Volunteering in Haiti: The Chance of a Life-time

Why is volunteering in Haiti something that anyone who gets the chance to do should do in their lives? Because volunteering is a life-changing experience that offers a new and exciting opportunity for you to help people. And many people find that the more we give, the happier we feel. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. When volunteering at our clinic in Haiti, you are also helping one of the most vulnerable populations of people in the world, which is no small task, and something that leaves a lasting impression on everyone volunteer that walks through the clinic doors.

The many reasons to volunteer

Here are some of the many other reasons that people volunteer:

-Give something back to an organization that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly

-Make a difference in the lives of others

– Help others less fortunate or without a voice

-Feel valued and part of a team

-Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle

– Gain confidence and self-esteem

  1. For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
    • Gaining new skills, knowledge, and experience
    • Developing existing skills and knowledge
    • Enhancing a CV
    • Improving one’s employment prospects
    • Gaining an accreditation
    • Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

      For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

      • Meeting new people and making new friends
      • A chance to socialize
      • Getting to know the local community

       

And, lastly, volunteering is a learning experience. From volunteering, we can learn:

1. Timeliness

2. Ability to work with a variety of managers

3. Time-Management

4. Leadership

5. Communication skills when talking to people of all ages

6. Professionalism

7. Teamwork

8. Ability to work with people different from you

9. Work Ethic

10. Customer Service

11. Confidence

12. Public relations

13. Teachability

14. Organization

15. Following Instructions

16. Flexibility

17. Problem-Solving

18. Planning

19. Creativity

20. Training

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How can you get involved in helping children and adults in Haiti?

You can help us provide life-saving support to the Haitian population in and around our medical clinic in a few different ways.

One way is by becoming a volunteer. Volunteer teams from the U.S. travel to Haiti to provide support for the most impoverished people in Haiti, who otherwise would have no access to medical care or wellness education of any kind. Team volunteers work side-by-side with experienced FOTCOH personnel, treating people who otherwise will go without any medical attention. All volunteers return home with a sense of experience and satisfaction unmatched in other endeavors.

Another way is by donating to FOTCOH. FOTCOH provides life-saving support to over 15,000 Haitian patients every year. We bring doctors, nurses, EMTs, pharmacists and non-medical volunteers to our clinic to triage injuries, treat illness, offer prenatal care, perform major surgery, and offer nutritional support. We also teach WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) practices to educate the Haitian population about the importance of handwashing and clean water use. In doing so, we create economic opportunity by training and employing a Haitian staff. Funds go to purchasing medications, surgical supplies, and supporting our Medika Mamba program for malnourished Haitian children.

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