Eight years ago, Americans sent tens of millions of dollars in donations and governments across the globe gave additional billions in foreign aid to Haiti to provide relief efforts after the country’s devastating earthquake. Currently, over 85,000 Haitians still live in displacement and poverty. What is the answer? What is our responsibility? What is the bridge that connects ‘us’ and ‘them?’ This course will provide a foundation for answering these questions through experiential learning and application.
This Global Citizenship and Accompaniment course, in partnership with international development nonprofit Projects for Haiti, will explore concepts of global citizenship and accompaniment alongside Haitian organizations, communities, and families.
This course will explore the history of the country’s development, leading to recent history of foreign aid and its impact on Haitian cultural, social, and economic life. To provide a global perspective, we will compare the impact and insights of multiple international development organizations (nonprofit, governmental) in the city’s capital, Port-au-Prince, contrasting with several informal, community-based development organizations as we travel to Cap Haitien, along the northern coast of Haiti.
Here, students will engage with the local Cap Haitien community, as they capitalize on their own strengths and knowledge through facilitating experiential trainings with the local community. Understanding and implementing the Principle of Accompaniment in this course, where outreach is a collaborative process of shared learning, students will then participate in Learning Circles with the Cap Haitien community to shed light to the local understanding of aid.
Complemented by the beauty of Haitian culture and landscapes, students will begin to identify the complexities of global citizenship, putting global citizenship into practice through application and the building of local relationships. This course will open your eyes and heart to the beautiful culture of a people we will accompany, grow with, and learn together.
WSU Sponsoring Unit: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) & Human Development
External Partner: Projects for Haiti (NPO)
Program Dates: May 27- June 14, 2020
(Note: Program starts on May 27th in Port-au-Prince, and ends on June 14th in Cap Haitian. Please note that you may have to depart on the 26th of May to reach Haiti by the program start date.)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of application.
- Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
- Be in good academic standing at WSU.
- Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
- Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
Please Note: A minimum number of participants is needed for this program.
Program Cost Estimate (Fixed Expenses & Estimated Additional): $6,869
Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.
Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU
|Global Learning Application Fee
|International Insurance Fee
|Total Paid to WSU
*Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.
Estimated Additional Expenses*
|Books and Supplies
|Total Estimated Additional Expenses
*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.
This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.
Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released. Participants must budget accordingly.
|Financially Responsible as of: February 3, 2020
|Participation Expense 1st Payment
||Feb 24, 2020
|Feb 28, 2020
|Participation Expense 2nd Payment
||March 20, 2020
WSU Courses (Choose # or Required)
HD 486 - Special Topics in Human Development: Faculty Led Haiti- Global Citizenship (3 credits)
Please check with your academic advisor on any prerequisites for this program.
Grades and GPA:
All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.
All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.
Since this is a high risk location per U.S. Department of State, students will also be briefed on safety and emergency protocols.
This program will begin and end in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Other locations will include Cap Haitien and Acul-du-Nord, Haiti for short business/site visits.
Haiti is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
Port-au-Prince is the most populous city in Haiti with an estimated 987,310 in 2015's census.
- There is a long tradition of French influence in the city, and both French and Haitian Creole will be spoken there.
- The currency of Haiti is the Haitian Gourde.
- Summers in Haiti can be very warm with highs into the mid 90s (F) in the afternoon.
During the program students will be in double occupancy hotel/hostel accommodations. Access to internet may be somewhat limited, but all the major necessities like bed linens will be provided.
All program transportation will be arranged, including in country travel from Port-au-Prince where the program begins and the final part of the program in Cap Haitian.
Students will have most meals provided during the program. In Port-au-Prince, students will only need to purchase lunches. In Cap Haitian, all meals will be included at the hotel.
An estimated amount budgeted for food and personal spending is provided, but depending on your spending habits, more might need/less. See "Estimated Expenses" for rough figures.
Passport & Visa Details
It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas. Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.
United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa.
- United States Department of State
- Haiti does not require entry visas for U.S. Citizens (as of November 2019).
- Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements. Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.
How to Fund Your Program
Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
- Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
- Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
- Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
- Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians
- Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
- Create your budget
- Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
- Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
- Private Businesses
- Online Fundraising