Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and struggled with economic and political instability before the earthquake in January of 2010. The devastating effects of that earthquake to both infrastructure and to families continues to pose challenges to Haiti.
This trip will explore the state of both education and healthcare in Haiti. Participants will meet with NGOs, government officials, and families who are working towards solutions to some of the challenges they still face. Participants will also have the opportunity to form a friendship over facebook with a university student prior to the trip, and then meet them while on the trip.
The group will be hosted by Outreach to Haiti, who have been working in the Caribbean nation for over 25 years. Operating primarily in Port-au-Prince, they provide health care services, support of two orphanages, and help students to achieve success in education through student sponsorships, scholarships, after-school and summer programs, as well as a neighborhood meal program for children. They regularly facilitate immersion visits for traveling groups to learn about Haiti - its people, culture and land.
Day 1: Travel to Port-au-Prince; Orientation
Day 2: Tour Christ Roi campus; meet pen pals; evening celebration with dinner and DJ
Day 3: Visit primary school in morning; meet with Human Rights lawyer; Visit national history museum
Day 4: Brunch at Historic Oloffson Hotel; Meet with a member of the Ministry of Education to discuss policy and initiatives; Visit St. Theresa Orphanage in the afternoon
Day 5: Visit and tour the Barbancourt Rum Factory and Museum; Wynne Farm (sustainable farm and reforestation project) tour will include hiking
Day 6: Visit secondary school in the morning; university tour in the afternoon; meet representative from National Human Rights Defense Network about education activism in Haiti
Day 7: Visit the craft shop outside of Port-au-Prince; visit to small zoo; meet again with pen pals and evening celebration with live Haitian music
Day 8: Travel back to Gettysburg
WINTER BREAK TRIPS
SPRING BREAK TRIPS
Healthcare and Education:
Haiti - $1500