Hey Allmade Supporters!
Why do we organize these trips to Haiti you might wonder? Well, 3 reasons. 1) Transparency - We’re all about transparency. We don’t just want you to believe the stories we tell you, we want you to experience them directly yourself. 2) Awareness - The fashion industry is dirty and exploitative. We need your help to make it better. Step one is awareness. 3) Connections - From our perspective, it is so rewarding to connect printers from across the country. Already we’ve seen such amazing things, personal connections, personal growth, co-operations and business opportunities come from it. Amazing things happen when you put a bunch of screen printers on a rooftop and in a bus for hours.
We’re getting ready for the next Allmade Haiti Experience and we would like for you to join us. Experience the Haitian culture, landscape, industry, and most importantly, the people and children that make up this unique and inspiring country. Our next trip is June 17-21 2018. It will be a trip you don’t want to miss. You can sign up to go on the trip here. *Activities are subject to change - we promise you’ll have a good time regardless.
Sunday, June 17
Arrive at 9am on 7am flight from Miami to PAP. Ideally everyone gathers in Miami the prior day or flies in on a red eye.
9:00 am: Arrival and possible staging at a nearby hotel
11:00 am: Check into our accommodations for our stay, the Jumecourt Inn at Croix-Des-Bouquets
1:00 pm: Visit Claude’s Orphanage; connect with kids and clean up grounds
5:00 pm: Return to Jumecourt Inn for dinner and evening activities
Monday, June 18
Wake up early and enjoy a refreshing shower before we head out for the day. Breakfast is served at Jumecourt Inn.
8:00 am: Travel to Tabarre for a tour of the LIFE facility and connect with management and makers
12:00 pm: Have lunch with our team members at LIFE
1:00 pm: Visit/tour Caribbean Craft and attend presentation on fashion Industry, Labor & Practices.
4:00 pm: Return to Jumecourt for dinner and evening activities
Tuesday, June 19
Wake up and enjoy another refreshing shower. Breakfast is served at Jumecourt Inn.
9:00 am: Visit the Barbancourt Rum Distillery in Port-Au-Prince
1:00 pm: Tour Papillon and enjoy lunch on the rooftop terrace
3:00 pm: Visit Kezmel’s Orphanage, soak up the energy of the kids and enjoy a bag of locally made delicious ginger cookies
6:00 pm: Return to Jumecourt for dinner and ice cold Prestige brews
Wednesday, June 20
6:00 am: Head out of town early to spend the day on the beautiful Moulin Sur Mer beach ($30-40/person, includes all day beach access and lunch)
5:00 pm: Return to Jumecourt; Presentation: Environmental Impact of the Fashion industry
7:00 pm: Dinner, Growing Allmade & Next Steps
Thursday, June 21
6:30 am: Commute to Toussaint Louverture Airport for our return flight to the good ol’ USA
**If you not sure or have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll take any worries and concerns away. I promise it will be an unforgettable, life changing experience that you don't want to miss.
Included in the $350 price
- Bunkhouse style group accommodations at Jumecourt Inn in Croix-des-Bouquets for all nights in Haiti. Important note: Rooms are gender specific. Private accommodations for couples might be available depending on group size and guesthouse occupancy rate. Don’t count on this.
- All ground transportation while in Haiti.
- Security Detail. We have a security guard with us while traveling, on activities, and while at Jumecourt
- Breakfast and dinner. For lunch, we may be at a spot where you can buy food. This is extra. We recommend bringing snacks in case we’re on the road or at a place where no food is available around lunch time.
- Water, sodas, and Prestige (Haitian beer) while at Jumecourt.
- Your flight to and from Haiti
- Any medical expense before and/or after the trip. Medical services in Haiti are primitive. In the unlikely event something might happen, we’d most likely get you back the the states on the next available flight. We recommend getting travel insurance.
- Haiti tourist tax ($10 CASH)
- Beach Access, Snacks, Lunches and Drinks other than those included as mentioned above.
On approach and arrival
- The flight attendants will hand you a green immigration form and a white customs form.
- These forms must be completed before arrival. Don’t forget to bring a pen.
- “Address in Haiti.”: “Jumecourt Guest House, Croix des Bouquets”
- When you de-board, have the following readily available
- Side Note: We highly recommend taking fresh photos of all your official documentation and saving them on your phone. This will come in handy in the unlikely case something happens to your passport or ID!
- After getting off the airplane, this is what happens:
- Step 1: Pay up! The first window you’ll walk up to will ask you for your passport and $10. This is the visitor tax collected upon arrival. Make sure to bring cash in small denominations. They don’t have change
- Step 2: Present your passport and the 2 forms you completed on the plane. Answer any questions they may have.
- The immigration officer will take the green card, and give back the bottom stub. Put that stub in your passport and hang on to it. You’ll need to give that stub to immigration when we’re leaving Haiti.
- Step 3: After going through immigration, you will go downstairs to the baggage area.
- Attendants working down in that area will ask you (again and again) if you need help. Just say, “No merci.” Handle your own bags. It’s the simplest way.
- If you don’t see your bag on the carrousel, go to the area next to the carrousel that is roped off. Airport employees often pull off bags and place them in that area, rather than have them go round and round. They may be waiting for you there.
- Step 4: Make sure to have handy the checked baggage tags given to you when you checked in your luggage. For security reasons, airport officials will verify that the tags match the luggage you’ve collected before you may leave the area.
- Step 5: We will go through customs as a group or a couple of smaller groups.
- Each person will need his/her (1) white form. The customs official will take your white form.
- You may get picked out of the line for further inspection. One of the more experienced travelers in the group will jump in with you. Generally, we’re always waived through.
- Step 6: Once we're past the customers official, walk towards the exit of the airport. Someone from GOEX will have someone there waiting for you with an "Allmade" sign. Just look for the sign. Follow him or her to our vehicle. Stay together as a group.
- There is decent cell phone voice and data coverage in Haiti but it can be expensive. Check with your provider on coverage and data plans for Haiti before departing.
- There is WIFI internet access at Jumecourt, LIFE, and various other spots on this trip.
- Charging of batteries is possible at the same spots. If you’re phone’s battery drains quick, it may be worthwhile to bring a backup battery. If it drains fast in the US, the fragmented infrastructure in Haiti will drain it even faster.
During Your Stay
- Jumecourt Inn in Croix des Bouquets is our home base in Haiti.
- Clothing: It is always hot, bring shorts, light weight jeans, Allmade tees, and casual shoes. You’re stuff is likely to get dirty so don’t bring anything too nice
- Bring a reusable water bottle that you can fill with clean water and use throughout the day.
- Bring mosquito repellant.
- Breakfast and dinner is included. We may be at a spot where you can buy food during lunch or we may arrange something. . We recommend bringing snacks in case we’re on the road or at a place where no food is available around lunch time.
- US Embassy +509 22 29 8000 – U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Phone
Maps (Download and print if needed)
- Haiti Airport to US Embassy
- Jumecourt to US Embassy
- Jumecourt to Airport
- Jumecourt to Papillon
- Papillon to US Embassy
- LIFE SA to Airport (Habitation Dumornay Route Cannex Tabarre Port Au Prince Haiti Tabarre Port Au Prince Haiti)
- Details on immunizations and prevention meds – http://travelreadymd.com/which-travel-immunizations-do-you-need-for-haiti/
- Hepatitis A– this nasty viral infection of the liver is spread through food and water. It is strongly recommended for anyone traveling to Haiti to get the vaccine.
- Typhoid- is also spread through food and water. You know you don’t want high fevers, belly pain, and diarrhea so get the vaccine and be protected.
- Tdap – This is the tetanus shot with whooping cough built in.
- You should be current on this anyway. If it has been 10 years since your last shot, get a booster.
- Influenza– The Flu Shot is highly suggested.
- Malaria Pills to take for the duration of your trip.
- The most effective direct to skin repellent we recommend is Repel Lemon Eucalyptus. Good news too is that it doesn’t contain any highly toxic DEET and makes you smell really good. Well, that last bit is subjective: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent, 4-Ounce Pump Spray.
- Another very effective repellent is Permethrin. It is applied to clothing and not to skin. Treat the clothes you plan to wear while in Haiti before you leave and mosquitoes will leave you alone. In fact, they drop dead as soon as they land on treated garment. Permethrin is a pesticide and is listed as a "restricted use" substance by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to its high toxicity to aquatic organisms so use it responsibly: Sawyer Products SP649 Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray, 12-Ounce (Spray Bottle Color May Vary).