HAITI (LÉOGÂNE & JACMEL)

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND WARMTH OF HAITI WHILE PROVIDING HOUSING AND EDUCATION

Haiti is a true one-off. The first and only nation in the world born of a slave revolt, its culture – from its Creole language, to its Vodou religion – is a unique fusion of its African and European heritage. In recent years, Haiti has been better known for a series of natural disasters than its rich culture and stunning landscapes – from soaring mountains to tumbling waterfalls – but the island is rebuilding and is now tipped to be the next big Caribbean destination. You’ll experience all this, we well as seeing first-hand how soccer is helping the next generation of Haitians find hope in the future and break the cycle of poverty.

Léogâne is a coastal community in the Ouest Department of Haiti, which used to thrive on the industries of fishing, sugarcane and fruit. However the city’s economy, along with almost all of its housing and infrastructure, suffered catastrophic damage in the 2010 earthquake, the epicentre of which was directly below the city. Today, Léogâne is still struggling with the effects of the earthquake. But with its soaring, forest-covered mountains, miles of sandy beaches and reputation as a center of art, cuisine and literature it’s becoming increasingly popular as a destination for tourists.

The old port of Jacmel, on Haiti’s Southeastern coast, is one of the most friendly and tranquil towns in Haiti, and host to one of its best Carnivals. It’s old town center includes beautifully-preserved French colonial architecture and the town has also had a facelift in recent years which includes many new urban mosaics and the new beachfront boardwalk, Promenade du Bord de Mer, which buzzes with activity day and night.

The town is also the undisputed handicrafts capital of Haiti, with dozens of workshops producing hand-painted souvenirs, from wall decorations to elaborate papier-mâché masks produced for the Carnival festivities.

You’ll also experience the famous warmth and hospitality of the Haitian people as you help local soccer coaches bring education and joy to local children from underserved communities.

This destination offers a range of soccer activities that we can use to create experiences from BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE level.

Experiences available include;

  • Tour of the National Soccer Stadium
  • Participate in GOALS education and soccer programming in various communities
  • Friendly matches against local teams
  • Pickup soccer with local youth from Légoãne
  • Attend a local professional soccer match (subject to availability and additional cost)
  • Compete in or organize a day-long soccer tournament for ages u8 to u20
  • Coach local kids in rural settings
  • Deliver a soccer session in a local orphanage

EXPERIENCE PROFILE

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Depart for Haiti. Arrival in Port-au-Prince. Transfer to Léogâne by private bus. Hotel check in.

DAY 2:  Tour of GOALS Haiti facilities. Pick up soccer game with local children. Walking tour of Haitian Village. Lunch at village with GOALS families. Walking tour of Léogâne City. Haitian Creole language and cultural lesson.

DAY 3: Soccer outreach program. Agricultural and architecture tour. Evening in the city.

DAY 4: Soccer and Language Lesson. the third half curriculum workshop #1 – Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.

DAY 5:  Soccer training session and coaching session for local kids. Sugar and mango local economy tour.

DAY 6:  GOALS Community service project. the third half curriculum workshop #2 – Conscious Leadership.

DAY 7:  Transfer to Port-au-Prince. Museum visit. Lunch at historic Gingerbread  Hotel. Visit to the National Stadium.

DAY 8:  Transfer to Jacmel. Waterfall hike. Jacmel city walking tour. Free time at the beach. the third half curriculum workshop #3 – Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education

DAY 9:  Transfer back to Léogâne. Pick-up soccer in Léogâne city. Dinner in Léogâne City restaurant and visit to art gallery.

DAY 10:  GOALS Community service project with local children. Attend a local soccer match.

DAY 11:  Transfer to Port-au-Prince. Visit GOALS Haiti’s plastic recycling partner. Visit local artisan shop for souvenir shopping.

DAY 12: Transfer to airport, fly home.  Arrive home.

Testimonials

“We use soccer to engage kids in the community so that tomorrow they can become leaders and help the community develop.”
JEAN KENDY GOALS HAITI

Local Host

Impact

Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization ‘GOALS Haiti’. For many kids in Haiti, GOALS provides their very first opportunity to play soccer in a structured and safe environment. Soccer is used not only to enhance physical health and promote a positive personal attitude, but GOALS Haiti also uses it to raise awareness about health, nutrition, sanitation, gender equality and education.

Thanks to your visit, GOALS Haiti will be able to achieve goals like;

  • Enrol 20 high school students in school for a whole year
  • Sponsor one of our soccer teams with materials, food, water, educational classes and community service projects for one year
  • Sponsor GOALS literacy classes for 20 students for 6 months including materials, food and teacher salaries.

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