trip logs

Used for all rolling notes and logs pertaining to a trip

Reflecting on Petite Montagne

Last Monday Kate, Evans, Islande, Monclair, Sammi, Levi and I hiked to Petite Montagne to visit 50 families involved in the Family Security Program. We had originally planned on spending four days and three nights there, but ended up returning a day early because we finished our work faster than expected. It was an extremely… more →

A Different Breed

Since coming to Haiti I’ve been fascinated by the relationships that Haitians have with animals. I was raised, like many people in the United States, to think of the animals that I live with as friends, with feelings and desires just like me. This idea is so ingrained in me that I apply it not just… more →

Children of Haiti

Most of my favorite people that I meet in Haiti are children. One night during the first week that we were here, our group went to a shop owned by a man named Mikenson. Chris became friends with Mikenson last summer so we were welcomed with open arms. This shop serves drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic),… more →

Seeking Shelter

As I was sitting down on the porch of our house in Mirebalais to write this blog, the afternoon rains slowly began to creep in. Dark clouds loomed off in the distance and were soon above us. It began raining in the mountains first, and a thick carpet of water made its way towards the… more →

Forming Friendships

  It’s been about four weeks since we’ve arrived and started working on our internships and so far everything has been running very smoothly. Our work has involved a good deal of walking in the hot and humid weather, and my legs are sore, but meeting with the families has made each hike well worth… more →

Our Bois Jolie Premier

Our first day in Bois Jolie was a success. The hike up was tiring but the weather was amazing. It was not too sunny and there was a wonderful breeze through out the whole morning and early afternoon. Once we got past the dreaded part 1 of the hike (the hardest and steepest part) the… more →

First Check-In

It has been almost 3 weeks since the Family Security Program (PSF) interns, I as one of them, landed in Haiti. In that time, our group of three has made big steps; first in the way of accomplishing what we set out to do, and second in the way of adjusting to our work and… more →

Running the Street

In an attempt to somewhat keep in shape for cross country season in the fall, I have ventured out to do a little running on the street near our house. The first thing to note when thinking about an American girl running on the Central Plateau is that this is not a tourist area, so… more →

Emerging from the Sewanee Fog

Reflecting on the events of the first week back in Haiti, several things have occurred to me, on which I wish to focus throughout the next few blog posts. I found the metaphor in the title to be perfectly fitting for this week, which was an acclimation full of surprisingly disorienting and difficult situations. The… more →