Haiti: Global Health Initiative

See the full spectrum of healthcare in the developing world, from addressing social challenges to shadowing medical practitioners.

Highlights

  • Assist local health and medical professionals
  • Help with construction projects that benefit community wellness
  • Meet NGO leaders working to address malnutrition
  • Visit Citadelle Laferrière, an iconic fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Decompress with an ocean swim at one of Haiti’s beautiful Caribbean beaches

Overview

A primer for studying public health or medicine, this university-level program is designed to give a progressive experience: You’ll challenge your preconceptions of how public health is implemented. Work on projects that address the root concerns of public health, assist local doctors and health professionals in the field, and think critically about how to solve crises of health insecurity in both rural and urban communities. Enjoy Haiti’s old soul, its vibrant art, music and culture, plus a stunning landscape of beaches and mountains easily rivaling the natural beauty found anywhere else in the Caribbean.

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Community Service

Haiti’s public health challenges stem largely from infrastructural weaknesses and other social issues. Therefore, we’ll spend some time assisting medical practitioners, but also work to address society’s larger, health-related concerns: unsafe housing, lack of educational infrastructure, food shortages, proliferation of waterborne diseases and more. You’ll contribute to a construction project in the community using innovative bottle-building techniques, and you will have the special opportunity to shadow local doctors providing pro bono consultations to at-risk communities. Your efforts will help to increase the overall efficiency of the medical brigades and help provide healthcare services that otherwise might not be accessible.

Hands-On Learning

When you’re not doing community service in the field, you’ll get to meet with local medical and health organizations, visit historic sites and learn about Haitian culture. Take a walking tour of a major NGO facility in Haiti, where teams are working to treat acute malnutrition. Learn about Haiti as a lens for global health concerns during lecture, and companies that have also come on board to help solve the issue through sustainable food production and business practices. We’ll also visit a local clinic or hospital, and even meet with a Voodoo spiritual leader to experience Haiti’s culture and community rituals.

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Adventure

The world’s only successful slave rebellion happened right here in Haiti, and the music, art and culture that came with it make daily life entirely unique. The mountaintop Citadelle Laferrière is a key landmark remaining from the rebellion, a symbolic fortress that commands the jungle and farmland below. Hike through villages and the Sans-Souci Palace ruins to arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvel at the view around you. On our program’s last day, we’ll visit one of Haiti’s many beautiful beaches for a day of sunshine and relaxation.

Lodging

Home Base is located on the north side of the island, at a gated, cozy home tucked away in a Haitian town. Students will sleep in bunks, share rooms with six to eight roommates and have access to shared bathrooms with toilets and cold-water showers. Meals will be served in a common area and consist of meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit.

Dates & Tuition

Global Health Initiative
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio:
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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