Travel Opportunities

March 2019 Trip to Haiti

SPRING BREAK IN HAITI

DATES: Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

PROJECT PARTNER: The Vermont Haiti Project

LEAD TRIP CHAPERONE: Jennifer LaForest - jlaforest@misshalls.org

This trip is meant to be a continuation of a project started by the 2018 Haiti trip. Students will learn about how Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. What it lacks in resources it more than abounds with culture. Students will experience day to day life in Haiti, they will learn about its history, experience Haitian food, storytelling and craft making. They will work alongside Haitians to improve and develop their villages. They will see all the beauty that is Haiti, from the crowded capital, to the beach, to the area decimated by Hurricane Matthew. What they will see in this last area is the resilience of the Haitian people.

Students will have their leadership skills enhanced by their need to assume responsibility for leading groups at the orphanage, the vocational computer classes and sharing their ideas in the local art and music classes. They will learn about Haitian culture and be able to share this with others when they return. They will not only learn to cook a Haitian meal but can apply chemistry to this! The Haitian people have a way of getting even the shyest of students to open up and experience new things which is a life lesson that they then bring back and apply to their lives here. One of the biggest ways to learn and appreciate what you have and to learn how to use what you have is to be around others that have completely opposite situations. 
FIRST PAYMENT DUE BY OCTOBER 15, 2018
Please review, complete, and submit the following by October 15 to Josephine Nicholson at jnicholson@misshalls.org:
  • Enrollment Form
  • Medical Form
  • Behavior and Discipline Contract
  • Miss Hall's Waiver, Release and Indemnification Agreement
  • Copy of an up-to-date passport (must be valid for 6+ months beyond the trip return date)
  • Payment #1 of $600
  • Student Application
    • Photo by Justyna Michalak

      Photo by Justyna Michalak '19

Questions?


Contact:

Jennifer LaForest
Trip Leader 
jlaforest@misshalls.org

Josephine Nicholson
Chair of Trip Committee &
Global Programs Liaison
jnicholson@misshalls.org

THINGS TO KNOW

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  • Detailed (Tentative) Trip Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive PauP, greeted at airport by our host, Despagne Felix; transport to Tchaka Inn- our host family's guesthouse; settle in, introductions, orientation; learn about Biosand water filters; Evening- dinner, Creole 101, Q&A

    Day 2 - Visit National History Museum, visit historic Hotel Oloffson, voudou art; Visit market for travel supplies- snacks etc.; Dinner, Creole 101, day's reflection

    Day 3 - Breakfast, pack; Travel day to Duchity, visit the Dous Macoss factory (milk candy), tour of Les Cayes (port city); Arrive Duchy afternoon, settle into accommodations at the EVJDF vocational school/ VHP center, introductions; Dinner, reflection on day's scenery/events, Q&A, Creole 101

    Day 4 - Breakfast, more introductions, tour of the school and center; Intro to Duchity including history with local historian; Walking tour of Duchity village (in small groups with translator)- primary school/s and high school, and clinic visit; Visit one or two of the disaster resistant dome/shelters- (project started fall 2016 vocational school with VHP); Discussion of rural vs urban Haitian culture, compare/contrast with U.S.; Afternoon visit to local orphanage, games, art activity

    Evening - dinner, practice Creole with local students and English conversation, assist with voc school computer class

    Day 5 - Breakfast, local arts classes- basket making, jewelry making, (and exchange of U.S. students' arts/crafts? an idea...); Afternoon walk to local botanical garden and learn about (and taste) indigenous plants and their uses- fruits, nuts etc.; Dinner, Creole/English conversational exchange, reflection
               
    Evening- assist with voc school computer class

    Day 6 - Breakfast, meal planning with our cooks; Market day- visit local market in small groups w translators-observe local vendors/commodities, purchase food for dinner; learn about local economy; Walk/hike with local herbalist to visit his 'garden' and learn about traditional healing; Combine this with visiting the village water source; Assist with meal prep and learn to cook Haitian meal; Farewell dinner, local musical talent combined with U.S. students musical talents

    Day 7 - Breakfast, pack; Travel day back to PauP, visit beach for swimming; Arrive Tchaka Inn late afternoon; Dinner, reflection, stories by our host

    Day 8 - Breakfast-simple then assist and learn to make traditional Haitian 'soup joumou'; Tchaka Bag business demonstration from our hostess, Polene Felix; Visit Apparent Project see and learn about many Haitian handcrafts (shopping if desired); Visit Boutilier Observatory for sunset overlook of PauP and the bay; Dinner, wrap-up, reflection, goodbyes
     
    Day 9- Breakfast, departure

    Flight: Depart Port Au Prince at 11:54 am
    Arrive at JFK 4:14pm (families are responsible for transportation on the return)
  • Minimum number of MHS students for the trip to run

    8
  • Housing/Accommodations

    Housing and three meals a day will be provided by the Tchaka Inn in Port au Prince, which has full-time security. In Duchity, housing will be in the dormitory that has been built in the village for groups to use. 
  • Costs payable to MHS

    Total cost per student: $1800
  • Insurance

    The cost of the trip includes trip cancellation insurance and limited emergency medical coverage through Roamright, an international travel insurance company.  Detailed materials will be sent to all families.
  • Timeline of Payments

    • Payment #1 (October 15, 2018) families need to make the first non-refundable* payment of $600
    • Payment #2  (November 15, 2018) Non-refundable* payment of $600.
    • Payment #3  (December 15, 2018) Non-refundable* payment of $600
  • This fee includes

    • Round trip airfare with a major carrier on scheduled flights and guaranteed dates
    • Accommodations
    • Meals while traveling in Haiti
    • Roamright travel insurance, and international travel insurance company - This comprehensive policy includes limited health, property and cancellation coverage
    • Transportation from MHS by bus to and from airport
  • What is NOT included

    • Special travel arrangements: If your child will not be flying with us to Haiti or you plan to have your child fly back from another destination, these arrangements need to be made by you and cannot interrupt the trip itinerary.
    • Visas (if required), and if required, students must have their visas secured by January 10, 2019.  
    • Any fees that might be imposed by the airlines at the airport for checked baggage
    • It is recommended that students bring additional money to use for personal expenses, souvenirs, etc., and for the additional meals not included in the trip fee.
    • Cost for travel vaccinations. See the CDC’s suggested travel vaccinations for Haiti: here.
  • Application

    Submit your application here
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