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Haiti Project

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This year, UAID has organized an international project in Haiti, a country that the United States has been closely involved in through much of its history. As the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is a country that is ravaged by infectious diseases and health inadequacies for various reasons. During this two-week international project students will take a truly encompassing aspect to addressing health. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some of the following while abroad:

  • Shadow various physicians in Port au Prince
  • Visit local hospitals
  • Shadow holistic healthcare workers
  • Shadow voodoo priests as they conduct ceremonial treatments
  • Visit various NGOs throughout the countryside which each address health in innovative ways
  • Interact with governmental health workers
  • Much more to be scheduled

In addition to the opportunities above, UAID has also decided to add an intensive 3-month, online (can be completed from anywhere with internet connection) educational component to this year’s international project. The educational component will begin before the project starts and while span through the entirety of the project. The educational component will consist of five modules which will include any number of carefully compiled documentaries and passages from articles and other literature. The modules will shed light on how the cultural, economic, and political factors intertwine with the current health disparities in that region. The hope is that students will gain knowledge of how various issues that affect health arise in a country. Armed with the knowledge gained from the educational component, we hope that the participants will be able to think more critically about poverty and health inequality not only in Haiti, but also in other parts of the world.

Application Period: February 12th-March 15th
Decisions Released: April 1st
Deadline to Submit $300 project deposit that goes toward the total in-country cost (Non-negotiable, unless otherwise discussed with UAID staff): April 15th
Modules and Discussions: May-end of July (Specific schedule will be released to accepted participants)
Trip: August 6th – 20th

Cost: $650-850 (includes housing, in-country travel, food, translators, etc.) + airfare