frequently asked Questions

ABOUT LIVEBEYOND

Who founded LiveBeyond?
Dr. David and Laurie Vanderpool. They now live in Haiti indefinitely to serve the people of Thomazeau.

What is LiveBeyond's mission?
Our mission is to transform Thomazeau, Haiti for the Kingdom of God.

What type of work does LiveBeyond do?
You can learn about our work and programs here.

Why is Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR) associated with LiveBeyond?
The organization was originally established as Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR), but in 2010, the organization rebranded itself as LiveBeyond. Learn more about our history.

I want to help LiveBeyond. How can I get involved?
We're happy to hear it! See different ways that you can serve with us here.

Where is the LiveBeyond base located?
Thomazeau, Haiti. The town is 25-miles northeast of Port-Au-Prince, isolated between mountain ranges and other rough and barren terrain. The region has a population of about 200,000.


DONATIONS

How can I make a donation?
Visit the Donate page on our website. We also accept donations via telephone or mail.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation. If you need us to resend your receipt, please email accountant@livebeyond.org.

Can I get a refund on funds sent to LiveBeyond?
We are unable to refund to you any amount of raised funds which exceeds your funding requirements. Once financial gifts are received by LiveBeyond, the individual donors are sent a charitable contribution receipt which is used for Federal Income Tax purposes and refunds are not possible. All monies received in excess of the funding requirements will be used by LiveBeyond toward the mission.

Which parts of LiveBeyond mission week are tax-deductible?
The $1,180 LiveBeyond is treated as a charitable contribution, so you will receive a receipt to be used for income tax purposes.


LiVEBEYOND MISSION WEEKS

How long is each mission week?
Typically, mission teams leave for Haiti on Saturday and return back to the United States on the following Friday. See all of our upcoming mission dates here.

Who can participate on a LiveBeyond mission week?
Participants must be at least 18 years old. If you are 14-17 years old, a parent must accompany you. 

Does LiveBeyond book flights for participants?
No. Each team member is responsible for booking their own flight. However, there are required flights for entry and exit from Port-au-Prince. Your mission acceptance letter sent to you by the LiveBeyond Trip Coordinator will provide these flight details.

What about trip participants' safety?
Haiti is inherently dangerous. The safety of team members cannot be assured. Before signing up for a mission, we ask that you prayerfully consider your personal physical condition and your spiritual health. 

Health risks abound and all members are responsible for their own health. We advise you to see a doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to work in extreme conditions. LiveBeyond mission weeks are not suitable for all individuals. 

How are participants transported throughout the week?
On the trips to and from the Port-au-Prince airport, team members are transported by rented buses and vans. 

During the mission week, we will drive to communities throughout the Thomazeau region. Pick-up trucks are our primary method of transportation, so you will likely be riding in the back of the truck as we go to visit people in the community. Roads in Haiti are winding, bumpy, and can be especially hard on those who suffer from motion sickness.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend a LiveBeyond mission week?
No. However, it is imperative that you understand that LiveBeyond is an organization that strives to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and expand the Kingdom of God through all of our work.

All mission team members will be expected to participate in morning devotionals and evening worship services, along with times of prayer and intercession in the medical clinics and during our community home visits. Only individuals willing to participate in these activities should serve on a mission.

Which vaccinations and medications are required for mission trip participants?
The following vaccinations and medications are required: Tetanus Booster (must have had shot within the last 2 years); Malaria medication (Malarone is recommended). Doctors and nurses must have Hepatitis A&B vaccines.

What is the weather like in Haiti?
The weather is extremely hot and humid, and conditions can be harsh. The average temperature ranges in the 90s. Thomazeau's climate is classified as tropical. When compared with winter, the summers have much more rainfall.

Do team participants have access to Wi-Fi at the LiveBeyond base?
Wi-Fi service is unavailable for team members. Please make your own arrangements with your cellular provider if an internet connection is important to you. This trip provides a great opportunity to “disconnect” from the outside world, so we recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity.

Will my cell phone have service in Haiti?
Team members are responsible for contacting their cellular provider to ensure international access. Some providers will negotiate an "aid-worker rate". Otherwise, you will not have access to a phone or text messaging. If there is an emergency situation, the LiveBeyond team can make or accept calls on your behalf. 

What should I pack?
Download the Mission Week Information Packet here.


OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please email missiontrips@livebeyond.org for more information.