Relief Work in Haiti - Safety
Outside of family commitments, relief work is the only real reason anyone could justifiably consider going to Haiti at the moment (with the exception of Labadee, the cruise ship port. See - Is Labadee Safe?).
However, due to the earthquake and ongoing social, economic and political problems, Haiti is struggling to support its own people, as are relief agencies to provide for their own personnel.
That being said, Haiti has plenty of relief workers already. So if you are considering travelling to Haiti to aid in relief work, make very sure that you already have a position and that they actually need you.
Make sure that regardless of whether you are doing paid or volunteer work, that the organisation you are planning on working for is able to provide the basics of food, water, accommodation, security and transportation.
Check to make sure that the organisation has a security plan in place both for preventing you from getting into serious danger and getting you out safely is something happens.
Hotel space is extremely limited, so once again. Check and make very sure that the organisation you are planning on working for can accommodate you. Basics such as food, water and accommodation are scarce in Haiti.
If you do intend to do relief work in Haiti, either paid or volunteer, full-time or part-time, you will need specialist travel insurance… your regular policy will probably explicitly exclude relief work (read the policy and the pds). If you have any doubts, give your insurer a call.
Author: Phil Sylvester
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