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We are working with our local partner in Haiti in order to continue to offer sustainable locally appropriate and high quality AYUDA programs in the future. Opportunities may become available and will be advertised here. Please continue to check back for updates! Below is a description of our 2015 Program in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti Camp de l'Amitie Program - Port-au-Prince

AYUDA began its involvement in Haiti supporting the first-ever diabetes education camp for young people living with Type 1 diabetes in Haiti back in February 2012. The camp was coordinated by local diabetes organization FHADIMAC, based in Port-au-Prince.  Since then AYUDA has facilitated an international exchange program for youth with Type 1 diabetes in Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic.  After nearly two years of ground work, AYUDA is now in a position to pilot it's first volunteer program in the country.
 
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Program Timeline – Camp de l'Amitie 2015

haiti5September, 2014 - Applications go live
January 25th, 2015 - Application Due Date (rolling interview process)Note: Applications are reviewed and interviews granted on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended  that applications be submitted as soon as is possible.
February 10th - First notifications of acceptance sent out
- February 25th - E-course begins
March 6th-8th, 2015  - Volunteer Training Summit in Washington, DC VTP
April 1st - Fundraising due date ($3,950)
April 4th - April 12th  - In-Country Program, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

June 1st - Post-Program Fundraising due ($500)

 

 

Fundraising Total for Program*

$3,950 pre-program & $500 post-program plus flight costs (for Washington DC and Haiti)

Once volunteers have reached their $4,450 fundraising commitment, they may use their fundraising page to raise funds for their flights.  AYUDA will reimburse up to $1000 with proper documentation. Volunteers
travelling from outside the US can agree to increased reimbursement for their international flights on a case by case basis.

For a more detailed explanation of this, please see the Volunteer Requirements and Expectations

 

Local Partner Organization

FHADIMAC (www.fhadimac.org) is a private Haitian Foundation with over 6000 members based out of Port au Prince, Haiti. FHADIMAC is the only association in Haiti working towards playing an essential role in the daily lives of thousands of people living with diabetes and hypertension as well as the lives of their families.

 
haiti1     Take a look at this insightful video on FHADIMAC, AYUDA's partner organization in Port Au Prince.
     It gives you a snap shot into some of the work of the organization and some of the people with whom the
     AYUDA team will be working during the program.

 

 

Local Project Objectives 

1. Educate local youth with diabetes and motivate them to live happier and healthier lives with diabetes.

2. Culturally and socially prepare qualified volunteers to work with and support FHADIMAC in a sustainable and compassionate mindset. 

3. Promote organizational capacity building of FHADIMAC- with primary focus on development and empowerment of Haitian youth leaders.

 

 

Pre-Program Description

 AYUDA invests significant resources in its volunteers. In return, volunteers invest valuable resources in AYUDA that ensure quality programs and strategic goals. Pre-
program training is well established at AYUDA and begins the moment volunteers  are accepted into their programs. Every volunteer participates in an intensive 

 

AYUDA Volunteer Training Program (VTP) includes two elements: an online training course (E-course) and the VTP Summit - which is an in-person multi-day intensive program.

 

haiti2The purpose of the VTP is to prepare AYUDA volunteers to serve as agents of change in the diabetes communities where they will volunteer. The VTP is the only program of its kind: it offers a comprehensive, culturally sensitive and well-received approach to diabetes education, cultural awareness, lifestyle training, youth empowerment and leadership. This is coupled with the volunteer’s commitment to AYUDA’s mission, core values, goals and objectives. Each volunteer also raises funds to offset program expenses and to assist in defraying the costs of training, travel and program expenses in the host country.

 

 

Volunteer Training Program e-Course (Online: February 2015 - August 2015) 

Online training enables AYUDA to better prepare volunteers for their experiences  abroad and enhance long-term sustainability at the local level. Since AYUDA’s volunteers live, work and study across much of the US and other parts of the world, it is logical to provide an online training platform. The e-course not only allows AYUDA to engage volunteers immediately after their acceptance but also supports  them in creating a comprehensive fundraising strategy. Volunteers are able to connect and bond with fellow volunteers as they share ideas and learn about the realities of living with diabetes in the communities they will be serving.

The course includes:

-A mix of website and social media platforms to enable volunteers to connect with 

one another and prepare volunteers for their experience abroad.

-Weekly online group training sessions/conference calls.

-Practical training/preparation (ie. how to set up an online fundraising page etc).

-Support/coordination for in-person training programs in Washington DC and in-
country

 

E-Training focuses on 5 AYUDA focus areas and core values:

1. AYUDA Background & Principles

2. Fundraising & Social Entrepreneurship

3. Cultural Training & Country Program

4. Living with Diabetes

5. Team Building & Mentorship

 

Volunteer Training Program Summit (March 6th - 8th 2015, Washington DC)

This weekend training session in Washington DC offers the opportunity to unite all 2015 volunteers, volunteer project leaders, AYUDA staff, representatives from local partner organizations, and other AYUDA stakeholders and facilitators. The program includes group social activities, skill and team building activities, as well as didactic presentations from AYUDA local partners and experts in diabetes, youth leadership, social entrepreneurship and global health. During this Summit volunteer lodging, food, and group activities are arranged and provided by AYUDA.

 

 

In-Country Program Description:

 

1. Intro to Haiti Training - Port-au-Prince, Haiti         

haiti4- Volunteers are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel 

- Volunteers stay together in a local hotel in Port au Prince (NB homestays are not 

available for this program)

- Volunteers receive supplemental Health & Wellness training and Safety & Security 

training upon arrival

- Volunteers review expectations for the week and revisit the reality of diabetes in 

Haiti

 

2. Diabetes Camp Project Preparation & Pre-Camp Training

- Volunteers work closely with FHADIMAC staff and rising local leaders with Type 1 

diabetes to review the program plan for the diabetes education camp 

-Volunteers & FHADIMAC staff delegate additional camp responsibilities, review 

registration and transport plans 

- Volunteers review protocols, local partner objectives and outcomes for activities

 

3. Diabetes Camp Haiti

- AYUDA volunteers work closely with FHADIMAC staff and rising young leaders with 

Type 1 Diabetes to deliver a 3 day, 2 night overnight diabetes education camping 

program for youth with Type 1 Diabetes aged 6 - 18

 

4. Post-project Evaluation Meeting & Wrap-up & Alumni discussion

- Evaluation Session – to provide constructive feedback for the pilot program & 

make recommendations for future initiatives

- Next steps and becoming AYUDA Alumni

 

Post Program:

-AYUDA volunteers return to their respective communities and continue to serve as 

agents of social change

-E-course wrap-up sessions and feedback

-Volunteers become part of a broader network of AYUDA volunteers and self-select 

to participate in additional US-based AYUDA activities

-Volunteers apply and are selected to become Volunteer Mentors for 

2016 programs