Hitting the beach in Daytona Beach, Panama City, Cancun, Mexico or Kingston, Jamaica? Or snowboarding down the slopes in Colorado, Vermont or New Hampshire? Drinking yourself into a stupor or participating in risqué behaviors…?
Fortunately for other more mature and responsible students, spring break means something totally different: social activism with "maybe" some fun on the side!
YES, it its true and it can be done thanks to a program called:
Alternative Spring Break Haiti.
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Haitian Flag
"Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
Getting “there from here” is somewhat of a challenge, but what is life without challenges? Besides, you’re college students!
Flying to Miami or Fort Lauderdale or from JFK or Newark (EWR) can be accomplished using a number of different airlines…and this portion of your alternative spring break adventure will be the lion’s share of your expenses…this is because everything else will be very reasonably priced!
If you fly from JFK it’s a 3hr 15 min direct flight…and if you go through South Florida, either through Miami or Fort Lauderdale it’s only a hop-skip-and-a-jump to Port-au-Prince, just about two hours away…for example:
AMERICAN AIRLINES flight #1291
depart MIA Miami 9:40 AM
arrive PAP Port-au-Prince 11:45 AM
"Behind mountains, are more mountains"(Derrier morns, c'est morns)
The basic itinerary...(yours will be adjusted based on your group's interests and preferences) This program can only be accomplished with groups of eight (8) students or more. Otherwise the basic cost of ground transportation cannot be supported.
(*everyone in the group on the same flight)
Arrive Port-au-Prince – Mid-day - Time TBD
Met by Driver and Tour Guide.
Windshield tour of devastated area around Port-au-Prince as you drive to lodging location 'Jardins sur Mer" near Aquin…about 3.5 hours away...
Tuesday - Breakfast + “volunteer activities” + lunch + "volunteer activities" + dinner
Wednesday - Breakfast + “volunteer activities” + lunch + "volunteer activities" + dinner
Thursday - Breakfast + “volunteer activities” + lunch + "volunteer actitvities" + dinner
Friday - Breakfast + “volunteer activities” + lunch + "volunteer activities" + dinner
Saturday - A.M. - Breakfast + Drive back to P-au-P airport and fly back to Miami/Fort Lauderdale/New York JFK and onward to your final destination....
Note: Additional volunteer opportunity details provided at time of booking based on particular group’s interests…
Young boy running on the beach near Aquin
Total cost for the week per participant is $460 excluding airfare.
A $100 deposit via PayPal is required in advance prior to arrival with the balance of $360 due upon arrival in Haiti.
Groups of 8 or more are required to confirm this weekly program.
Activities, Guided Tours & Special Excursions…that might be available to be scheduled...for a small additional cost.
Snorkle with local spear fishermen
Explorer Macaya National Park
Climb a mountain or two, there are plenty
Tap-tap your way from Zanglais to Les Anglais
Discover the Wednesday or Saturday market day
Picnic on Gross Caye or La Trompeuse islet
Beach volleyball tournament
Sea salt flat excursion
Visit a flibustier island (link)
Soccer practice with area students
If your major is…you may be interested in...
Business…setting up some micro finance opportunities in the market place
History…studying firsthand how the world’s first Black Republic came to be
Social Science/Sociology…conducting a survey on a topic of your choice
Education…shadowing a teacher or co-teach a subject for a week
Psychology…learning how mental illness is viewed/treated in Haiti
Nursing…volunteering at a clinic with immunization programs
Communications…helping students publish a newsletter or setup a yearbook project
Biology…dissecting a frog or piglet with a science class
Civil Engineering…building an outhouse or digging a well
English…teaching English grammar/conversation to the staff and faculty of a school
Computer Science…bringing the Internet to a school, NGO, or government office
Architecture…renovating/preserving an historical “gingerbread” building
Medicine…assisting the doctors at the local hospital
Public Administration…spending quality time in City Hall with the “Prefet”(Mayor)
Law…witnessing a “Juge de Paix”(Justice of the Peace) in action
Marketing…getting familiar with the intricacies of “Madame Sara” system of distribution
Sports Management…organizing an area wide soccer tournament
Pharmacology…learning the little known benefits of local plants, roots, seeds, and herbs
Archeology…exploring the remnants of any number of revolutionary war fortifications
Religion…exploring the relationship between voodoo and other religions
Marine Biology…studying the local habitats of sea turtles, langostinos, shrimps and whales
Criminal Justice…patrolling with local Haitian police (PNH) or MINUSTAH peace keepers (Link) http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/missions/minustah/
Visual Arts…teaching a basic photography class and/or learning from a master painter
Music…sharing your knowledge of your favorite instrument
Water management…investigating sea salt flats and provide new sources for usage
Dance…learning the various Haitian folkloric dances and demonstrate Jazz, Tap or Ballet
EVERYONE…setting-up age appropriate experiments in a school…launch rockets or build a volcano!
Volunteer projects and activities you & your group could participate in:
Paint an orphanage
Teach English for a week
Volunteer at a clinic
Repair a church
Build an outhouse
Teach First Aid
Dig a well
Plan/Harvest some crops
Document unique wildlife
Deliver school supplies
Plant trees on a mountain side
Install a solar oven
Bring the Internet to a school
Attend a lecture in French
Live on $1 for one day...
Continental, Air France, American, Spirit, and other airlines all provide commercial flights
Available Spring Break dates in 2012
Week #1 Feb 13 – 18
Week #2 “ 20 – 25
Week #3 " 27 – Mar 3
Week #4 Mar 5 – 10
Week #5 “ 12 – 17
Week #6 “ 19 – 21
Week #7 “ 26 – 31
Week #8 Apr 2 – 7
Week #9 “ 9 – 14
Week#10 “ 16 – 21
Week#11 " 23 - 28
Other volunteer opportunity weeks available throughout the year upon request...and not just for students either.
Market days Wednesdays and Saturdays...in Aquin
Aquin, Haiti (Lat 18°16'N, Long 73°24'W)
Aquin is a medium-sized town in the "Sud" (South) department of Haiti, it borders the Caribbean Sea, and through which Route National #2 passes from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes. Amazing beaches are found 5 miles to the west at the location where you will be staying. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday. Aquin is about a 3 hour drive or 80 miles/130 Km from the capital Port-au-Prince.
Current weather in Aquin:link
"Jardins sur Mer" kitchen and bar
Continuing the legacy…after your departure from Haiti
-Arrange to sponsor a teacher you met in Haiti to travel to your college, university, or hometown for a short term course of study for certification or continuing education credits…
-Provide a scholarship to a deserving graduating senior (Rethoric/Philosophy candidate) to study at a community or junior college near you…
For more info on cost for students contact: email@example.com