We’re looking for volunteers to come work with us at the mission long term and thought that putting it up on the blog was a good place to start because people come here to read about Haiti, the mission, and us. We figured that with the connections that people have the network was worth tapping into.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Over the next two years Clean Water for Haiti would like to expand operations and start a satellite base, possibly in the Artibonite Valley where we are focusing most of our work at the moment. This satellite base would only be a production facility to serve a new area and would not deal with training classes or hosting Vision Trips. The site would only build and install filters, and provide user education and follow up.
We are looking for a younger married couple (with or without children) to come work with us. They would spend the first year of their time in Haiti working at the mission in Pierre Payen learning the ropes, then would help set up the new site, transfer to there when it opens, and be responsible for the day to day running of the site.
The first year of their time would be focused on learning the day to day operations, learning Creole (we don’t use translators), and learning the culture and how to manage a staff within that etc. Our work week is Monday to Friday, 6 am – 2:30 pm with weekends off.
This is a volunteer position and the couple would be responsible for raising their own financial support. They would pay a monthly staff fee of $300 US that helps to contribute towards food, accommodation and transportation. Housing is provided on the mission base.
A BIT ABOUT THE MISSION:
We believe in and are called to working in a very focused way so we only do Biosand filters and training others to do what we do. We don’t host a lot of teams and we don’t do other side projects. We also have very specific ways that we work within the culture that would need to be respected and practiced by all volunteers working with the mission. These things will of course be discussed in more detail with interested parties.
The mission property is not large and living quarters are close. The volunteers would live in the mission house which also doubles as office space through the work week. The kitchen and deck are also used for classes about 6-8 weeks of the year. Privacy can be limited and this can be wearing (flexibility is a necessity), but manageable. We want to live in community, but not be in each others faces all the time.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS A GOOD FIT?
Clean Water for Haiti is a Christian mission, so number one is that potential volunteers have a relationship with Jesus. We are looking for people that have a heart for missions, a heart for Haiti, and would be interested in committing for a few years if it’s a good fit.
Haiti can be a difficult place to live. Over the past several years, Haiti has gotten to be a lot less dangerous and our own facilities have been improved considerably. However, we are somewhat isolated and it takes conscientious living for two married couples to live in close quarters. In this context, good communication and a desire to live in community are musts. Willingness to learn is a must – it took years to develop the systems we have in place to do our work effectively and maintain security and peace for our family and we would like to see new volunteers learn these things from us rather than by trial and error, as we did. The right people will also understand that a certain firmness is needed and be comfortable using the word “no”.
Some mechanical ability would be a major asset as there are always things to be fixed, from vehicles to generators etc. Some administrative ability would also be an asset.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested couples can visit our website HERE, and go to the “VOLUNTEER” page to download the Staff Application package. Simply save it to your computer, fill it out, save again, and email it to Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment. We ask that each person in the couple fill out an application and submit two references so we can get a good scope of you as individuals and together.
Once we receive both applications and all references we’ll review everything and contact you by email. If we feel it could work well we’ll set up a time to talk on the phone. If we all feel that it’s a good fit from that point on we’ll ask that you come for a week to two weeks for a visit to see how it feels being here in person. Haiti is a difficult country to live in and we believe it’s important that volunteers really understand what they’re committing to. From there, if we all feel it works, the couple would make plans to move to Haiti for a starting commitment of 6 months to a year, which will later be reassessed.
Questions? Please feel free to email Leslie at email@example.com.