Every short-term mission trip aims to
accomplish UCI's three-fold mission experience in
conjunction with the goals, talents, and
abilities of the visiting team. It is
important to communicate with the Field
Facilitators, either pre-field or early on-field,
to determine what will be accomplished. Each team should
be prepared to play a part in the ministry. It is
not just a “trip” or a “vacation”. It is mission.
UCI Haiti's three-fold mission for short-term trips consists of:
Evangelism Ministry – verbally
communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ
using a variety of methods
Construction Ministry – contributing to the hands-on
building, construction, and cleaning
projects as needed
Mercy (Service, Creative)
demonstrating God’s love
to those in need or hurting in orphanages,
hospitals, prisons, and infirmaries
providing helpful service to full-time
missionaries, medical personnel, local
pastors, educators, and officials
allowing God to use the talents and
imaginations of team members to share the
Gospel in unique and creative ways (puppets,
mimes, music, drama, sports, etc.)
How Could I Serve On The Trip?More Info
Here are just a few of the ways trip members could serve according to their talents or abilities:
Team Fee of $45/day - per diem for lodging, food, and local transportation
around UCI–team will have to include more funds for transportation costs to and from
the airport (see options below), due at least 30 days before your trip (the sooner
the better so it can be deposited directly to Haiti before your team gets there)
*If you cancel, shorten, or change the length of your stay within
30 days of the trip, the per diem is non-refundable due to purchases and staff that has
Vehicle surcharge of $50/person - due when per diems are paid. This is not to be
confused with transportation costs as this surcharge helps us with the maintenance/repair of our
Tourist Fee at the Port-au-Prince airport - $10 US/person to be paid before entering
the passport area. This fee you will want to carry in with you as cash, do not send in with per
Airfare from US/Canada to Haiti:
Group fares available through commercial airlines such as American Airlines
(Port-au- Prince or Cap Haitian), Spirit, Delta, Air France, etc. The trip from
the Port airport to UCI is shorter than the trip from Cap Haitian to UCI. Flights
need to arrive into Port before 5 PM or we will ask that a guesthouse in Port be
reserved for the team for the first night. This is due to security factors. It is
not entirely safe to drive at night.
MFI (Missionary Flights International—has to be reserved approximately 9-12
months in advance), also well worth extra money for the round trip to Pignon which
is a few miles from UCI—or commercial airline plus.
Transportation from airports to UCI:
MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship–gets you right into Pignon. $320 for a 5-seater
charter plane with very limited on amount of luggage—25#/person or $640 for a 10-seater
charter (with basically unlimited luggage) Reservations made on MAF website
If you choose not to fly to UCI from Port Au Prince or Cap Hatien, you can choose
one of these options:
UCI bus: $400/one way trip
Van: $200/one-way trip - that can hold 10-14 people and their luggage (if luggage is not
Taptap pick-up: $150/one-way trip - useful for excess luggage
UCI vehicles: $125/one-way trip - Land Cruiser holds 12 people inside.
Out-of-pocket expenses – expenses–you should plan for some souvenirs, offerings to national churches,
some food or snacks on the way–each team member is responsible for their own needs
PAP Guest House expense - In case of emergency or the safety level of traveling in and out of PAP,
it may be suggested that your team stay in a guest house traveling in or out of Haiti. Please bring $55 per team member
in an emergency fund just in case it is needed. If not, you will bring this money home with you.
Extra “Team Money” - for special projects, determined by each team (this could be for a special
building project, craft items, Bibles, materials, etc.)
*All checks should be payable to United Christians International (UCI).
For donations to be tax-deductible, team members’ names should NOT be written
anywhere on the check, including the memo line. Instead, please attach completed
Mission Team Expense Form with team check and mail to:
P. O. Box 862 Cherokee, IA 51012
What does the Team Fee cover?
on-field accommodations and meals
laundry (done by hand)
safe drinking water and sodas
local transportation around UCI, unless UCI vehicles cannot handle the size of your team
pre-field training and materials (ask for via the UCI, Box 862 address)
on-field leadership, translators
guards on the UCI-Haiti compound
Who makes the travel arrangements?
UCI recommends the Team Leader arrange air travel. Another possible
resource would be www.wideworldtravel.com. Others are available on the
Important travel notes:
When planning your air travel, remember all
team members should arrive
at the mission destination at the same time and depart at the same time.
Get UCI’s approval of your complete itinerary before actually purchasing
What Should I Pack?More Info
Team Leader Items
Bible, UCI leaders’ notebook, CD’s/cassettes and word sheets for
worship music–or musical instrument(s), batteries, airline tickets,
passports, immunization record, birth certificate, driver’s license,
paper, notebook, pens, pencils, duct tape,computer copies of
Scriptures used and forms for daily plans etc (copies can be made in
Haiti)., devotional, camera/film/extra batteries, locked box for
daily security for passports/money/team money/personal spending
money available at the Mompremier’s house (and an envelope for each
individual’s ), stationary/addresses for writing supporters/
family/friends and a “letter to Jesus”,cake and frosting mixes for
any team member birthdays.
Team Member Items
Bible, batteries, airline tickets,
passports, immunization record, birth certificate, driver’s license,
paper, notebook, pens, pencils, devotional, camera/film/extra batteries,
stationary/addresses for writing supporters/
family/friends and a “letter to Jesus”.
Clothing for work/play/ministry - 2-3 long shorts or jeans/capris for work and play on compound, T shirts, skirts/blouses/dress
pants/shirts and/or dresses for ministry, 1 lightweight sweater/long-sleeved shirt, underwear, half
slip, socks, tennis shoes, dress shoes or sandals, flip flops for showers, belt, hat or cap,
Food (plan to share) - wrapped snacks like peanut butter buddy bars,
granola/trail mix, mints, Crystal Lite or other dry drink mixes (for self
and VBS), Gator Aid mix, dried foods, peanut butter, coffee creamers,
Pringles, crackers for snacks. Cheese spreads, jerky, cookie mixes, rice
and noodle mixes, Spam, canned ham, tuna or chicken in pouches for Sunday
meal. Gravy, chili, spaghetti sauce mixes; pepperoni, cheese for the ladies
in the kitchen to use for meals.
Personal - prescription medications (especially antimalarial needed in
Haiti) Aspirin/ibuprofen/Tylenol, wet wipes, towels, soap,
shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, head/sweat band, cosmetics, fingernail
file/clippers/polish, deodorant, contact solutions, vanilla scent (a natural
repellent), tooth brush in container, toothpaste, floss, personal insulated
water bottle, razor, ear plugs if sensitive to noise at night, dryer sheets
(act as a repellent).
Household - bug spray, repellent, lotion, plastic line for laundry,
clothes pins, flashlight, toilet paper, alarm clock, (Sunblock available at UCI)
Supplies for ministry (adults and children LOVE crafts of any kind) -
VBS-style craft items, glue, glitter, scissors, stickers, construction
paper, markers, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, craft kits for children
and adults, useful tools (like paint brushes, paint rollers and tray, putty
knife, saw, knives, chisel, wire brush, etc.), Miracle Grow (or Walmart
equivalent) for gardens, Bibles and tracts in Creole to distribute (to be
bought in Haiti--$10/Bible), at least 1 pair of work gloves, children’s
clothes (especially t- shirts) for distributing at the nutritional
Gifts - lotions, soaps, pads of paper, pens, cocoa mix,
dish cloths, kitchen towel sets, covered plastic (like Tupperware),
glasses/pitchers/containers, candles, candy–especially chocolate, toys for
children, perfumes, good knives, pocket knives, household decoration,T
shirts, tins, kitchen utensils, Christian CDs and DVDs
Other needed items - “kindergarten-type” items,
sticky-tacky for hanging things on walls,, laminated posters of learning or
inspirational kind, manipulatives, clear Contac paper, peanut butter,
pre-sweetened Kool Aid, white chalk
Additional Trip Tips
Plan to leave as many of your renewable supplies as possible for
use in UCI ministries or by the missionaries. It is difficult and
expensive to get many things we take for granted.
Pack most small items (especially food) in sealable Ziplock bags.
Keep all food items in sealed plastic (not glass) containers,
Tupperware, or Rubbermaid–insect and rodent attractions.
Airlines won’t allow sharp items in carry-ons or aerosol cans in regular luggage.
Ladies, wear minimal makeup and jewelry. Less is better. No hair blowdryers
Modesty in dress is never offensive so consider others’ preferences before your own.
Leave photocopy of passport at home.
Dress up for Sunday church services: women wear dresses and skirts (no
sleeveless for church, please), men wear button-down shirts and
slacks - many wear ties.
Unwrap any new items from its packaging as they are more likely to pass through customs.
When filling out (on visa when going into the country) the
reason for coming to this country, reply “visiting friends”. And
when visiting Haiti, put as address: UCI, Caiman area, Bohoc,
Central Plateau, Pignon, Haiti.
Take many small bills in to exchange–like $5's or $10's.
Give the missionary family... FAMILY TIME!
Have a “weigh-in party” the day/evening before to get weight
distributed amongst team members, make sure there are no unplanned
overweights, and to avoid hassles at airports. It is advisable to
have luggage with wheels so you can take care of your own and avoid
hassles with luggage carriers and their tips.