UCI Haiti

Trips & FAQ's



UCI's Three-Fold Mission

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:

  1. Evangelism Ministry – verbally communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ using a variety of methods
  2. Construction Ministry – contributing to the hands-on building, construction, and cleaning projects as needed
  3. Mercy (Service, Creative) Ministry
    • 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:

  1. Evangelism
    • Church Leadership Training
    • Creating Curriculum - small groups, Sunday school, children’s ministry, youth ministry, lay pastors
    • Miscellaneous Training In Your Area Of Expertise - evangelism/witnessing
    • Creative Ministry - music, mime, drama, puppets
    • Preaching/Teaching - churches, schools, music lessons
    • Bible and Tract Distribution - (must be bought ahead of time)
    • Children's Ministries - VBS, Bible clubs, sports camps, day camps
    • Conference Seminars - women or men, youth, pastors, married couples, school teachers
  2. Mercy
    • Distributions - clothing, food, school supplies, Bible school
    • Prayer Walking - visiting the sick and praying
    • Clinics - vet, medical, dental, prenatal, nutrition, first aid, sports
    • Helping At The University
    • Conversational English - classes, informally
    • Visit door-to-door - sick, orphans, elderly
    • Encouraging Missionaries And Nationals
    • Serving Any Needs That Arise
  3. Construction
    • Building Projects - home, churches, repair work, maintenance, playground equipment
    • Painting - maintenance
    • Planting/Nursery - trees, plants for food, grafting(in season)
    • Helping In Gardens - church gardens, family gardens, clearing fields
    • Furniture Construction
    • Your Area Of Expertise - Mechanic, Art, etc.
    • Road Work - rock hauling, potholes
    • Digging Ditches

For a more comprehensive look at our mission trip download and read our Short-Term Mission Handbook.

What are the costs of a Haiti mission?More Info

  1. 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 been prearranged.
  2. 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 vehicles.
  3. 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 diem.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 excessive)
      • Taptap pick-up: $150/one-way trip - useful for excess luggage
      • UCI vehicles: $125/one-way trip - Land Cruiser holds 12 people inside.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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 web.

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 tickets.

What Should I Pack?More Info

  1. 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.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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, pj’s
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Household - bug spray, repellent, lotion, plastic line for laundry, clothes pins, flashlight, toilet paper, alarm clock, (Sunblock available at UCI)
  7. 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 center.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

Getting Started

  1. Read UCI's Short-Term Mission Handbook.
  2. Read "When Helping Hurts" summary by Stephen Corbett.
  3. Contact UCI with a proposed date for your trip and with any further questions you might have.
  4. Fill out our UCI Haiti Trip Application Form (and have each member of your team fill it out as well).
  5. Print out the UCI Mission Trip Expense Form for when you are ready to turn in your team's fees and expenses.
  6. Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of what UCI Haiti is about: