LISTENING & LEARNING EXPEDITIONS
Expand your worldview...
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.
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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON A LISTENING AND LEARNING TRIP
Our team on the ground is eager to introduce you to life in Haiti! You’ll meet our students and graduates, as well as business owners creating new opportunities for employment. You’ll visit historical sites and places of incredible natural beauty. And, of course, you’ll meet the wonderful staff at Extollo.
Come prepared for a healthy dose of 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.
You and your team will experience the kindness, openness and hospitality so common within Haitian culture. You’ll try 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
Is my trip fee refundable?
The trip fee is tranferrable. If you are canceling your trip, please contact us as soon as possible.
Can my trip be rescheduled?
If you need to reschedule, Extollo will help you find a new date. We will rebook your ticket, and you will be responsible for the rescheduling fee.
What is included in the cost of a trip?
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?
**Team Members must be 15 years old or older. Children under 15 years must be pre-approved by Extollo.**
What if I have special dietarty needs?
Should I bring cash or credit cards on my trip?
Extra spending cash is welcome but not required. Some locations we visit will accept your credit card. Please notify your credit card company of your travels prior to departure. Please ask your trip leader for a suggested amount of discretionary cash to bring.
Will I be safe?
Safety is always our top priority. Extollo relies on information from our in-country staff, as well as the U.S. State Department and CDC in discerning when it is not safe to travel. While traveling, we always include a translator, driver and security when appropriate. Our itineraries are planned in advance of the trip and designed to ensure the safety of the team. Should travel conditions or conditions in Haiti be deemed to be unsafe, Extollo will cancel, reschedule and/or change in-country itineraries immediately and without prior notice.
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?
Will I be able to use my phone?
If you would like to be able to use your phone, please check with your provider about international plans. You will have access to wifi throughout your trip. Your team leader will have a phone in case of emergencies.
SEPTEMBER 6-10, 2021
Monday - Friday
DECEMBER 6-10, 2021
Monday - Friday