Monthly Archives: June 2015

Our Ant Success Story

The summer of 2014 was Scott’s and my time in Haiti and we came here charged with the mission of conducting a baseline biodiversity survey. We were on the search for four target organisms: Ants, Beetles, Birds, and Butterflies. The presence of these organisms indicates a healthy ecosystem. We read papers and came equipped with… more →


The Fabled Li-Cor [photo: Mansell Ambrose] Exposure to new ideas and disciplines has been one of the profound joys of this internship. Not only have I had the opportunity to be immersed in a completely different culture and language, but I have been challenged in my own intellectual viewpoints. Coming into college I embodied the indecision… more →

Bye Bye

On Sunday at 5:30 AM the Zamni Kafe team left to return home. Each of their bags where filled with all their data and instruments they used while here. It was quite amazing how large and heavy the bag where. I have spent the last five weeks with those people, eating, sleeping and hanging out… more →


Everyone has a job, from getting the water in the morning to maintaining a healthy farm. As you get older you become responsible for larger tasks. Duties are handed down from older generations to younger ones. Children learn to help with household chores from a very young age by watching their parents or older siblings.… more →

Danticat and Hispaniola crisis

The Dominican Republic’s “Ethnic Purging”: Edwidge Danticat on Mass Deportation of Haitian Families “The Dominican Republic is set to begin what some are calling “ethnic purging,” placing the fate of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent into limbo. Half a million legally stateless people could be sent to Haiti this week, including those… more →


As the sun rises between the misty mountains, the rooster crows informing the town that it is time to awaken. Shortly after, you can hear the “swish, swish” of the broom sweeping the pavement. Before the sun has fully risen, the streets and markets are bustling with people and conversations. Mornings are my favorite time… more →

Building Relationships

We have mentioned the word blan in some of our past blog posts, so I thought I’d expound on this a little bit today. Blan is the Haitian Creole word for “white”. When I arrived in Haiti for the first time just over a year ago, I was unnerved by everyone stopping and fixating their… more →

What’s for dinner?

At home, everyone is always talking about how to make meals faster and easier while at the same time cheaper and healthier. It is funny to me that everyone is trying to get what they don’t have but are not willing to give up the benefits they currently maintain. In Haiti, meals often take a… more →