immersion trips

Come see what the Lord is doing in Haiti through myLIFEspeaks!


Immersion trips hold great potential as we serve and grow from each other in different ways.

In a beautifully humbling way, you may find you end up getting more out of an immersion trip experience than you give

- in terms of the lasting impact on your life and way you view the world.

That's why we see our immersion experiences as more of a mutual service impact trip.

At myLIFEspeaks, we do LIFE together - as a family and commUNITY in Haiti.

Each person brings something different to the table and we all grow in LIFE together.

When carried out with due caution, wisdom, and prayer

these trips can benefit children and communities for the long term —

especially by committing to building up the local families and communities 

capable of caring for them consistently over time.

To do immersion trips well, immersion trip leaders and members must plan and prepare how their service will safely promote the lasting well being of children, families, and communities.


We are committed to preparing our teams for a truly immersive experience in Haiti and
encourage you to prayerfully prepare and educate yourself for your immersion experience. 

Here is where that exploration and preparation begins!

Bookmark this page; refer to it often.

Flights and Travel

Packing Lists

Countdown Calendar

Supply Lists

Dress Code

Culture & In-Country Purchases

Travel Day Expectations


Please contact us with questions and  explore our ethical Immersion Trip Resources to

learn more about how and why we do what we do!

Spiritual Preparation & Transformation

myLIFEspeaks is built upon a deep belief that Jesus Christ, as Lord & Savior, is the ONE that sustains all LIFE and we pray that our LIFE speaks that Truth, permeating everything we do. We implore you to stretch your spiritual life during this time of preparation and let’s see how God can continue to transform us.

  • PRAY every day for:

    • Patience, flexibility, grace, kindness, boldness

    • Unity in your team

    • Every LIFE in Neply and Haiti

    • myLIFEspeaks staff (American & Haitian)

    • How your LIFE can speak in the future with myLIFEspeaks


  • Read your Bible daily whether it’s your regular reading plan or a special plan for your trip

    • Journal 

    • Meditate

    • Reflect


  • Read books to help understand Haitian culture or immersion trips. Here are some we suggest:

    • Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux

    • When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

    • Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton

    • Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore



myLIFEspeaks Immersion

Costs & Flights

  • All trips run from Saturday to Saturday

  • The cost of a trip to myLIFEspeaks is $795 and includes transportation, lodging, food, project/program costs (airfare NOT included). Trip insurance for the duration of your time in Haiti.


  • You may submit payment using the links below or mailing a check payable


POB 100972

Nashville, TN 37224

  • The myLIFEspeaks Trip Registration and final payments MUST be completed by 30 days prior to leaving for Neply.

  • Each team member is responsible for round-trip airfare as well as transportation from hometown airport.

  • Flights must be reserved through

TraveLink, Jackie Smith

 (615) 953-4629

  • You must be AT LEAST 18 years old to visit Neply. All accompanied minors must provide a notarized proof of guardianship. 

  • Please review available trip dates and contact Mike Wilson BEFORE registering for your trip to Haiti.


Packing List


  • Personal water bottle (we recommend 32 oz. size vacuum insulated) 


  • AT LEAST 40% Deet should be worn at all times due to the possibility of contracting a mosquito born virus prominent throughout the Caribbean Islands. 


  • Blanket (all rooms are air conditioned at 70-72 degrees at nighttime); sheets and pillows are provided; all beds are twin size


  • Medications taken regularly; please provide a list with dosages as well.

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer 

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.) 

  • Towel and washcloth (no more than three)

  • Shower shoes 


  • Bible, journal, and pen 

  • Ear plugs or head phones (for nighttime) 

  • Drawstring backpack/day pack 


  • Crisp, small bills ($1, $5, $10) for cokes, treats, boat ride, beach food, souvenirs, etc.

  • Required exact $10 cash “tourist tax”

  • No hair dryers/flat irons/curling irons can be used on the myLIFEspeaks campus.


  • Supply List Donations

Preparation Calendar

  • Start preparing spiritually & culturally

  • Contact myLIFEspeaks to reserve your trip date

  • Pay deposit online to myLIFEspeaks or your team leader

  • Book flights through TraveLink travel agent

  • Allow at least 6-8 weeks when applying for new passport or renewing (expiration date must be 6 months past trip date). Visit to get more information.

  • Make 2 photo copies of your passport to pack in luggage

  • Create a financial and/or fundraising plan

Six Months Out:

  • Consult doctor regarding immunizations and vaccinations especially the malaria vaccine

  • myLIFEspeaks requires an updated Tetanus/Diphtheria (DT)

  • If you have severe medical issues, please consult your doctor for a thorough physical examination before travel. 

  • Trips to Haiti can be moderately stressful and heat is an important factor to consider if you have physical/medical conditions.

  • Medical IDs (tags, bracelets, etc) must be carried if you have a chronic illness such as diabetes or a heart condition.

  • Start collecting myLIFEspeaks supply list donation items

Three Months Out:

  • myLIFEspeaks registration must be filled out

  • If you have special requests/restrictions while in Haiti such as food allergies, medical conditions, special requirements, please notify myLIFEspeaks or your trip leader.

  • Final payment is due to myLIFEspeaks

  • Review packing list, donation list and dress code 

One Month Out:

  • Contact airline to confirm travel arrangements including flight times, luggage instructions, restrictions or embargoes

  • Sign up for text updates

  • Check medications for adequate supply; pack all medications in your carryon.

  • Tag all luggage with myLIFEspeaks identification tag to be sent to you as well as brightly colored ribbon and/or something easily recognizable  

  • Contact AnnaBeth Saidleman with any questions or concerns


One Week Out:


Supply List

Leave Room for These Items! Each Individual Packs Supplies for the Group

Dress Code

Repecting the Culture

Enjoying the Elements

Culture &

In-Country Purchases

Learn a Bit | Budget a Bit

Travel Day Expectations

Some Questions Answered

10 FAQ’s about going to Neply.


1. Is Haiti safe?

We work hard to ensure all of our staff and visitors are kept safe. We have full-time security at our campus in Neply and a myLIFEspeaks staff and/or intern will accompany teams and visitors at all times from the time you exit the airport in

Port-au-Prince, until you arrive at the airport again to go home.


2. What will I be doing during my trip to myLIFEspeaks in Neply, Haiti?

Throughout your 7-day stay at myLIFEspeaks you will have the opportunity to live life immersed in a Haitian village of 2,700 people. Teams and visitors have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects from construction and painting, participating in myLIFEspeaks Feeding Programs, playing bingo with senior citizens, and more. 


3. Do I have to use TraveLink, the Travel Agency provided, to make my travel arrangements?

Yes, everyone coming to Neply with myLIFEspeaks must book their travel arrangements through TraveLink. Using TraveLink ensure us teams arrive on the appropriate day and time while providing an advocate in case travel plans are disrupted. We have found TraveLink to provide great pricing with fast and convenient service.


4. Do I have to schedule my trip from Saturday to Saturday?

Yes, all trips to myLIFEspeaks are from Saturday to Saturday.


5. When are my payments due?

Your non-refundable trip deposit of $200 per person is due immediately upon registration either online via credit card or directly to your team leader. Your trip must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Please review the Refund Policy.

To submit a trip payment click here.

6. Can we bring clothes, candy, snacks, etc. to hand out while in Haiti?

We strive to establish ourselves as an organization that does not provide “handouts” but instead provides means and opportunities for individuals to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Please review the Supply List. If you would like to bring items for the Neply commUNITY outside of this list please contact your team leader or  


7. What is the food like in Haiti? Are there Gluten Free/Vegetarian options?

We do our best to provide filling, well-balanced meals for our teams and visitors, employing some wonderful, hard-working ladies from our Neply commUNITY to help us. However, if you follow a vegetarian or gluten-free diet we strongly suggest you bring your own food to prepare during your stay in Neply, as we cannot guarantee that rice, beans or any food has not been in contact with gluten. Truly gluten-free items are not available in Haiti.

8. Is it safe to drink the water in Haiti?

myLIFEspeaks provides Culligan drinking water for all teams, visitors, and staff. You must bring a water bottle to refill throughout the day during your stay in Neply.

9. Where will I stay while in Neply? What are the rooms like?

All visitors will stay on campus at myLIFEspeaks in air-conditioned rooms that are furnished with bunk beds. Sheets and a pillow are provided but you are encouraged to bring an additional blanket.


10. What do I pack to wear while I am in Haiti?

Please refer to the Packing List & Dress Code for a complete list of items and the dress code for men and women.

Have questions? Email