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The Haitian Initiative

Using soccer to engage youth and develop their leadership potential 

Haiti

Bring sustainable programs to Haiti using soccer as a catalyst to combat the cycle of poverty

Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and has experienced political instability for years. A massive earthquake of 7.0 magnitude struck Haiti in 2010, 25 km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed, and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region in the last 200 years.

As a result, the country suffered a huge economic downturn, and many communities have yet to recover from its impact.

You’ll join the world-respected, non-profit organization Haitian Initiative, working with kids to improve their quality of life and to empower them to be leaders in their communities.

During your HAITI experience you will:

  • Play friendly soccer matches with local teams on beautiful fields.
  • Participate in various walking tours of Hospital Bernard Mevs, National Museum of Haiti.
  • Visit the Project Stitch program and have the opportunity to buy locally made hand bags.
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Thanks to your visit, Haitian Initiative will be able to achieve goals such as:

  • $6,000 will allow us to provide school tuition for 20 Haitian Initiative youth to attend school for 1 year.
  • $10,000 will sponsor an entire Haitian Initiative soccer team’s meals and school tuition for 1 year.
  • $30,000 will allow Haitian Initiative to provide school tuition for 100 Haitian Initiative youth to attend school for 1 year.

Experience profile

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Country
Haiti

NGO
Haitian Initiative

Group of Focus
Youth

Area of Focus
Health, education, and long-term leadership

Experience
The warm and rich local culture

Activities
Soccer with locals, walking tours of Cite Soleil, Olympic Training Center tour and much more

2017 departures

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Day 1

Depart for Haiti. Arrival at Airport, Transfer to accommodations. Welcome meeting with Supervisor. Light training session with own Coaches, or light pick up game. Guided Walk of neighborhood. Reflection of first day and activities.

Day 2

Tour the National Museum of Haiti, known as Mupanah. Soccer training with The Haitian Initiative. Participate in English Language Classes with The Haitian Initiative.Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 3

Tour of Hospital Bernard Mevs. Visit Project Stitch program, with the opportunity to buy handmade bags. Guided Walk of Cite Soleil. Soccer training session with The Haitian Initiative and scrimmage. Participate in English Language Classes with The Haitian Initiative, and participate in food distribution.

Day 4

Free time at the beach. Beach soccer. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 5

Visit the iconic Le Negre Marron statue, located at the Champ de Mars in downtown Port-au Prince. Visit Olympic Training Center. Friendly soccer game at Olympic Training Center.

Day 6

Visit the Boutillier Observatory in the mountains above Petion-Ville. Free time to souvenir shop. Friendly soccer game against a local team. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Natural Disasters and Recovery. 

Day 7

Visit Saut D’eau; village of Ville Bonheur. Friendly soccer game against a local team. *Attend a professional or international match (*subject to additional cost and dependent upon availability).

Day 8

Depart for airport.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community service and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2-3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Full board during your stay in Haiti (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • 7 nights accommodation.
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation and medical insurance.

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Important reminders

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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