Preparing for my Return: Haitian Economic Research and Development
Dec14

Preparing for my Return: Haitian Economic Research and Development

I have already been to Haiti once before in May 2015. At that time I was part of a small group of people trying to tackle a very large issue: the Haitian economy. This is how Bama HERD (Haitian Economic Research and Development) was created. Our goal is to teach Haitian citizens computer, business, and entrepreneurship skills to provide economic empowerment and help with the creation of start-up companies in Haiti. Ever since then our...

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Another Haiti Experience Awaits
Dec14

Another Haiti Experience Awaits

Next week, I will be spending a week in Galette Chambon, a small village outside of Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. I first traveled to Haiti back in May of this past year with a small group of students and faculty from UA. Our goal on this trip was to help orient people in the community on computer and financial literacy skills to better their standard of living and hopefully get them thinking about potential small...

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Haiti Here I Come
Dec14

Haiti Here I Come

As I am preparing to embark on this trip to Port Au Prince Haiti, I cannot help but think about the life changing experience that is ahead. I have heard from others that have been on this particular trip that it impacted them more than it impacted the Hatians they were serving. This is very unique to hear because the UA students make a large impact while in Haiti. The study abroad is unique in that it is a week-long trip in December...

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I have to go back
Dec14

I have to go back

  The fact that I am leaving to travel halfway across the world to live in a foreign country for 4 months is the scariest thought I have had in along time. It is, however, the most exciting as well. The last time I have been out of the country was only 5 months ago and it was, ironically, in Europe. This summer I went backpacking all throughout Europe (picture down below is of me eating gelato in Rome) and, as the story goes, two...

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Pre-Departure – Haiti 2015
Dec14

Pre-Departure – Haiti 2015

Having been so busy with finishing up the semester and studying for finals, I have not been able to focus much on my trip to Haiti next week. At night, I often think about how this trip will go. This past summer, I spent 6 weeks in Granada, Spain, taking classes, learning the culture, and ultimately exploring while having a lot of fun. I believe that this next trip to Haiti will be very different than the trip to Spain. I chose this...

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