“Although I have traveled to other countries to participate in service work,
the LE experience made the biggest impact. It was the first time I
believe I made a large contribution to social justice.” – Kevin, 2014
In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and destroyed its physical infrastructure devastated Haiti, already an underdeveloped country. In response to the great need that the people of Haiti continue to face, Leadership Exchange expanded its service-learning trips to include Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2014. Leadership Exchange identified Ansemble Vwasen Jacquet (AVJ), an elementary school in Port au Prince, with 150 students and profound infrastructure and programming needs as a deserving place to provide service.
Fifteen American students will be chosen to participate on this trip based on a variety of factors related to AVJ’s needs and students’ personal and leadership qualities. Participants will help teach AVJ’s students and will also work on developing the infrastructure of the school and other local community based organizations. In addition to serving AVJ, participants will have the opportunity to visit with local community leaders and cultural sites.
Through this service-learning trip to a very different culture than their own, students will develop powerful leadership and project management skills. They will increase their ability to fully engage the values of diversity in order to learn, problem solve, and create positive change in their global community and themselves. For students who are studying or plan to study French, this trip is especially exciting, as they will be immersed in Creole, a French dialect.
In order to fully prepare for this journey, three orientation days will be held in advance of the trip. Leadership Exchange has created a curriculum designed to develop leadership skills of youth through dialogue and team building. In addition to leading this orientation and trip, Leadership Exchange will enlist several Haiti-experienced partners that will provide participants with background information about Haiti and its culture.
Team building and dialogue do not end with the orientation. Each night of the trip, participants will engage in dialogue regarding the events of the day and how they will conquer the next. Each participant also keeps a daily journal in order to reflect on their experiences and what they have learned.
June 11 – June 21, 2015
Days 1-4: Orientation days
Days 3-4: Flight to Haiti and tour of Port-au-Prince
Days 5-9: Service learning projects at AVJ
Day 10: Cultural Site visits
Day 11: Return to NYC
June/July: Project review
$3,275, which includes:
Round-trip international airfare
Food, lodging, tours, insurance, transportation, guide/translator
Orientation materials, workshops and project supplies
In order to participate, please complete an online application. You must be at least 16 years old.
Financial assistance and fundraising opportunities are available.
“Leadership Exchange is about making an impact…. as well as leaving
a mark on yourself…This trip takes you out of your comfort zone while simultaneously
putting you into a new, safe environment and group. This trip helps people gain meaningful
learning experience and other life skills. I’m leaving this trip behind
having had an eye-opening, life-changing experience…” – Elizabeth, 2014