Frequently Asked Questions
- The retreat center where the workshop will be held at is located outside of the small town of Siguatepeque, Honduras. A beautiful place amongst the mountains and pine trees of Honduras. It’s in a city known for it’s beautiful weather.
- The retreat center will have WIFI available.
- All meals will be provided. If you have food allergies, please speak with Missie prior to the workshop.
- All housing is dorm style with up to 4 participants per room. (from the workshop)
- No drinking, smoking or illicit drugs allowed on the property per the rules of the retreat center.
WHAT TO PACK:
- For our day in the hospital you will need: a water bottle, watch with second hand/contraction app, 1 pair of close-toed shoes that are clean, black pants and/or black yoga style pants, we will provide a plain purple scrub top for that day, however if you would like to buy one to bring, please contact Missie for the correct color options (so we are easily identifiable).
- For the workshop: pen, pencil, notebook
- The night can be cool, so a light sweater will be good to pack
- Please bring the book: The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin that you can find on Amazon.
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COMING TO HONDURAS
- PASSPORTS – Please double check your passport to be sure you have at least six months before it expires. You will not be allowed to travel if it is too close to the expiration date. Make two good quality color copies of your passport. Please have one in a safe place separate from your passport and leave on at home in a safe place. This will be of great help in case of loss or theft.
- PHONE NUMBERS – in case a flight is delayed, cancelled or for any kind of emergency. Missie Christensen +011(504)9559-6397 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION – On the airplane you will be given customs/immigration papers to fill out. Your purpose of travel is tourism; foreseen address: KM 122 Aldea Aguas Del Padre Siguatepeque, Comayagua filled out in the space provided on this form. If and when asked about the purpose of your visit to Honduras, simply state that you are coming as a volunteer.
- You do not need a visa prior to arrival. Upon entry into Honduras you will receive your 90 day tourist visa.
- LUGGAGE – It is a good idea to pack a carry-on with at least one change of clothes, five pieces of underwear, as well as any prescription medicine you need to take regularly. This will be of great help should your regular luggage not arrive when you do.
- At the airport, do not let the baggage handlers help you or they will expect a nice tip. If you do use one, you can tip them with $5.00 US dollars, to give them less is not acceptable to them. You are better off just doing it yourself to avoid any awkwardness.
- MONEY – Honduras currency is the Lempira (Lps.) In most places you can pay for things in $US dollars, but you will get your change in Lempiras. Usually no one accepts US bills larger than $20.00 or less than $5.00. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR US DOLLARS ARE NOT RIPPED NOR HAVE WRITING ON THEM – Traveler’s checks are not accepted here. Credit cards are fine; just make sure you call your credit card company and let them know that you will be traveling to Honduras, so that they will not block your account for security reasons. You will also need to show a photo ID whenever you charge to your credit card.
- There is no need for any special medications or vaccinations needed for coming to this region of Honduras.
- TOILET PAPER – You will notice that in Honduras there is a trash can next to every toilet, this is because they do not flush toilet paper here. The plumbing and septic systems cannot handle toilet paper. Program yourself mentally NOT to flush toilet paper.
- WATER – All water that comes out of the faucet at the retreat center is good for drinking (including ice that is served) bathing, washing and shaving, etc. Please be aware that water from a faucet at any other location is NOT DRINKABLE! Please bring a water bottle with you so as to be prepared. Bottle water is also readability available at most corner stores.