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Drexel in Haiti: Literary Study Tour
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|Restrictions:||Drexel applicants only|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum Cumulative GPA:||2.75|
|Class Eligibility:||Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore||Type of Program:||Study Tour|
|Housing Options:||Hotel||Program Advisor:||Ahaji Schreffler|
The ProgramThe purpose of the trip is to observe the role of literature in rebuilding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The trip is based in Port-Au-Prince and nearby towns where students will meet with contemporary Haitian authors and have the opportunity to hear their stories in person, to find inspiration for their own writing. Mornings will be spent working on your own writing. In the afternoon, students will meet with Haitian authors, as well as participate in creative writing workshops with local emerging writers. Some of these meetings will be held in the PEN Haiti mansion, which is the new home of PEN Haiti after the original building was destroyed in the earthquake. Students will also have the experience of an afternoon with the children of the Love Orphanage, learning about key issues that children face in Haiti since the earthquake.
The tour is designed as an optional add on to WRIT 304 and ENG 103 taught by Professor Harriet Millan, but is open to ALL students in the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing, as well as English majors or minors, and students studying French or International Area Studies.
To learn more about this program, read Prof. Millan's article featured on PEN about the first Haiti Litery Tour in June 2013 as well as a Drexel article that interviewed one of the first participants.
"...My experience in Haiti has changed my life. It is one that I will never forget. Thank you for giving me the opportunity..." Parker Bell, LeBow student
The AcademicsSelect readings of Haitian literature, essays, and articles will be assigned prior to the program. While in Haiti, students will participant in writing workshops, independent writing, and peer critique sessions, which will culminate in final creative writing assignments to be submitted at the end of the program. For more information, review the program syllabus.
Credit/Grading: Students on this program will be registered for 1 credit for ENGL 298 Haiti Writing Workshop. The course will be added to summer term registration. Freshmen applicants are encourage to use the Enrichment option, which allows taking a class during vacation term at no charge. Students will receive a Drexel grade for this course that is factored into their GPA.
2014 Program Fee: $1,750
-- Advanced Payment due with application: $600
-- Final Payment due May 1st: $1150
*Payments are non-refundable unless the program does not run for unforeseen reasons.
The program fee includes:
-- R/T airfare from NYC to Port-Au-Prince
-- Lodging (double or triple room with Drexel students)
-- Airport pick-up / drop-off in Port-Au-Prince
-- Breakfast daily
-- Translator fees
-- In-country transportation (private van and driver)
-- Welcome dinner
-- Beach entrance fee
Not included in program fee:
-- OnCall emergency insurance ($36)
-- Lunches and dinners (approx. $250)
-- Spending money for bottled water and souvenirs (approx. $50)
-- Airport shuttle to/from JFK airport (approx. $75 - $100)
-- Passport ($135)
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|NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Final dates will be provided at later date.|