Haiti Trip Summer 2018
Eight years ago, Americans sent tens of millions of dollars in donations and governments across the globe gave additional billions in foreign aid to Haiti to provide relief efforts after the country’s devastating earthquake. Currently, over 85,000 Haitians still live in displacement and poverty. What is the answer? What is our responsibility? What is the bridge that connects ‘us’ and ‘them?’ This course provided four of our Human Development students with a foundation for answering these questions through experiential learning and application.
In partnership with international development nonprofit P4H Global, Human Development Faculty-Led in Haiti explored concepts of global citizenship and accompaniment alongside Haitian organizations, communities, and families.
This course explored the history of the country’s development, leading to recent history of foreign aid and its impact on Haitian cultural, social, and economic life. To provide a global perspective, we will compare the impact and insights of multiple international development organizations (nonprofit, governmental) in the city’s capital, Port-au-Prince, contrasting with several informal, community-based development organizations as we travel to Cap Haitien, along the northern coast of Haiti.
Here, students engaged with the local Cap Haitien community, as they capitalized on their own strengths and knowledge through facilitating experiential trainings with the local community of English language learning and leadership skill development.
Upon conclusion of their abroad experience to Haiti, students were asked to complete and submit the Global Responsibility Project. From the syllabus, “the Global Responsibility Project is the foundation for your ‘what now?’ After coming back to the United States, acknowledging the shift in international perspective, culture shock, and globalmindnesses: How do you plan to articulate your experience to others in order to share this transformational experience, vocalize your understanding of global responsibility and citizenship, communicate the needs and assets of the Haitian people, and start to create global change?”
Below are two of our HD student’s Global Responsibility Projects, demonstrating their responses to these questions, utilizing Adobe Spark:
“Going to Haiti with P4H Global gave a context for Human Development that I never was exposed to in class. We learn so much about Human Development through a western lens in Pullman. Seeing what Human Development looks like globally showed me how far this field can reach and how far I can go in it.” ~Sidney Yoker – WSU Human Development Major
“Choosing to study abroad in Haiti was life-changing, it challenged me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It’s given me a whole new understanding to the world we live in and my place within that.” ~Kylie Waddill – WSU Human Development Major
“My experience in Haiti taught me that sustainable development occurs when a prosocial dialogue and proactive initiative interlock. In the US, we are conditioned to make contributions that feel like sacrifices. However, contributing to the movement in places like Haiti doesn’t necessarily mean pulling out your wallet and packing your hammers. If we truly want to see the people in country thrive, we must shed our skin of differences, engage in normal human interaction, and loosely assist in promoting the aspirations of the people we want to support.” ~Taylor Leighton Louis – WSU Human Development Major
“To make change is not telling people how to change, it is giving encouragement and accommodations to wanted dreams and opportunities. Development is a process that does not need saving, it seeks accommodation, partnerships, and durability.” ~Leanna Totten – WSU Human Development Major