A Unique Opportunity

Hands Across the Sea encourages individuals and work teams to travel to Haiti to be a part of the work we are doing. Those who come to Haiti are given the opportunity to join in construction projects, visit in the local community, spend time with the children, and minister in church. You can help us in our work for the most needy and most vulnerable members of Haiti’s population. Come be transformed by seeing the need and being a part of meeting that need.

A $350 U.S. donation per visitor is required to cover the cost of transportation to and from the airport in Port-au-Prince, meals, extra staff, diesel for the generator, and a police escort for safety.


Who Can Join Us

Visitors to Hands Across the Sea are welcome as members of a team. We host teams 8 months of the year and teams stay in Haiti for one week. Anyone in good health, who wants to work and who is open to the vision and values of Hands Across the Sea is welcome to join us.

Groups are limited to a maximum of eight (8) people including the team leader. This ensures that our Haitian staff members are able to accommodate the additional workload associated with visiting teams.

Leadership & Coordination

Each team needs to arrange for an experienced team leader who has previously visited Hands Across the Sea. The team leader will work together with our team coordinator to arrange the travel dates to Haiti and provide support with other aspects of the visit.

Our Team Coordinator will arrange the travel dates after consultation with Karen Huxter, Director of Hands Across the Sea.

Types of Projects

Our on-site Directors, Karen and Luckner, will decide on the team projects, based on the needs of our mission and surrounding community. Teams will fundraise to contribute to the costs associated with projects.

Karen and Luckner will endeavour to have all necessary project materials in place when groups arrive. Types of projects include painting, minor construction (depending on group members’ skill set), organizing and distributing supplies, etc.


Our Children & Community

Visitors to Hands Across the Sea live on the same campus as the children’s home and have significant opportunity to spend time playing with the children. Favourites for the children include floor hockey, bike riding, walks along the canal, soccer games, board games & English practice.

We also provide opportunities for team members to see our community and minister in our church.

Travel Arrangements

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to and from Haiti. All teams must arrive in Haiti on the same day and time, even if traveling from different locations. Details are arranged with our team coordinator. All teams must arrive in Port-au-Prince by noon in order to ensure safe travel to our campus in Deschapelles, Haiti.

The sun sets in Haiti at 6:00pm and it is not prudent to travel after dark. The noon-hour arrival allows for any flight delays, baggage issues to be resolved and the 3-hour travel time from Port-au-Prince to Deschapelles.


A $350 U.S. donation per visitor is required to cover the cost of transportation to and from the airport in Port-au-Prince, meals, extra staff, diesel for the generator, and a police escort for safety.

Please bring these funds with you to Haiti, in cash, as they are needed for us to purchase food and cover all your costs. We regret that according to federal law, an income tax receipt cannot be issued for funds covering your own expenses.


Read about the experiences of visitors to Hands Across the Sea on our blog under HATS Visitors. You can also visit our Come to Haiti photo gallery for more images of individuals and work teams visiting Hands Across the Sea.

Scenes from Haiti

Visit our Scenes From Haiti photo gallery for more images.

Join Us!

We look forward to having you come, join us in ministry, experience life in Haiti and be blessed. We will do our best to see you have a great Haitian experience.

If you are interested in joining a team, please contact our Team Coordinator.