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

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

That’s a joke, right?

I can’t wait till I can understand sarcasm in Creole. There are many measures of language comprehension… function, connection, humor… When learning a new language, our first victories come in the form of greetings and simple questions. As our skills build, we find accomplishment in getting ideas across, buying items independently, getting directions AND actually … More That’s a joke, right?

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…