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Haiti is a country that has unfortunately seen more than its fair share of destructive natural disasters for hundreds of years. Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, mudslides...you name it. You're probably most familiar with recent events like the devastating earthquake in Port-Au-Prince in 2010 that caused world wide relief efforts and has left the people still attempting to recover. Even as recent as Fall of 2016 we watched Hurricane Matthew rip through the Caribbean hitting southern Haiti especially hard and moving up through Cuba and the southern States. So many Haitians have been left with nothing and you will find that your efforts are much needed here.
The mission of ILP is always to provide you with opportunities to serve communities around the world, and this is especially true in Haiti. You get to live in the orphanage with the children you serve which puts you in a great spot to spend quality time with them every day. Teach them, get to know them, and be a positive impact in their life. If your primary goal for a semester abroad is to make a difference, Haiti is the right spot for you!
The Haiti program is unique because exploring and travel destinations around the country will be more limited. We know traveling is a big part of your experience though, so you'll still have as many vacation days as our other programs to see and experience the Caribbean!
I think the thing I will miss the most about Haiti is the simplicity of life here. These people don't have a lot, at all, but they have everything they need and they are some of the happiest people I have ever met. I envy them for that. I wish everyone could experience a third world country to make them really appreciate and realize what they have back home" -Emily Edgington @emyjo3