What We Do

Since January of 2003, hundreds of volunteers from across Canada have traveled with teams to Haiti, Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic.  In Haiti alone, 2-3 teams of 15-30 medical and support professionals have worked each year to provide ongoing training and therapy at one of the country’s only rehabilitation clinics. Since the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, we have continuously sent both teams and individual volunteers to work in the rehabilitation clinic, support field hospitals and other medical aid organisations, and to integrate with our local counterparts to address the everchanging needs of people with disabilities in Haiti.

More than 20,000 pounds of rehabilitation equipment and supplies have been transported with teams, each individual bringing up to 100 pounds of equipment per trip. An additional cargo shipment including a sound proof booth (for testing hearing) for Port au Prince was sent in 2007. We are working toward partnering with other aid organizations to ship, store and distribute rehabilitaion equipment and supplies in the future.

Team Canada works with numerous local organizations in Haiti, and have established ongoing partnerships with charities and community programs across the country, including:

In addition to our work in Haiti, team members work year round to share our experiences, and give presentations to schools, medical and community groups in efforts to increase awareness about persons living with disability in the developing world.

While each mission is unique, in general, each volunteer has the opportunity to provide some teaching, training, and hands on care in clinic and orphanage settings, and to assist in program preparation and future planning.  Depending on the skills of team members, other care and teaching programs can be planned.  Recent teams conducted education sessions on sex education and AIDS/HIV, wheelchair maintenance as well as swallowing assessments.  Specialized outreach medical clinics can be planned in areas such as primary health care and orthopedics surgery.  Teaching occurs through Care Giver School, clinical workshops, Continuing Medical Education sessions, one-on-one teaching with orphanage staff or teaching with the rehabilitation therapy and prosthetic and orthotic technicians.

Job Duties

All team members are required to participate in collection and update of inventory and any team member may be asked to aid with clinic maintenance, participate on committees for fundraising, supply donations, publicity, etc. to make Team Canada a success.

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