Learn about Haiti though first hands experience while enjoying the culture, the cuisine and the people and there needs.
To be clear on a few things: These trip are not traditional tourist trip although we will be seeing as much sites as we can fit in the trip. The trip will be roughly a 7-8 days trips. We will be staying at local hotels in each region we visit. We will be visiting historical sites and museums. Part of the trip will be visiting devastated sites and orphanages so we can assess first hands on what we can do for the people of Haiti. We will create a list of items to bring and not to bring and forward to each participant. We will have events throughout the year up until we depart to familiarize and prepare you for this trip. So if you are seriously interested in visiting Haiti and meeting some great people and eating some great food while learning some important history then I urge you to RSVP early on.
Our trips are also an opportunity for those who would like to help the people of Haiti. The trip will give you an opportunity to see the difference kinds of support that Haiti is getting first hand which will help you decide which might be the best method to lend your support.
All that we ask of those that accompany us on our trips is to keep an open mind about the conditions and differences that you my notice when comparing locations that we stay and service we get in Haiti. Remember that you will be in a different country with a different cultures. Just know that you will be in safe hands with members of the Jean-Pierre Family.
THE TRIP AND COST
There is a $300.00 deposit to RSVP per person which is non-refundable however this fee goes towards paying gratuity to our tour guides, drivers pay and hotel and those who welcome us and helps us along the way. It will save us time and some money by having it all up front and not have to worry about asking collections every time someone helps us. This fee also will go towards the total cost of the trip.
The full cost of the trip will be $1600.00 which will include, air, hotel, breakfast, on ground transport, drivers expense, museum fees, tour guides, taxes, tips, first round of drinks at lounges, first night’s dinner and t-shirt.
Haiti, Ayiti, officially the Republic of Haiti (French: République d’Haïti; Haitian Creole: Repiblik Ayiti), is a sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere (North America). The country is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.6 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.
The region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people. Spain first discovered the island on 5 December 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. When Columbus initially landed in Haiti, he had thought he had found India or Asia. On Christmas Day 1492, Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria, ran aground north of what is now Limonade. As a consequence, Columbus ordered his men to salvage what they could from the ship, and he created the first European settlement in the Americas, naming it La Navidad after the day the ship was destroyed.
The island was named La Española and claimed by Spain, which ruled until the early 17th century. Competing claims and settlements by the French led to the western portion of the island being ceded to France, which named it Saint-Domingue. The development of sugarcane plantations, worked by slaves brought from Africa, led to the colony being among the most lucrative in the world.
In the midst of the French Revolution (1789–1799), slaves and free people of colour revolted in the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804), culminating in the abolition of slavery and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army at the Battle of Vertières. Afterward the sovereign nation of Haiti was established on 1 January 1804 – the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, the only nation in the western hemisphere to have defeated three European superpowers (Britain, France and Spain), and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt. The rebellion that began in 1791 was led by a former slave and the first black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture, whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into an independent country. Upon his death in a prison in France, he was succeeded by his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who declared Haiti’s sovereignty and later became the first Emperor of Haiti, Jacques I. The Haitian Revolution lasted nearly a decade; and apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all the first leaders of government were former slaves. The Citadelle Laferrière is the largest fortress in the Americas. Henri Christophe – former slave and first king of Haiti, Henri I – built it to withstand a possible foreign attack.
In addition to CARICOM, Haiti is a member of the Latin Union, the Organization of American States, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; it is also seeking associate membership status in the African Union and was a founding member of the International Francophonie Organisation. It has the lowest Human Development Index in the Americas. Most recently, in February 2004, a coup d’état originating in the north of the country forced the resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A provisional government took control with security provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Michel Martelly, the previous president, was elected in the 2011 general election.
THE “DEPOSIT” DOES NOT PAY FOR ANY LODGING, CAR RENTAL, FUEL, MEALS, AIR FARES OR TAXES DURING YOUR HAITI TRIP. FULL DEPOSIT FOR EACH PERSON IS DUE BY DECEMBER 16, FOR THE APRIL TRIPS AND DUE BY JULY 15 FOR THE DECEMBER TRIPS OR YOUR NAME WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE RSVP LIST! HOWEVER IT WILL GO TOWARDS TO TOTAL COST OF TRIP.
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