Service Learning Project

 Faculty Led
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Come to Haiti to make a difference. Through teaching English and agricultural volunteering, you will help out a nation still recovering from the devastating earthquake. While in Port-au-Prince you will experience this vibrant Caribbean culture in the capital of Haiti.
This program is open to UAlbany EOP, Project Excel, and C-Step students only!

Application Deadline

Forthcoming

Program Start

Forthcoming

Program End

Forthcoming

Partner University

UAlbany CIEGS

City

  • Port-au-Prince

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty Led

Yes!

Program Details

Academic Program

This program is open to UAlbany EOP, Project Excel, and C-Step students only!

You will engage in 1 OR 3 credits worth of academic learning and service learning projects. Projects are designed in conjunction with the needs of FILSECCAM and the local community.

Teaching Communication in English:

Like students in the past, you will be able to share your knowledge of the English language with the students in the K-12 programs.

Agricultural Work

You will continue the tradition to plant trees in the hills of Cayes-Jacmel since 2011 and this has become a tradition within the UAlbany/FILSECCAM partnership.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

As part of this program, you will be graded based off of attendance and participating in group discussions/activities. You will also have to complete your academic journal. Finally, you will have to submit either one 10-12 page essay or two 5-6 page essays.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.

Transcript

All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Housing

You will be living in a house with staff of the program and the other students on the program. They will be more than happy to house you.

Meals

As part of the housing, most meals will be included as part of the program. Get ready for some amazing food.

Summer 2019

Estimate of Costs

The Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs forthcoming. For reference, review the Summer 2018 Estimate of Costs

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

UAlbany EOP, Project Excel, and C-Step students in all majors, with a minimum 2.5 GPA, are eligible to apply. Space in this program is limited. Your participation is subject to review of your application by both, EOP staff and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy.

Experiential Learning

This program includes a number of activities that you will be able to participate in. For example:

  • West of the country: In this region, you will have the opportunity to discover Port-au-Prince and its surroundings (Petion-ville, Kenscoff, Boutilliers and Croix-des-Bouquets).
  • You will also attend a day pool at Royal Decameroun Indigo Hotel sur les cotes des Arcadins.
  • Center of the country Hinche – You will visit “Bassin Zim” and the river of Guayamunco that comes from the Dominican Republic. These are tourist destinations that are well developed.
  • South-East – You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with students at FILSECCAM schools at Cayes-Jacmel and Marigot.
  • Bassin Bleu in the mountains of Jacmel.
  • Entertainment in Jacmel

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Martinez, Andy

amartinez@albany.edu

About the City

You will be in Port-Au-Prince mainly but will travel to Caye Jacques-Mel located mainly in the mountainside. Port-au-Prince is the largest city and the capital of Haiti. Most of the investments and jobs are the country take place in the capital. Port-Au-Prince has a large African descent but there is also a mix of people in the country as a whole. This city has a long history and has overcome a number of battles, including the recent earthquake that occurred. Haiti will truly open your eyes and allow you to see a world that you are not use to. This is the time to experience culture like no other.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Summer2019

Program Dates

Summer 2018

05/20/2018 to 06/15/2018

About the Program

UAlbany students will be assisting Haitian students who usually come from a range of poor economic backgrounds while possibly learning some new skills themselves. Students may also assist the administrators in brainstorming ideas to expand services to other technical fields including carpentry, electrician, and plumbing. Students are given to option to focus on Teaching, Public health, Administrative Accounting, and Leadership.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival to the Haiti program, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

The FILSECCAM staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.