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Can we eat the uncooked fruits and vegetables?

Honduras

In general, when traveling to Honduras, you should avoid eating uncooked fruits and vegetables. However, Mission Lazarus does not bring groups to restaurants where unsafe vegetables and fruits are served. It is best to be cautious, but you can be confident that the food that Mission Lazarus serves you will be both tasty and safe to eat.

Haiti

Fruits and vegetables can be eaten safely if properly prepared. Please rely on your missionary host to tell you what is safe and what is not. Don’t rely on a local.

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When was Mission Lazarus started?

Honduras

Mission Lazarus was born out of a humanitarian seed project in Honduras in 2001. Over the next few years, other opportunities presented themselves and in 2004 Mission Lazarus was legally incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in the USA. Since then, we've expanded to other countries.

Haiti

Mission Lazarus first got involved in Haiti in 2004, partnering with Healing Hands International and WFR Relief to provide emergency humanitarian aid to churches after hurricanes ravaged the country. Once again, Mission Lazarus was able to answer the call when the devastating earthquake of January 2010 destroyed much of Port au Prince. We were in the unique position to be able to provide specialized anesthesia that was in great demand in field hospitals. These drugs are highly controlled in the US and aid organizations were unable to obtain them. We were able to purchase the drugs in large quantities in Honduras and then carry them in luggage to Haiti where they were distributed in numerous field hospitals and clinics.

Mission Lazarus started focused efforts in Haiti in the fall of 2010 by joining with a group of committed Christians who were already highly invested in making Christ known through their work with children, life, and relationships in Haiti. The goal of this new partnership was to combine the proven life transforming practices of Mission Lazarus with the experience of the Haiti team.

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What airport will we fly into?

Honduras

There is only one international airport in Honduras, which is Tegucigalpa International Airport (airport code: TGU). American Airlines, Continental, and Delta all fly to Honduras. From the airport you will take ground transportation via bus or rental cars depending on the size of your group.

Haiti

You will fly into Cap Haitien International Airport.

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What happens if I get a traffic ticket in Honduras?

If you are stopped, please be courteous and non-aggressive with local police authorities. You should, under no circumstances give money or bribes to local authorities. If the police decide to write a ticket, your license will be held until your ticket has been paid. Mission Lazarus representatives will assist you in re-claiming your license.

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Will there be a place to buy souvenirs?

Honduras

Yes! There is a gift shop on site with a wide variety of local artisan products, which directly profits Mission Lazarus programs. We accept major US credit cards, US dollars, or local currency. Prices are comparable to other gifts stores, but purchasing your souvenirs at the Mission Lazarus gift shop is an additional way to give back to the local economy. You can also buy online by visiting our online store.

Haiti

Possibly. It depends on trip to trip but email us if you have more questions. 

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Should I bring valuables on this trip?

Honduras

Please do not bring electronics, computers, jewelry, diamonds, etc. These items will attract unwanted attention to you and your group. If you can't live without it, please don't bring it to Honduras! 

Our general motto is: If you leave something in a room, in a car, on a site, and it is "gone" when you come back, consider it a gift because you've given it away.

Haiti

No.

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Should we tip Lazarus Lodge and Restaurant staff?

Yes! The ladies that are serving you during your stay at the Lazarus Lodge work tirelessly to ensure your trip is both comfortable and successful. A generous tip is a huge blessing to the daily life of these women and their families. For example, a group of thirty travels should consider leaving approximately $300 dollars for a week of meal service and lodging service ($10 a person for the entire week).

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Do I need to bring money to Honduras/Haiti?

Honduras

Check with your group leader about what is included in your trip budget. Travelers checks are not valid in Honduras. Most people find it convenient to have a small amount of both US dollars and Lempira with them during their trip. There are some "extras" available to you at the Lazarus Lodge such as horseback riding, soft drinks, and souvenirs. There is an ATM at the airport and in Choluteca, but there is not one at the mission site. All travelers are recommended to change money at the airport with officials designated by Mission Lazarus staff or to withdrawal from one of the ATMs.

Haiti

Some, in small bills ($20 and smaller) This is a good idea if you want to purchase soft drinks, phone cards for calls, souvenirs (if there is the opportunity) and tips.

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Can I drive with my U.S. driver's license?

Honduras

Yes, a valid US driver's license is recognized by transit authorities in Honduras. However, if your license is expired on the physical card you carry, your vehicle can be impounded.
 

Haiti

Yes, but only those designated to drive will drive the vehicles. No one is allowed on a motorcycle, as driver or passenger.

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Can we bring medicine to donate?

Honduras

Honduran custom officials are generally supportive of medical brigade efforts in the country, however will not allow expired medicine, medicine that expires within one month, or unlabeled medication into the country. If you attempt to pass expired medications through customs, Mission Lazarus will not and cannot be responsible for persons being held in customs.

Haiti

Donated medicines can be brought in. It must be unexpired and at least two months away from expiration. If you attempt to pass expired medications through customs, Mission Lazarus will not and cannot be responsible for persons being held in customs.

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Is there access to internet?

Honduras

Yes! At Posada San Lázaro you will have access to wireless internet. It is included in the cost of your stay. Sometimes during big storms the connection is lost, but the signal works a majority of the time.

Haiti

At some of the places we accommodate teams there is internet access. The time you are in Haiti may be a good time for a “fast” from internet.

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