As a member of this team I agree to:

  • Remember that I am representing Haiti Deaf Academy and will seek to model Christian values in my behavior and attitude. Be in prayer for my teammates, team leaders and for those with whom we will be in contact.
  • Respect others’ view of religion in the context of their culture. I recognize that Christianity has many faces around the world, and that the purpose of this trip is to share the love of God and to experience faith lived out in a new setting.

  • Refrain from gift giving and the sharing or personal contact information with Haitians.

  • Refrain from using for any purpose or posting in social media photos/videos that reflect negatively on the children/staff or the HDA ministry.

  • Remember that I am a guest visiting at the invitation of my hosts. I will respect their culture without judgment.

  • Dress modestly, and to only bring luggage and possessions that are determined by Haiti Deaf Academy to be appropriate for the service needs of the mission and the country’s culture. 

  • Refrain from any activity that could be construed as a romantic interest in a national or teammate.

  • Abstain from the use, purchase and possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco* and illegal drugs from the beginning of the trip to the end, including at the departure airports and in route. 

  • Watch my language, refrain from discussing politics or other sensitive subjects, and avoid references to the military and to other religious groups or practices.

  • Refrain from teaching or practicing any belief that is not supported by Haiti Deaf Academy.

  • Participate actively in meetings as well as in mission, through sharing opinions, assisting in finding alternatives when necessary, assuming responsibilities and honoring decisions.

  • Keep confidential personal information shared about HDA students, staff, teammates and the ministry.

  • Remember that I can be sent home at my expense if there is an unresolveable conflict or lack of adherence to this Covenant.