trip logs

Used for all rolling notes and logs pertaining to a trip

Economic Exhilaration

To put everything that I will be discussing in this blog into context, I first have to talk about my own project in contribution to the Zanmi Kafe program. This summer, myself along with three others are conducting economic surveys to the Bois Jolie farmers. The purpose of the survey is to discover what purchases… more →

Cross Cultural Competition

I’ve never been very good at getting to know new people. As a kid, I made my younger brother scope out new friends for me, and as an adult, I have relied heavily on introductions made by mutual friends. Back home, I know only one activity that has truly allowed (and sometimes forced) me to… more →

Une Mélodie Joyeuse

Although I’ve done my fair share of international traveling, my past travel destinations have been limited to several countries in Europe and the extremely tourist-populated Cancun, Mexico. While it’s true that I’ve picked up on new cultural practices in each location, no travel experience thus far has been nearly as much of a culture shock… more →

Reminiscence

As soon as we got to Haiti, we dove straight into work preparing for our hike up to Bois Jolie to meet the farmers. The plan was to distribute the carbon payments, take their photos for Zanmi Foto, and preview the economic survey. All semester I was so busy developing the economic survey, attending meetings,… more →

Feelings of Home

As Cecelia Ahern once wrote, “Home is not a place. . . it’s a feeling.” No truer words could have described my experience as our group of six traveled to Haiti to begin our journey for the summer. All semester long, we had been preparing for this trip, but as the final days leading up… more →

Sharing Data

This year the Sewanee team came to Haiti bearing gifts of a different kind: scientific conclusions. After four years of conducting survival surveys during Spring Break trips, the research team put together a poster for Scholarship Sewanee. The poster included graphs showing the growth and survival rates of different species of coffee and shade trees,… more →

Gratitude

I first visited Haiti as a freshman on an outreach trip through the Office of Civic Engagement, our work was to collect tree survival data for the Zanmi Kafe reforestation project, which aims to use a payment for ecosystem services model to promote long term tree planting and carbon sequestration in order to protect the… more →

How Smart are Haitian Farmers?

Although many lack formal education, most of the farmers I have met are a proud reminder that our world has plenty of brilliant people with minimal education, and highly educated half-wits. In this reflection, I would just like to share some of the surprising, pleasing, and humorous anecdotes and information I have received while doing… more →

Coming to a Close

As our last week in Haiti approaches, everyone is beginning to wrap up their projects and research. Earlier this week, the PSF team took our last hike, conducted our last interview, and said our goodbyes to our Haitian coworkers. It’s a strange feeling knowing that we will not be going out to collect data and… more →