University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


This pilot study created a comprehensive orientation module to help Midwives for Haiti prepare volunteers to serve in the organization’s midwifery school in Haiti. The module was evaluated to assess its perceived effectiveness and) revise it to better fit volunteer needs. The volunteers completed the module prior to their trip to Haiti and then completed an evaluation survey upon return; only three volunteers completed the entire pilot study process. Two out of three responded that the orientation fully prepared them for their time abroad. Other comments included the need for (a) additional emphasis on basic math and drip rate calculations, (b) information on how to be a good preceptor for students, and (c) a follow-up test after orientation that identifies gaps in knowledge learned. The revised module will be used to prepare future volunteers; the organization plans to continue to improve the module as they receive more feedback.