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