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Haiti: Rural Empowerment and Haitian History

Even though Haitians led the only successful slave revolt in the history of the modern world, Haiti is known most commonly as “the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.”  Objectively, Haiti scores low on many elements of the Human Development Index.  There is so much more to the nation, however, than either of these commonly cited truths.  This trip is designed for students who wish to interrupt the narrative about Haiti and seek to learn from and about a community in the rural northern province.  In Borgne, farmers focus on food sovereignty and a remarkable team of Haitians run a hospital that provides acute and long-term medical care for the entire northern coast of the nation.  Over the course of the week, the trip leaders will guide students through a series of powerful experiences related to health delivery, rural leadership, cultural wisdom, and academic growth (we have class every day!)  This is not a traditional service trip; this is a social justice trip and as such students will be expected to engage actively in decentering conversations about self and others.   

This trip is open to any Madeira student, with preference given to students on the Haiti Youth Board.  

Dates:  March 15-20, 2020 (first week of Spring Break) 

All-inclusive cost:  $1650 

Contact Shields Sundberg, Trip Leader