Looking Back on Port-Au-Prince (Day 11 of 11)

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti served as my home for ten days of my winter break. Throughout my time there, I was able to do countless things: Connect with the people of Haiti Explore the city of Port-Au-Prince Dive into Haiti’s long and diverse history Sample Haitian cuisine Teach English at two local programs And the list goes…

Back @ Share Hope (Day 10 of 11)

Our final full day in Port-Au-Prince was spent back at Share Hope, working with the classes we had met the other day. All of the students we met had come back, and they were incredibly excited to be able to meet our team and speak with us again. One of the students even gave us…

Wahoo Bay (Day 9 of 11)

Today we took a break from exploring Port-Au-Prince, and teaching English, and took the opportunity to travel up the coast to spend the day at Wahoo Bay. This was meant to be an opportunity to relax, kick-back, and take in the natural beauty that Haiti had to offer. From the rooftops of Port-Au-Prince, glimpses of Haiti’s…

Back with English in Mind (Day 8 of 11)

We’re back at English in Mind for the day, building on the lessons we started yesterday. This experience challenged my understanding of what “education” looked like, and the importance of being able to turn at a moments notice, and to understand and respond to students ability, and interest. Even more, being able to connect with…

English in Mind (Day 7 of 11)

Today was our first day at “English in Mind,” a local program that enrolls 100 students in a free 5-year English program. The students are a variety of ages, from students in their final year of school, to adults well into their lives. They’re split into three classes for us to work with: Beginner, Intermediate,…

Getting to Know “Share Hope” (Day 6 of 11)

“Share Hope” is an organization that’s truly leading the way not only in Haiti, but the entire garment industry. To get a better idea of what they do, hear directly from them: “Here at ShareHope, we are building a community in Haiti where people have dignified work, fair wages, the chance to learn, access to…

Exploring A Haitian Hospital (Day 5 of 11):

Today we explored Hopital Bernard Mevs, a local hospital in Port-Au-Prince, run in partnership with Project Medishare. Bernard Mevs, is one of the top hospitals in the country currently, and while they might not be the prettiest, they do incredibly good work with every patient that walks through their doors. Based in downtown Port-Au-Prince, Bernard…

Down to the market… (Day 4 of 11):

Today we headed down through Haitian traffic to the local market. If you ever thought 495 was bad, you should come to Port-Au-Prince, the driving conditions is indescribable. When we arrived at the market, we were astonished by what we found. We found dozens of local artisans, pounding away in the hot sun, crafting iron…

Cite Soleil (Day 3 of 11):

When you imagine a soccer field, what do you see? Thick green grass, freshly painted lines, new goals with fresh nets? In Cite Soleil, that’s far from the reality – try a field of rocks, with rusted out goals and scattered cones for lines. It was a huge shift from everything I’ve ever seen, but…

A Day To Look Back (Day 2 of 11):

The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien: This morning we were able to explore more of Haiti’s history, as we went to The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien – it was incredibly humbling, to see all the country has been through. The tour lead us through seven different exhibits, highlighting the original natives of the island,…

Settling into Port-Au-Prince (Day 1 of 11):

Wake-up call at 3am, two flights, 5 hours of airtime, a four hour layover, and numerous naps – today has truly been the epitome of a travel day. The University of Maryland’s “Alternative Breaks” program made this trip a reality, titled “Mountains Beyond Mountains: Amplifying Voices through Advocacy” – This Trip will have us dive…