haiti trips

LISTENING & LEARNING EXPEDITIONS

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OVERVIEW

 

Join us in Haiti on an expedition of discovery.  Meet with our Haitian staff, business and civic leaders, and our Haitian students to learn about life in Haiti and its rich history.  Learn first hand the manifold dynamics that brought Haiti to where it is today which continue to dog its potential. You will see many things on your trip, but not from the vantage point of a mere tourist. You will be invited into pain, hopes, joys, challenges, and disappointments. For only when we first listen and learn can we be emptied of our sense of control enough to receive insight from on high.

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Your team will also explore the beauty of Haiti, discovering why the island was called the Pearl of the Caribbean. Less than a 2-hour flight from Florida, Haiti is located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. While Haiti’s “mountains beyond mountains” and rugged island beauty are breathtaking, poverty is a tangible force in the daily lives of most Haitians.

Historical French colonial exploitation, decades of ineffective government, and natural disasters are just a few contributing challenges in Haiti. With more than two-thirds of adults lacking formal jobs, many cannot afford to care for their children, let alone pay the required fees for education. Less than 50% of children in Haiti attend school.

In spite of economic struggles, hope and resiliency are strong among Haiti’s people. And Haitian churches are rich in faith and actively ministering to their communities.

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WHAT WE DO

 

Extollo International is a Christ-centered social enterprise that is unleashing Haiti's potential to build a stronger future by training a construction workforce of character and capability while adding strength and safety to Haiti's infrastructure. Operating a trade school and construction company, Extollo’s mission is to help ambitious men and women in Haiti lift themselves out of extreme poverty through skill acquisition, character development, and economic opportunity.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON A LISTENING AND LEARNING TRIP

 

Community

Our team is eager to introduce you to life in Haiti. You will meet with students, graduates, business and civic leaders, and entrepreneurs creating new opportunities for employment. You will also visit historical sites and places of incredible natural beauty. And, of course, you will get to spend time with the wonderful staff at Extollo. 

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive and tour Haiti's capital and learn about its history and culture

Day 2

Day trip to remote island to visit Extollo project and children's village

Day 3

Tour and experience Extollo's campus and training program

Day 4

Check in to a Carribean beach resort for fun, rest, and relaxation

Day 5

Tour local businesses and return to Port au Prince for departure

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Weather

Come prepared for a healthy dose of Caribbean warmth and sunshine. Haiti’s climate is tropical so average daily temperatures range from the mid 70s to the low 90s and humidity is typically high. November – March is Haiti’s dry season, while April – October is rainy season. Haiti lies within the Caribbean’s hurricane belt so tropical storms and hurricanes are possible from June – October.

Culture
You and your team will experience the kindness, openness and hospitality so common within Haitian culture. You will sample local cuisines, including the wildly popular pikliz. You will observe both the beauty and struggle of daily life while you travel through the city and countryside.

Frequently asked questions

When is my trip deposit and fee due? Are they refundable?


The $100 deposit is due eight (8) weeks prior to the trip and is non-refundable. The trip fee of $695 is due four (4) weeks prior to departure and is not refundable but is tranferrable to a future trip. Please contact us as soon as possible when needing to change your plans.




Can my trip be rescheduled?


Yes. If you need to reschedule your trip we are happy to assist you in changing your trip plans to a future Expedition. We can assist you in changing your airfare itinerary (you will be responsible for the rescheduling fee).




What is the cost of a trip?


Trip cost is $695 (plus a $100 non-refundable deposit) and includes lodging, meals, all in-country transportation, translators, and certain incidentals. Any remaining funds support Extollo’s general purposes. Participants are responsible for airfare to/from Haiti, and arriving at Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) by Monday early afternoon. Airplane tickets normally range between $600 and $950 depending on departure airport, the time of year, and how far in advance you book your flight. Extollo's US staff is happy to help coordinate your air travel logistics.




Can I fundraise for my upcoming trip?


Yes, you can! Reach out to us to learn how to get your fundraiser started.




Can children go on a trip?


Families are welcome to participate in the Listening and Learning Expeditions. Families with children under 15 must be pre-approved by Extollo.




What if I have special dietarty needs?


We’ll do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have. If you have food allergies or other dietary concerns, please let us know.




Should I bring cash or credit cards on my trip?


While there are some locations that accept credit cards (such as shops in the airport, hotels, and some vendors in Port-au-Prince), Haiti is largely a cash-based economy. If you would like to purchase personal gifts, etc while on the trip, Extollo staff is happy to assist you in exchanging US Dollars for Haitian Gourdes. If you plan to use your credit card while on your trip, a reminder to notify your credit card company of your travels prior to departure.




Will I be safe?


Safety of visitors, students, and staff is our top priority. For overall safety considerations, Extollo relies on information from the U.S. State Department/US Embassy in Haiti, the CDC, and our in-country staff, when discerning when it is or is not safe to travel. While traveling, we always include a translator, driver, and security guards when appropriate. Our itineraries are planned in advance of the trip and designed to ensure the safety of the team. The Extollo campus, and neighboring guesthouse, has 24/7 security guards. In the event of a deteriorating security situation within Haiti during the trip, Extollo and its security partners have evacuation protocols and logistics in place to ensure a safe return to the US.




Do I need immunizations?


According to the CDC website, there are no required immunizations to visit Haiti. The CDC recommends you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines. Typhoid and malaria prescription medicine is also recommended.




What accomodations are provided?


Participants will share a room with one person of the same gender. When possible, couples or family members will have the option of sharing a room, however this cannot be guaranteed at each location. All lodging locations provide clean bedding and towels, hot water, and air conditioning.




Will I be able to use my phone?


If you would like to use your phone to make calls to the US and within Haiti, contact your mobile provider about international plans. For those with an unlocked mobile phone, Haiti SIM cards are easily available. You will have access to wifi throughout your trip. Extollo staff will have a phone in case of emergencies.





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Expedition Dates

SEPTEMBER 6-10, 2021

Monday - Friday

DECEMBER 6-10, 2021

Monday - Friday