Beauty & Culture

By Paul Vang | August 17, 2018

Beauty & Culture Every trip that I’ve taken to Haiti always has what you could call a “poverty tour”. Some organizations go out of their way to highlight the “plight” of the people of Haiti. But each time I visit, I come to admire the natural beauty of Haiti more and more. I’ve noticed that…

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Grief/Pain & Consideration

By Paul Vang | August 16, 2018

Grief/Pain & Consideration Death and grief have a very bold presence in Haitian culture. Although death and sickness are facts of life wherever you go, I feel that it is especially part of everyday life and conversation here in a country with limited access to good healthcare and a million other complex issues. A couple…

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Cultural Intelligence & Effectiveness

By Paul Vang | August 16, 2018

Cultural Intelligence & Effectiveness Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is a measurement of intercultural effectiveness. How much cultural intelligence you have will determine how well you work with and relate to those of another country. I have worked alongside of foreigners in Haiti with varying degrees of CQ, and I myself have learned the hard way…

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The Haitian Initiative’s Presence within the Community of Cite Soliel

By Paul Vang | August 16, 2018

The Haitian Initiative’s Presence within the Community of Cite Soleil One of the core elements of Haitian culture is community. The people in Haiti live close together, work together, cook together, and generally do everything with someone else. Doing something together makes it better. I’ve known many a foreign-run organization in Haiti to act in…

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June Haiti Impact Trip Day 5

By Michael Alada | June 12, 2018

June Haiti Impact Trip Day 5 Our trip has been a wonderful mix of HI programs and visiting different areas of Haiti.  Today we drove to Saut D’eau, a beautiful waterfall not too far from Port-au-Prince.  Though only 10 miles as the crow flies from our guest house to the waterfall, it took us 2…

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June Haiti Impact Trip Day 4 – Hannah & Kendra

By Michael Alada | June 12, 2018

June Haiti Impact Trip Day 4 – Hannah & Kendra Greetings from Haiti on day 4! Hannah and Kendra here with your quick update for the day! This morning we went to Papillion which is a Haitian run coffee shop and gift store that aims to keep families together by offering a living wage and…

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June Haiti Impact Trip Day 3

By Michael Alada | June 12, 2018

June Haiti Impact Trip Day 3 We are heading back after an awesome day. We went to an artisan neighborhood this morning where they work with metal. The work was beautiful and we all got some trinkets This afternoon we were back at HI and we taught English and played with the kids. They were…

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June Haiti Impact Trip Day 2

By Michael Alada | June 12, 2018

June Haiti Impact Trip Day 2 To begin the day we started by driving through Port-au-Prince. Then, we went to the history museum and learned about the past and culture of Haiti.  The second place we drove to was Cité Soleil, this was much different from Port-au-Prince.  Cité Soleil was completely covered with garbage not…

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June Haiti Impact Trip Day 1 – Lauren & Lindsey

By Michael Alada | June 12, 2018

June Haiti Impact Trip Day 1 – Lauren & Lindsey Hello, our names are Lauren and Lindsey we flew down from Chicago with our soccer coach Anne.  We came to help teach kids English and run soccer camps. Our first reaction was being very overwhelmed in such little time. When we got off the plane…

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April Haiti Impact Trip Day 5 4/6/2018 – Gao Lee

By Michael Alada | April 17, 2018

April Haiti Impact Trip Day 5 4/6/2018 – Gao Lee Going to the same place can never give anyone the same experiences and or memories as before. During the beginning of this trip and even weeks before the trip, I was worried. I was worried because last year was so good that I thought to…

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