Short Term Trips

If you would like to organize a mission trip to Haiti with HCO, start with all of the information on this page. You’ll find:

  • Basic trip information
  • Trip costs – HCO covered expenses & team responsibilities
  • Steps for scheduling a trip with HCO
  • Links to our Short-term Trip Application (for participants)

Want to get a look at what a trip with HCO is like? Check out a couple of trip recaps:

If you have questions that are not answered here, contact Jennifer.


When can we come?
We typically hosts teams on our Peredo campus during these months. For availability during other months, contact us.

  • Spring: February, March, April
  • Summer: June, July
  • Fall: October

How long can I come?
At this time, due to an increased interest in trips by our all of our partners, all teams will be limited to one week per season (spring, summer, fall trips) to accommodate as many different partners as possible who want to serve in Haiti with the mission. Additional weeks may be available 3 months in advance if they have not been reserved. Trips are one week long, Saturday to Saturday:

  • Travel to Haiti on Saturday
  • Worship with our church on Sunday
  • Serve in our communities through the week
  • Return to the States on the following Saturday

Current 2018 Open Dates: 

  • October 6 -13
  • October 13 – 20

Current 2019 Open Dates:

  • March 16-23
  • April 20-27
  • April 27-May 4
  • June 8-15
  • June 29-July 6
  • August 3-10
  • October 19-26

What size should our team be?
Our preferred team size is between 10 – 20 people. Due to the popularity of February dates, all February trips must be at least 10 people.

How much does it cost?
$500 non-refundable Team Trip Deposit per team
$800 per participant

What does that include?

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We recommend teams purchase airline tickets 6-9 months in advance, if possible, for best rates. 

*Travel Tip!* If your group is large enough to obtain a group contract (10 or more confirmed travelers), a modest deposit will be required upfront by the airline, giving your team more time to fundraise before having to pay the balance of the tickets.


Ready to schedule a trip?

1. Email our Engagement Director with your preferred trip dates and secure your trip date online with a $500 non-refundable Team Trip Deposit.

2. Team members submit our Short-term Trip Application online. All trip participants must be signed up 3 months prior to trip dates.

3. Team members pay the $800 in two installments of $400 each:

  • 1st payment 3 months prior to trip
  • 2nd payment 1 month prior to trip

4. Team Leader prepares their teams using our Team Training materials. Our Team Coordinator will send you these once your trip dates have been confirmed.

5. Team Leader purchases airline tickets. Please review our arrival/departure requirements before you book flights:

  • You must arrive in Port-au-Prince on a Saturday between 12noon – 5 p.m.  
  • You must depart Port-au-Prince the following Saturday after 10 a.m. 
  • We strongly prefer your entire team arrives on the same flight. 

You must obtain approval from HCO BEFORE purchasing tickets if you want to arrive/depart at different times or arrive on more than one flight! Please contact Jennifer for approval.

If you need help arranging airfare, see p. 8 in your Leader Guide: Travel Agent Assistance for information about our recommended travel agent: Laura Maron at Mission Nation.

6. HCO sends your Team Leader trip materials:

  • Team t-shirts
  • HCO luggage tags
  • Team name tags & lanyard (to wear day of travel)

7. HCO purchases Travel Insurance for each team member.

8. Teams pack and prepare for their week of service!


Short-term Trip Recap Blog
Connor Wood from Hazel Dell CC (IN) wrote a great recap of their summer 2017 trip, complete with photos: Summer Trip: Blessed & Fulfilled. If you’d like to see and learn more about what a trip is like, this is a good place to start!

Short-term Trip Recap Video
Another way to learn about what a trip with HCO is like is to check out this video by Kami Butcher. She shares a trip recap from the Fairfield CC (IL) 2017 trip to give you a look inside their trip to Peredo!