Join the Haitian Initiative, a joined project of several organizations that work to break the poverty cycle of Haitian kids. Play soccer, teach English and learn Haitian Creole, and enjoy the fascinating culture of the island.
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.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the Caribbean. Like the rest of the country Port-au-Prince was devastated by the massive earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which struck Haiti in 2010. Haiti is still rebuilding and the challenges faced by young people growing up in underserved communities like Cité Soleil are huge.
Haitians are passionate soccer fans and have a special attachment to the Brazilian national team. You’ll play friendly soccer matches with local teams on beautiful fields as well as pickup in the streets and play and train at the country’s National Olympic Center. You’ll participate in walking tours Cité Soleil, the Hospital Bernard Mevs, the National Museum of Haiti and visit local businesses aimed at creating opportunities for local youth, like the Project Stitch program where you’ll have the opportunity to buy locally made handbags. Finally, you’ll learn about the country’s unique culture, language and religions
DAY 1: Depart for Haiti. Arrival at Airport, Transfer to accommodations. Welcome meeting with Team Leader. Guided walk of neighborhood. Reflection of first day and activities.
DAY 2: Tour the National Museum. Soccer training with The Haitian Initiative. Participate in English Language Classes. the third half curriculum workshop #1 – Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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: Soccer and Language Lesson. Voudou Pilgrimage Hike. Pick up soccer with local kids. the third half curriculum workshop #2 – Conscious Leadership.
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. the third half curriculum workshop #3 – Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education
DAY 7: Visit Saut D’eau; village of Ville Bonheur. Friendly soccer game against a local team. *Attend professional or international match (*subject to additional cost and dependent upon availability)
DAY 8: Transfer to airport, fly home. Arrive home.
Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization ‘The Haitian Initiative’, co-founded by US soccer legend Tony Sanneh. The Haitian Initiative provides life skills programs for at-risk children using soccer as the catalyst to empower kids, improve lives and unite communities by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school programming, tutoring and college preparatory training.