Drexel Spring Break in Haiti: Community, Education, and Development
Haiti: Education, Community, and Development is an Intensive-Course Abroad designed to introduce students to the issues and ethics of international civic engagement and community development through the lenses of education and entrepreneurship. Haiti, often called the "Republic of NGOs" is a perfect location to explore critical issues in development and service. Students will learn about the history of Haiti, the positive and negative impacts of non-profit organizations, and the importance of community-driven development. Students will participate in pre-departure activities and class sessions, followed by a week-long global service-learning experience in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Students will spend this week working side by side with community partners at the Haitian American Caucus (HAC) as participants in English as a Foreign Language classroom activities, engaging with local Haitian students. Students will also have opportunities to interview HAC staff and other non-profit leaders in Haiti, which will culminate in a final paper and presentation.
As a participant in this course students will:
- Learn about multiple perspectives in community development through the context of Haiti.
- Be able to discuss and defend perspectives on ethics of global service-learning.
- Develop cross-cultural skills in a community development context.
Students will be registered for CIVC T380 Haiti Community Educ & Develop, 3 credits as part of their spring term course load. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their spring credit load when registering for spring term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
- Beginning week 6 through week 10 of winter term, students must complete pre-trip readings and audio/visual materials, discussion board posts, and 1 reflective writing assignment. Students must attend 3 in-person meetings during winter term (see below).
- In Haiti students will participate in program activities, group discussion, and journaling.
- Upon return students must submit a final reflective paper and presentation during week 3 of spring term.Instructors:
- Adam Zahn, Academic Programs Manager, Office of International Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ahaji Schreffler, Associate Director, Study Abroad Office (email@example.com)
Winter Term Required Meetings 5:30pm - 7pm (day of week TBD)
- Week 6: Lecture and discussion
- Week 7: Pre-departure orientation
- Week 9: Lecture and discussion
Study Abroad Dates
Arrival Date: March 25, 2018
Departure Date: April 1, 2018
- Participation in English as a Foreign Language classes with Haitian students
- Interviews with community development leaders
- Visits to Love Orphanage
- Live music concert
- Local market for art and souvenirs
- Beach day at local resort
Due November 15, 2017 - $650 Advanced Payment
Due January 15, 2018 - $1,300 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
- Round trip airfare New York / Port-au-Prince
- 7 nights accommodations
- Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- On-site transportation (private van/driver)
- Entry fees for music concert and beach
- On Call Emergency Assistance insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
- Regular Drexel tuition (per Drexel bill)
- Airport shuttle to/from JFK airport $80
- Haiti tourist entry fee $10
- Two lunches $50
- Spending money $75
- Passport $135
- A group flight will be booked for all participants flying from JFK airport. After acceptance, an airport shuttle will be organized for the group.
- Haiti requires all travelers to pay $10 entry fee upon arrival. No visa is required for US citizens. Other nationalities should confirm on the Haiti embassy website.
- Accommodations are provided by Haitian American Caucus. Rooms are hostel-style with bunk beds. Students will be roomed with same-gender. Delicious local foods will be prepared by HAC for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students must cover three lunches (arrival day, after local market visit, and beach day).
- Community Partner: Haitian American Caucus
- The Haitian American Caucus (HAC) is driving a coalition movement to improve the lives of the Haitian-American community and its allies. The Haitian motto is, "L'union fait la force," which translates to, "In unity, there is strength." Organizations have long acted alone to bring power to the powerless, and HAC believes that the time has come to unify for a greater tomorrow. The motto of the Haitian American Caucus is, "Lè a rive!" (The time has come!).
- Mission Statement: HAC's mission is to set a platform to empower communities while building partnerships and equal access to resources for all supporting groups. We vow to improve quality of life by promoting political, educational and moral values. The Caucus strengthens the network of existing grassroots Haitian-American groups through sharing strategies for innovative organizing.