Haiti is a fascinating place with a very rich history and culture! Many people in the United States have been to Haiti on mission trips. These experiences commonly entail staying in a compound or mission house while venturing out during the day, as a group, to provide aid. Because this is the way most people experience Haiti, the perception of the country is often distorted. Expedition Ayiti seeks to facilitate an intimate experience with Haiti, the people and culture. This experience gives people the opportunity to explore and discover what some people refer to as the “hidden face” of the country. The experience will happen on foot, with a backpack - hiking through the undulating landscape of the island, while being hosted at night by rural villages.



Experience Overview


Expedition Ayiti invites people to Haiti for a nine day experience (this can be customized to accommodate what you want to see and do). The first day will be spent in Port Au Prince, visiting the city and going through a short orientation to prepare for the next eight days of being immersed in a new culture. We will spend the second day traveling to the Central Plateau of Haiti, where the hike will begin in the town of Pignon. The next five days will be spent exploring the Central Plateau.  Hikers will walk four to eight miles each day. The group will overnight in five different rural communities where hikers will be put up in Haitian homes, eat Haitian food, and experience authentic Haitian life.  Local leaders will share the history of their communities and be available to answer questions. The group will be led by cultural interpreters, English speaking Haitians, who will narrate the country for hikers.  They will explain customs, history, education, and other things that will be seen during your time in the country. There will be a day spent traveling back to Port Au Prince where you will then fly home.



Cost


The trip will cost $1,300 (airfare not included).  This fee covers all expenses once you hit the ground in Haiti.  The majority of the cost will go into the local economy- paying those who will be taking care of the group during the week (drivers, cooks, cultural interpreters, leadership, etc)


"Expedition Ayiti seeks to promote intercultural understanding, by giving visitors an authentic experience of Haitian life and culture, while bringing economic opportunities to rural Haitian communities."

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