Promoting a global culture of solidarity with the poor - in Haiti, Africa, and beyond. - for a more just and sustainable world . . .
Click <here> for a copy of the course syllabus and <here> for a copy of the reading list. To read more about the St. Vincent College "service learning" trips to Haiti, click <here>.. To read a personal account of one student's experiences in Haiti click <here>. To see additional pictures from service learning delegations to Haiti click <here>
Haiti: Window on Our Worlds is a “service learning” course offered by RIM executive director, Dr. Rich Gosser, through the St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) history department. It combines academic learning and critical reflection with direct, short-term service in Haiti. Students identify critical, global issues affecting Haiti and deepen their understanding of cross-cultural issues and the connections between the US policies and countries like Haiti. Through this experience students also grow in their awareness and understanding of themselves and contribute to building a global “culture of solidarity” and engaged citizenship at St. Vincent College.
Jacsonville, Haiti, 2014: Six students from St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) spent their “spring break” in the Haitian village of Jacsonville working “men nan men” (“hand in hand”) with Haitian youth to make improvements to the “Kay Misiyone” (“Mission House”). The Mission House, operated by the St. Rose of Lima Community organization, houses visitors and volunteers wanting to learn about rural Haiti and be of service to the local community. Click here for a video of Our Haitian Adventure 2014!
Lamardelle , Haiti, 2015: Ten students from St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) visited Haiti during “spring break” for a week of “service learning” on the campus of the Foundation Enfant Jesus (FEJ), a Haitian, non-denominational, non-profit organization that promotes sustainable human development for impoverished children and their families through programs that include education, health services, child and family advocacy and protection, community building and entrepreneurship.