|Max Gordon '14|
|Fall 2012 course: The Mis-Education of Haiti with Dr. Moise Baptiste.|
In the fall of 2012, I took a course with one of my favorite professors on campus, Dr. Moise Baptiste, entitled The Mis-Education of Haiti. Haitian culture has intrigued me for quite some time, and as the VP of the Hope-4-Haiti club at Ithaca, I figured I should try to learn as much as possible about the country. The course was amazing, as all courses with Dr. Baptiste are. My good friend Maxime Kwarteng who also took the course and I approached Dr. Baptiste and expressed our overwhelming desire to visit the country. He told us about the Haitian American Caucus and the great work they do in Haiti. Dr. Baptiste does a two-week trip down to the HAC-Haiti compound as well each summer.
The compound where I live and work is in Croix-des-Bouquets, about a forty-minute drive from Port-au-Prince. The HAC runs primary school called Ecole Shalom. I sometimes help out and teach English in the mornings. Specifically I am a marketing and fundraising intern. We run campaigns for the various programs the HAC runs, we write grants, proposals, and do research into various fundraising opportunities. Thus far I have completed a proposal for a sports program and a proposal for a program that would send four adults in the community to vocational school for free. In the afternoons, I teach English to various levels of students ages 14-65. We have tons of work to do, but we also do excursions throughout various parts of the island. People often think of Haiti run down, and in many cases this is true. But parts of Haiti are the most beautiful places I have ever been. Being in Haiti is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and my time here is helping me continue to open my eyes as to what is truly important in life.
Here is the link to Max's intern blog page for the website -