Department of State Cultural Exchange

“Using Soccer to Promote Mutual Understanding, Social Cohesion and Empowerment of Youth and Community Coaches in Haiti and the United States"

The Sanneh Foundation is one of only nine organizations worldwide chosen to lead and implement an ISPI reciprocal exchange program on behalf of the Department of State’s SportsUnited program.

The ISPI program allows U.S. non-profit organizations like The Sanneh Foundation to partner with foreign organizations and community partners that share an interest in using sport to design and implement exchange programs that address important social issues.

Exchange Dates:

  •  March 12-19, 2017
  •  March 19-26, 2017
  •  March 26-April 2, 2017
  •  April 2-9, 2017 (Official ISPI Exchange Trip)

Male and Female Soccer Players between 14 and 18 years of age

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

To provide a transformative two-way educational and cultural exchange program between the U.S. and Haiti based on Sport for Social Change. Exchanges of this type focus on ways sports can play a key role in promoting more stable and inclusive communities, and as an alternative to anti-social behavior. The Sanneh Foundation will use its knowledge and understanding of soccer to promote mutual understanding, social cohesion, and healthy gender identity for youth and community coaches in Haiti and the United States.

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Sample Schedule

Sunday – Arrival (First Impressions) journaling, orientation, group reflection

Monday – Cultural/historical trip and greeting by US Embassy representative (Morning), On- Field Activities (Afternoon), Recovery and Reflection (Evening)

Wednesday – Cultural Excursion Outside Port-au-Prince and Visit to Beach

Thursday – Ball and Equipment Distribution (Morning), Friendly Match (Afternoon), Recovery and Reflection (Evening)

Friday – Foster Center (Morning), Cultural Excursion (Afternoon), Recovery and Reflection(Evening)

Saturday – Service Project (Morning and Afternoon), Friendly Match (TBD)

Sunday – Departure

How to Participate

Participation in the 2017 ISPI will be based on youth exchange applications submitted with parental approval; participants will be expected to contribute or fundraise approximately $1,800 (plane ticket plus $800) to share in the program costs (includes airfare, insurance, room & board 8 days/7 nights, ground transportation, travel gear).

Applicants not selected by State Department as part of the ISPI are still eligible to travel to Haiti with The Sanneh Foundation during the dates listed. The State Department will select a maximum of 24 official participants.

For more information, or to request an application, please email Tod Herskovitz at: