Tag Archive for Haiti

Through Sickness and Health

This last week has been the last full week here at Haiti and has been slow for me personally, but readying for the last trip which I feel fully prepared for now. Sunday evening I became pretty sick with a gut infection and as such decided to not make the journey to Bois Jolis, after… more →

Belonging

This trip is coming to an end scarily fast. The almost now 4 weeks that have passed have been busy. Between working, making new friends and attempting to absorb the culture of another country that is so close to the US yet so different time feels absurd. One of the conclusions that I reached is… more →

Beauty

Beauty is something that I’ve always found alone in the outdoors. Locally where I live and back at school in Sewanee a place alone in nature is easy to find and fairly common. Back home a waterfall in a ravine was a place a could be alone and meditate for hours at a time. In… more →

The Calm Before the Storm

Preparation is finally over. The last week and a half has been full of work putting in data collected over the last couple of months by Haitian Zamni cafe workers, fun exploring new places, and relationship building in Mourn Michel and Bois Joli with the farmers there. The last 4 days have been stuck in… 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 →

Plant Pressing Party

Throughout the summer Bre and I have been collecting plant specimens from Bois Jolie and Morne Michel and pressing them at our house. This past week we began mounting these specimens and last night, after dinner, Bre and I got the last specimens glued down. They are now waiting to be labeled and sorted into… more →

Summer Chores

Each time my team has traveled to either Morne Michel or Bois Jolie the residents of these towns have helped us transport our provisions up and down the mountains via mules. Usually what happens is they meet us where our driver drops us off and we load our food and water for the next day… 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 →

Ants…

Effaizien Sorting Out Ants. Bois Jolie. 2015. [photo: Hunter Swenson] Scott Summer Holding Ant Collection Tubes. Bois Jolie, 2015. [photo: Hunter Swenson] In 1788 Haiti was responsible for half the worlds coffee supply. Yesterday at Bois Jolie, I spent the morning with the biodiversity team, one part of the Zamni Kafe team. It was extremely… more →