Computers, iPads, and other valuable electronics
CAN I BRING SUPPLIES TO DONATE?
While we appreciate the sentiment behind the thought of donating supplies, we do not receive supplies or donations unless specified on the "Requested Needs List". Here is our heart behind this position.
Investing into the Haitian Economy
We prefer to purchase as much as we can in Haiti. Why? We believe that investing into the economy of Haiti is key in being able to provide a bright future for our children. We know an improved economy will only happen a little bit at a time but we believe God can significantly restore Haiti. That restoration will include an economy where the job skills in which we train our children to provide adequately for their future families. We are building for generations! Amazing isn’t it!?!
What about gifts for the children? Take a moment and think about the average family. If a family had new guests in their home every week and they all lavished the children with gifts, what would that cultivate within their hearts, expectations, etc? Our children do not lack (thanks to our faithful monthly partners). Birthdays are celebrated, Christmas is honored, and gifts are allowed periodically throughout the year. Our focus when teams come is relationship, investing the word of God and the love of the Father into each child, and meeting the needs of each orphanage (building projects, maintenance, etc). What our kids’ love most is relationship and quality time with people. Those are values that we want to be careful to guard.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
We believe the best way to handle catastrophe is to plan ahead, so that it never gets a chance to happen! For this reason, we have implemented rules and travel guidelines that are safety focused and will be reviewed with teams upon their arrival in Haiti.
Coreluv leaders are aware of the emergency hospital/clinic protocol for the country they are serving. Communication with emergency contacts is initiated for serious situations requiring the input and evaluation of certified medical staff.
The responsibility of leading mission teams includes the research and review of previous weather history and forecasted weather expectations. Unstable locations are flagged and trips to these areas during natural disasters will only be for specialized teams.
The quickest way to get a response is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the emergency and a phone number to call. Coreluv leaders in Haiti will be contacted immediately so that phone calls between Haiti and the US can be quickly arranged.
WHAT IF I NEED A REFUND?
Coreluv Refund Policy: All groups and individuals can receive a 100% refund 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. The refund will only cover ground transportation, lodging and food. All prerequisite funds paid to a third party are not subject to a refund (i.e. insurance, background checks, etc.).