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

Working in a Developing Nation: Lessons in Flexibility and Disappointment

It has been said: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” But sometimes all the planning and preparation in the world is not enough. All plans need a framework within which to run, not just a game plan, but an established norm. There are occurrences and reactions, infrastructure and nuances of daily life … More Working in a Developing Nation: Lessons in Flexibility and Disappointment

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?

Reflecting on Excess this Holiday Season – From a Long Term Volunteer in Haiti

In this season of joy and thanksgiving, I just want to say how grateful I am for both my time in Haiti, and for the work that Carlo and Erin do at HaitiHub to make all of our journeys in Haiti smoother. It’s not hyperbole to say that I think about Haiti every single day; it’s … More Reflecting on Excess this Holiday Season – From a Long Term Volunteer in Haiti

One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday

With the holidays just around the corner, I sometimes find it to be a meaningful and rewarding exercise to break free of the “American Christmas” culture to explore holiday traditions from countries around the world. Don’t get me wrong, my tree has been up for 3 weeks and I love sitting by the colorful lights … More One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday

What one cholera victim wants you to know on International Human Rights Day

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) recently put out a call for volunteers to help translate hundreds of letters (more than 500 at first count) from Creole into English.  These letters are the testimony of some small percentage of the thousands of people impacted by cholera across Haiti; they are a record … More What one cholera victim wants you to know on International Human Rights Day

What language are we speaking in again? Trials of a second-language learner

How many languages do you speak?? It’s so interesting to hear how people answer this question; I honestly never know what to respond.  Three?  One?  Two and three quarters?  Where is the bar we’re setting…. One of the things I loved most about my time in Haiti was the opportunity to not only be immersed … More What language are we speaking in again? Trials of a second-language learner

15 Questions for Paul Clammer, Author of Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide

We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed travel writer and guide book author, Paul Clammer, to the HaitiHub blog.  Paul has traveled, researched, and written about places all over the world including Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  His most recent large scale book project was Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide published … More 15 Questions for Paul Clammer, Author of Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide