Work Trip in Haiti

Join a Work Team in Haiti! Work Team trips are open to any interested friends of PILH who want to experience the joy of working on-site with us in Haiti.  Nothing surpasses the opportunity to meet and come to know as friends the people whom the programs are serving.  All work trips address the goal of engaging community libraries and learning centers to support basic education and literacy in areas where strengthening is needed to significantly increase literacy levels. 

Individuals fulfill various program tasks such as these: 

Set up or enhance a small library:

  • Transport books
  • Build bookcases
  • Assemble furniture
  • Organize the library
  • Catalogue books and shelve
  • Recruit a librarian and committee 
  • Hold an opening reception
  • Summarize in a work log 
  • Write about and photograph the experience   

Distribute books to sites:

  • Select from applicants for receipt of books
  • Retrieve books from storage centers
  • Accompany books to distribution sites
  • Keep records of recipients
  • Assist with training recipients at distribution sites
  • Visit sites of recipient libraries, schools and centers
  • Hold a reading celebration with children
  • Summarize in a work log
  • Write about and photograph the experience

If you have these skills or characteristics, you are well-suited to participate:

  • Communicate well in Kreyòl or French
  • Feel passionate about spreading literacy
  • Have a spirit of adventure
  • Love libraries and browsing through/ handling books 
  • Like being near children 
  • Work well in teams and like meeting new people
  • Are open to a new culture, food, living conditions
  • Want authentic, unique travel and cultural experiences
  • Enjoy documenting travel trips


Trips are usually held 2-3 times per year depending on in-country conditions. For more information, please contact us at (803) 276-1813.

Rotaract and college students:  A limited number of partial stipends may be available.

Email your resume to us, including a cover letter explaining what you are interested in gaining from the experience.

If you join us:

The PILH Committee will send you guidelines and materials on health, safety, and customs for traveling in and enjoying your visit to Haiti.

Attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Zoom.

Tentative Costs (USD) One-Week Stay:

  • Airline round-trip: Atlanta, GA to Port-au-Prince. . .$1,000
  • Transportation. . .$75-$150
  • Lodging and two meals $75 per eight days. . .$600