Haiti Beyond Disaster: Alternative Spring Break Trip
After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, over a billion dollars in aid was promised to the struggling island. The world stepped up, empathized and donated. Yet much of the funds pledged to post-quake relief for has not been received for redevelopment and very little has been done to rebuild.
Haiti is the world's oldest black republic and one of the oldest republics in the Western Hemisphere, a cultural and historical gem. But why did it take over 5 decades for the US government to recognize the free black nation of Haiti? Why has the aid promised to Haiti by international aid agencies, not reached the Haitian public? Why has the US sponsored coup de tats against Haiti’s democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide? The world has turned its focus away and promises to the Haitians are unfulfilled.
Explore these issues with us as we learn how the island nation struggles to rebuild. From the health care crises (like cholera and malaria), to the need for true democracy to return to Haiti. This delegation explores the rich Haitian culture, in the backdrop of its bitter colonial and neocolonial struggles for freedom and sovereignty.
The delegation highlights the amazing agency of a few every day heroes, standing up in the face of incredible odds, in addition to looking at the real social and economic needs of the nation. In partnership with Haiti Action Committee, we will explore the rich culture of Haiti, be inspired by community development efforts, and support local community development projects as you travel with us to Haiti!
Please email Corina if you would like to recieve a sample itinerary for this delegation.
- Visit with schools and dialogue with high school students
- Visit with an orphanage
- Visit with a representative from health organizations
- Visit with local foundations, deliver of medical supplies
- Meet with women's groups
- Meet with micro-credit organizations
- Support fair trade cooperatives and local artisans
- Double/triple room accommodations
- Two meals a day (lunch excluded)
- On-ground transportation (including airport transfers)
- All program activities
- Trip leader, Guides and translators
- Honoraria to all host speakers, organizations and communities
- Based on the number of participants there may be 1-2 single rooms available However, most delegations will use most rooms for multiple occupancy
- International airfare NOT included
To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange as explained below.
Please note: We must meet a minimum number of trip participants on every trip, so please register early!
To ensure that all participants can plan accordingly, the minimum number of participants must be reached within 30 days before departure, or the trip will be canceled. If the trip cancels registered participants can choose to receive a full refund or transfer to a future group. Once a trip is confirmed (reaches the minimum # of participants) registrations may be accepted up to 30 days before the departure date.
This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.