What is the first step I should take to go on a HOPE trip?
Complete a Trip Request Form to make sure there is room on the trip you are requesting. This does not register you for a trip. You will be contacted as to space availability for the dates you request.
Is there a deadline for registering for a trip?
Yes in most cases. You must complete our online registration (a link will be sent to you) at least three months prior to the trip. The exception is if there is space available inside the three month deadline. Please note that trips fill up quickly. Check the trip dates page to make sure the trip you are requesting is still open.
What is the cost of the trip?
The cost is $700 plus airfare, which includes:
- Lodging for five nights
- Food for two meals per day (which is what we have while there)
- Transportation to, and from the airport and while in Haiti
- Trip medical insurance
- 24/7 security personnel
You are responsible for making your flight arrangements in coordination with our trip itinerary. Please see Making Your Flight Arrangements.
Is a deposit required to reserve a spot on a trip?
Yes. We require a $250 deposit at the time of your registration or at least three months prior to your trip dates. There is no deposit required to simply fill out a Trip Request form. In any case you do not have a guaranteed spot until the $250 deposit has been made. Spots are reserved on a “first come first served” basis. This deposit is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy below.
When will payment be expected?
Full payment for your trip fee is due one month prior to your trip departure date. You will receive an invoice from HOPE for the trip fee less your $250 deposit and any other payments that have been made. Groups should contact us at HOPE@haitiorphanproject.org for special arrangements for group payment.
What about the flight arrangements?
You are responsible for making your flight arrangements in coordination with our trip itinerary for your particular trip. Basically we need you to coordinate with us at HOPE to ensure that we all fly into and out of Haiti on the same flights. Please see Making Your Flight Arrangements.
How do I make my trip payment?
You may make your payment securely online.
Or you may mail a check made payable to:
The Haiti Orphan Project
135 West Adams Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Attention: Lauren Jones
**Please add your name/trip date in the memo portion of your check.
What if I have to cancel my trip?
If you have to cancel for any reason, here is how it works:
- The trip fee, once paid in full, cannot be refunded. However, you may ask us to apply the trip fee (less the $250 deposit) to a future trip for you or someone else. If you do not wish to allocate the unused funds for a future trip, they will be used for our general orphan care expenses.
- If you have already purchased your airline ticket, check with the airline for their cancellation policy.
What if I need medical attention while in Haiti?
Part of your trip fee includes the purchase of a short-term international medical policy. More information on the coverage may be found at www.aaintl.com. In addition, we always have a medical professional on each trip. See What To Expect for immunizations and medical recommendations for our travelers.
Is it safe in Haiti?
Traveling in Haiti is as safe or safer than many US cities. While we cannot guarantee complete safety at all times, we are careful and responsible about where and how we travel in Haiti. The guest houses where we stay have 24/7 professional security. Our drivers and translators are well experienced and know where to go and where not to go. In addition, we have a professional security person with us at all times.
Those of us at HOPE have had no reservations taking our spouses and children on these trips and have done so.