U.N. Acknowledges Role in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis

Many of you have likely heard the news that the U.N. has finally admitted its role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti.  While it’s “big news”, the U.N.’s role in the disaster is hardly new news. For the past five years the U.N. has dodged accusations that its Nepali base (established to respond to Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake) … More U.N. Acknowledges Role in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis

A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor

I once had a professor tell me that Americans in particular are really good at getting a job done (referring specifically to projects overseas.) While a hard-work ethic can be a great thing, the single-mindedness of the “getting the job done” mentality can easily take over our experiences in Haiti (Which is exactly the point … More A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor

What gifts should I bring with me to Haiti?

Disclaimer: We’ve talked about gift giving on the HaitiHub blog before because it’s a wonderfully generous impulse that can have unintended (read: negative) consequences.  Unfortunately, with gifts there is a lot more to navigate in Haiti than a simple “Here ya go, I hope you like it!” So, before you load down your suitcases, please take … More What gifts should I bring with me to Haiti?

Jumping off the High Dive – What is it that holds us back in language learning?

Speaking a foreign language is scary. I’m not talking ghosts and ghouls scary, but nerve wrecking kinda scary. There is no amount of practice at home, no set number of times you write the words perfectly, no magic pill you can take to steady your tongue and quicken your ear…though many will say that a … More Jumping off the High Dive – What is it that holds us back in language learning?

All we can do…

“It is better to do a good small thing many times over than to wait your whole life for the best big thing that may never come.” What happens when your work abroad was incredible and life-changing, and allowed you deep multi-national friendships that you know you’ll keep for life, and affirmed your commitment to your organization…and was … More All we can do…

Why Haitians Celebrate Jean-Jacques Dessalines on October 17th

October 17th is Dessalines Day in Haiti. On Saturday, people will take to the streets in cities like Port au Prince and New York to participate in parades that commemorate the death of a man remembered for the pivotal role he played in the Haitian Revolution. Jean-Jacques Dessalines was born into slavery sometime in the … More Why Haitians Celebrate Jean-Jacques Dessalines on October 17th